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First DIY Post of the 2013 Autumn season!


As you may or may not have read in my last post, it is Autumn, which means my DIY season is here! My friend Lauren mentioned in one of her recent posts, that she was feeling crafty! Well, Lauren! This is for you!!! I think this will fit your style of your apartment really well, and it certainly will work for your mom and dad’s style!!

 

DIY Autumn Yarn Wreath:

For this project you will need:

Hot Glue Gun & glue sticks
Yarn, I chose 3 different colors, therefore needing 3 rolls. You could use one color and you’d only need one or two rolls.
Styrofoam wreath
Any/All decorations you may need/want to glue to your wreath for embellishments. 
Time & Patience
Ribbon/whatever you want to use to hang the wreath up. Read further to see what I did.
I got everything at JoAnn’s but Ben Franklin, or even Michaels would carry everything… Heck I bet Walmart does too!

 

The first step you’ll need to do is pick your yarn out. I chose to start with my goldish/brown color. The blog that gave me the idea for this project gave AWFUL instructions, so I’m not going to be linking it, I don’t want anyone to get confused. My advice for the yarn is to pre-cut the amount you want. Then roll it up into a ball, it’ll make wrapping it around the wreath easier. 

Once you’ve picked out your yarn & the amount (I suggest pre-cutting ALL yarn & amounts to be the same size, you’ll see I didn’t do that, but I kinda like the way mine turned out.) Glue (with your hot glue gun) the end of the yarn to the back of the wreath. 

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Continuously and tightly wrap your yarn around your wreath, it’s slightly boring for anyone not use to sewing, knitting, or really any craft in general. Pay close attention that your yarn doesn’t get tangled and keep it tight. 

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Once you run out of yarn for that section/or color, glue the end to the back side (the same side you glued the start.) Repeat this process until your wreath is completely covered.

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This (below) Is what the wreath should look like once you’ve covered it completely. (Sorry about the quality of the photos, I had a 3 year old helping me.)

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The next step I took was to figure out how I was going to hang it. I forgot to buy ribbon at the store! I decided to get a little creative and I braided the three colors of yarn together to make my own “ribbon” to hang it. 

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You’ll see another close-up of my braided yarn toward the end of this post. 

Next you’ll want to plan out your decorations, as you can see below I picked up several different types, in hopes of finding the right embellishments. It took a while, but I found the right “fit” for the project.

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Once you figure out the way you want to decorate the wreath, glue those babies down with your glue-gun!
Below are a few shots of the wreath once I was done. See the braided yarn? I thought it looked great, though it totally reminds me of Harry Potter/Gryffindor (which is totally the house I was sorted into on Pottermore if you remember?)

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What do you think? Did you make a wreath? Let me know, share your photos and ideas! I’m off now to make some Autumn Garland (and get the poor sick EverSoLightly some breakfast… We didn’t get home until 1:30 am yesterday after an awesome time at Oktoberfest Monroe!)

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DIY: Wreath


Well November is here, full swing. Our long amazing Indian Summer is long over. It’s getting the low 20’s high teens at night… I’m really ready for snow now. Christmas time is quickly approaching, and I survived until today, I caved and watched Christmas movies, sang christmas songs and bought some more Christmas presents. I am OH SO READY for Christmas to come 🙂

It was brought to my attention that I had “slacked” on my thankful posts. Quite the opposite however, I decided that the things I’m thankful for do not need to be publicized. It’s not about sharing with the world what I’m thankful for, it’s about recognizing the great things I have and realizing within myself how thankful I am. I thank god every day for all the wonderful stuff I have, all the amazing people, and everything in my life.

Moving on, I’m on a HUGE DIY kick right now. I made home-made wreaths for myself for Fall and Winter. I also made one for my Mamma 🙂 It’s really simple and a GREAT addition to your holiday/seasonal decor.

I’m going to share a tutorial on how to make these beautiful tulle wreaths, and I’m actually going to pin it on Pinterest.

If you’re following me on pinterest, you may or may not have seen that I re-pinned this lady’s blog post.

If you read, you’ll see she does not give a tutorial, or anything 😦 and it sorta, bothered me. Surely she could have taken the time to make a tutorial. Especially after ALL the comments and love people have sent her. But alas, she did not. Maybe she was too busy? I don’t know, I can tell you though, that I am here to the rescue! This is my take on her winter wreath, and I did one for fall too 🙂

If you have a JoAnn’s near by, you can get EVERYTHING you need there 🙂

for the AUTUMN wreath:
2 yards of Brown tulle

2 yards of Orange tulle
1 Styrofoam wreath
Fabric Scissors

Glue Gun with Glue sticks

Fabric/fake leaves (I got mine from my mom, who bought them at the dollar store in Oregon…haha.)
Ribbon, any color or type, this is going to be used to hang your wreath up, so make sure you like it 🙂

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First step is to cut your tulle, it’s all about personal preference. Do you want them long, or short? Thick or thin? I liked mine kinda short, and kinda thick haha. Here’s a photo of me cutting the white tulle for the winter wreath:

I folded my Tulle in half, and then in half again, then cut the strips. Once my strips were cut, I went back and cut them in half simply by cutting them apart at the folded end. As shown above.

You’ll want to figure out the pattern/look you want to accomplish before starting the project. My Autumn wreath had 4 brown, 4 orange, 4 brown, 4 orange…

Once you have the idea, and the pattern figured out it’s time to start! It’s REALLY simple, all you do is tie the tulle strip in a knot like when you start to tie your shoes. Then, double that knot and you’re set! You want to make sure it’s pretty tight, no sliding around!

Once your whole wreath is covered, it’s time to glue your leaves on! Plug in that hot glue gun, and pick out the leaves you want to use!
Take the time you have waiting for your glue gun to figure out how you want the leaves glued on. Also now you’ll want to tie your ribbon around the wreath, so you can hang it, find the part you want to be the top, and arrange your leaves around it, so none of them are hidden by the ribbon. Here is a photo of my wreath hanging up by the ribbon I chose to give you a visual:

Here’s the finished product to my Autumn wreath:

THE WINTER WREATH:

2 Yards white Tulle
2 Yards blue tulle (or any winter color, silver would look great!)
Fabric Scissors
Glue Gun/Glue sticks
Snowflake ornaments (Sold at target, a bunch for $5)Ribbon

Same as above, only you’ll be gluing snowflakes to it! Heres my final product:

Please post, share, re-pin and tell your friends if you truly enjoyed this tutorial, or even making your own! Share your photos, I’d LOVE to see what you’ve come up with!