Recycled Book Page and Yarn Wrapped Wreath

yarn wrapped wreath mod podge flowers

 

We love crafting with recycled book pages…. especially if they are from an old romance novel. :).  We tinted the pages with Mod Podge sheer color.  The complete instructions for this wreath can be found on our project page at plaid.

Make it: Snowflake and Yarn Wreath

Snowflake and Yarn Wreath
Decorate your front door with this crafty yarn and snowflake wreath. This is a great project for using up scraps of yarn. the snowflakes are glittered with ultra fine glitter and sealed with mod podge glitter for a mess free sparkle.

Mod Podge Glitter
Mod Podge Matte

21 Wood snowflakes
Ultra fine glitter – 4 shades of blue and green
Foam paintbrush
Wax paper
File folder
Wire wreath base
5-10 different yarns (blues and greens)
Scissors
8 Yards tulle trim
Hot glue
Mini ornaments


1. Using a foam paintbrush, liberally coat the wood snowflakes with matte Mod Podge. Working over a file folder, sprinkle the snowflakes with glitter, tap off excess glitter and set aside on wax paper to dry. Use the file folder to pour the glitter back into the storage jar. Repeat for maximum coverage. 2. Coat the items with glitter Mod Podge to seal the glitter. This prevents glitter from shedding.
3. Working in 6 feet increments, gather the yarn strands together. Tie the ends to the wire wreath and begin wrapping around the wreath. When you reach the end, tie off the ends. Repeat until the entire wreath is wrapped with yarn.
4. Use 3 strands of yarn to tie the snowflakes to the wreath.
5. Working on the backside of the wreath, hot glue the tulle trim around the wreath in a gathered fashion. On the front of the wreath add mini ball ornaments.

Create a Vintage Style Holiday Wreath

Create a Vintage Style Holiday Wreath

Vintage holiday style and decorations are back in fashion this season for home décor. It is once again hip to pay tribute to holidays past. Soft hues of pinks and peaches mixed with pastel blues and warm lime greens are being paired with traditional cranberry and forest green. Gold and silver metallic tinsel are also being used to complete a color pallet that is warm and inviting.

It is easy to achieve a vintage look on a budget. For tree decorating, all you need is simple white lights, colored ornament balls, strings of tinsel and a star topper. If you want to add a little glitz to the ornaments, add a little white glue to the top with a foam paintbrush, sprinkle a little glitter into the glue and tap of the excess.

For tabletop decorations, try wrapping Styrofoam cones with tinsel and hot gluing a few small ornament balls around the cone. If you have clear vases or bowls, fill them to the rim with ornament balls and bits of tinsel.

For mantles, create your own signature style vintage wreath with the simple instructions below. All the items needed are readily available at any craft store. Have fun decorating this season and get creative expressing your vintage style.

Materials:
Small wood birdhouse
FolkArt Craft paint: Belle Blush, Taffy and Fresh Foliage
Foam paintbrush
Mod Podge
Tissue paper: cream; peach and light green
Scissors
Decorative paper
Folk Art Texture Paint
Toothpick
Rhinestones and ribbon
Hot glue
Silver tinsel
2 square Styrofoam wreaths
Small glittered plastic snowflakes
Velvet flowers & small ornaments
Small decorative tree

Steps:

1. Paint the birdhouse. (for this project I am using the back of the house as the front) paint the roof taffy, the base fresh foliage and the house belle blush.

2. Cut the tissue paper into small random shaped squares. Apply the squares to the house with Mod Podge. Add the cream to the roof, the peach to the house and the green to the base. Topcoat with a layer of Mod Podge. Add additional layers of tissue if needed. Allow for dry time between layers.

3. Cut the decorative paper into a rounded door shape. Mod Podge to the front of the house.

4. Using a toothpick, add sparkle Texture Paint to the roof and base of the house. Poke the ends of the snowflakes into the Texture paint. Allow to dry.

5. Hot glue a rhinestone for a door handle and a ribbon embellishment to the top of the house.

6. Hot glue the two wreaths together. Glue and wrap the tinsel around the wreath base. Hot glue small ornaments into the tinsel and a flower into the corner. Attach the house and the decorative tree to the center of the wreath with hot glue.

Happy Holidays!

Cathie

101 Tees: Whip up a Festive Wreath with old Tees!

This little holiday cutie was made with recycled tees!  In celebration of my next book (101 Tees – Lark Books – 08/2011) I am doing a years worth projects with T-shirts.  You can find previous ideas here.
 
Materials Needed:
Green T-shirts to recycle. (I used 4 tees)
Pinking sheers or Rotary Cutter
Scissors
Wire Wreath Form
Ornaments
Hot Glue
Ribbon Bow
T-Shirts to cut.  I like to use different shades of green tees.
14″ Wire Wreath Form.
Rotary Cutter!  This one embosses too!!!  SEE My Tutorial HERE – very soon!!!
Let’s Do This!

Step 1. Cut the tees into strips of fabric that are 1.5″ wide and 6″ long.  Discard printed pieces and save for another project.

Step 2. Grab one of the strips.
Step 3. Fold it into a “U” shape.
Step 4. Place the “U” through one of the wires on the wreath.
Step 5. Bring the tails through the “U”.
Step 6. Pull the tails.
Step 7. Continue until the entire wreath is filled in.
Step 8. Place the wreath on a protected work surface.
(hot glue will drip down)
Step 9. Spread the ties in different directions.
Step 10. Hot glue Ornament Balls in the spaces.
 Step 11. Keep hot gluing ornaments.
Step 12.  Tie a bow to one side.
That is it!
Simple,
Fun
and
Re-Crafted!
Happy Holidays,
Cathie