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DIY Fall Wreath with Martha Stewart Paper

While I was at the craft store last weekend, I happened across Martha Stewart’s Halloween crafting line. She has really outdone herself this year, mainly because black cats are everywhere! You might have noticed that my Kiko aka LulaBelle is a beautiful, black kitty. I adore all things black cat-related because of her. Needless to say, I bought the Animal Masquerade paper pad.

Animal Masquerade Paper Pad

I fully intended to make a Halloween wreath with this paper until I remembered that my fall wreath ain’t that great. There is a beautiful paper in this pad full of fall foliage and acorns that was just begging to be made into a wreath. Fear not. I am confident that I will have several more projects to come featuring the other papers. I did after all buy it because of the black cats!

Supplies:

Step One:

Paint your wreath form in a color that coordinates with your paper. I used Martha Stewart Crafts’ Multi-Surface Metallic in Rust. You’ll only need to paint one side and the edges because the other side will be covered with your fall paper. My wreath needed two coats for good coverage.

Step One

Here’s two of my favorite tips for working with craft paint. Use a clean yogurt container to hold your paint, and cover it with Glad Press ‘n Seal to keep your paint wet in between coats.

Painting Tips

Step Two:

With a foam brush, cover the unpainted side of your wreath with a generous layer of Mod Podge.

Step Two

Then place your paper on top, making sure to smooth out any wrinkles while pressing all of the paper firmly onto the wreath form. Let it dry.

Step Three:

Flip your paper-covered wreath form over, and cut away the excess paper using an Exacto knife.

Step Three

Try to get as close to the edges of the wreath form as possible.

Step Three B

As always, use your Exacto knife on an appropriate surface to avoid cutting up your table or counter top. Hang onto your paper scraps, especially the large circle you removed from the center of the wreath form. You can surely find something to do with paper this pretty, regardless of the shape or size.

Step Four (optional):

I didn’t particularly care for the write edges around my wreath where the paper had been cut. I used a brown ink pad to tap around all of the edges to give it a more finished look.

Step Four

My square ink pad didn’t liked the curves of the inside of the wreath, so I switched to a rectangular one. It worked much better. If you do this step, make sure to let the ink dry completely. Otherwise your hands will be covered in it while you finish up the wreath.

Step Five:

One of the great things about the wooden wreath form that used for this project are the holes in it. To attach the twine that would serve to hang my wreath, I flipped it over and pierced the paper through the hole that was closest to top and center of the wreath. I found it easier to thread the twine through the hole by using one of my large-eyed knitting needles.

Step Five

You may be luckier than me and not to use a needle. I then tied the twine in a square knot around the wreath and also at the ends of the twine to create a loop for hanging.

Step Six (optional):

The wreath is certainly lovely and ready for hanging at this point, but a little embellishment never hurt any craft. I made a mini bunting with some of my leftover paper scraps.

Step Six

You could also attach glitter letters to spell a word of your choosing. Another option might be adding beautiful fall leaves. You could even make an acorn out of felt, and it would be precious. When it comes to embellishing a project, do what you like and make it your own.

Fall Wreath

Happy fall crafting!

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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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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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