Showing posts with label wreath. Show all posts
Showing posts with label wreath. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Tulle Wreath

There are tulle wreaths out all over blogland, and they are all a bit different - from where they position the knot (on the edge, or in the front), to what the wreath is out of (wire or styrofoam) and how long they cut the strips of tulle.
I liked a couple different looks, but none explained what they did.  So I decided to just go for it.  My wreath is a styrofoam wreath form, and I cut my tulle to 16"x4" strips, folded them in half and pulled the loose ends around the wreath and through the loop in the folded end of the tulle.  I centered my knots near the front edge.  I can't remember how many yards of tulle I bought, but I think it was either 3 or 4, and I used all of it - no waste!

I'm still trying to decide if I want to add a pop of color (possibly orange) to it, but I just love the houndstooth ribbon.  I'll probably leave it alone this year and then try a pop of color next year.

**the little spider taped to the door is a glitter spider from Michaels  in case anyone wanted to know.  They look awesome taped up to the wall or fireplace pillars.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Wreath made from . . . Spoons!

My mom goes blog hopping just like me, and she happened to find an awesome project that I hadn't seen.  It's a wreath made out of plastic spoons - she found it at Nesting Place.  Here's mine!
I grabbed a couple boxes of spoons on my trip to the grocery store the next day and made this during nap time. The only problem was that my front door is white, so the white spoons just blended in with the door.

I went to party city to look at some cool colored spoons, but they were quite expensive compared to the 99 cents I spent at Safeway.  Then I got another idea...spray paint.  They make special spray paint meant for plastic, but the colors are boring - so I went with normal spray paint and just hoped it would adhere to the plastic okay.  It's going to stay stationary on my door, so hopefully the paint will last.  I painted it yellow so that I could have a fun, summer wreath.  It reminds me of either sun or wheat... but I like it.  It was super easy to put together, and I used all 48 spoons that came in the boxes, so $2 for a wreath isn't bad.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Pinecone Wreath

I have wanted to make a pinecone wreath for a couple years, but don't have any trees dropping pinecones near my house that I knew of.  But back in February, we went for a walk along the waterfront and spotted a ton of pinecones on the ground. 
This wreath was intended for my mom for her birthday, but she was with me when I found the pinecones, so I had to fess up with my project since she would wonder why I was picking up a ton of pinecones.  But, she probably wouldn't have been that confused.  After all, I am her daughter, and she used to pick them up at random rest stops and parks when I was younger...something we always teased her about.
Anyway, I finally got around to making the wreath, and guess what!  She had totally forgotten about it, so it was still a surprise for her birthday!

Here's the back...
I was going to use a styrofoam wreath, but I would have had to paint it brown and then wait for it to dry - unless I didn't care about seeing white spots between the pinecones.  And I don't have much patience when I want to start a project.  So, I dug through my craft stash and found this old brown branch wreath - perfect match to the pinecone color.  And ironically enough, it was one that my mom had given to me when she was cleaning out her craft stash before she moved. 

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Another Patriotic Wreath

I know I already have an awesome 4th of July wreath, but when I saw this one, I wanted to make another one.  I can't decide if I like her buttons better than my stars, so I may end up switching them out for buttons later.  I don't have many indoor decorations for this holiday, so one of the wreaths will go inside and hang from the inside of the patio door in the living room.
The perfectionist/OCD part of me was annoyed the whole time at making this.  I wanted each wrapping of yarn to line up next to the previous one, but that wasn't going to happen since it's a circle and the inside is smaller than the outside.  So the rows on the inside had to overlap - I don't know why, but that bugged the crap out of me.  And it took about 2 hours of nap time to wrap.  I used one of the straw wreaths since they are a bit thicker compared to the styrofoam ones.  Also, with a trusty coupon from JoAnns, it was only $1.79 - cheaper than the foam ones for some reason.  I left the plastic wrapping on since it would help keep it less bumpy - not sure if you usually take it off or not...
I cut the stars out of craft foam, but they looked too bright since I didn't use white yarn, I used a cream colored yarn.  So I took out the brown ink pad and distressed the stars a bit so they would look a bit darker/worn.  I like it a lot better!

Monday, June 6, 2011

4th of July Wreath - Re-post

 Since 4th of July is coming up, I thought I would re-post my wreath from last year...

I have had a couple questions about this wreath posted in comments or emailed to me, so in case you were wondering as well...
- how many stars did I cut?  At least a couple hundred.  I didn't keep count and kept cutting more as I ran out.  It will depend on how close you attach them.
- how big were the stars?  About 2.5 inches across.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Valentine's Wreath

These type of wreaths are everywhere in blogland.  I initially saw it last year in January/February, but I can't remember where I saw it.  Now they are all over the place...  I wanted to make this heart one last year, but for some reason, I didn't.  So I made it this year.  It's made out of felt circles and then folded into quarters and pinned to the foam wreath form.
I made a pink circle wreath in the same manner last year for spring time...
 And then I made one out of felt stars for 4th of July last year (definately my favorite so far)...

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Project Fail...don't spray paint styrofoam

I wanted to make a wreath for Christmas and spent a long time getting it ready . . . then I ruined it.  I spent forever gluing the styrofoam balls to a wreath form.  I wanted red, but only had yellow on hand, so I went at it thinking I would spray paint it red - awesome idea right?  Nope - here's what it looked like yellow . . . (just image that as red and hanging with a pretty ribbon and some felt/fabric flower embelishments.)

And here's what happend when I spray painted it. . . 

Spray paint melts styrofoam!!! It didn't melt the wreath form, but it was a different kind of styrofoam.  Next time, I'll spray paint the wreath form red, and then use red styrofoam balls.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Fall Wreath

I made this wreath last year, but it was swiftly put into moving boxes without ever hanging up, so I finally pulled it out of it's box and get to enjoy it!!  I like the look of the square wreath - all the rest of my wreaths are circles, so this is a fun change.

This was a really easy and inexpensive wreath; here are the supplies:
  • wire coat hanger
  • fake leaves (from the dollar store - I think I used 3 or 4 packs)
  • wired ribbon
  • mini hole punch
First, bend your hanger into a square.  With the opening at the top, thread the hanger through the leaves.  The leaves were hard to just poke through with the hanger, so I punched a hole in the center with my mini hole punch. 

I used wire cutters to cut off the loop (the top of the hanger) and bent the ends in toward the leaves to hide them.  Then attach the ribbon and hang!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Halloween Orange Burlap Wreath

My mom bought me some orange burlap for my birthday (thank you Mom!!) And I finally decided how to finish the wreath.
I cut it into strips - similar to the heart one I made in February - and strung them onto a wire hanger bent into a circle.
I hung it with black tulle - it's hard to tell in the picture since the top of the tulle is at the window in the door, but I made a tulle puff at the top of the loop holding up the wreath.

Monday, June 14, 2010

4th of July Wreath

I've been in a wreath mood lately and was trying so hard to find a patriotic wreath online but couldn't find anything but a couple of the tied rag kind - and that's not my taste. So I thought of this idea.

Felt stars and a navy ribbon.

I bought a styrofoam wreath at the dollar store and some red felt at Jo-Ann's and started cutting stars . . .
Unfortunately, these 2 stacks didn't even cover half of it. My hands were so tired from tracing and cutting stars so this wreath actually took me about 5 days to do. I took some quilting pins and pushed them through the center of the star and then attached them to the wreath. You can't really tell they are stars when it's all done, but I like the spikes.
Then I attached the navy ribbon and cut out some white stars from craft foam and glued them on the ribbon.
I love it - and it's been a while since I did a craft without inspiration from someone else's ideas . . .

I'm linked up to . . .


Thursday, June 10, 2010

Birthday Wreath

I saw this idea on How Does She? And thought it sounded like a cheap, easy craft. Well, it was easy, but it wasn't anywhere near as cheap as I thought it would be.

Problem #1 - I had a heck of a time finding the right sized balloons. I looked at Target, Wal-Mart, Michaels, Dollar Store, Party City . . no luck. I found either water balloons (that would take too many to fill a wreath) or the giant ones (that would be way too big and not look good for a wreath.)

I happened to be at Safeway getting milk and walked by the balloons and found a pack that would be the right size. They were packed in bags of 100 - I ended up using 350 balloons, my sister ended up using 250. I packed mine in tighter and her's were a little looser - both look great and full.

Problem #2 - I found floral pins that the tutorial mentioned to use, but they were about 3 inches long - so they would stick out the back of my wreath. I guess I used a smaller wreath than they did - mine was the styrofoam one from the dollar store. So I ended up using sewing pins with the plastic balls on the ends. They worked great.

Problem #3 - I didn't plan on using 350 balloons since the tutorial only mentioned about 140 balloons, so I didn't have enough pins. So we doubled them up and used 2 balloons per pin - it worked just fine.

I love how it turned out. But for some reason I thought it would only be about 5-8 dollars. But it turned out to be about $15 dollars to make it in the end. Still not too bad, but it was twice what I thought it would be.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Spring Wreath

I saw this idea sometime around Valentine's Day, but never wrote down the link . . . which meant I had to try and remember how they did it. Not sure if this was how, but here's what I did:I bought a yard of pink felt, cut it into tons of circles - definately over a hundred, but I just kept cutting rows as I needed more, so I never got a final count.

Fold the circle in half, then in half again, so it looks like a triangle. Then using a sewing pin (the kind with the ball on the end, attach the felt to the styrofoam wreath form. I alternated angles so they weren't all lined up the same way.

Hang it up with ribbon and enjoy!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Burlap Heart Wreath

Once I saw this idea, I had to make one. I've been seeing burlap projects everywhere and just assumed that burlap fabric was expensive. Boy was I wrong. It was only $2.99/yard at Jo-Anns. And that was the regular price. So I used one of my 40% off coupons and 1 yard of the red burlap was under $2. And I was so excited to find RED burlap.

I don't have any sturdy wire to use as the frame, so i shaped a wire hanger into a heart and strung the burlap strips on from there. I used 8 strips (2.5" wide) to make this wreath. But I had bought a yard, not sure how much I was going to need. That left me with about 16" extra burlap. So I cut 8 more strips at 2" wide each and made a 2nd wreath for my sister. So 2 wreaths for $1.97 - can't beat that!

When the fabric lady was cutting the burlap for me, she did something different than just cut at the yard mark. She made a slit and then pulled one of the strings out - giving her an even guide to cut on. I thought that was genious - so I used that same trick to get even 2.5" strips when I cut it up.

First, make a slit with the scissors and then pull a string at the slit so that the burlap gathers - see photo.

Then when that string is out, you have an easy guide to cut along so your strips are even. I LOVE this idea! So there you go - a trick to cutting burlap strips . . . if you didn't already know it. :)