I was clicking around to my favorite blogs and stumbled upon The Nester’s wreath link party. I’ve never made a wreath before (remember that lack of craftiness thing I suffer from) but figured the link party would be the perfect inspiration to give it try. Link parties have a way of
forcing me spurring me into action.
So, then came the question: what to make my wreath out of? Where do you go to find inspiration…Pinterest of course! It was there that I saw
|Coincidentally, also from The Nester!|
I’m not quite that ambitious being a first timer but I did drive on over to A.C. Moore and pick out some yarn and a wreath form. I probably should have done more than just look at the picture because I would have gained some valuable tips but reading is hard when you are distracted by all the pretty pictures (i’m seriously like a barbie doll distracted by all the shiny, sparkly things when on pinterest)!
Well, the yarn sat and sat until finally I decided that I should probably get started if I had any intention of joining the party. So, I grabbed the computer and decided to the read the “instructions”…at 9pm…the night I planned to start. It was then that I realized that I didn’t have half of the stuff that I was supposed to for the wreath. Yarn…check. Floral form…check. Batting…nope. Pins…nope. Glue gun…you’re getting the idea, right? I would not be discouraged at this point though because I was going to make this wreath. I mean I had to the make the wreath because I’d already
bragged told all my friends about my crafty endeavor.
Me + Yarn + Floral form + glass of wine all went to the dining room table. I wrapped and wrapped and wrapped for over an hour. Well, let me back up a little because I did some prep work before wrapping.
First, I grabbed my handy tape measure and marked off the sections. I was planning on two colors in wide sections and one color in a smaller separator style section (sort of like my inspiration picture)
I marked off my sections in black marker and then started wrapping.
Once the first section was done, I started with the second color. My guide said to tie each color to the previous but I just knotted off each color and started a new tied piece with each color. So, mine aren’t connected in any way.
I got so busy wrapping that I kind of forgot to look for my black marker guides and ended up wrapping right past of one them. Oops. I just stopped at that point and started the next color figuring I’d work out the spacing going forward.
In my finished product, you can definitely see where all the sections aren’t exactly the same width. Do I care? Not really. I figured that I’m pretty imperfect when it comes to crafts and home projects so the finished products should probably reflect that in some way right? It looks more homemade and less store made in my mind. Yep, that is what I keep telling myself so I don’t cut all the yarn off and start over 🙂
Once the wreath was all wrapped up tight with yarn, I grabbed my two little scarecrow men and attempted to stick them in the wreath. They came apart from all the pretty leaves and other items that were taped to them. So, I pulled them the rest of the way apart and chose just the pieces I wanted.
Even though it isn’t “technically” fall, I was pretty excited about the finished product so out it went to the front door.
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