Monday, September 19, 2011

Denim and Felt Wreath

This wreath cost me nothing.  I have been wanting to make one of these ever since I first saw one online.  I hesitated because I did not have a base wreath.  Well, yesterday I made my own base wreath and got busy creating.

Items needed:
  • paper towel roll
  • 2 empty cereal boxes 
  • clear packing tape or any other kind of heavy duty tape
  • left over denim from an old pair of jeans that are now cut-off shorts
  • Scraps of felt
  • hot glue gun and lots of glue sticks
 Step 1:  Create a base wreath using 1 paper towel roll and 2 cereal boxes cut into strips.  Start cutting at the top of the cereal box and cut around and around until you have 1 long strip from the entire cereal box.  Wind the cereal box strips around the paper towel roll and then secure with clear packing tape.  Pull the paper towel roll out and repeat winding process with the other cereal box strip.

Step 2:  After you have two cereal box cylinders and 1 paper towel roll you are ready to put them together to form the wreath.  Secure them all in place with clear tape, duck tape or whatever you have.

Step 3:  Your paper towel roll section will probably be smaller than the others.  Just add pieces of newspaper and apply tape on top to obtain uniform size throughout the wreath.


Step 4:  You need to cover the base wreath.  I used an old pair of my husband's Kavu pants.  They had a rip at the knee so we cut them into shorts.  I used the scraps.  Cut the denim leg into one long strip but save the bottom hem for later.   Do this by starting at the top of the leg and cut around and around until you reach the bottom hem.  The idea is to have one long strip from one pant leg.  How wide the piece is really just depends on what you want.  Wrap the denim around the entire wreath.  Secure ends onto wreath with tape or hot glue.  Once it is wrapped hot glue the denim here and there to make sure there are no gaps and it is secure.  
***Btw, I know this is all a little ghetto but it works and you will have a beautiful product at the end that did not cost you one penny.  It is all about just using what you have to create what you want.

Step 5:  Cut your felt into circles of all different sizes.  Then cut into a circle as if you were creating a circular path to make a spiral.  Then roll the spiral back together and bam you have a flower.  Hot glue the back to keep it together.  Continue this process with each circle.
Step 6:  Cut leaf shapes out of the remaining denim.

Step 7:  Put a dab of hot glue on the bottom of each leaf and pinch the bottom together.  This creates a more 3d effect.
Step 8:  Use the hem from the denim pants to create more flowers.  I cut the hem lengthwise to have a total of 8 strips.  I just wound a strip together to form a flower.  Hot glue the bottom to keep it from coming undone.
Step 9:  Arrange your felt flowers, denim flowers and denim leaves on your wreath.  I used some of the denim flowers as pedestals to elevate the felt flowers.  Hot glue them into place.  

Step 10:  Use some scrap denim to create a hook on the back of the wreath.  I took a piece twisted it and secure it with two safety pins.

As you can see, I like to do crafts my way.  I sort of invent things as I go along and create based on the materials I already have.  It works for me.  Hope you will try it.


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Vroom! by Leo Timmers - Library Pick

This little book is a charmer.  The illustrations are very well done and unique.  Leo Timmers is the author and illustrator.  He lives is Brussels.  I was happy to find out he has created many more books.  


Monday, September 12, 2011

1st Family Vacation - Camping

This Labor Day we decided to take a family vacation.  It was spur of the moment to go with our "Summer of Spontaneity" theme.  I did not book the campsite until Friday afternoon.  Of course, all the campsites in the whole state of California were taken.  But with some digging I found a KOA in Santa Margarita, CA.  Thankfully someone canceled on Friday morning and we were able to take their spot. The cost was $41 dollars a night for a campsite with shade but no water or electricity.  The KOA was great and family friendly.  There was a live concert on Saturday night, a pool, a bouncy pillow, and a bear sighting 2 weeks ago.  It took almost 4 hours to get there because of traffic and carpooling with a 10 month old who required frequent stops to crawl around.  It was so breathtaking to be out in nature all weekend.  I was reminded of my childhood adventures.  We savored being together as a family and soaked in God's goodness.  We hiked, swam, tried to nap (but it was way too hot), build camp fires, roasted marshmallows, tried to sleep (but it was way too cold), walked up a hill to the bathroom and all the other wonderful things that go with camping.  I don't know why we have not been camping sooner.  We just might have started a tradition.

Tips for next time:

  • Make sure G has at least 4 layers of clothes to sleep in at night.
  • Bring a rake to remove all rocks and sticks from under tent.
  • Hobo dinners were awesome.
  • Bring our own firewood.  Yes, it's true and something I hate to admit but we bought firewood.  

 Concert under the stars!
Just could not keep those eyes open for the pic.

 Good Morning Guys!
 Playing with Dad
 Bouncy Pillow
Tent Time
View on our hike

Together Time
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