|Green felt leaf wreath|
Let me just start by saying that I LOVE all the creative wreath's I've seen lately on Pinterest and the blogsphere. And have been dying to make some sort of wreath creation of my own. I just have this thing with them like I want them to be green or look like something that resembles something in nature....or at the very least something you might find in a cartoon fairy land. Does that make any sense to anyone at all? That's what I wanted for MY house anyway. That's not to say I don't like original creative wreaths.
I think you should also know that this wreath is sooooo much cuter in real life! Isn't that how it always goes?
So here's how I did it... I started with some foam like pipe insulator. It was only 3 dollars for 6 feet of it which is MUCH cheaper than buying a Styrofoam wreath form at the craft store. You can get it at your local plumbing store or Home Depot. All you need to do is cut it to the size you want and then duck tape it together to form a circle.
I then cut out 95 dark green felt leaves and 95 of the flannel. I would have used all felt but the color selection at the fabric store was limited and I REALLY wanted olive green. I cut down on my cutting time by snipping 4 leafs at a time and I also free handed them so there are varying shapes and sizes.
Then I doubled up the two colors and started pinning the leafs straight into the form. I went all the way around the wreath in the same direction.
THEN, I decided that some of the leaves needed to have a seam down the middle like real leaves. So I lined them up on my machine and sewed through about 15 leaves in a continuous line (not stopping to backstitch or anything) That part was really fast.
Then I took those "pretty" leaves and hot glued them over all the spots where you could see the pins.
The red flowers were created by layering random circles on top of each other and then handstitching them together. I pulled the last few stitches really tight to make the flowers turn up a little. This is also the technique I used for the flowers on my stockings....seen here (since a few of you asked).
The whole wreath is pretty self explanatory if you just look closely at the pictures, but hopefully this was at least a little helpful.
Let's talk about sprucing up our Christmas Decor.....
They aren't really blankets! You know how you are always seeing adorable vintage looking Christmas fabric at the fabric store? And you think, 'what could I do with this?' (Well, I think that anyway). Cause the thing is, who wants to, or has time to make a Christmas quilt that only gets to stay out for 1 month? Not I. So, basically I just wrapped some fabric around the quilts I already had. You can even pin them into place if you want.
|I also love the idea of simply covering your existing candles with holiday scrapbook paper.|
|And I REALLY love the idea of covering old books in Christmas paper...|
ahhhhhhh so many ideas, so little time. The story of my life.
I hope you enjoyed my wreath! Now I need to go find a home for it.