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Monday, September 26, 2011

FALL.WREATH!

{First of all}
Precious new Ties for Tots are available in my SHOP as of today
for that little man in your life,
including a special beyond special
HOLIDAY LINE!
I.Die.

But anyway.....
{The pretty} 

Cheers for my first tutorial!
I'm so excited about this, that I assure you, I've executed many a-happy dance..
{And for only crafting for about....oh, say....a month or so,}
I'm pretty pumped about this here creation!
{Subtle, eh?}
Anyway!
Enough lolly-gaggin'!
Let's get rollin'....

{What you'll need} 

1. A cheap beyond all cheap wreath from Michaels. I've also seen similar projects done with foam wreaths, which I believe are even cheaper.
2. Yarn! You can go two-tone like I did, or stick with one color, but let me tell you, two-tonin' it up is the way to go because it creates a nice textural look, in my opinion, and will go a heck of a lot faster. I chose burnt orange and dark brown for fall.
3. Flowers for embellishments. Of course, you can use any sort of flowers, such as hand made posies, etc. etc., but these babies were excavated from the we-don't-bother-with-this-area section of my closet.
4. A letter for your initial! I got a foam one from Michaels because I loved the font, but you can use any sort of material, such as wood. 
{Little story: I'm weirdly obsessed with lettering my entire house with "C's." Chad thinks I'm a nut, but I say that there's nothing wrong with a little bit of self-absorbed decorating!}

{And we begin!}

 Okay, I'm not going to lie, this takes a little bit of time.
Herein lies the reasoning behind the two-tone color combination.
Tips on getting through this?
Turn on Pandora.
Sing a song in your head.
Concentrate on the icy goodness of a McCafe.
Do ANYTHING but think to yourself,
Okay really, crafting gods? Come on!
{Okay, okay. It's really not that bad, it's actually quite enjoyable and therapeutic.}

{Ahh, to be fully wrapped}

Okay, you've done your due diligence and are done wrapping....well, your initial layer.
I wanted the predominant color of my wreath to be dark brown, so I went over the whole thing one more time with only that color, layering more thickly in the area where I wanted to highlight my little "C."
Doing this went considerably faster because the pressure was off!
The wreath was no longer visible. 

{We're rounding the bend....Almost there!}

Once the wreath is wrapped to your satisfaction, it's time for that letter.
Now, a "C" is relatively easy to wrap, but man, if you're a "Q" or something, my heart goes out to you.
Anyway!
Wrap that baby up in your highlight color, and finish it off with a little dab of hot glue.

{It's coming together...}

Then go ahead and glue your letter onto the area with the most thickly wrapped "dominant" color.

{Quick and easy}

And catty-corner {does that even have a correct spelling?} to your initial, place your flower embellishments.
Since mine were just clip-on goodies, I simply lifted a few pieces of yarn, and attached those little lovelies.

{Done!}

And that's it!
Easy peasy with not too much fuss.
And guess what?
It only took me the latter half of a nap session.
ONE nap session.
So it's pretty, it's easy, it's cheap, it's fun and it's relatively quick.
What??
Unheard of!


I will be linking up with these lovely ladies today:

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11 comments:

  1. I LOVE it! I love the yarn wrapped letter. So cute. I just made my first Halloween wreath a few days ago. I'm still not sure if I like it... lol

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  2. How cute! I'm definitely making this! : )

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  3. OOOh I have always wanted to know how to make one of these! Thanks!

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  4. oh my gosh this is ADORABLE!! i love it so much!! i can't wait to make one of my own :)

    following you from the Follow Fest :)

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  7. I love making wreaths for each season. Such an easy way to mark the changing of seasons and so fun to get creative!

    new here from follower fest!
    mamamandolin.blogspot.com

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  8. This is adorable! I need to try making one myself. Now that I have a new front door to put it on....my husband and I are buying a home for the first time :)

    Stopping by from Follow Fest! New Follower! :)

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  9. I love the customization with the initial on it.

    Stopping by from the follwers fest. I'm a new follower.

    Hope you can check me out at
    thecheesethief.blogspot.com

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  10. I love, love, love this and am going to try it.

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