DIY Decor: Mossy Easter Egg Wreath

Spring Easter Egg Wreath

I don’t have a whole lot of Spring or Easter decor in my house, at least not a lot compared to how much Fall and Christmas stuff I have. So little by little, I’ve been getting and making a few things here and there. This season I wanted to do some kind of wreath using eggs for an Easter theme, and this wreath sort-of came together by accident. This is the story of an almost DIY disaster.

I was wandering the aisles of Hobby Lobby, looking for eggs that I can possibly paint and speckle myself. Then I ran across these little beauties in that were wrapped with a bow in a little egg carton.

More Speckled EggsCute right? I was so happy I found eggs already in the color scheme I was aiming for AND with little brown speckles on them. They’d be perfect for the wreath I had in mind. And I didn’t have to paint them myself! YAY! That celebration was short lived.

speckled eggsSee that cute little egg carton they are placed in? Well, little did I know, those suckers were glued in there, and I mean GLUED in there. So when trying to remove these eggs from the carton, I ended up having to tear as much of the cardboard on the bottom as I can, which was no easy feat. Then that still left these big globs of glue that were really stuck on there. When I tried pulling off the glue, it was taking the color/paint off with it. There was just no taking it off without ruining the whole egg.  Clearly, I bought the wrong eggs at Hobby Lobby, and this wreath is going to be a disaster.

So I had two dozen of these eggs I wanted to use for my wreath project, that had bits of cardboard and glue stuck on the one end which was rather ugly looking. So my next task was to figure out how I can conceal the ugly ends. Enter sheet moss.

grapevine wreath

I was planning all along to use this grapevine wreath I had in my craft stash. My original plan was to glue on the eggs through out, and intersperse little bits of moss in a few spaces. What ended up happening is that I had to use much more of the sheet moss than I originally set out to do. After gluing all the eggs on the grapevine wreath first, I then took pieces of the sheet moss to wrap around the “ugly” bottom of the eggs and filled all the spaces in between with hot glue. That pretty much is all it took to end up with my final product.

Mossy Easter Egg Wreath

To finish it off, I just added a super simple burlap bow. My wreath was complete and you can’t even see the ugly globs of glue and cardboard. What I though was going to be a major disaster, actually turned out to be a halfway decent looking wreath. Yay Easter!

Moss Easter Wreath

 

Neutral Burlap & Chevron Wreath

Neutra Burlap and Chevron wreathSo I’ve been doing a few little projects here and there when my kids give me some free moments (thank God for nap time). This one I had done a little before Christmas time, and a even added a little winter flair to it to make it more seasonal during that time. But it really is a nice neutral wreath that you can have up during any time of the year, at least in my house.

It was another super simple wreath to make, and I had many of the materials on hand already, including 3/4 of a yard of this gray chevron fabric I scored in the scrap bin at Hobby Lobby.

burlap and chevron wreathWhat you need to make this:

To make, start with the straw wreath form and take the burlap ribbon or long strips of burlap fabric  and wrap around the wreath until fully covered. Hot glue on the back to secure in place.

To create rolled rosettes: Cut burlap and whatever fabric you choose (I chose this gray chevron scrap fabric I found) into strips about 1-2 inches wide. Take the strip and fold in half length wise. Start tightly rolling one end of the fabric into a little roll, and start to hot glue it underneath to keep in place. Then start taking the strip and folding in towards the center, then turn slightly and repeat. Just keep folding in, turning slightly, and folding in again, hot glueing on the back every so often to keep the rolled flower folds in place. Once you get your flower to the size you want, take any excess and fold it onto the back of the flower and glue in place.

Burlap and Chevron Wreath RosettesI added the rolled rosettes onto wreath in whatever pattern looked pleasing and then hot glued onto the wrapped burlap wreath. Then I took some of the rest of the scrap chevron fabric I had, folded in the sides and glued them with liquid stitch to have a clean edged ribbon to tie at the top. It’s not the fanciest bow, but it adds little something.

In the holidays/winter time, I added a couple of these jeweled snowflake picks I found at Hobby Lobby to make the wreath go along with the rest of the snowflake themed decor I had at Christmas. They were quite easy to stick in and then take out when the season was over and I can keep it up the rest of the year in the spot of my morning room.

Burlap and Chevron Winter Wreath

Next up, I have a few more Spring and Easter themed projects I’ve had in the works that I’ll be posting soon.

Dollar Store DIY: My Snowflake Wreath

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I’m sure you’re done with all of your Christmas decorating by now, right?  I am about 50% done but really it is taking me so much longer now with Cassie to attend to.  That, and I’ve gone crazy and decided to put up two trees this year, which means I need to craft up a few more ornaments. Yep. I’ve lost my mind.  Anyways…

I’ve been inspired by seeing others do “dollar store decor” projects, and so I decided I would experiment with my own. My theme this year is turning out to be snowflakes since all the ornaments and other decor I’ve been gravitating to lately happen to be snowflake related. So it is no surprise that I decided to go with a snowflake wreath, similar to one I have seen on Pinterest (where else?), and wanted to make my own version with what I could find at the dollar store. So off to Dollar Tree I went in search of ornaments and baubles that I could make something out of.

I experimented with a few different configurations and ribbons and I like the final product. I especially  love the lacy effect that these snowflakes make. And it is hard to tell in the photos, but they are covered in an iridescent glitter as well, so there is plenty of sparkle.

This snowflake wreath one is extremely simple to make once you have all the materials. Here’s what you need:

snowflake wreath supplies

  • A couple packs of snowflake ornaments, varying sizes – Mine came from Dollar Tree
  • Basic wreath form – I used a skinny grapevine wreath spray painted white, also from Dollar Tree. You can also just cut one from cardboard if you are in a pinch.
  • Ribbon of choice – Both the white ribbon and the red glitter ribbon are from Dollar Tree
  • Glue Gun

Take your wreath form and paint it white so nothing shows through. Once wreath is dry, take your hot glue, arrange the larger snowflakes  overlapping slightly and glue them on to the wreath. Next, take the smaller snowflakes and layer over the top, again overlapping slightly, and glue in place. Next, you dress it up with the ribbon or bows of your choice.

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My first incarnation of this wreath, I used a white and red ribbon, but I wasn’t wild about it. Too much white and not enough contrast.

 

DSsnowflake_wreath2So next, I decided on this red glitter ribbon since I liked the glittery pop of color.

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You can make this wreath without a form by gluing only the snowflakes together, but it may not hold up well. I suggest that if you want more stability to your wreath, then you should use some sort of wreath from as a stable base.

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I have a couple more snowflake themed crafts I’m working up this season, while simultaneously finishing the decorating for Christmas in my house, which seems to be taking 5x longer now with the new baby in the house and one more person that needs my attention nearly all the time. I’ll be done by the 24th maybe.

Happy Decorating!

Have some dollar store craft ideas up your sleeve?  Let me know about it in the comments below!

Fall Is Not Quite Over Yet – Easy Burlap Ruffle Wreath

It is still November, and we are still technically in the fall season. Though I am totally cheating on Thanksgiving now since I started listening to Christmas music every day for the last 2 weeks (thanks to SiriusXM). I am seriously resisting the urge to put up my Christmas tree before Thanksgiving since I’ve seen so many of my friends and favorite craft bloggers put up their trees already. I’ll resist for a couple more days.

So since we have a couple days until we fully launch into the Christmas season, I have a few fall wreath projects that I whipped up in the last couple months and have been meaning to show on the blog. I was in the total wreath making mode this fall, and went a little crazy with the burlap.

First up, my Easy Burlap Ruffle Wreath

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This one couldn’t have been more quick and easy to make. When all is said and done, it probably took only 30-35 minutes to put together. This one is slightly larger than the average wreath since I used a 20″ form, but it goes great on my large empty family room wall. Here’s a Quick how-to:

Items needed:

Start your wreath by creating a small loop with your ribbon and push it up through from the back of the wreath form, starting in one section. You may want to use floral wire to secure this first loop in place, but that is completely optional. Through each of the three sections on the wire form weave and twist loops through. I did mine in a pattern of weaving the loops back and forth, with a little bit of twisting and fluffing until you make it all the way around the wreath form. Then you have a complete  burlap ruffle wreath. You can leave it plain as-is, or add in some floral pics, beads, etc.

burlap_fall_wreath

This wreath on it’s own has so many possibilities since burlap is so neutral, you can put anything on it. I wanted to be able to use this wreath for different seasons, so I didn’t want to permanently glue anything on it. On the above wreath I grouped together a few fall flower pics and just stuck them through the folds in the ribbon and the wreath form and they have held in place pretty well. I will probably change it up for the winter and spring.

Here is another burlap wreath I whipped up even quicker.

ChevronBurlapWreath

Ok, so I’ve bought in to the chevron decor obsession.  I want to use it on everything now, and have amassed a stash of chevron fabric and ribbon. Anyways, on this wreath I used this chevron printed ribbon found at Hobby Lobby. It was made the same way as the above, just a smaller wreath form which I only needed 2 rolls of the ribbon. I glued on a coordinating burlap flower, and done. This one was complete in 20 minutes.

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So that’s just a couple of the many things I managed to craft over the fall, mostly done before our little girl arrived and took up all of my time. Ok, done with that now. Time to usher in Christmas. Where’s my Christmas tree?

Project In Progress – Solar System Mobile

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Solar System project in progressAt the moment, I am in the middle of doing our DIY Solar System mobile for Nathan’s new big boy room that I talked of in a previous post.  So far is is partially painted but still have a ways to go. So I need to finish the painting the planets, get them ready to hang, then work out my plan for what they ultimately will be hanging from.

this_into_saturnRight now my dilemma is figuring out how to turn this styrofoam ball (left) into Saturn by adding rings. I have an idea or two, one involving cutting in half and sandwiching some material that would be the rings between the halves. But I’m open to other ideas. So what say you?  How would you make Saturn out of this styrofoam ball? (comment below)

I am hoping to knock this project out by next week so I can move on to other room items and then some more household DIY I want to do before baby comes. Once I have this mobile complete, I plan on posting a full tutorial in how I did it with lots of pictures. I promise. So stay tuned!

Happy 4th of July!

Happy4thWishing you an safe and happy July 4th! Whether it be frolicking on the beach in the sun, BBQing with friends and family, or kicking back at home, enjoy the day!

“The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government are justly considered… deeply, …finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.” – George Washington

Flag Themed Felt Wreath: Made by me last year, inspired by THIS PIN that links to the tutorial on Pinterest.

We Went to Disney – I Made a Photobook

We went to Disney last month and I decided to make a photo book to commemorate the trip. I love using Shutterfly for photo books. They make it so easy and everyone loves how they turn out. Here is my Disney book that I created:

Click here to view this photo book larger

Shutterfly photo books are the new way to preserve your memories. Create your own today.

Easy Holiday Snowflake Art For The Kids

Easy Snowflake Art Project for kidsI was looking around for some easy holiday art projects for kids that my 3 year old son could do. He loves to paint and make messes, so when I stumbled upon this on Pinterest, I thought it was perfect for him! The original awesome step-by-step tutorial right here.

The materials are easy to find, and I knew my son would love to spread paint around a canvas with reckless abandon. So one Sunday afternoon, we had some fun.

What you need:

  • Canvas of your desired size (I used 12″x12″)
  • Masking or Painters tape
  • Acrylic craft paint in desired colors
  • Paint brushes or sponge brushes

Take your canvas and with the masking tape, tape on the pattern that you want your snowflake to look like. You can get as intricate as you wish with different lines and snowflake patterns. For this one, since it was my first time, I kept it super simple with very basic lines. I probably could have used more “flourishes” on  my snowflake since the finished product looks kind of plain.

Once you have the design taped the way you like, get the paint and the brushes and let your kid go to town on the canvas. Here, I just squeezed the paint on a plastic plate and let him go. My only instructions were to not leave any white spots on the canvas.

Painting is serious business apparently.

I helped him get the edges of the canvas covered, but the rest was all him. Once they have completely covered the canvas, you let the paint fully dry. I let mine dry over night. It will look sort of like the pic below.

Once it is all dry, just peel all the paint off from the canvas, and you should have some lovely snowflake art your kids will be proud of. Here is our final product…

 

So they are a bit basic. Maybe could use a few extra lines. I’ll just call them “perfectly imperfect”, as that is what all snowflakes are. Am I right?

My son is certainly proud of his efforts. Every time he sees them, he likes to exclaim “I made that!” I love it.

A Few of My Past Fall DIY Projects

Fall is one of my favorite times if year and one of my favorite seasons to decorate for. Today is the last day of November, so it is better late than never to put up a post reminiscing about my favorite fall crafts. I’ve packed away all of my fall decor and am bringing the Christmas stuff up today. So before I get all holly jolly on you, I just wanted to post a few pics of some of my favorite fall diy projects I’ve done.

A few of the items are inspired by things I found on Pinterest (but of course). I’ll post a few details here on how I made them, and link to the original inspiration if I have them.

First up are my Ribbon Pumpkins, inspired by this on Pinterest. These are super simple to make and are great for some simple elegant decor for fall and Halloween. I love the black and white ribbon! What you need:

  • Come craft pumpkins (these were on sale at Michael’s)
  • Ribbons of your choice
  • “Fur” yarn (if you want that wispy stuff at the top)
  • Scissors and a glue gun

Cut your ribbon to size (I did from the center bottom of the pumpkin to the stem). Hot glue your ribbon strips to the pumpkin at the bottom and then the top. It is up to you to decide the pattern and frequency you want to line them up in. Once you have the ribbons on to your liking, take the “fur” yarn to glue to the top. I looped some around the top and then added a few extra pieces. Ta-dah! You have ribbon pumpkins.

This is my take on the ever so popular Burlap Boo Wreath that I found on Pinterest last year. You can find the original tutorial right here at Craftaholics Anonymous.  Mine is slightly different as I painted and glittered my letters instead of covering with scrapbook paper. One thing to note about black burlap, I found that it fades super easily super quickly in the sun. If you know a way to combat that, I would love to know.

Last but not least, is my Fall Yarn Wreath. This one wasn’t inspired by anything in particular, other than the thousands of yarn wreath pictures I’ve been seeing. I found this textured yarn at the craft store with a mix of these gorgeous fall colors and decided to make a go of it. I’ll do a follow up post with a tutorial on how to make the wreath and another for the flowers at a later time.

So those are a few of the fall DIY crafts that I’m proud of.  Now they’re packed up and put away, and it is time for Christmas madness! I’ll be posting a few pics of some of the new things I’m working on this year, as well as a few past projects.