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4th of July Wreath

I wouldn’t say Independence Day is my absolute favorite holiday – but it’s close to favorite. Hot summer holiday (read not cold), excuse for everyone to wear the same colors, and a day to celebrate our history and country. Oh and fireworks. I love fireworks.

I’m not super crafty but I like being crafty every now and then. And that’s crafty in a good, Michaels-shopping kind of way. So my 30 before 30 list includes making a decor item for every holiday. And my first one is a wreath for the 4th of July.

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Burlap is big right now. So of course I wanted to make a burlap wreath. I had seen many variations on Pinterest but I pretty much ran into Michaels and winged it. I grabbed a foam wreath, some wired burlap ribbon (red, off-white, and blue), and pins.

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I had an idea of how I wanted to make it but no real plan…so I just jumped in. I wrapped the whole foam wreath with the white burlap, pinning each end. A tip – the pearl pins (that I did not buy) will hold better since burlap has holes in it (duh, Katy). Also, get enough burlap to go around the wreath twice, again, since it has holes in it and you can see the green foam through the holes. Like I said, I ran into Michaels and winged it.

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Next, I Googled how to make burlap flowers and found a variety of flower looks and how to make them. I tried and they were not turning out well….burlap does fray and this seemed to be fraying especially a lot when trying to work with it. I did notice, though, that when I cut off the wire it was fairly wide, so I thought I’d try just rolling that up.

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It was really easy and looked kind of cute. So I did a bunch of those in red and blue in various sizes. Then I cut out some cardstock in circles to glue on the back, just to make them a little more sturdy and to help attach them to the wreath.

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I glued some of the smaller ones onto the larger ones, then glued them all onto the wreath! Then I cut and tied (and reinforced the knot with some glue) two burlap strips as a hanger! Not super crafty and it definitely looks homemade, but it’s festive and works for me!

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Now I have to get it on the door so it gets plenty of play time. I hope everyone has a great long holiday weekend next week!


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#25. Homemade Gift

I consider myself a pretty crafty person, but I have never taken much time to make crafty gifts for people. And I love getting creative with gifts. So #25 on my 101 list was a perfect idea! Make a homemade gift for someone that was not food (I make food for people all the time). So Christmas was the perfect time!

My brother’s girlfriend, Amanda, and I have talked numerous times about crafts involving wine corks. And we just so happen to have been collecting them at our house for…oh, about 3 years. I saw a kit in a wine shop for a wine cork trivet and thought, “I could make that!” So I did! I made 2 for Amanda for Christmas and think she really liked them (and didn’t even know I had made them!). Even better is that they were SUPER easy and cheap to make!! Perfect for those hot, out-of-oven dishes!

Materials:

Unfinished  small wood frame (from Michaels)

Pieces of wood to cover the back of the frame

Wine corks, not the plastic ones (I used 14 in each)

Acrylic paint, paint brushes

Wood glue, glue gun

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Materials

1. Glue pieces of wood to back of frame to cover opening

2. Paint frame as desired and let dry

3. Use hot glue gun to glue wine corks in frame

And voila!!


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#18. Home Decor

Another item completed off my 101 list!! #18: make my own piece of home decor. So I made a french memo board to clean up some of the clutter from the refrigerator and it just looks cuter! They are super easy to make. I wish I had taken picture of the process, but I forgot I had this on my list! There are lots of ways to make them, but I’ll share how I did!

You need:

-an old bulletin board

-quilting batting (amount will depend on size of board)

-cotton fabric (amount will depend on size of board)

-ribbon (size will depend on size of board)

-buttons

-push pin picture hangers

-staple gun

-glue gun

1. Cover the bulletin board with quilt batting. For this one I did 3 layers, but it depends on how plushy you want the board. Wrap it around the board like a gift and use the staple gun to staple the ends to the back of the board.

2. Cover the batting/board with your choice of fabric. Wrap it around like a gift and staple the ends to the back.

3. Cut strips of ribbon and lay on the board however wide you want them apart. I use straight pins to position ribbon before securing it. Leave enough to wrap the end around to the back, and staple the end to the back of the board. Staple all ribbon ends.

4. On the front of the board, put a staple where the ribbons criss-cross each other.

5. Using the hot glue gun, glue a button to cover each staple of the front of the board where the ribbons criss-cross.

6. Put push pin hangers on the back of the board and hang!

*If you notice I am missing some buttons….I bought all that JoAnn had but it wasn’t enough, so I have to wait for them to get more in to finish!