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If you follow me on Pinterest or are friends with me on Facebook you can see another of my crafting obsessions is making wreaths.  I love to have pretty wreaths on my door and I love to have them match the seasons.  I have gotten so many inspirations and ideas from folks on Pinterest and Etsy.

BUT, do you know how much money people charge for some of these wreaths??? MADNESS, Pure MADNESS!!!

I guess I’m just cheap or maybe it’s just my “I can do that better” attitude that I started my foray into wreath making 2 years ago with the yarn wrapped wreaths.  They are so pretty and so easy.

Supplies:

  • Solid round foam or straw wreath — I prefer the solid round foam ones (not the floral green ones they shed, the white FOAM ones)
  • 1 – 2 skeins of yarn – for a single color wreath, 1 of each for multi-color wreaths
  • Embellishments

I have done several yarn covered wreaths.  My first was a fall wreath that I did in a chunky variegated orange.

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I used fall picks and made some felt flowers in off-white, red, purple, and blue to complement it.

The process is extremely simple:

1. Wrap the yarn around the foam form with the strands close together, but not overlapping.

2.  Continue wrapping  around and around until the wreath is fully covered, trying not to cross the yarn over itself.

3. Make sure that you push the yarn strands up tight against each other.

Try to cover the wreath as completely as possibly while wrapping.  It doesn’t have to be perfect as you can go back and adjust the yarn little bits at a time to cover gaps.  Also, if you have some minor gaps on the back of the wreath don’t fret, you can’t see them anyway.

4. Make or buy your embellishments and glue on with hot glue.

The second yarn wrapped wreath I did I made for my friend G (if you recall, she inspired this blog).  I used this beautiful chunky gray yarn I found. It has flecks of white and dark gray in it.

( As time goes on you’ll see a trend in my projects and which colors are my “go-to” — yes, Gray is one of them.)

I embellished hers with felt flowers as well, and used a really pretty purple satin ribbon to create the hanger.

I really love making the felt flowers.  They are so easy to make and there are so many styles and felt is SOOOO cheap!

Here is a fantastic blog that illustrates how to make 5 different types of felt flowers:

http://www.papernstitchblog.com/2011/12/14/diy-felt-flowers-five-ways/

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I added a lot of flowers on this one in plum, purple, off-white and gray.   Add as many or as few as you want.  Cover an entire side, make a small bouquet, put them randomly all the way around.  It’s completely to your taste.  You can add as many or as few as you want.

I love the way this one turned out. It’s definitely on of my faves!

My final wreath was this inspiration from Pinterest — it’s for the 4th of July

http://naptimecrafting.blogspot.com/2011/06/another-patriotic-wreath.html

For mine, I used Caron Super Soft in a deep Red, White and Navy Blue.  It’s really sleek and has a pretty shine to it. It takes quite a bit because the yarn is worsted weight instead of chunky and I really wanted the stripes to be as seamless as possible. I wrapped it so tightly it almost looks like satin ribbon instead of yarn.   Instead of using felt to cut out the stars, I found some applique stars at Hobby Lobby that I glued on with my cordless hot glue gun.  The stars are really fun, they almost look like they were created for a military uniform.  Again, use your discretion and add as many or as few as you like.  Obviously you are not going to get 50 stars on the wreath, but I think that is alright, this is a TRIBUTE to the flag, not a re-creation.   I picked up some pretty red, white and blue bells on clearance at Hobby Lobby to hang in the middle.

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I love the way it turned out.  It looks pretty on my front door with a big blue pillow with similar white stars on it in my Cracker Barrel rocking chair during the month of July.

This weekend was full of both HIGHS and LOWS.  A Kappa Delta sister and friend laid to rest her beautiful little 5-year-old son after an almost 3 year battle with cancer.  He developed a secondary cancer a few months ago and after his COURAGEOUS fight, lost his battle last Thursday.  I didn’t ever get the chace to meet this little boy  and I had lost touch with his mother over the years, but I followed the fight on www.carepages.com and on his Facebook page that his momma kept up.  Their courage, strength and faith deeply touched my soul.  His mother is one of the strongest people I have EVER had the privilege to know.  She and her son touched SO MANY, I feel blessed be one of them.  I know she is going through a very difficult time right now, not just the loss of her only child.  Please pray for my friend, for her strength and for her comfort.  Please pray that she turns to her faith in God and he helps her accept that which she will NEVER understand.

For some reason all of that reminds me of the lyrics to SemiSonic’s “Closing Time” — appropriate or not.  You might not have ever heard this song, or you might remember it from the JT movie “Friends with Benefits” — but this set of lyrics has spoken to me this week —

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end”

As the tragedy and the sadness of the loss of a child broke my heart, another set of friends, including Little Red’s GodFather, shared the joy of their expectant bundle joy at a reveal party on Sunday.  Their doctor wrote the sex of the baby on a piece of paper instead of telling them at the last appointment.  They took the paper to a bakery and had a cake made with either Blue or Pink on the inside.  At the party on Sunday they cut into the cake to find out the sex of their baby at the same time as family friends.  FUN FUN FUN.  Now Little Red’s Godfather is quite the character.  Everyone who knows him knows he comes by it naturally as you will see by the story I’m about to share.

Godfather’s mom, who lives across the country, contacted my mom earlier in the week to hatch a plan.  She suggested a DUPLICATE cake without the pink or blue filling!  My mom, AMAZINGLY, pulled off the getting the duplicate cake made.  When the cake arrived, we were slick and swapped the 2 quickly in the house.  Everyone gathered around for the revealing, there were 3 phones hooked up on FaceTime so Godfather’s brother, sisters and mom could share in the excitement and LOW AND BEHOLD when they cut into the cake….it was Chocolate!!!  WHERE WAS THE PINK OR BLUE???   It was hysterical…..Godfather’s wife MUTILATED the cake, thinking that the color might be in the center!  Their faces were priceless!!!!!  Soon wife tried to snatch up the piece of paper with the sex of the baby written on it because she thought the bakery had made a horrible mistake.  We intercepted the paper as the REAL cake was being brought out of the house.  The real cake was cut and they are having a baby BOY!!!!  Everyone laughed and clapped and Godfather’s mom reveled in her prank!

The sadness and loss of one child and the blessing and joy of a new child all in one week.

Please pray for my friends!