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Christmas Craft Season

Not to make excuses, but some of my recent blog disappearance can be accounted to my Christmas decorating. This is my first Christmas in my own place, so clearly I had to take after my mother and make everything look fabulous.

Starting with the tree…

With a new puppy (he had to make a cameo), I couldn’t do as much as I wanted with the tree. He has already destroyed my first tree skirt, so currently we’re stuck with a blanket around it. He also seems to think the ornaments are toys, so there is a good foot worth of space at the bottom of the tree. However, I stuck with green and red (Target bundle – greatest thing ever!) shatterproof balls. The red glittery ones are my favorite!

Now we can get into the actual craft part, starting with my front door:

I originally made a wreath(which will make an appearance in a bit!), however I wasn’t completely sold on it. So, after seeing this on pinterest a time or two, I decided to try it myself!

Materials:

Frame (Hobby Lobby sells just the frame, but I don’t see why you can’t just take the back off a regular frame! I used a 9 X 12)

Ribbon (Surprise, I actually only used two. My big bow was able to be split into strips! Again, Hobby Lobby, 50 percent off)

Ornaments (I just used my extra ones, but you can pick them up from the dollar store!)

Pipe Cleaners (Dollar Store, used this with the bow)

Wreath Hanger (3M Hooks work too!)

How To: (SO simple!)

Tie your ornaments with the ribbon, alternating heights. I also alternated colors (red with green, etc).

Create your bow. I wish I could step by step this, but as you can ask my boyfriend, this didn’t go as smoothly as I would have hoped. But, you’ll probably have better luck learning from this video.

Attach the ornament ribbons to the bow. I used a pipe cleaner to tie all my ribbons together due to cutting them too short, but if you are smart and measure things out, you should be able to tie them together. Then, just loop them around the back part of the of ribbon. You may have to play with this a bit.

Attach the bow & ornaments to the frame. This is easiest when you have the frame on the door already, as the bow and ornaments can get in the way of the hook, leaving your frame off balance. I actually tied the bow to the wreath hanger. This way, the bow and ornaments will always be centered on your frame.

I plan on changing out this for new years (party hats and noise makers), valentines (hearts), st. patrick’s (shamrocks)…etc! Super versatile which is SO important with a small space!

OK – last thing. My wall decor (also, via Pinterest)

Materials:

Wooden letters (shocker – Hobby Lobby, $1.99)

Paint (I already had red from another craft, but you could be more creative!)

Wreath (Target had the greenery for just $4)

Ornaments (Again, laying around, or the Dollar Store)

Pipe Cleaners

3M Hook & Strips

How To:

Paint your letters. I prefer spray paint, but you can hand paint them and add some things!

Create your wreath. Add ornaments by stringing pipe cleaners through the ornament top and tighten them onto the wreath. The bow I used was from the dollar store, but you can create one using the tutorial above.

Hang! I started with the wreath in the middle using a 3M hook, then arranged my letters accordingly. I used three photo strips per letter.

I love an excuse to craft. 🙂

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Fall Crafts: Tailgate (or Halloween) Wreath

OK – you may not realize I absolutely adore crafts. My mother was a florist for years, and I took floral design in college (yep, it’s a real class!) So when I saw a Mizzou wreath on Etsy, I knew I had to make my own.

Now, this can easily be switched out with different ribbon colors (I plan on taking the “Mizzou” off and adding an orange bow for Halloween!) or for different schools (although why would you ever like another school?)

What you need:

14 inch Styrofoam wreath
3 – 15 yard spools of black tulle
2 – 5 yard rolls of 2 inch black floral ribbon
1 yard of yellow floral ribbon
Floral pins
Wreath hanger
Yellow paint (I got the little bottle of spray paint)
Wooden letters
Craft glue

Wrap the black ribbon all the way around the wreath. It doesn’t take too long however it’s easier if you hold the roll as you loop it around the Styrofoam.

Spray (or paint) the wooden letters. These need to dry before placing them on the wreath – it only took mine about 10 minutes.

Take the tulle and cut 12-14in pieces. This is by far the most time consuming thing – I used nearly all three rolls.

Tie the tulle around the wreath. Keep the knots in the same area – you’ll need to fluff out the tulle for looks.

Place craft glue on the back of the wooden letters and attach them to your wreath. They seem “weak,” but trust me – they’re on there!

Create a bow out of your yellow ribbon and attach it with a pin to the inside ring of the wreath.

If you need to, trim the tulle around the wreath to even it out. Otherwise, you’ve got yourself a good looking wreath for fall!

Thanks to Baby Rabies for helping me on the tulle part!