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Icicle Earrings

Several years ago, I received a bag of hand-me-down ornaments that contained a ton of beautiful icicles. I really do intend to make something fabulous with them one day or to at least have a snow-themed Christmas tree covered in these icicles. Until that day comes, I’ve decided to ease my guilt by making a pair of earrings with them.

Icicle Earrings

My icicles are plastic and about 4 in. long. Although I didn’t buy them, I’m confident that you can find similar ones at the craft or dollar store. You might even get a good deal since they’re likely part of a holiday collection.

Because these icicles were intended to be hung, they have a hole at the top that I slipped a jump ring into. I then attached the jump ring to a pair of earring wires. In under 5 minutes, I created a pair of seasonal, statement earrings that I can’t wait to wear!

These earrings are yet another example of jewelry made with non-conventional materials. Like I always say, you can make earrings out of anything with a hole. Happy repurposing crafting!

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Winter Yarn Wreath Tutorial

With Christmas over and all its decorations packed away until next year, my front door was in desperate need of a wreath. I’ve been dying to try a yarn-wrapped wreath, and winter seems like the perfect season for one. Yarn wreaths are all over Pinterest and pretty popular at retailers right now. I had an inkling it wouldn’t be too hard to make, and I was right! As a matter of fact, I was lucky enough to have all the supplies I needed in my craft room and garage.

Winter Yarn Wreath

Supplies:

  • Wreath Form (see below for my tips on making your own out of items from the hardware store)
  • Yarn
  • Scotch Tape
  • Elmer’s Glue
  • Scissors
  • Felt Flowers (buy pre-made ones at the craft store or keep reading to learn how to make your own)
  • Amazing Goop Craft Glue
  • Ribbon

Styrofoam wreath forms can get expensive, especially if you make a lot of wreaths. I did some research and found ways to make your own with pipe insulation and pool noodles. Unbeknownst to me, we had pipe insulation in our garage. If you don’t have any pipe insulation in your garage, make a quick trip to the hardware store. You will die when you see how cheap it is, so I won’t ruin the surprise! Chad liked the MacGyver factor of making a wreath out of pipe insulation, so he offered to cut and form it for me. Pipe insulation can lose its shape if the wreath materials are too heavy, so I encourage you to check out Gail Made’s tutorial for wrapping it in a way that avoids kinking. Once you’ve got your circle, secure the ends by wrapping duct tape around them.

With my wreath form done, I chose a bulky, gray yarn to wrap around it. I used scotch tape to adhere the beginning of the yarn to the wreath. I then carefully wrapped the yarn making sure that none of my pipe insulation peaked through the finished product. Once I made it the whole way around the wreath, I snipped the yarn and glued the end to the wreath with Elmer’s glue.

For my embellishments, I wanted to stick with something wintery, and felt seemed like a fabulous option. Learning how to make flowers out of felt has been on my crafting bucket list for some time, so I decided to give them a try. papernstitch has the best tutorial for making felt flowers five different ways. Plus she features them on a gray, yarn wreath. I took this happy coincidence as a sign. I am happy to report that these felt flowers are as easy to make as they are precious. You’ll just need felt, a ruler, coordinating embroidery floss, a needle, and scissors.

Loopy Felt Flowers

If making your own flowers isn’t for you, I’m confident that you’ll be able to find some at the craft store. Check the scrapbooking, jewelry, and fabric sections.

Many people will suggest that you attach the flowers to your wreath with hot glue, but I’ve had some bad luck with hot glued items on my front door. It gets a good deal of direct sunlight, and this has melted hot glue and wrecked one of my previous door hangings. I prefer to instead adhere things onto my wreaths with a stronger adhesive. For this project, I used Amazing Goop Craft Glue because it likes many surfaces, including fabric. I let the glue cure overnight to ensure that a permanent bond had time to form.

All that my wreath lacked was a way to hang it on the door. I found a simple, thin ribbon in a coordinating color and tied it to the wreath. I then formed a loop with the ribbon and fastened the ends into a bow. Voila! My door is once again adorned. Happy crafting!

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