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Whimsical Valentine Wreath

12 Jan

I was reading Martha Stewart last month (I think) and they had these giant Christmas balls made out of cupcake liners. And I thought to myself – maybe I could use cupcake liners to make a wreath for Valentine’s Day…

I love the texture of the liners. After a little trial and error, this is what I came up with.
I found some cupcake liners at Hobby Lobby. I really wanted polka dot ones but couldn’t find any at any of the stores around here.
Then I found this little wreath 8-inch at the Dollar Store.
The first thing I did was wrap the entire wreath with ribbon that I had left over from Christmas. I wrapped it tightly around the wreath form.
Then I put a dot of hot glue on the front of the wreath and attached a cupcake liner. I bunched the liner up at the bottom by pressing all of the side together like a flower. Then I pressed that down on to the wreath form. and held it for a few seconds until the hot glue cooled off. I attached about 9 more to that section, pressing them tightly together.
I worked in small sections, leaving space in between each section. I found that if I tried to do too big of a section at once, that the glue would activate the cooled glue at the base of the other liners and make the whole thing unstable. By working in small sections and leaving space between, it allowed the glue to completely cool and the sections to stabilize.
Once I worked my way all the way around the wreath, I then went back and filled in the bare sections. For my 8 inche wreath, I used about 100 wrappers.
I was going to attach liners to the inside and outside of the wreath, but I found that they stuck out more than I thought they would and I thought the two inside sections would meet and then it wouldn’t look like a wreath, but more like a ball. I actually like it this way because the ribbon shows and it is a nice contrast.
Once the wreath was filled in, I took a white cupcake liner and bunched it the same way, then I took the top of the liner and fanned it out like a flower. I put a dab of hot glue at the base of the liner and stuck it in one side of the wreath. Then I took a polka dotted scrapbook brad and attached some hot glue to the bottom and put it in the center of the flower.
The last thing I did was turn the wreath over and attach a length of ribbon to the back of each side of the wreath. Then I hung it up!
It puts a smile on my face!
Thanks for all of your comments about my sewing machine dilemma yesterday. I went out but got all confused again. Too many choices… Maybe I will figure it out soon…

I’m linking up to Kimba’s fabulous DIY Day 
and Today’s Creative Blog’s Get Your Craft On!
Have a happy day!

Updated 3/2010: If you have made this wreath, or a variation of this wreath, will you link up? If someone wants to make this wreath in the future, it would be so great for them to be able to see your ideas and variations. Thanks so much!


Whimsical Christmas Wreath

1 Dec
So I had all of these big, eleaborate plans to make a burlap/paper wreath. It was going to take hours and hours of fine craftsmanship to make. Well, life got in the way, and instead the kids and I made a whimsical, funny wreath instead. And with a blog called tatertots &; jello — I think it fits in perfectly!
**Put a dab of Gorilla Glue on each Marshmallow before you put the toothpick through and attach it to the wreath. This will keep the marshmallows on the wreath all season long!

Have a wonderful day!

Polka Dot Whimsical Pillows

23 Oct
I took a short break from my burlap obsession to make some polka dot pillows. It was so fun making the Keep Calm Have a Cupcake pillow — I came up with a few new ones. So whimsical and funny – I am cracking myself up.
I am a little addicted to polka dots too. I think they look cute with my black and tan theme in my kitchen. I am still working on my kitchen redo. I hope to have it ready for Kimba’s DIY day on Tuesday.

Here are some other sayings that I am going to make up into pillows:

Also, I have a really fun burlap project to share with you tomorrow for my Creative Fridays! I can’t wait!

Have a Super Duper Day!

More Burlap Projects: Whimsical Burlap Pillows

16 Oct
I am just having so much fun with burlap.Yesterday I experimented and came up with these pillows.
I have had a great time stenciling on burlap, but I wanted to try something new. I found some really great images on The Graphics Fairy. This is a great place to find royalty-free images you can use for projects. I decided to use iron-on transfer paper. I didn’t know if it would work on the rough burlap surface, but decided to give it a try.
 It transferred really well. I was so excited. I added some wool hounds-tooth material to the back and big pom-pom fringe.
 And you know my obsession with cupcakes? Well I love my Keep Calm and Carry On sign that I have in my family room:
And I had heard this term around blogland, so I went into Microsoft Publisher and made this graphic:
Into this pillow:

 Thanks for coming by!
What are you doing this weekend? We are going to try to get to the Pumpkin Patch tonight. Have a great one!