How to Make a Record Album Binder Cover

Record Album Binder Cover If you made the record wreath I posted a couple weeks ago, then you probably have some leftover album covers. Upcycle them into fun record album binder covers. Continue reading

How to Make a Christmas Wreath out of Pine Cones

How to Make a Christmas Wreath out of Pine Cones This tutorial shows how to make a Christmas wreath using pine cones. The pine cones are spray painted white to create a contrasting background for the red birds and ribbon. Continue reading

How to Make a Valentine Hearts Wreath from Scrapbooking Paper

This wreath uses 6 strips of scrapbooking cardstock to make hearts. I used tacky glue to fasten my hearts together which makes the sides pinch up and gives the hearts a pointed, abstract look. If you don’t like that look and want the heart edges to remain rounded, use some scrapbooking sticky dots instead to connect the hearts together.

Dried Flower Wreath Tutorial

A beautiful dried flower wreath is much easier to make than it looks, but it’s very time consuming so be sure you have a couple hours to spend before you try to tackle this project in one sitting.

Bittersweet and Broomcorn Wreath

I’ve made a lot of broomcorn wreaths over the years, usually using a metal coathanger or the premade 12 and 18 inch metal hoops. This week, however, I had a request for a larger wreath, which I knew would be the perfect time to experiment with adding bittersweet to the broomcorn.

To begin, you will need a 24 inch grapevine wreath to use as the base. Cover it with broomcorn, using 22 gauge wire to secure the broomcorn to the grapevine base. Normally I go around the edges with brown thread (which is pretty much invisible against broomcorn) to keep the broomcorn tight, but since this wreath was so big, I thought it looked better with the edges loose, so I left them alone.

Tie a large, two loop bow from some autumn wire-edged ribbon. I found that plaid looked very nice. Secure it to the wreath with wreath wire.

Make four bunches of bittersweet stalks, each piece being about 4-6 inches in length. Fasten them to the wreath with wire putting two bunches at the top near the bow, and two bunches toward the bottom, but leaving several inches of space in the middle between them.

Make three bunch of dried roses (yellow or red work best as they’re autumn colors). Use wreath wire to fasten the rose bunches on the wreath, in between the bittersweet bunches.

Hang this wreath on an indoor wall or outside under an eave.

Little Hearts Wreath

Lately I’ve been getting a lot of help in finding shops that will take my craft items. One of my fellow market vendors was very kind in mentioning my name to several people who ended up putting some of my things in their shops. I wanted to do a something for her to thank her for her help, so I made her a little wreath. It turned out kinda cute, so I thought I’d share it.

This wreath is made from nothing more than wallpaper sample fabrics and scrap pieces of quilt batting.

You will need:
2 small pieces of patterned fabric
1 piece of white fabric
Cotton batting
Navy blue ribbon (1/4 inch wide)

My aunt used to work in design, so she ended up giving us several old wallpaper books. Aside from a slew of lovely papers to use as valentines, there were also a bunch of fabric samples in the wallpaper books. I decided to use them to make a wreath.

Choose two corresponding pieces of patterned fabric (they don’t have to be from wallpaper sample books, any scrap fabric will do). Cut a basic heart shape from a piece of paper or card stock, it should be about 2 and half inches at the widest end. Use it as a template to cut five hearts from each piece of cloth. Also use it to cut ten hearts from plain white cloth to use as the backing.

To make each section, put a patterned heart and a white heart wrong sides together and sew the entire edge together, leaving a small half inch section open. Through the open half inch, turn the heart right side out and stuff it with some sort of fluffy cotton. (I always save the tiny scraps left over from quilting, so this is a great way to use them up). Sew the half inch closed. Repeat for all ten hearts.

Sew the hearts together side by side forming a ring. Fashion five little bows from the navy blue ribbon and run two stitches through the center of each to secure them to the wreath. Because there’s nothing fragile on this wreath, it can be put almost anywhere without fear of damage from falling.

Here’s the finished product:


Wreath Front

 


Wreath Back
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