Simple Halloween Wreath

This week has been one of the most emotionally, physically, and mentally draining weeks of my life. One day I’ll be able to write about it with enough composure for a public blog, but in the meantime I’ll share my other stress coping mechanism: crafting of course. I made a very simple light up wreath for Halloween.

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I started with a black wreath and wrapped it with berry garland. The berries are orange, black and purple, and some are glittery. I made sure all the berries were arranged towards the front of the wreath.

You could keep the wreath just like this, but I found these LED lights in the floral section. They have a lot of different colors (and I might have stocked up on a variety), so I used purple for the wreath.

One strand of the lights are not long enough to wrap around the wreath, so instead I only kept the lights to the front of the wreath by threading the lights around the berry garland.

I hid the switch in the back and it’s all finished.

I could definitely add to this, but I haven’t decided what yet. Maybe I’ll cut some cute things out with my Cricut, but in the meantime it’s ready to go.

I couldn’t go all out with the Halloween decorating, partly because of a hectic life but mostly because we are going to be on vacation for Halloween. That’s my other crafting project. I’ve been making costumes for everyone. My parents, nieces and nephew, Matt, the baby, and I are all going to be characters from The Nightmare Before Christmas. When I’m finished all be posting the costumes. We’re going to Florida and will be in Disney for Halloween. It’s the only time of year adults are allowed to dress up in the park. I am so excited! I’ve been having such a great time making the costumes not to mention that I definitely could use a vacation!

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Gardening Wreath

I’ve been behind posting my wreaths, but here is my gardening wreath I made to hang before and after my flag wreath.

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So cute! The base of the wreath is a 10ft. leader hose in a wire wreath. You also need twine, gardening gloves, flowers of your choice, and a toy gardening kit.

Use twine to tie the hose in a circle.

Then tie the hose into the concave part of the wire wreath.  You can add a dab of hot glue for reinforcement. You can also cover the twine with the flowers and gardening tools.

tie to wire wreath

 

The flowers I chose pop right off their stems.

pop flowers off stems

 

Just hot glue them onto the hose.

 

The base of the flowers fit nicely in the hose crease.

 

flowers!

For the opposite side, I used the gloves and the toy kit. The handles are bulky and hard to attach, so I unscrewed the heads off the shovel and hoe.

detach heads from handles

I screwed just the heads together and used glue because I didn’t have a small enough washer.

use glue as a washer

Tie the toy tools to the hose.

tie down tool heads 

Glue the gloves down to cover that the handles were removed.

glue down gloves

The toy kit I bought had flower markers, so I used white nail polish to write in some flowers before I glue them in.

sprinkle in flower tabs

Finished! And adorable! Happy gardening!

Gardening Wreath

 

Pot Wreath

Ok,  it’s been over a month since I made it, but I thought I should put my May wreath up. If you haven’t seen the wreath on Pinterest yet, prepare yourself for something pretty.  

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My friends Caroline and Sarah came over for a Pinterest party, and we decided to make these wreaths.  We found them on Pinterst, and used the tutorial here:

http://www.bloglovin.com/viewer?blog=1809101&post=2628708147

The tutorial has all the materials listed and is very easy to follow.

I decided to paint my pots to match the pot towers I put outside (another Pinterest inspired project I’ll be posting). Sarah and Caroline didn’t paint their pots.  I think their wreaths look very sophisticated, while mine looks a bit more on the whimsical side.  

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If you want to paint your pots, do that first. Tie down the larger pots first. 

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Then fill in the spaces with the smaller pots. Switch up the direction of the pots, they shouldn’t all face the inside of the wreath.

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We cut cubes of floral foam and filled the pots with it after they were all tied down.

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Then just hot glue the faux flowers. I used a lot of succulents mixed in with purple flowers and some faux moss. I added the moss last as a filler.

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They’re not very difficult, but they are pretty heavy. Make sure your wreath holder is a sturdy one. Also, this may be too big if you have a screen door. Mine barely closes with the screen door. I think I may move this to my side door to be closer to my topsy turvey pots.

Easter Wreath & Vacation

Ahhhhhh spring! It has sprung! I love it! We just came back from some time in California (vacation for me, half work half vacation for Matt). It was a nice transition to spring, because I think (hope) while we were out there we missed the last of winter’s fury.

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We spent the first half in Disneyland and LA. I loved it. Sleeping Beauty is my favorite classic princess, so I was very excited to see her castle.

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I went waaaay geeky and wore a pink polka-dot dress one day, and Matt got me matching ears. It’s like we’re twins!

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And I met my boyfriend Donald in his traditional blue Donald outfit for the first time ever.

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We ate at the Blue Bayou. The food was delicious, and the Pirates of the Caribbean ride actually goes through the restaurant. So cool!

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I don’t care what anyone says; you’re never too old for Disney!

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We also went to Universal studios, and it was really cool to take the studio tour and see the actual sets. We planned on seeing more of LA, but we ran out of time because Matt had to be down in San Diego for the Drosophila conference. For the most part, he was at talks and presentations while I did some lounging, reading, and knitting (I just started learning).

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We were able to slip away for a few hours each day and see San Diego’s Old Town, Sea Port Village, the USS Midway Naval Aircraft Museum, and the Gas Lamp District. Last time we were here for the conference, we went to the San Diego Zoo. It was amazing! We didn’t have time for that this year, but hopefully next time we’re out, we’ll have some time for their Safari Park or the San Juan Capistrano Mission Gardens.

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I was sad to get back to reality, but I was glad to start Easter decorating! I pulled down all my Easter decorations and started to decorate. I love Easter.  It’s my favorite Holiday. I actually have several Easter wreaths, but keeping with my wreath resolution I decided to make one. I saw a few on Pinterest that inspired this one.

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This was really easy. I used the green garland around the twig wreath.

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Then I added the small white flowers to the top and bottom of the wreath.

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I wanted the wreath to have lilies because those are the flowers I associate with Easter. I used one bunch of the lilies for the wreath. I just trimmed them and glued them down.

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I painted the cross white and used a small purple quilting square for the pall. Everything was glued down with hot glue.

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I love it!

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St Patrick’s Day Crafty Fun

I started decorating for St. Patrick’s Day last week. I am a bit Irish somewhere down the bloodline; My father’s grandmother, I think. Matt’s birthday is the day after St.Patrick’s Day, and his favorite color is green, so I do like to decorate for the holiday.

So much green

Sara had the idea to use horseshoes for St.Paddy’s Day decor to show “the luck of the Irish.” She picked up a bunch of used horseshoes for about $1 each!

Lucky Horseshoes

For our word display, we spelled out “Lucky,” using a horseshoe as the U.

Lucky

We Modge Podged the letters with scrapbook paper, and embellished them with some decorating moss, berries, and other green foliage.

Anything green goes

We also used some plastic gold coins, and I made several felt four leaf clovers I saw on Pinterest.

We painted the horseshoe gold, and I found these tiny wooden signs at Michael’s. I painted “Leprechaun Crossing” onto the sign and glued it to the horseshoe.

Tiny Sign!

Lucky Leprechaun Crossing

We were also sure to paint the edges of the wooden letters gold for a more finished look.

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I really love the “Lucky” display, but I might decide to fasten the letters onto a wooden board. I’m not sure yet, so for right now they are just resting against the wall on our entry table.

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We also used the horseshoes to make the St. Patrick’s Wreath. The first thing we did was add some decorative moss to a twig wreath so that the base was green.

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We the attached the horseshoes with floral wire to the wreaths, and then added the flowers.

 

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Daisies, hydrangeas, berries, and leaves were glued on in spots to highlight the horseshoes.  I also added more of the felt clovers and plastic gold coins.

Almost done

Just hot glue the flowers down

Initially, I wasn’t going to paint these horseshoes gold, but when I looked at the wreath while sitting in my car, I noticed that I really couldn’t see the horseshoes.

 

Wreath 1

Unpainted Horseshoes

I think if this were meant for an indoor wreath, or had different color flowers embellishing it, I could have left the horseshoes. But I think painting the horseshoes gold not only makes them more visible, it also makes the wreath even more fitting for St Patrick’s Day.   

Wreath 2

Painted Horseshoes

I think both projects are nice, and I think they’re my favorite wreath and word display yet!

Quick and Easy Valentine’s Day Wreaths

I’m trying to keep to my new year’s wreath resolution with a Valentina’s day wreath. Usually, I just have a branch heart wreath on the door, but that isn’t as fun as making something. I made two different wreaths, the first is a topsy, turvey owl frame.

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I painted a laser cut wood frame and heart for the main elements, and tied the two pieces with pink ribbon so the heart dangled in the middle of the frame. I tied another ribbon at the top of the frame for hanging. I then dressed up the piece by hot gluing a sparkly pink her, ribbon, crystals, paper flowers, and a wooden owl ornament. It was really simple and came out really cute!

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You don’t have to make the frame crooked, and having the inner heart centered more traditionally is just as sweet.

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It turned out that I liked the owl frame better on the wall than on the door, so I decided to fix up the branch heart wrath I already had. It was very simple and only took a few minutes.

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I first wrapped the wreath in heart tinsel garland, and then with beaded garland. I adjusted she beads so they all faced the front of the wreath. I then hot glued some felt owls and hearts to the front. How stinking adorable!

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Sara’s wreath is very similar, but instead of wrapping her wrath in beaded garland, she glued on some beaded bushels. Quick, easy, and pretty!

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My Wreath Resolution

I already started my wreath goal with the help of team punctuation. We made burlap rose wreaths. They were pretty easy (right ;?) but making all the roses is time consuming. There are about 6-7 large roses and 8-9 small roses on each wreath. I had to hold Alexis hostage so she could help us make roses to get them finished faster.

We painted and cut our burlap. You can also buy colored burlap that is already 3″-4″ wide from Michael’s. Of course we discovered this too late, but at least our wreaths are 100% customized. Start by cutting burlap strips: 24″ for small roses, and 36″ for large roses. If you are cutting from a sheet of burlap, the strips can be anywhere from 2″-5″ in width. Fold each strip in half and iron to keep the fold. If you are painting your roses, paint them after you iron.

Make a long stitches alone the open ends of the burlap strips. Don’t tie a knot at the end of your stitches, just a leave long trail of thread on both ends.

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When you’re finished stitching, hold one end of the burlap and  push the other end of the strip towards the end you’re holding. The burlap will bunch and gather to form the rose.

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You can also bunch the burlap as you stitch.

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Tie the ends of the thread to hold the rose together.

We embellished the roses by hot gluing beads, buttons, and little leather flowers we got from Michael’s to the center of the roses. I also made little burlap leaves. Cut the burlap into a square, fold over to make a triangle,  then fold the 2 corners to meet in the middle corner to make a leaf.

Hot glue the roses and leaves to a twig wreath. My wreath was more oval shaped, and Sarah’s was round.

I love how the wreaths were made in the same style and at the same time, yet they look totally different.

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