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May Flowers Wreath Tutorial

Back in March, I read about a Heidi Grace Pin It and Win It giveaway on the Colorbok blog. They were promoting her latest scrapbooking collections: Cartwheel and Sunshowers. Immediately falling in love with the Cartwheel collection, I rushed to pin it in the hopes of winning the prize package, but I was not the lucky winner.

I was very pleasantly surprised when I came across items from the Cartwheel collection in the scrapbooking section at Jo-Ann’s the following month. I have more scrapbook paper than I realistically know what do with it, so I gravitated towards the embellishments. I first found a kit to make adorable fabric flowers and instantly knew they would be a wonderful focal point on a wreath. I then picked up a couple of adhesive accents, also from the Cartwheel collection, just in case I might need them. What I didn’t know then but do now is that Jo-Ann’s is selling both collections exclusively for Colorbok. If you’re looking to buy some of the specific materials I used, head to Jo-Ann’s. I might have to go back to pick up more because I like them that much!

Keep reading to learn how I made my May Flowers Wreath featuring products from the Heidi Grace Cartwheel collection.

May Flowers Wreath Closeup

Supplies:

  • Wreath Form
  • Jute
  • Tape
  • Amazing Goop
  • Scissors
  • Heidi Grace Cartwheel Fabric Flowers
  • Heidi Grace Cartwheel Chipboard Buttons
  • 3/8 in. Satin Ribbon

Supplies

Step One: Create your fabric flowers with the pieces included in the Cartwheel kit. Play with the pieces until you’ve designed something you really like. Buttons are included with the kit, but I also looked through my personal button stash for larger ones.

Fabric Flowers

I glued my flowers together with Amazing Goop, which takes time to form a permanent bond. While the Amazing Goop is curing, continue with Step Two.

Step Two: Wrap your wreath form with jute. Although I’ve written it before, it is worth mentioning again that you should consider buying jute from the hardware store because it’s cheaper than getting it at the craft store. I like to tack down the jute to the wreath form with a piece of scotch tape before I begin wrapping it.

Tacking the Jute

Make sure to keep your twine tight and close together as you wrap to ensure maximum coverage of the wreath form.

Wrapping with Jute

Once you wrapped around to your starting point, cut the jute with scissors and glue it to the wreath form with Amazing Goop.

Step Three: Adhere your fabric flowers to the jute-covered wreath with Amazing Goop. I prefer it to hot glue for this project for a couple of reasons. Amazing Goop likes both fabric and jute, so I can be confident that it will hold them together. Additionally it forms a stronger bond than hot glue, which is important for a craft that will be hanging in a location like my front entryway that can get quite warm during the spring and summer months.

Attaching the Flowers to the Wreath

You might notice that my fabric flowers look a little different that my earlier photo of them. I decided to add some of the leaf pieces that came with the kit for some additional color, and I chose not to use one of the flowers because I didn’t think the wreath needed it. I initially planned to stop here, but the wreath looked a little bare. Luckily I had bought other Cartwheel collection embellishments, so I got them out and added some very cute chipboard buttons.

Cartwheel Chipboard Buttons

Step Four: Cut a piece of ribbon about 2ft. long. Using a square knot, tie the ribbon around the top of the wreath. Then make a bow with the ribbon, leaving excess between it and the wreath so that you form a loop. Even out of the loops of your bow, and cut the ends of the ribbon to make them even. Hang the wreath in a place of your choosing and enjoy!

May Flowers Wreath

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about the process of this craft that began with reading a blog post and ended with a beautiful, new wreath for my front door. Happy wreath crafting!

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Jute Pumpkin Tutorial

Last month I tried in vain to decoupage scrapbook and then tissue paper onto foam pumpkins I picked up at the dollar store. Everyone else was doing it on Pinterest and making it look so easy.  Not liking the results of either, I then decided to wrap my pumpkins and thereby hide my failed attempts. When life hands you lemons, make lemonade, right?

My “Glitter” Pumpkin Tutorial will show you how I wrapped one pumpkin with eyelash yarn. For my other pumpkin, I wanted to do something less Halloweeny and more fall, so I chose to cover it with jute. You’ve probably seen several other versions of this, but I differentiated mine by covering it vertically. In my opinion, the finished product is visually interesting and looks expensive.

I think you know by now that I am into providing crafting realness about my projects. This one is messy and takes a good deal of time. The good news is you still have plenty of time before Thanksgiving to whip up some of these to add to your decor!

Supplies:

  • Artificial Pumpkin (I used a medium-sized, foam one from the dollar store)
  • Measuring Tape
  • Scissors
  • Elmer’s Glue (one pumpkin used almost an entire bottle)
  • Natural-Colored Jute (buy this at the hardware store – it’s much cheaper than the craft store, and you will have more size options!)
  • Green Jute (see above)

Step One:

To cover the pumpkins vertically, you will need a gagillion pieces of jute. I measured from the base of the stem to the center of the bottom to figure out how long my pieces needed to be. For my pumpkin, that was 7in.

Step Two:

Here comes the messy part! A pumpkin has natural ridges and valleys. I chose to approach each ridge as a separate section. Starting in either valley, I worked from the outside in switching from left to right with each piece of jute. To attach each piece to the pumpkin, I applied a line of glue onto my pumpkin before placing it.

The top and bottom have smaller surface area than the sides of the pumpkin, so I had to get creative with the jute. I criss-crossed the pieces, meaning that I attached them to the opposite side from where they started.

I placed each new piece to the outside of the one before it on that side. In doing so, I created a fishtail look at the top and bottom. The pictures explain it better than words!

I made sure that each piece of jute was close together to avoid my ugly, tissue paper job from showing through the finished product. I promise you that your fingers will get very messy! Luckily Elmer’s comes off easily. Don’t fret if you see a lot of white glue. Again since this is Elmer’s it will dry clear. If your pumpkin gets too tacky to work with, leave it alone for a few hours to dry. When you make it the whole way around the pumpkin, it should look something like this.

Step Three:

All these pieces of jute don’t make for a very pretty bottom for your pumpkin.

To fix this, I attached jute with glue in a spiral pattern.

Once all the stray ends were covered by my spiral, I snipped the end of my jute and left it to dry for several hours.

Step Four:

The unfinished top of my pumpkin was no prettier than the bottom.

To make my stem, I coiled green jute around the top of the pumpkin. I left a long tail to create the illusion of vine and began making a spiral starting in the center of the top and working outwards.

Like the bottom, I stopped once all my stray ends of jute were covered.

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