Posts Tagged ‘Wreath’

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Yarn Wreath

November 4, 2013

Hello!

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I love wreaths.  If you’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting my house, you’d know I have a wreath on ALMOST every door (inside and outside).  And we have a lot of doors.  🙂  I can’t help but make wreaths.  They bring me joy like nothing else does.  As I sit down to write this, I worked on three wreaths today.  How exciting is that?   The wreath I’m going to share with you today is my new Yarn Wreath!  It was time consuming, but so easy.  Check it out.

Supplies:
-Foam wreath form
-Scrap fabric (I used white burlap)
-Yarn (Length depends on size of wreath form)
-Straight Pin (to anchor fabric and yarn)

Directions:
1. Wrap foam wreath form with scrap fabric.  I tore my white burlap into 2-3 inch strips and wrapped the wreath until it was fully covered.  My reason for this step is to cover the green foam of the wreath.  It makes the yarn not have to be PERFECT.  Choose a color fabric that matches your yarn so they blend together.

Fabric wrapped wreath

Fabric wrapped wreath

2. Find a starting point.  Attach your yarn to the wreath form, either with a pin or glue.  Wrap your yarn until the entire wreath is covered.  This could take hours, but be patient.  You’ll be happy with the outcome.

Yarn Wreath

Yarn Wreath

3. Decorate the yarn wreath with any adornments you choose!

Burlap Flowers on Yarn Wreath

Burlap Flowers on Yarn Wreath

Pumpkin Wreath

Pumpkin Wreath

Happy wreath making!
-Amanda

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Pumpkin wreath

October 28, 2013

Hello friends,

As you can see by my recent posts, I’ve been crafting up a storm.  Particularly wreaths.  I’ve had these wreath forms laying around my house and been waiting to find time to do something spectacular with them.  Well, here it goes.  I found inspiration from non other than pinterest for this one.

Materials:
-Scrap fabric
-Wine corks for stems (or sticks)
-Batting
-Hot glue
-Wreath form
-Yarn or fabric to wrap wreath
-Extra fabric or ribbon for a bow

Pumpkin Wreath

Pumpkin Wreath

Directions:
1. Wrap your wreath form in yarn or fabric or ribbon to create a background or base for your pumpkins.

2. Cut my fabric into random sized rectangles to create different size pumpkins.  I sewed down the middle (horizontally) of each rectangle to create a gathering stitch to give the pumpkins shape.  Then sewing right sides together, stitch up the two vertical sides of your pumpkins.

3. Flip the pocket right side out.  Pull the gathering stitch to create the bottom gather, and stuff your pumpkins with batting.

4. Hand stitch the top of each pumpkin.  I gathered each top together and used embroidery thread to make a tight gathered top.

5. Hot glue your corks or sticks to create a top for each pumpkin.  I had broken corks I found worked best to vary in size depending on the pumpkin size.

6. Arrange finished pumpkins on wreath.  I used a foam wreath and straight pins to attach.  You could hot glue the pumpkins to the wreath for a more permanent wreath.  I added the yellow bow to give it some dimension and spice.

What do you think?
Happy Fall,
-Amanda

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Burlap strikes again!

October 21, 2013

Hello!

I’m telling you, we cannot escape burlap.  It finds us even if we try to escape it.  So let’s just embrace it!

I found this cute burlap ribbon at the craft store and came home with it trying to brainstorm how to use it.  I decided sweet flowers with button centers would be the best use, but then I had to decide what the background of this wreath should be.

I started with my yarn wreath as the backdrop.

Burlap Flowers on Yarn Wreath

Burlap Flowers on Yarn Wreath

Then decided to switch to my burlap wreath.

Burlap Wreath and Flowers

Burlap Wreath and Flowers

What do you think?  Simple, I know.

To make the flowers, simply fold the ribbon as many times as you’d like “petals.”  Once you’re satisfied, slip a needle with embroidery thread through the center to hold it in place.  You can twist the “petals” until they are evenly spread out.  Continue to stitch, add a button or something decorative to the center if you’d like.

I attached the flowers with straight pins (which you can see if you look closely).  I like being able to change things up.  Maybe that means I’m not good at committing?  Read into it as you see fit, but I’ll just be happy with my sweet burlap wreath… for now.  🙂

Happy wreath making,
Amanda

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Another Burlap Wreath

October 14, 2013

Hello friends!

I am pretty sure we’re either sick of burlap wreaths or can’t get enough of them, right?  I am somewhere in between.  I will always be about rustic, primitive decor, but sometimes people go overboard with burlap.  I am not sure how much I love or hate this wreath, but I’ll share it with you anyway!

I started with a wire wreath frame and many different types of burlap ribbon.  I realized after I began I didn’t have enough of a single ribbon to do the whole wreath.  I mixed up the colors then decided to block it out.  I added the skinny burlap ribbon at the end for a pop of color/cohesiveness.

Another Burlap Wreath

Another Burlap Wreath

Close up of Another Burlap Wreath

Close up of Another Burlap Wreath

Close up of Another Burlap Wreath

Close up of Another Burlap Wreath

Ok- I decided I wasn’t a fan and took it all apart.  When I put it back together, this is what I got… still not sure I love it.  Thoughts?

Another Burlap Wreath, take 2

Another Burlap Wreath, take 2

Ok, I went and bought another roll of ribbon (it was 50% off)!  Here’s my take 3 on the same wreath:

Take 3

Take 3

(ps. I couldn’t find my camera, sorry for the mediocre shot)

Happy Burlap-ing.  🙂
-Amanda

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Baby Shower Wreath

August 5, 2013

Hello!

I showed you a picture of the cute wreath I made for Melissa’s baby shower and wanted to give a quick tutorial and supply list of what I used for the wreath.  It was a pretty simple wreath.

Supplies
-Straw wreath
-Wide Burlap Ribbon
-Wide Chevron Burlap ribbon
-Two-tone twine
-Straight pins
-Wreath wire
-Fabric of your choice for onesie
-Embroidery thread
-Batting to stuff onesie
-Tiny clothes pins

Supplies

Supplies (plus a few extras)

How To:
1. I started with wide burlap ribbon and wrapped the straw wreath till it was completely covered.  You need to work with the burlap a little to prevent weird folds or wrinkles.  I used straight pins to hold it in place rather than hot glue.

2. Using the wide chevron burlap ribbon, I made a very simple bow and secured it in the middle with wire.  I secured  it to the wreath also using straight pins.

3. I used two-tone twine to create a clothes line across the top of the wreath.  I simply wrapped the twine around one side of the wreath, tied a bow, and stretched it across and repeated the bow on the other side.

4. To create the onesies, I free-handed a onesie on a piece of cardboard and then using scissors, cut onesies out of the yellow polka-dot fabric.  I used embroidery thread and a thick needle to create the black stitching around the edges.  Once almost around the onesie with stitches, stuff batting into the onesie to create a stuffed look.  Finish stitching the edge and tie off inside.

5. Using tiny clothes pins, attach each onesie to the twine to create the clothesline look.

Baby Shower Wreath

Baby Shower Wreath

Voila, you have the perfect baby shower wreath!

Happy Wreath making,
Amanda

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Bee Baby Shower

July 29, 2013

Hello!

This month we were lucky enough to throw a baby shower for our older sister, Melissa!  She’s due with her first child, and we couldn’t wait to shower her with love and gifts.  When deciding on a theme, we knew we wanted it to be gender neutral and “baby” without being pastels and too “baby.”  Melissa means “Honeybee” so we thought the perfect shower theme was “Mommy-to-Bee” and have it revolve around Melissa and her glowing mama self!

I started with invitations from TinyPrints (one of my favorite online printers for invitations).  There are tons of cute Etsy Bee shower invites as well.  It depends on what kind of bee theme you’re looking for.  We decided wanted a slightly more vintage, less in-your-face yellow and black.

As for the day of decor, we wanted to have the theme carry throughout the house beginning with the front door.  I made this wreath for Melissa to take once the shower ended.  Her nursery isn’t bee themed, so I tried to use the colors without going bee crazy!

Baby Shower Wreath

Baby Shower Wreath

I made a welcome canvas for inside the house as well as a sweet bee image for my mantle to help carry the theme throughout the house.

Mantle Decor

Mantle Decor

As for festivities during the shower, we wanted to keep it a bit low key, no crazy shower games.  Instead we decided to have a onesie decorating station so Melissa could go home with some sweet homemade clothes for her new baby.  We provided stencils, paint, paint pens, fabric sharpies, coloring book pages, and sample ideas to help jog creativity.  Sarah worked the table and got people motivated.  We hung a clothes line near the decorating table to make for decor and allow the onesies to dry while the party continued.

Onesie Decorating

Onesie Decorating

The shower was on a Saturday afternoon so we had a simple dessert bar and drinks.  Homemade cupcakes, lemon bars, and other desserts along with iced tea, lemonade, and water for the guests.

Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars

Cookie Dough Balls

Cookie Dough Balls

Beehive Cupcakes

Beehive Cupcakes

The only other baby shower game we played involved Melissa’s husband.  I recorded his answers to some predetermined questions and had Melissa guess what his answers would be.  It was fun to have the video recording to see his responses and reactions.

It turned out to be a beautiful shower, pouring love and gifts over Melissa and her baby-to-bee.

Happy Showers,
Amanda & Sarah

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Fabric Flower Wreath

January 14, 2013

Hello!

I am so excited to be crafting and cooking and getting back into the groove of taking pictures of what I’m accomplishing!  This past week my wonderful co-worker hosted a craft night.  I made a ridiculously long list of all the projects I am working on, want to work, and dream about.  The project I’m posting about today is a carry over from my wedding.  I had a dream to line the aisle at my wedding with beautiful blue fabric flowers.  My sister, mom, and a bridesmaid helped me make my dream a reality by cutting a ridiculous number of circles, folding, and sewing them to make gorgeous flowers.  It was one of my favorite pieces of the wedding.  (I’ll post a follow up blog this week with how to make the flowers!)

Finished Wreath

Finished Wreath

After the wedding, I’ve moved the flowers around the house to accent different things like the dining room table or the mantel, but I wanted to find a permanent home for them.  I batted around the idea of headbands or necklaces and finally realized a wreath would be perfect.

Supplies:
-Fabric Flowers
-Corsage Pins
-Styrofoam Wreat
-Ribbon

Directions
I began by wrapping the styrofoam wreath in a cream taffeta ribbon that was also left over from my wedding.  I wrapped it ever so carefully to overlap and create a geometric backdrop for my wreath.  I hot glued the start and end of the ribbon in place, but it could easily be pinned since it is a foam wreath.

Ribbon wrapped wreath

Ribbon wrapped wreath

The rest is simple.  I shaped the flowers and placed them one by one onto the wreath, securing them with a corsage pin.  I used corsage pins because if they were seen, they would be elegant, but also they are thick enough to go through all the fabric of the flower.  I layered the flowers and placed them until I was happy with the look.  I attempted the full look, but decided I much preferred the “less is more” look.  You could use less or more to make the wreath as full or off balance as you like!

Full Wreath, not my favorite

Full Wreath, not my favorite

Such an easy wreath, but a big statement!  I can’t wait to hang it in our home.

Finished Wreath

Finished Wreath

Happy Crafting!
-Amanda