ornament wreath

Posted On December 16, 2010

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If you’ve been reading my blog, you know by now that I am pretty much a big copy cat.  I can’t help it; I see some great ideas by other crafters and I NEED to attempt to make the same things.  So when I came across an ornament wreath at my new favorite craft blog Under My Umbrella, I knew that would be my next project.  Check it out and here is a link to the original tutorial.

Here’s my wreath in the day light.

And here it is at night with the Christmas lights reflecting in it.

It looks a little lopsided, but that’s okay.  It was also a challenge to hang, or so my husband says.

I used the shatter proof ornaments from Target and strung them on a wire hanger from the dry cleaners.  The only problem was the end of the ornaments broke on a bunch of them.  I ended up using them to decorate the mantle.  See below, right in front of a picture of the cutest baby:

I love the way my mantle looks! 

Yarn Wreath, the sequel

I enjoyed making my yarn wreath  so much, I decided to do another one, this one with more of a Christmas feel.  Looking for ideas, I googled yarn wreath and fell in love with this one.  It was perfect, so here’s my take.

I found a great chunky weight yarn at the craft store that I loved.

I wrapped it around my styrofoam wreath form twice, the first time pretty tight and the second time a little looser with a bit more space in between wraps.  I used the cricuit and cut the letters J O Y out on textured white paper.  I used my small hole punch to punch holes in the tops of the letters, threaded thin yarn through it and tied the yarn around the sides.  I looped thick ribbon through the wreath and attached it to the door by opening the door and nailing it the top.  You can kind of see it in this picture.

Happy Crafting!

candy wreath

Posted On November 27, 2010

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My parents came for a visit last weekend and they didn’t come empty handed.  Among a few other things, like dinner, they brought a Christmas candy wreath that my mom made.

These make nice holiday gifts for teachers, neighbors, or really anyone.  And they are quite simple to make. 

All you need are: a wire hanger, candy, curly ribbon.  First prepare your hanger by reshaping into a circle.  You may want to untwist the top and make the circle smaller because the larger it is, the more candy is needed and the more candy used the heavier it gets.  Next, cut the curly ribbon, tie to candy, and tie candies on the hanger.  Finish up by curling the ribbon and tying on a bow, if desired; this help hides the hook .

I love my candy wreath, especially because when I look at it on the wall it puts me in the holiday spirit.  Thanks mom!

Christmas books for the baby

Posted On November 21, 2010

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I know what you’re thinking…Christmas books already?  Of course!  Okay, I wasn’t planning on giving these to my 14 month old yet, but I couldn’t help myself.  He loves them…especially this one:

It has flaps that lift and that made him crack up…I suppose my yelling “surprise!” every time he lifted each flap might also have added to the delight.

Next he liked this one. 

It had different textures he could feel inside.  He especially liked the rough texture of the christmas tree.

This one is sure to be his favorite, probably next year and for the next few years to come. 

Not only does it say “underwear” but it also hints that Santa has to go…you know go to the bathroom.  That’s a recipe for a few laughs from a toddler. 

Any other recommendations for other good Christmas books for little ones?  As far as I’m concerned, you can never have enough books!