Monday, March 29, 2010

in honor of Spring







In honor of Spring, I decided to make something special. So, I whipped up this wreath (well, maybe whipped isn't the right word, because it did take about 5 hours), using only items that already had. I LOVE making things out of stuff that I have lying around the house, it just makes me so excited! It's like getting something for free!

Here's the list of supplies I used:

Brightly colored felt squares ($0.25 cents each at Joanne Fabrics)
My handy-dandy Scissors
Hot Glue Gun (a crafter's best weapon)
and an empty Cereal Box

I started by cutting out the petals- I experimented with several different kinds of flowers. Some ended up being hideous, and some worked well enough to repeat the pattern several times! I cut a circle out of felt for the base of each flower, and started gluing petals around the edges using the hot glue gun (note: I found it worked best to put a small line of glue around the edge and overlap the petals on it, saves lots of time!):



Once I had petals all around the edge, I did another layer or two inside (putting the petals in the center between the outer ones). You can finish it off by gluing a tiny round center on the flower, or by threading some beads through.

Here's some close-ups of the flowers so you can see the different patterns:


(I only used beads in the middle for one- it looked nice but I got lazy)

After I finished making all of the flowers (it seriously took me three evenings, and 5 hours total to do it! Yikes!), I laid them out in a pattern on the floor. Then, using a cereal box, I cut out a rough circle with a hollow center to glue the "wreath" on to.


I tried to make sure there weren't a lot of gaps, but even if some cardboard does show through it won't really matter (unless you are an extreme perfectionist, in which case you should stop reading my blog now, for your own sanity!).


And voila- a wreath that will last for ages and it cost me nary a penny. It's a little more time-consuming than some projects, but it was worth it!

I'm linking up to some great blog parties below, and I can't wait to see what everyone else is crafting this week!




6 comments:

  1. That is precious! I love all the fresh, Springy colors you used. Very very cute. :) Visiting from Kimba's DIY party. :)

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  2. wow, that looks very labor intensive, but I love your felt roses. they're adorable!!! wish i had that kind of patience!

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  3. Cute! I think the roses would also look really nice on a headband or ribbon sash.

    I'm glad you like my red kitchen light. It's from an IKEA kit. They sell the socket and it fits any of their shades. We just screwed an 'S' hook into the ceiling to hold the cord. The other end plugs into the wall by the stained glass window. It only took about 5 minutes to hang and was really cheap!

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  4. so pretty and cheerful! ...makes me so happy that I stopped by! I hope to see you at my place one day this week when you get a moment. until later...

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  5. @ Amanda- Thank you! So glad you came by!

    @ Emily- Yes, it was labor intensive! But, I was distracted a little by the TV, so that probably added to the length of time it took!

    @ Hattie- That is a really good idea. I will have to try making some headbands out of them too! Thanks for the info about the lamp too, I need to go check out IKEA I guess!

    @ Mary Beth- Thanks for coming by! I will definitely come visit your blog!

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  6. Your wreath is so cute! It was definitely worth the time and effor you put into making it.

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