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DIY Christmas Wreath

DIY Rolled Fabric Flower Wreath

 

I don’t like to spend a lot of money on “seasonal” decor because 1. I don’t have a “seasonal decor” budget, and 2. It is only displayed for a short period of time.  I try to find ways to create things that can be used seasonally but aren’t too “holiday specific” in case I want to pull them out at other times of the year.  I made these two wreaths ( I actually made 3 of the white flowered wreath to hang in my living room) with things I had on hand or bought at the Dollar Store.  They are simple and chic and are almost un-christmassy enough to use almost year round if you’d like.  Plus, the techniques you’ll learn in making these fabric flower wreaths can be transferred to countless other crafts.

So heres the breakdown:

Cost: I made these for about $1 each since I had a lot on hand, but even if you don’t have everything on hand you can find most of the supplies at the Dollar Store so I’d guess that it would come in around $4 per wreath.

Supplies:

  • Plain wooden wreath(s).  The Dollar Store had these wicker wreaths in various sizes.
  • Scrap fabric in colors of your choice.
  • Feathers in colors of your choice.  I used an old feather boa I had but you can find feathers at Walmart or sometimes the Dollar Store in the craft section.
  • Decorative accents like plastic rhinestones, buttons, beads, pear sticks, etc. to use as the center of your flowers.  I used plastic rhinestones I had for the white wreath and little pearl wire sticks I had for the red wreath.  I found the pearl sticks in the wedding decor section of the Dollar Store…yes…they actually have an aisle for wedding decorating stuff at the Dollar Store.
  • Foamies sheets.  I used thin white foam sheets to adhere the flowers to the wreath.
  • Large ribbon.
  • Scizzors.
  • Glue gun and glue.

Alright here we go!  We’ll do the red wreath first.

1.  The first thing to do is cut out all your pieces from your scrap fabric.  I wanted sort of a Christmassy wreath so I used leftover red and green fabric.  I used the red for the flowers and the green for the leaves.  I know…I probably didn’t have to explain that.  Anyway, you want to cut out a bunch of circles for your flowers and leaf shapes for your leaves.  I cut my leaves into a sort of holly leaf shape.  Cut smaller circles and larger circles to give your flowers some added dimension.

2.  Stack 3 circles on top of each other with the smallest one on top.  Put a dot of hot glue in the middle of each circle as you stack them to get the petals to stick together.  If you’d rather sew this then go for it.  I try to sew as little as possible just to save time.

3. Grab your little pearly wire sticks (I used 3 per flower) and fold them and twist them together.  Put a decent sized dab of hot glue in the middle of your flower and squeeze and hold the pearly sticks in the middle of the glue dab until it dries.  This will give your flowers that ruffly look and makes for a pretty center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Make as many of these as you’d like.  I made about 7.

5. Next make your leaves by stacking 3 leaf cutouts on top of each other and then gluing down the center and pinching the middle to give them some dimension.

6. Now you can start assembling your wreath.  I did this by alternating flowers, leaves, and feathers and hot gluing them directly to the wreath. Have fun with the design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The closer you put the flowers, the more ruffly and full your wreath will look.  This would also be amazing to do all the way around if you wanted to use a foam wreath instead (also at the Dollar Store).

BEAUTIFUL!

Now for the white flowered wreath.

1.  This is an awesome fabric rolling technique that can be used for tons of chic craft projects like hair accessories, bib necklaces, rings, lamp shades, you name it.  These fabric roses look great on just about anything.  First thing to do is cut out strips of scrap fabric.  I cut mine about 2 inches wide and a foot and a half or so long.  Smaller roses obviously would need less fabric in thinner, shorter strips.

2.  You will also need to cut out circles from your foamies sheet to use as the base of your flowers.

3.  Make your rolled fabric roses by putting a dot of hot glue in the middle of your foam circle and attaching the end of one strip of fabric.  Then you simply go around the foam circle dotting glue and twisting your fabric and adhering it into place around and around until you have a rolled fabric rosette in your desired size.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. To finish off your flower simply tuck the extra end under and glue down to the under side of the flower.  If you’d like you can also clue a center accent like a rhinestone, bead, or button.

My sweet little guy was helping me out.  (I just had to snap a pic)

5. Time to get your flowers on your wreath.  First, I glued and wrapped white ribbon around my wreath and glued the feathers in place.  Then I began laying the flowers on.  The wreath wasn’t solid enough to just glue the flowers right onto it so I cut out strips of foam and used them to anchor each flower on to the wreath.   To do this simply glue your flower on as best as you can to the front of the wreath, then glue your foam strip from the back to the front around the wreath attaching it to the flower.  This will make it so your flowers will stay secure and flat to the wreath.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And there you have it!  Two easy wreaths for the holidays or anytime!  Happy Handmade Holidays!

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I’m so excited to see that this blog has gained a little following!  I’m thrilled that I can share all my crazy projects with you and I love the comments and feedback as well as the ideas that you all are having for your own projects!  I would LOVE to see your versions these projects and would love to post them on here for others to become inspired!  If you have a completed project from one of these diy craft tutorials and would like to share it for us to see please shoot me an email with a pic of your project at catcart2@hotmail.com.

As for today’s project, I think you’re going to love it!  Especially if you liked the rose necklace tutorial a while back since this is more flower art with clay.  The difference is this is to adorn your walls!  A great way to add some springtime decorating to your home.  I had this idea when I walked through my entry way the other day and thought to myself how I’d like to spruce up my tree mural (if you’d like to learn how to do a simple wall mural you can find that tutorial under the decorating tab) for spring.  Here is a pic of my entry way with my tree mural:

I knew I wanted something 3-dimensional and temporary that I could easily “hang” on the branches for spring.  After hitting up the $Dollar Store I was inspired by thumb tacks and lightweight clay thinking I could easily configure those two things into some fun and colorful flowers for my tree.  But, if you don’t have a giant tree mural in your entry, you can still use these cute flower push-pins in a cluster around a mirror, scattered between springtime family photos, or year-round as a cute wall accent in a little-girls room.  Okay then, heres the breakdown:

Cost: $2-$10 depending on if you’re lucky enough to find the clay in the $Dollar Store or at the craft store (its about $6.50).

Supplies:

  • Sculpey Ultra Light clay. I only found it in white, which worked great for my since I ended up watercoloring it at the end anyway.
  • Thumb tacks.  I used white headed tacks.
  • Toothpick.
  • Oven.
  • Baking sheet.
  • Rolling pin.
  • Tin foil.
  • Flower cookie cutter.  I got mine at the $Dollar Store in a pack of 5 different cookie cutter designs.
  • Acrylic craft paint in desired color (optional).
  • Paint brush and water cup.

Most of this stuff you most likely have in your kitchen besides the clay.  I believe that Walmart also carries this clay in their craft section so check that out if you don’t have a craft store nearby.  Are you ready?  Lets make some flowers!

  1. Lay a couple feet of tin foil out onto a table.
  2. Knead the clay in your hands to soften it and make it pliable.  I only used less than 1/2 of the clay in the package to make 9 flowers.  Use as much as you want!  You can even vary the flowers shape and size if you have more than one flower cookie cutter.  Get creative and explore your options!
  3. Form the clay into a ball and roll it out with a rolling pin (I have a silicone rolling pin that didn’t have a problem sticking but I’m not sure if the clay would stick to a wood one.  If so, you can spread the clay out with your hands) to about 1/4 inch or so.  It doesn’t have to be consistently a 1/4 inch, but try to make it somewhat even.
  4. Grab your flower cookie cutter and begin cutting out your flowers like you would with sugar cookie dough.
  5. Peel away the extra clay and carefully transfer your clay flowers to your baking sheet.
  6. Take a toothpick and press lines halfway into the clay where the petals would be separated.You just want to make indentions with the toothpick, not separate petals.   This way the flower stays sturdy but you’re able to shape it a bit easier.
  7. Pull the petals upward and gently pinch along the indentions to create a 3-d more realistic looking flower.  Pull and curl the petals this way and that to make each one unique and more flower-like.Heres a look at all of mine after I shaped the petals:
  8. Poke a hole through the center of each flower with your toothpick.  This is where the push-pin will go when they’re done and ready to be hung up.  I also made small dots around the center of my flower but found later that the push-pin covers most of this detail, but you can add it if you’d like.
  9. Bake your pan of flowers in your oven according to the clay package recommendations.
  10. Once the flowers have baked and cooled you can do lots of different things.  Here are some ideas: You can leave them alone and white and hang them up; you can spray them with a high-gloss spray enamel to make them more modern and chic; you can spray paint them a color to match your decor; you can use glitter-glue to highlight the petals for a cute little girl’s room; you can “dye” them with a tea-bag dye to make them old and weathered looking; OR you can do what I did and use your acrylic craft paint and water to give them a watercolored look.  If you’re going to do the last option, READ ON!  If not, have fun creating your own flower pins anyway you’d like!
  11. Make a “paint pallet” by covering a plate in foil and squirting your paint color onto it.
  12. Dip your brush in water and water down your acrylic paint to the desired consistency.
  13. Paint your entire flower with your watery paint.
  14. With a paper towel, blot and wipe the flower from the center out a bit to remove some of the paint toward the center.  Leave a generous amount of the paint in pools along the edges of your petals.
  15. Touch up the edges by adding paint if needed.
  16. Let your flowers dry.
  17. Insert the push-pins through the hole in the flowers center (NOTE:  When rolling out your clay for your flowers, be sure to measure how thin to roll it out against your push-pin as you will need for a good portion of the pin to be coming through the back of your dry flower in order to adhere it to the wall).
  18. Stick your new flower push-pins into your walls however you feel so inclined!  How pretty!Yay!  That was FUN!  And now I have a million more ideas for this kind of project running through my head!!  I hope you liked this tutorial!  Check back soon for some spring FASHION tutorials like:  “How to Make an Elegant Spring Fabric Bouquet Necklace”, and “How to Make a Vintage Inspired Birdcage Veil”!  Happy crafting everyone!

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Hi everyone!! I know its been a while and I’m so excited to get some new tutorials up for spring!  I have been feeling “bluesy” (blame it on the medication and the weekly injections I have to take for my high-risk pregnancy) and so I thought I’d spruce up my house (and myself) for spring to get my mood up and creativity flowing again.  I made a trip to one of my favorite $Dollar Stores and found some great stuff that has inspired some new springtime projects.  I could hardly wait to make this easy DIY pillow and I’m SO loving the way it turned out!  Hope you do too!  I thought since my last tutorial was on applique that this would be a nice follow up now that you’ve had a chance to discover the world of transfer webbing!  Heres the breakdown for this simple and inexpensive spring throw pillow:

Cost: $2-$8 depending on what you have on-hand.

Supplies:

  • 2 cloth place-mats in the same color (or coordinating colors if you want a different color on the back).  I got my pink place-mats at the $Dollar Store.  They have tons to choose from usually and I LOVED the bright colors that are there right now!  Perfect for spring!
  • Scrap fabric or quilting fat quarters in coordinating colors/designs.  I used 3 fabrics for my pillow making the bird out of the busiest fabric.
  • Coordinating or contrasting thread.
  • Pillow batting or poly-fill.  I took apart an old pillow I didn’t like anymore and used the batting.
  • Transfer webbing.  This is the iron-on adhesive that allows you to stick your applique to your pillow before you stitch.  I LOVE this stuff and use it ALL THE TIME.  You can sometimes find it (or versions of it) at Walmart in rolls or you can buy it at the craft/fabric store by the yard for about $2 a yard.  You barely use any of it for these little applique projects so even 1 yard will go a long way.
  • A dry iron.
  • A sewing machine with a simple straight stitch.
  • Scizzors and a needle and thread.
  • The bird and branch template from this tutorial (if you’re not feeling confident in freehanding it).

Ok! Thats it!  Ready to go?

  1. If you’d like, print off these bird and branch templates I made from my own pillow design to use as a stencil for your pillow.  Or, you can find an image online, or freehand draw your own quirky version of a bird and a branch.
  2. Choose your fabrics for the bird and the branch and cut out rectangles large enough to use as those elements.
  3. Roll out some transfer webbing and lay your cut pieces down onto the nubby side of the trans web.  Cut around the fabric making the trans web pieces as close to the same size as your fabric pieces as you can.
  4. Keeping your nubby trans web sides inline with your fabric pieces, adhere the trans web to the fabric with a hot dry iron (or as instructed on trans web packaging).
  5. When both your branch fabric and your bird fabric pieces are cool, flip them over and trace your template image (or freehand draw an image) onto the paper side of your fabric with a marker.  Its okay if you have to redraw again until you get the desired look you’d like in the appropriate size etc.  It doesn’t have to be perfect!  Nothing I make ever is!
  6. With your sharp scizzors, cut out your design elements.
  7. Carefully remove the trans web paper backing from your fabric pieces.
  8. Grab one of your place-mats and arrange your bird and branch onto the front of it how you’d like it.
  9. With a hot iron (some trans web requires steam at this point), iron your applique to your place-mat.
  10. Once your place-mat and applique has cooled, take it over to your sewing machine and stitch the edges of the applique down.  If you’d like you can actually skip this step since its not too likely that you’ll be washing this pillow too often and the trans web will adhere it fine temporarily.  But, I like to stitch around all my appliques with contrasting thread just to secure it a bit more and give it some more character.  And don’t worry about it looking a bit “messy”!  It just adds to that character!
  11. Set your appliqued place-mat aside for a minute and grab your third fabric for your flowers.
  12. Cut your flower fabric into roughly a 1&1/2″ strip.  
  13. Fold your fabric strip over and over itself into a square.
  14. Cut the stack into rough circles.
  15. Stack circles by twos to use as your flowers.
  16. Take one of your double stacked circles and scrunch it together in the middle to make it ruffley.  Using a needle and thread stitch through the base of your ruffle flower a couple of times to secure the folds.
  17. Sew your little flower bud onto your tree branch applique.  I sewed mine through the center of each flower to open them up a bit more and to make them lie somewhat flat.
  18. Try to place your flowers randomly using as many as you’d like.
  19. Once your place-mat front is complete and all your flowers are securely sewn into place, take your other place-mat and line it up under the top one (wrong sides together if your place-mat has “wrong” sides).
  20. If you’d like you can pin your sides together for more stability while you sew.  Head over to your sewing machine again and sew both top and bottom place-mats together with a topstitch and about a 1/4 allowance.  BUT leave a section unstitched so that you can add your batting here in a minute.  TIP:  when going around the corners, reverse stitch a few times to secure the corners and keep them from pulling when you stuff the pillow.
  21. Grab your pillow batting and begin stuffing your place-mat pillow paying special attention to the corners and stuffing it as full as you’d like.
  22. Topstitch your stuffing opening closed and YOU’RE DONE!! Now find a cute place to showcase your new cheery pillow!

How fun was that!?  So easy and cute it just makes me SMILE!

Hope you enjoyed this springtime tutorial!  Please remember to share this blog with your friends and family and keep coming back to see more!  Next:  How to Make Easy 3-D Flower Push-pins for your Walls!See you soon!  Have fun crafting!

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