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!

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.