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DIY Hydrangea Wreath

Wow, 6 days later and I’m back with my second post of the month! This has got to be some sort of record for me! I finally got around to making my spring-summer wreath and hanging it up! Surprisingly, this one didn’t take long at all – probably 30 minutes or less, it just took me a long time to get around to do it πŸ˜›

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Isn’t it pretty? πŸ˜€ The only things I had to buy were the hydrangeas, everything else I already had in my craft box.

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The wreath form that I’ve used and reused over and over again, white cloth leftover from a costume I helped my friend make, and four bunches of fake flowers. I bought three hydrangeas and the one bunch of blue flowers, but I ended up not using the blue flowers haha

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Then I folded each strip in half lengthwise and wrapped it around the wreath form (and securing with hot glue) until I ended up with this:

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Kinda like a mummy! I plucked all the flowers off the stems are started arranging to see what looked best.

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I used some yarn to tie the hydrangeas to the wreath form.

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Then I hot glued the little green leaves (from the unused blue flowers) to the sides to finish it off! Being lazy, I used some green yarn from my craft box to fashion a loop to hang the wreath from πŸ™‚

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So pretty and fluffy and happy!! I’m extremely happy with the way the wreath turned out and just really hope the white fabric doesn’t get too dirty! πŸ˜› It only cost $4 too! The flowers were from the 99cents store and i already had everything else πŸ™‚

Happy crafting!

-Yenny

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DIY Seashell Summer Wreath

Hello all! I’m finally posting a craft-related project! This probably won’t last long as there are just more recipes that I want to try and share and I’ve kind of run out of projects to do or make for my apartment… But I will always be making wreaths for my front door! Summer is almost here and this coming week is another heat wave for us – temperatures reaching the mid-90s and up to 100s in the valley – yay! I love the heat πŸ™‚ I’ve been trying to come up with ideas for a summer wreath and finally decided on a seashell-beachy one.

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Ta-da~! What do you think? It’s a little messy and shipwreck-y but I kinda like it! I started with the usual supplies:

Wreath form, leftover burlap and seashells

Wreath form, leftover burlap and seashells

I’m using the same wreath form I always use and leftover burlap that I’ve used for my previous wreaths. I’m almost done with all the burlap too!

The shells are from Michaels

The shells are from Michaels

I cut three strips of burlap, approximately 3-4 inches wide and wrapped them around the wreath form. I used hot glue to keep everything in place. The most annoying part is that after three full strips of burlap, I was left with this gap:

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And I had to cut a small piece to cover it. Then I chose my shells. I knew I wanted to use the starfish and the large white clamshell looking one but wasn’t sure about the smaller shells.

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Some of the shells were a bit too difficult to glue to the wreath so I didn’t use those.

This was the arrangement I ended up with

This was the arrangement I ended up with

I also used some blue fabric I already had to hold up the wreath. I thought the wreath looked a little lonely so while I was at the 99cents store today I saw this!

How fortuitous!

How fortuitous!

However, this net is 5ft by 7ft which is wayyy too big for what I was thinking.

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So I opened it up and eyeballed how much I would need and just snipped that part off. Then I was super duper lazy and kind of just draped the netting onto my wreath until I liked it haha!

I like it!

I like it!

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Perfect for summertime!

Project Breakdown:

Wreath form, burlap, blue fabric, and hot glue gun – already owned

Seashells from Michaels – $2.61 (40% coupon off $3.99)

Netting – $1.00 from 99cents store

Total: approximately $4.00! Woohoo!

 

Happy crafting!

-Yenny

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DIY Spring Yarn Wreath

Happy (almost) spring!

I’ve been lagging on making a new spring wreath for my door – after I took down my Christmas wreath, I just hung my old jingle wreath as a placeholder. But I finally got my butt in gear and made a new wreath!

 

My fave color! :)

My fave color! πŸ™‚

I once again used my straw wreath form that I’ve used countless times (as you can tell from the Sharpie marks) and some leftover yellow yarn I found while cleaning out my room at my parents’ house.

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Hot glue the end of the yarn and start wrapping! I had forgotten HOW LONG wrapping a wreath form in yarn takes!! I think it took me about 1.5 hours over 2 days. I wanted to make sure I covered the black markers completely since I was using such a light colored yarn.

All wrapped!

All wrapped!

Then I gathered some leftover burlap and yellow fabric from my burlap & flower wreath. I really liked how the burlap flowers turned out from here but when I actually tried to make them, I wasn’t very successful =/ I don’t know what went wrong! But maybe my burlap knit was too loose… So I just made up some flowers of my own!

I tried to make different sizes

I tried to make different sizes

It started out with the same method as the original link, but I just twisted and hot glued whenever I felt it looked pretty. I think the yellow ones are a little flat but they were a lot easier to work with than the burlap! Burlap sheds EVERYWHERE.

I hot glued them on in a pattern I liked

I hot glued them on in a pattern I liked

And used the same yellow fabric to hang it up!

I added the bow after because I thought it needed a little more cuteness

I added the bow after because I thought it needed a little more cuteness

Snip snip!

So cute!

So cute!

I took these pictures at night when I finished and hung the wreath. I literally take my floor lamp outside and take pictures πŸ˜€ But I like the warm tones!

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Then I took some more pictures in the daylight:

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I love it!

Best thing about this was that it was all free! I already had the wreath form, yarn, burlap, yellow fabric and hot glue gun! If you didn’t have the supplies, it would probably cost you about $7-10. Still cheap and fun!

Happy crafting!

-Yenny

 

 

 

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DIY Christmas Wreath

Happy December! I can’t believe its almost the end of the year! This year I’ve been more in the Christmas spirit and wanting to make a more traditional wreath for my door. Last year, I did a candy cane wreath and the only problem I had with that is that it rained and melted some of my candy canes and attracted ants! Not this year!

Ta da!

Ta da!

I LOVE IT SO SO MUCH. πŸ™‚ This is how I started:

Supplies from the 99cents store

Supplies from the 99cents store!

I got 4 things from the trusty 99cents store: 12 feet of roping, two holiday-looking sticks and that glittery snowflake made of bells.

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I unrolled the roping to make it into a bigger wreath, using my wreath form as a guide.

This is was easy since the roping is wired! It holds its own shape and I twisted it back on itself.

This is was easy since the roping is wired! It holds its own shape and I twisted it back on itself.

Then I figured out the placement of the decorations and since I didn’t have any dark yarn or twine to attach them to the wreath, I MacGyvered “yarn” out of black thread:

I just double the thread back and forth until I got something substantial enough to work

I just doubled the thread back and forth until I got something substantial enough to work

Placement is decided!

Placement is decided!

The sticks were a bit long so I bent them back (I couldn’t cut them off since my scissors couldn’t cut through the surprisingly sturdy wire!)

I hooked them onto each other for more sturdiness

I hooked them onto each other for more sturdiness

Everything is held on by my black thread-yarn, which worked surprisingly well! I tied the snowflake onto the red ribbon like so:

This way it's centered!

This way it’s centered!

Now for some pictures!

It was surprisingly sunny today so the pictures are a little bright

It was surprisingly sunny today so the pictures are a little bright

I love that poinsettia with the berries!

I love that poinsettia with the berries!

Glittery snowflake!

Glittery snowflake!

Here’s the wreath in the evening:

So warm and festive!

So warm and festive!

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Project Breakdown:

Wreath supplies: $4 from the 99cents store

Ribbon & thread: Already had

This was by far the easiest and cheapest wreath I’ve ever made! SO much fun and I made sure that I could take it apart and reuse the material for next year!

Happy holidays!

-Yenny

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DIY Fall Wreath

I’m back with another wreath! I think coming up with new wreaths is one of my favorite things to do πŸ™‚ Once again, I just stripped down my current wreath and re-used the wreath form. I bought my wreath form for $1.50 during a Joann’s sale and I’m really getting so much bang for my buck!

Here was my summer wreath:

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I just pulled out all the flowers and kept the burlap as the base. But first, I made a stop at Michael’s for some fall supplies! This is what I came back with:

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A TON of stuff was on sale so I got this 6 foot long strand of leaves, orange ribbon, and a pumpkin head scarecrow figure!

This is what the aisles looked like! So autumny and reduced prices everywhere!

This is what the aisles looked like! So autumny and reduced prices everywhere!

I cut up the leaf strand because it was so much easier to work with that way.

I just placed them around the wreath to make sure I had enough coverage

I just placed them around the wreath to make sure I had enough coverage

I also made sure that the little bunches of berries were evenly spaced out around the wreath.

All glued down!

All glued down!

Hot glue-ing all the leaves down definitely took the longest time. You have to figure out placement and which way the leaves should face and actually getting them to stick without burning your fingertips (which I was not quick enough to avoid lol)

Then came this guy!

Pumpkin head scarecrow!

Pumpkin head scarecrow!

I cut the stick he’s attached to in half and hot glued him in the middle. Then I cut a strip of ribbon, hot glued the ends together (with the wreath in the middle) and ta-da!

All done!

All done!

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Here he is! I used the rest of the stick to brace him against the wreath (you can see the horizontal stick behind him)

Here he is! I used the rest of the stick to brace him against the wreath (you can see the horizontal stick behind him)

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I LOVE this wreath! So fun and fall-like πŸ™‚

Project Breakdown

– Wreath form & hot glue gun – already owned

– Leaf strand – $2.79 (50% off $6.99 original price)

– Ribbon – $2.39 (40% off $3.99 original price)

– Scarecrow figure – $1.69

Total: $6.87 plus tax and a little more if you need the form and hot glue gun

A quick and cheap project to update your front door for fall!

Happy crafting!

-Yenny

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DIY Burlap & Flower Wreath

It’s finally starting to feel like summer here in Los Angeles! The past few weeks have been a bit of a June gloom, but this week is finally starting to feel warmer and I can see the sunshine winning over the clouds! And I finally felt like making my summer wreath to hopefully keep the sunshine around for the rest of the summer πŸ™‚

I took my old yarn wreathΒ and re-used the form to make my new wreath!

I've had this stuck in the back of my closet since I took it off my door

I’ve had this stuck in the back of my closet since I took it off my door

Luckily, the yarn just snipped right off.

Snip snip snip!

Snip snip snip!

I gathered my new supplies:

Burlap and colorful (plastic) flowers

Burlap and colorful (plastic) flowers

I had 2 yards of 45″ burlap and cut rough strips out of it. I didn’t measure, just estimated strips of about 4 inches wide. Then I wrapped the wreath form. It took me 4 strips to get it all covered. I was lazy to plug in my glue gun, so I actually just attached the burlap with straight pins pushed straight through and into the straw form. (Pins like for altering clothes)

All wrapped and ready to go!

All wrapped and ready to go!

Another stroke of luck was that my flowers just separated right from the stem with me just pulling them off!

So easy!

So easy!

All my pretty flowers. So colorful and happy!

All my pretty flowers. So colorful and happy!

I also attached the flowers to the wreath using the same straight pins. (As you can see, this was a very lazy project πŸ˜› )

I played around with the arrangement, which was easy to do since they were just pinned.

I played around with the arrangement, which was easy to do since they were just pinned.

I found some leftover scrap golden yellow fabric and cut a strip (again, without measuring) and hung it on my door.

Love it!

Love it!

Gratuitous close up shot

Gratuitous close up shot

See my lazy cloth ribbon holding it up?

See my lazy cloth ribbon holding it up?

Project Breakdown:

Wreath form: Re-used, but would cost about $3.00 at craft stores

Burlap: 2 yards at $1.49/yard = $3.00 from L.A.’s Fabric District

Plastic flowers: $0.99 per bouquet from the 99cents store = $2.00

Yellow fabric: already had

Total: $5.00 for me, but around $10.00 if you had to buy the other materials. So, a nice and cheap project!

Happy crafting!

-Yenny

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