Wreaths, Wreaths, Everywhere

With Matt on the road most of this year, lots of school closings due to bad weather, and winter in general I went a little wreath crazy….

Not only did I make some for myself, but friends and family wanted a wreath or 2 as well 🙂  I had a few orders for specific creations, otherwise I just started making wreaths that people decided to buy.

There are the typical seasonal and holiday wreaths, but then I decided to make some Autism Awareness wreaths (for those of you who don’t know; I’m a Behavior Therapist at an Autism Center).  The Autism Awareness wreaths went over really well 🙂  I think I made a total of 15 wreaths, 10 for co-workers and parents at the center and 5 as decoration for the entryway of the center.

Here are all the different wreaths I’ve made over the year 🙂

Have a favorite?  Let me know 🙂

I’ll be working on a few more Fall wreaths and then getting into Winter and Christmas wreaths 🙂

Check out my favorite Etsy shop (Shoppe3130), where I bought all my felt for the Fall wreaths!  I’ll definitely be getting more of my felt there from now on; they have a great selection of colors at a great price!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Summer Time!

Ahh, Summer!!!  Probably the best time of year!!  I’m a huge fan of summer; what’s not to like?  Grilling Out, Fresh Fruits & Veggies, Time at the Beach:)  I love everything summer has to offer!

Of course with each season means a new wreath!!!!!!!!!!!!   I did start a Spring wreath but all of a sudden it was June and my wreath wasn’t done…  oh well, there’s always next year 😉  I feel like Summer time wreaths are a little harder, there’s so many themes you can choose from, nautical, beach, bright colors, flip flops, etc.  I just decided to go with the bright color theme 😉  I started making one where I used little umbrellas but I just didn’t like the look of it; luckily my best friend did so I gave that one to her and started over.

Here are the 2 wreaths:

Which one do you like the best?  I’m starting to really like both 😉

 

Spring Time Wreath!!!

I have gone wreath crazy!!!  Making one for pretty much everyone; my mom, sister, grandmas and a few for myself.  So why not keep going??  This time I made one for my other grandma in IA.  She’s a funny little lady, and I love her!  I called her one day to let her know I wanted to make her a Spring wreath and she was so ‘tickled’ (she uses that word a lot).  I asked her what her favorite thing about Spring was and she said butterflies and flowers; easy enough to incorporate into a wreath.  Then I asked her what her favorite color was and she said green….and brown!  Oh my goodness…I wasn’t sure what I was going to do….  She made it clear she doesn’t like mixing colors, the florist in her town even knows not to mix colors and only do bouquets of different hues:)  Gotta love her!!!  But then I went to JoAnn Fabrics and the wheels started to turn…and I found some fabric that went really well together and Viola!!

I’ve got to say I’m pretty proud of myself and I think it’s one of my best!!  And here’s how to make your own:

What you’ll need:

–Foam Wreath (this time I used a smaller and flat wreath)

–Fabric (I picked one patterned, a tweed colored fabric and a sheer color–1/2 a yard for each just in case))

–Pins, needle, thread

–Scissors

–Hot Glue Gun

–Other items to pretty it up!

Step 1:

Cut the fabric you want to use as your base and cut 2″ strips.

Step 2:

Pin one end to the wreath and start wrapping.  I overlapped the end of one section and the beginning of the next to save on pins.  Keep going until the whole wreath is covered.

Step 3:

 Make flowers and decorate!!!  With this wreath, I made both fabric flowers and felt flowers from these tutorials:

http://kellyhicksdesign.com/2010/03/diy-yarn-wreath/

http://www.littlethingsbringsmiles.com/2010/12/felt-fun.html

**I play around with the flowers and placement until I like what I see.  I use pins to place the flowers just in case I don’t like what I do:)

Happy Wreath Making!!!!

Wreaths!!

What does one do when they actually have a nice front door and place to call home?  They make a wreath!!!  That was one of the first things I wanted to do when I moved.  We finally had a nice place and I wanted to make it look inviting.  I really didn’t know where to start, so I used the wonderful world of the internet!!  So many options!!!  After finding a few wreaths that matched my taste, I went to Michael’s and Joann Fabrics.  Do you know how overwhelming Michael’s and Joann Fabrics can be when you aren’t exactly sure what you are doing??  After grabbing the necessary items I thought I needed, I got to work.

Things You’ll Need:

–Foam Wreath

–Jute

–Hot Glue Gun

–Fabric

–Scissors

–Pins

–Thread and Needles

–Any other odds and ends you want to add to your wreath

Step 1: 

Glue one end onto your wreath and start wrapping.  Make sure to wrap tight enough so the wreath doesn’t show through.  This takes quite a lot of time so I hope you have some shows to catch up on 🙂

Step 2:

I really tried following this blog: http://kellyhicksdesign.com/2010/03/diy-yarn-wreath/ but I’m not as talented as Kelly, so I did my best.

Step 3:

Start pinning and gluing until it’s how you like it!  I took some potpourri from my coffee table centerpiece and glued them on.  I also found a wooden letter ‘L’ from Michael’s, spray painted it silver and glued it on.  I also added a decorative bird.

Here’s the finished product:

Once I decided I knew what I was doing I wanted to make one for my Grandma, Sister and my Mom.  I also made a Fall and Christmas wreath for myself!  In the Spring I’ll be making a wreath for Matt’s Grandma and my other Grandma!  I’ll make a tutorial for the yarn wreaths with the felt flowers!!

What do you think?  Which one is your favorite?

My sister’s wreath:

 My Grandma’s Wreath:

My Mom’s Christmas Wreath:

My Fall Wreath:

My Christmas Wreath: