Hanging a Wreath with Ribbon

Hanging a Wreath with Ribbon

To finish up my posts on my DIY Spring Yarn Wreath, I wanted to show you quickly how I made a simple bow and hung my wreath with ribbon. I wanted to add an extra touch to the wreath, and this was an inexpensive and simple way to do it!

(Note: I am attaching my wreath to just a regular, over-the-door wreath hanger. If you are doing something different, you may need to modify the first two steps below to fit your wreath hanger.)

Supplies Needed:

  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue
  • Tape measure or ruler
  • Thread or floss to match your ribbon

Instructions:

1) Make a loop of ribbon around the wreath. Hot glue the ends together to hold the ribbon together in place.

2) Make another loop going the opposite direction, around the first loop that you made. Seal the ends together with glue again.

3) Cut two strips of ribbon about 24-25 inches long. (You can make them longer if you want a bigger bow, this is just what worked best for me for the size wreath I was hanging.)

4) Make two loops with one of the ribbon strips you just cut.

5) Do the same thing with the second strip of ribbon, so you have two identical “bows.”

6) Place the bows on top of each other.

7) Squeeze the middle together tightly and wrap together with thread/floss.

8) Cut two more strips of ribbon about 6 inches long.

9) Glue the two strips to the back of the ribbon. This doesn’t have to look pretty since no one will see it!

10) Cut one more small piece of ribbon to cover up the center portion where the thread/floss is holding the bows together. Glue this over the middle.

That’s it! Easy! You can cut little triangles out of the bottom of the ribbon tails if you want (I did on mine).

Hang your wreath and you are all set…maybe if we all put up some of our spring decor the weather might cooperate?! Here’s hoping!

xo,

Abby

 

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Spring Mantel: Inspiration

Spring Mantel: Inspiration

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The weather this week has been AMAZing! It is really starting to feel like spring. Don’t worry — I am not in denial of the fact that the snow could still yet fly this month, but I am going to pretend like it won’t. At least when it comes to getting the house ready for spring!

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I just put the finishing touches on our living room fireplace mantel for the spring season, and wanted to share my ideas with you! I changed up my pink painted mason jars that were on display for Valentine’s Day and painted some new ones for spring. These mason jars are a simple DIY — check out my tutorial here!

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The lantern, the grass and the letter “J” were all TJMaxx finds. They have some really cute stuff out for spring!

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The prints are from Naptime Diaries, and the frames, are from Hobby Lobby. I love the song “10,000 Reasons” and almost every time I see the “Bless the Lord” print, I want to start singing it! The “Be Still” print has a special place in my heart because my dedication verse is Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God.” I love that simple, yet strong, reminder. The mason jars were a DIY and the flowers are from the Dollar Tree.

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I am loving the blue and green hues together for spring — add some mint and blue pillows to your couch, and you are all set! I keep seeing all of these amazing mantels on Pinterest and I have fun coming up with ways to do similar things, make it work with the colors I want, and ultimately spend less time and money. Our spring mantel is simple, easy and inexpensive, which is exactly how I like to roll.

xo,

Abby

 

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DIY Felt Flowers

I hope that you all saw my fun, DIY spring yarn wreath I posted about this week, and if you did, then this is the followup post on how to make the little felt flowers that I attached to the wreath!

I made two different types of flowers after scouring the internet for ideas and tutorials! I combined a few different ideas I saw and came up with these two. All you need for both of these flowers is felt, scissors and some hot glue.

1) The Rose: Instructions

This flower was a little more time-consuming than the other one. As I was putting these together, I had a flashback to when I was making this lantern for Maddy’s first birthday party — the technique is pretty much the same! Thankfully, I only had a few of these petals to make, instead of hundreds.

  • Take your piece of felt and trace six OR ten circles. Use ten circles for a pretty big flower, and for smaller ones, I found that six circles worked better and wasn’t as crowded feeling. You can get creative here with what circle size you want to use to trace. I used a ribbon spool for the large light pink flower on mine, but for all the others I used whatever I could find — a little paint jar, a play food can, etc.

  • Cut out your circles. Make sure you cut inside of any lines that were used to draw so that the marker or pen doesn’t show up on the felt flower.

  • Cut out a smaller circle to use as a center to glue the petals on. There is no size requirement for this, just big enough to hold the first four petals with some hot glue.

  • Fold your circle in half.

  • Fold your circle in half again.

  • Place some hot glue onto the center circle you cut out and glue down the point of the folded circle.

  • Do the same thing with three other circles, to complete the bottom layer of the petals.

 

  • Repeat the same steps with four other circles, and place them right on top of the first four that you already have glued down on the bottom.

  • Put the last two circles, folded twice just like the others, in the center, standing upright. (If you are doing a smaller flower and only doing six circles, you will put four on the bottom and two standing upright in the center — you will basically just be skipping the four additional ones in the center.)

That’s it! A super cute, super easy felt flower to add to your wreath.

 

2) The “Fluffy” Flower: Instructions

This flower is sooooo easy to make. If I didn’t like the look of the rose one so much, I would have done these for the whole wreath because they are literally the easiest!

  • Cut a strip of felt. You can play around with the dimensions. The ones I made were about 12 inches long and I varied the width/height of them, depending on the size I wanted. They were between 1.5 inches and 3 inches in width/height.

  • Fold the strip in half, lengthwise. Hot glue the seam closed.

  • Cut strips into the folded side of the felt strip (NOT the glued side). You can make these whatever width apart that you want. Mine were probably a centimeter or so, but it isn’t an exact science. You can experiment with them to see what works best. Be very careful not to cut all the way through, or you will have to start over…not saying that happened to me or anything…:)

  • “Roll up” the flower and place hot glue at the end to hold it together.

That’s it! So simple.

These flowers would both be fun on lots of other crafts, too! Felt is so inexpensive so that’s also a bonus.

Hope you have as much fun building your spring wreath with these felt flowers as I did!

xo,

Abby

 

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DIY Spring Yarn Wreath

DIY Spring Yarn Wreath

It is actually fairly comical to me that the day I finish my spring wreath, I am outside in my boots, in the recent snow taking pictures of the finished product on the front door. Oh yes, Wisconsin at its best! But, I am loving the added touch of spring to the front door and wanted to share the details of how I made it with you!

(This post specifically will address just the wreath itself, but stay tuned for two followup posts on how to make your own felt flowers and how to make a pretty bow to add when you hang your wreath!)

 

Supplies Needed:

  • A Foam Wreath: I used a 12″ wreath purchased from Hobby Lobby for $4.99 and used a 40% off coupon to get it for less.
  • Yarn: I used just a cheap grey yarn. You can use whatever style and color you would like!
  • Felt: This will be used to make the flowers on the wreath. You can use whichever colors you desire!
  • Ribbon: Used to hang the wreath. I used some that I found at Hobby Lobby to match the flowers I made.
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue
  • Scissors

Instructions:

1) Wrap your wreath with the yarn. Begin by hot gluing down a piece to start it off. I chose to hot glue mine on the seam of the foam wreath, but it doesn’t really matter where you start. I found that the best technique for wrapping the wreath was to wrap it tightly each time but space out each wrap and then push them tightly together after you have it wrapped around a few times. This just made sure that there was no foam showing underneath the yarn. When the wreath is covered, you will hot glue the end piece down on the backside of the wreath.

I am not going to lie…this was slightly more tedious than I expected it to be. I wrapped mine around twice, tightly the first time and more loosely the second, and it took me probably 3 hours. Now, that isn’t really that long, but it was longer than I thought — so if you are mentally prepared for it to take a little bit of time, you will not be disappointed! It’s a great project to do while catching up on some T.V. shows or movies! It doesn’t require a lot of focus so it is easy to multitask.

2) Attach your flowers to the wreath. See the tutorial for the easy DIY felt flowers here. You can arrange the flowers however you like, and glue them down with your hot glue. I pinned mine in place before I glued them down permanently.

3) Hang your wreath. I used some ribbon and added a little bow on the top. (See the tutorial here!)

This was a really fun project that really will engage your creative side. There are so many options for colors, and type of flower, etc. that it will really be fun to make it match what you need it to! If you already have a spring wreath for your front door, this would be cute hanging on an empty wall in your home, too. Happy wreath-making!

xo,

Abby

 

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Valentine’s Day: Easy DIY Valentine’s

Valentine’s Day: Easy DIY Valentine’s

In an effort to be consistent, I am going to stick with my Valentine blogging theme today, and give you a simple, budget-friendly, DIY Valentine idea! I wanted to be creative with Valentine’s this year (trust me, it might be the store-bought ones next year!), and this is what I came up with. Hugs & Kisses from both of my little kiddos!

Supplies Needed:

Treat Bags: Hobby Lobby.

Card Stock/Paper for Label

Baker’s Twine: Dollar Spot Target score!

Hershey’s Hugs & Kisses

I used Photoshop to create the label and then used a paper punch to punch it into a 2″ circle. I then used red card stock and a scalloped edge paper punch (2.5″) to create the red background. I glued both pieces together and hole punched the label. I filled the bags with some Hugs & Kisses and tied them up with the twine and attached the label. SO simple! There are so many ways to vary this idea too — you could handwrite the label, you could use different shapes and colors, etc. So many options!

(And my PSA for the day: If you haven’t checked out Target’s Dollar Spot yet for Valentine’s crafts, etc… go do it now! They have so many cute, practical, Valentine’s things (like the baker’s twine I used here) and when I was there last the supply was already dwindling. So, check it out if you haven’t already!)

Happy February!

xo,

Abby

 

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Valentine’s Day: Painted Mason Jars

Valentine’s Day: Painted Mason Jars

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One of my Valentine’s Day decorating goals this year was to tackle our mantel. As I was picking and choosing what I wanted to do, I decided to try my hand at painting some mason jars. This is something I had wanted to try and just never made the time to do it! I am here to tell you today that this is probably the easiest project I have ever tackled and really truly takes minimal time and effort (outside of being patient and allowing the jars to dry in between coats). On top of being easy, it was so inexpensive too! And I love the idea of doing this again for centerpieces for parties or other holiday decor.

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I liked the idea of the jars having a “chalky” look to them, so I painted them first with chalk paint and then covered them with regular acrylic paint. I also slightly distressed the label on the front to the jar to give them more dimension, but you wouldn’t have to do this if you didn’t want that look.

Supplies Needed:

  • Mason Jars (I purchased mine at Target on sale, but you can find them pretty much anywhere!)
  • Chalk Paint for Glass (Hobby Lobby)
  • Acrylic Paint in colors of your choosing (Hobby Lobby)
  • Paintbrush/Sponge (Hobby Lobby)
  • Nail File

Instructions:

1.) Clean the outside of the mason jars with rubbing alcohol.

2.) Paint the jars with the chalk paint. I used chalk paint made specifically for glass, and I found a craft sponge to be the easiest way to paint for this step. The directions on the bottle said to allow the paint to dry for four days. Because I was not going to actually use the jars to write on with chalk, I allowed them to dry overnight and that was long enough.

3.) Once the jars are completely dry, (Again, I would recommend not rushing this! Let them dry overnight. If you don’t let them dry long enough the paint will just peel off and you will have to start over. Patience!) you can paint them with the colors of your choice. Start with one coat at a time, allowing to thoroughly dry in between.

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This is what the jars looked like after one coat of colored acrylic paint. I ended up doing three coats total on each jar. The amount you need will depend on how dark your colors are! You’ll know.

4.) Once the jars are dry, you can distress them however you would like. I found that a nail file worked really well and gave me enough control so I wasn’t scraping up parts of the jar that I didn’t want to.

5.) You can fill the jars with whatever you wish! I used flowers from the Dollar Tree because they were budget friendly, and actually cuter than what I could find at craft stores. You could leave them empty too, and they would look just as cute!

I am so happy with how these turned out and seriously, they were so cost effective! The mason jars were $0.75 each, the acrylic paints were $0.77 each and the chalk paint was $2.99 (less if you have a 40% off coupon for Hobby Lobby) for the bottle. And you can’t beat $1.00 flower bunches!

Our mantle is now officially up to speed for Valentine’s Day, and not a moment too soon as it is really just a couple of weeks away! (How is it almost February!?)

XO Sign: Hobby Lobby

Hello, Love Sign: Hobby Lobby

Candlesticks: World Market

Floral Balls: TJ Maxx

Heart Banner: Target

xo,

Abby

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Valentine’s Day: Yarn Wrapped Letters

I don’t know exactly why, but I am really into decorating for all holidays lately. I am sure it is partially since I’m a stay-at-home-mom and I am home pretty much alllllll the time, but it is fun to “dress up” your house to match the season. All of our Christmas decorations came down and were packed away on January 1st and our house looked so bare! I decided we should put up some Valentine’s Day decor, since really, it is right around the corner and it helps bring me down gently from the Christmas decorating high I was on.

I have a few ideas to share with you all later, but I wanted to get this post out now in case some of you are looking for some relatively easy projects for Valentine’s Day decor! I saw this blog post on Pinterest from My Sister’s Suitcase, and I loved the idea and decided to give it a try. It was a fun project, and took a couple of nap time’s to complete, which wasn’t too bad from a timing perspective.

Supplies Needed:

Yarn: I used Crafter’s Secret from Hobby Lobby, but anything will work. You can do different colors like I did to create an ombre effect, or you could do the letters all one color.

Letters: I used wooden letters from Michael’s. You could use paper mache letters, as well.

Hot Glue Gun/Glue

Scissors & Tape

Instructions:

1. Pick a letter to start with. I went in order of the word, so I started with the “L”. The hardest part about this project is figuring out which way to wrap the yarn so that the entire letter gets covered. The “O” and the “V” are the simplest. The “L” and the “E” are more complicated. For the “L”, I cut small pieces of yarn to hot glue to the top and bottom of the letter.

2. You will glue those small pieces super tightly together at the top (or bottom depending on where you are starting). Once the ends are covered, you can trim off the excess and glue down the sides (shown in the second picture). Make sure you put them as close together as you can so it gives the appearance of being tightly wrapped.

3) For the “L”, I then wrapped the red vertically on the bottom first. Then, I wrapped horizontally on the side part of the “L” and the bottom to make sure it was fully covered.

4) To create the ombre effect, when I was getting close to switching colors, I left some space in between the wrap that I could fill in with the next color so it looked purposeful.

I taped down the end on the back.

5) The letter “O” and “V” are easy to wrap, and for the “E”, I wrapped vertically first, then horizontally, as you can see in the picture here. I know it seems kind of confusing, but once you start wrapping, you will get the hang of it.

Each letter probably took around an hour to complete, on average. But, I love how they turned out! The yarn gives them a cozy feel and they really brighten up the room.

Let me know if you decide to make these and how they turn out! These would be fun to do for other holidays, too — I’m thinking like a black and orange wrapped “BOO” for Halloween!

P.S. Thank you for all of the kinds words and encouragement about Gavyn’s DocBand — we are so appreciative of the support. We have his second appointment this week and I can post an update then!

xo,

Abby

 

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