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Christmas Card Wreath

I always feel crafty around the holidays but I like to make things that I’ll actually use or display for at least a few years. I’ve been in need of a way to display holiday cards and had seen these all over Pinterest the past few years. It seemed easy enough so I hit up Michaels and Amazon (because as much as I love Michaels, they just don’t always have everything; and because Amazon Prime….) and put it together over two evenings (maybe 2 hours total? 2.5 max). It honestly was SO easy that I wasn’t planning on posting it, but then I thought better. So sorry for process shots – but I think you can get it.

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Christmas Card Wreath

What you need:

  • 1 wire wreath frame – I think I got the 18 inch but you can get whatever size works for you
  • clothespins – I ordered green and red from Amazon; they were different sizes and the larger red ones (3 5/16″) worked best; you could also buy regular clothespins and spray paint them
  • ribbon – I used 4 different 3/8″ Christmasy ribbon and a wider one to hang it with

What to do:

Paint the wreath and/or clothes pins if you want. I didn’t – the wreath is already green and I bought colored clothes pins.

Clip on clothes pins so that it opens toward the outside. I alternated colors leaving 2-3 fingers-width in between each.

Cut ribbons into pieces and tie onto middle two rings of the wreath. I started with one ribbon in between each clothespin. Then filled in with a second ribbon in between some clothes pins. I would have done 2 in between every clothes pin but the ribbon didn’t quit make it that far.

Hang it! I used a wider Christmasy ribbon to hang it with.

 


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Lucky Wreath

Confession – I took the easy road on this last wreath. It’s pretty much the same as my Valentines wreath, but it was all there at once at the store. And it’s cute – so why complicate things? Some day I will attempt to make a more involved wreath that will be even more cute, but for now I just want the holidays covered. Getting close to them all for #19 on my list – just Easter left and I already have a wreath, so I’ll have to actually get creative. (side note: I realized I did make a Christmas wreath but never posted it and can’t find a picture…will have to investigate that one).

Simply wrap the foam wreath with ribbon – this time I used non-wired ribbon which was a little easier to wrap – and hot glue the ends to the back of the wreath. Then start gluing! I already had some green rafia ribbon so I used that as the hanger. Voile! I wonder what my neighbors think about all my wreaths….maybe I’m the crazy wreath lady…..:)

the stuff

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the wrap

the wrap

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Heart Wreath

Continuing to be crafty for each holiday for my 30 before 30 list! Here’s my problem – I have an idea of what I want to do, then wait until it’s too close to the holiday, then can’t find the exact materials I wanted. It always turns out perfectly fine, but my shopping trip takes a little longer as I have to get creative on my feet with whatever is available in the store. I think this one especially worked out well – I wanted to do a wreath of red/pink/white balls/ornaments, but alas could find none. So I just raided the Valentine’s section. I should get more creative, as I make a wreath for most holidays, but other people get to enjoy the wreath in my hallway, whereas if I made a different decor item I may be the only one who gets to enjoy it.

Instead of balls I found some felt hearts (which you could make yourself) and some pink and red sparkly foam hearts (kind of what I was looking for). I just bought it all and would return anything I ended up not using!

the stuff (+ hot glue gun)

the stuff (+ hot glue gun)

Wrap the wreath in whatever ribbon you bought. I used a white silky wired ribbon. I don’t think it really matters. Note: I used a 12-inch wreath and 1 spool of ribbon exactly covered it (barely).

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Then just glue everything on – no rhyme or reason needed! I glued all the felt hearts on first, then filled in the little spaces with the glitter hearts. Then I already had some red burlap ribbon so I tied that on as the hanger (I actually tied & glued that on first before gluing the hearts down so I could glue some over it).

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Happy Valentines week! 


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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!