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Pretzel Wreath Ornaments

by Jennifer Wieland
Crafting with Kids - Pretzel Wreath Ornaments

In most places in the United States kid’s are in their last week of school right now before the holidays. This means that next week they will be home from school and many of you may be looking for things to do with them. These Pretzel Wreath Ornaments are a great activity to keep the kids busy and in additional make a wonderful gift that the can give grandparents and other family or just use them to decorate your Christmas tree.

The really great thing about this project is that the supplies needed to make them are so simple and inexpensive. More than likely you probably have what you need on hand already.

Crafting with Kids - Pretzel Wreath Ornaments

When I was in third grade my amazing and truly the greatest teacher ever Miss Farley had us make large wreaths with full size pretzels as parent gifts. My mother loved this wreath and kept it until we had a house fire when I was in junior high. She has often talked about how much she misses her wreath so last year for Christmas I had the kids make her mini ones instead as ornaments.

Crafting with Kids - Pretzel Wreath Ornaments

Supplies:

Mini Pretzels

Glue ( I just used white school glue.)

Ribbon, twine or yarn

Embellishments

Wax paper

Foam or paint brush

Crafting with Kids - Pretzel Wreath Ornaments

Instructions:

  1. Find fairly uniform and unbroken pretzels and lay out the first or bottom circle on the wax paper. You will want to lay them out so that the two humps of the pretzel will be pointed toward the outside of the wreath. Once you get it all laid out you will then glue between the pretzels to connect them. Press the connecting points with the glue together and let sit to dry.
  2. Once the first layer is dry you will add a second layer. To do this you will cover the top of the first layer with glue. Be generous because it will help the stick together will and any excess can always be wiped off. Next, you will place the pretzels for the second row. Each pretzel will need to overlap two of the bottom row pretzels. That means the two humps will once again face outward but one of the humps will be over one hump on a bottom pretzel and the other top hump will be over one of the humps of another pretzel on the bottom. (Look at pictures for a visual aide.) Make sure to glue between the sides of the pretzels on the top row too. Wipe off any glue that may have dripped or oozed out carefully. Let dry completely.
  3. Once both layers are dry take a foam or paint brush and completely cover the entire wreath in glue. Let it dry overnight.
  4. Thread the ribbon, twine or yarn through the wreath and then leave some extra at each end to tie a bow but so that it leaves room to hang. You can also decorate with any embellishments now like glitter, buttons, flowers, etc.

 

 


Pool Noodle Jack-O-Lantern Wreath

by Jennifer Wieland
Pool Noodle Jack-O-Lantern Wreath

Every year I am so happy that I married a man who can carve those fancy pumpkins because if the kids had to rely on me to help them carve pumpkins they’d be in a lot of trouble. Honestly, if my five-year old were allowed to wield a knife she would probably be able to do a better job that I can. One time I did manage to make a half way decent jack-o-lantern but it took me hours and all it had been was two eyes and a mouth on it. This year I decided to take my lack of jack-o-lantern carving skills off the table completely and go with a crafty version instead. That’s how I came up with this pool noodle jack-o-lantern wreath.

I had been shopping at my local dollar store and came across two bins filled with the slightly shorter and less thick poodle noodles that the dollar store carries. They only had them in red and green left and when I saw the green ones I knew I had to but one and make it into a pumpkin. I’m so glad I did because the pool noodle jack-o-lantern wreath came out better than I expected and much cuter than any pumpkin I could carve.

Pool Noodle Jack-O-Lantern Wreath

So what will you need and how do you make this adorable Jack-O-Lantern?

Pool Noodle Jack-O-Lantern Wreath

Supplies:

1 green pool noodle

orange felt (I used about 1/2 yard)

green felt, one sheet

black felt, one sheet

sharp knife

duct tape

scissors

hot glue gun & glue sticks

chalk or pencil

Pool Noodle Jack-O-Lantern Wreath

Cut a 4″ piece off of the pool noodle. This will be the stem of the pumpkin.

Pool Noodle Jack-O-Lantern Wreath

Take the long remaining piece of the pool noodle and form it into a circle and secure it with duct tape.

Pool Noodle Jack-O-Lantern Wreath

Place your pool noodle circle onto your orange felt and cut it in a circle that is about 5″-6″ larger all the way around than the pool noodle circle.

Pool Noodle Jack-O-Lantern Wreath

Make slits about 3″-4″ long every 4″ all the way around so that the felt will lay batter when gluing. Do not cut the slits all the way to the pool noodle though or you will see the slits on the sides of the wreath. Then using your glue gun carefully stretch and glue each section making sure that the material is laying nice on the sides. Do this all the way around.

Pool Noodle Jack-O-Lantern Wreath

 

Once that’s done turn it over and you should have a nice orange circle.

Pool Noodle Jack-O-Lantern Wreath

Next you will glue the stem to the top of the orange felt covered circle. Don’t worry if you can see glue around the bottom as this will be covered up.

Pool Noodle Jack-O-Lantern Wreath

Next you will need to take your green felt and draw some leaves. You will also draw a circle and make a spiral inside of it for your vine. I used marker here so you could see better but I’d usually use pencil or chalk. Cut out the shapes and wrap part of the vine around the base of the stem and glue into place. Let the rest of the vine hang and attach the leaves to the base of the stem and vine. At this point you can also cut a strip of felt and glue to the back as a hanger.

Pool Noodle Pumpkin Wreath

At this point you have a lovely pumpkin wreath and could stop here if you wanted to be able to use it all of the fall season.

Pool Noodle Jack-O-Lantern Wreath

If you decide to carry on to the jack-o-lantern then you will now need your black felt. Using some chalk draw out the eyes, nose, mouth and anything else you want. Cut out the shapes and attach to the pumpkin using the glue.

Pool Noodle Jack-O-Lantern Wreath

Now you have an adorable pool noodle jack-o-lantern wreath for Halloween!

 

 

 


Easy, Inexpensive Fall Pumpkin Wreath

by Jennifer Wieland
Fall Pumpkin Wreath

Fall is officially here this week so it’s time to put away all of the summer decorations and break out with everything that yells horror or harvest. This afternoon I decided to make a quick, easy and most importantly inexpensive fall pumpkin wreath. This wreath came together in under half an hour and is quite cute if I do say so myself. The nice thing is that this can easily be a family project with help from the kids because the felt pumpkins I used to decorate came with sticky backs so once deal with the hot glue gun you can call the kiddie sin to decorate. I love that this wreath is more about the fall harvest than haunting the neighbors. This makes it a great wreath that can easily carry you right through Halloween and Thanksgiving.

This wreath was not only easy to make but it was also so unbelievably inexpensive to make that you will want to make one for everyone you know. The foam wreath came from the dollar store. The burlap I already had on hand from this Fourth of July wreath but it had cost me under $4 at Walmart. The ribbon I used I found on clearance at my local Jo-Ann store for a mere $.50 and the felt pumpkins were eight in a pack for $2.99 but I used a 50% off coupon. So all in all this was super cheap compared to what you would buy a fall pumpkin wreath for at a craft fair or someplace similar.

Fall Pumpkin Wreath

Supplies

1 10″ foam wreath

burlap ribbon

felt pumpkins

fall colored ribbon

hot glue

hot glue gun

Fall Pumpkin Wreath

Using the hot glue gun you’ll need to glue the end of the burlap ribbon to the back side of the foam wreath. Then begin wrapping it around the wreath adjusting as necessary until you have covered the entire thing. Cut off the excess and glue the cut end to the back of the wreath.

Fall Pumpkin Wreath

Next you will arrange your pumpkins the way you want them on the wreath. If they are self sticking like mine were then go ahead and stick them on. If they are not or you want to make sure they really stick then go ahead and add some hot glue to the back of them and press into place. Finally, cut about a yard of ribbon, fold it in half and place behind the top of the wreath with the loop at the top. Pull the two loose ends of ribbon through the looped end and adjust the ribbon so that it lays nicely. Finally, knot the loose ends together to hang from a wreath hanger or a Command adhesive hook.

Fall Pumpkin Wreath

Now you have a beautiful fall pumpkin wreath on your door to welcome all of your visitors.

 


Patriotic Burlap Wreath

by Jennifer Wieland
Patriotic Burlap Wreath

I love wreaths! They are such a simple and easy way to add festive or colorful touches throughout your home all year-long and wreaths on front doors just always make a home more approachable and inviting in my mind. For the 4th of July I decided that I wanted to do a new wreath but rather than bright and blingy I wanted it to be homey, rustic and country in its feel. My mind went immediately to burlap for this wreath and when I found blue, burlap with stars and red chevron burlap I knew I had to make an American flag wreath and so that is what I did. I made a beautiful Patriotic Burlap Wreath than can easily be used beyond this 4th of July holiday and with its Americana theme it can be used for many holidays throughout the year.

Patriotic Burlap Wreath

For those of you have read my past wreath tutorials then you know I like to keep my wreath crafts simple so that they are something anyone can make. This time is no exception so here’s what you’ll need to make this wreath…

Patriotic Burlap Wreath

Patriotic Burlap Wreath Supplies

1 16″ Styrofoam wreath

Roll of Blue Burlap with Stars

Roll of Red Chevron Burlap

Roll of Burlap Garland

Low Temperature Hot Glue Gun

Glue Sticks

Patriotic Burlap Wreath

Hot glue the end of the blue starred burlap to the back of the wreath and press firmly to set. Then begin wrapping 1/4 of the wreath with the blue starred burlap. Once 1/4 of the wreath is wrapped, cut the excess burlap off and hot glue the end to the back of the wreath.

Patriotic Burlap Wreath

Where you ended the blue burlap at you will now hot glue the start of the red chevron burlap there as well, pressing firmly to set. You will then repeat the wrapping until the rest of the wreath is covered. You may need to adjust the burlap ribbon as you go so that it fairly even and will cover the entire wreath. Once the wreath is completely wrapped then cut off any remaining red chevron burlap that is not needed and hot glue the end to the back of the wreath.

Patriotic Burlap Wreath

At this point the wreath should look like the above picture. You can leave it at this point and just add a ribbon or wire hanger from the back and hang or you can continue on.

Patriotic Burlap Wreath

I chose to add some roses to mine and I used the burlap garland to make them. For this you can make as many or as few as you want and you can make them in varying sizes. These are an easy rolled rose and you can read all of the steps here on how to make them. I used varying lengths and widths of the burlap to make the 4 roses I added to my wreath.

Patriotic Burlap Wreath

I then finished the wreath up by taking a few feet of burlap garland and folded it in half lengthwise. I then pulled the open ends through the middle to make a decorative loop and then made a not at the top to hang it with.

Patriotic Burlap Wreath

I am a member of the ProFlowers Wreaths All Year project and you can head over to their site where you can find some beautiful fresh wreaths to send to family, friends or even yourself.

 

 


Easy Bunny Wreath

by Jennifer Wieland

Easter sort of sneaked up on me this year. I had so many recipes and crafts planned for the blog for Easter that will never make it on here in time this year. Oh well, I guess it will make it easier next year. That’s what happens though when you are completely wound up and excited about a cruise, getting ready for said cruise and then going on the cruise. I’m not going to lie, I could have gotten some more work in this past week but I have really had a hard time getting back in the swing of things. That Royal Caribbean cruise with all of the other bloggers was just what the doctor ordered for me in the rest and relaxation department. So what if I came back a little to relaxed. I’ll get it together eventually, but in the meantime I am slowly chugging along while enjoying my tan and going through photos.

Anyway… I did want to make sure I got this one craft up though. I have been meaning to make this for weeks. The supplies were all sitting out just waiting for me to get busy with it but I kept getting sidetracked. I did manage to buckle down though today and get it done and I am super happy with how cute my Easy Bunny Wreath turned out be. This is a perfect last-minute craft to decorate your house with for Easter and it comes together very quickly.

 Supplies:

Grapevine garland
Grapevine wreath(s) (optional as you can just use the garland)
Wire cutters
Brown covered wire
Wired ribbon

Easy Bunny Wreath

Instructions:

Unroll the grapevine garland and find the two largest loops and cut it from the rest of the garland. Take the two next largest loops and cut it off as well. Shape those into a bow without the tails and use the wire to secure it into the shape.

Easy Bunny Wreath

Next attach the ears to a grapevine wreath or make one from the remaining garland. This will be the head of the bunny. I personally used an 8″ grapevine wreath for the head. I then took the two largest loops from the garland that I had cut off earlier and used those to make the largest circle, body of the bunny. I secured everything together with the wire and made a loop to hang it from where the ears and head met. Tie a bow around the neck and you are done.

Easy Bunny Wreath

 


St. Patrick’s Day Wreath

by Jennifer Wieland
St. Patrick's Day Wreath

FTC DisclosureYesterday it was supposed to snow again here in Chicago. I was not feeling that and wanted to do something that would move my mind towards spring. I decided to work on a St. Patrick’s Day wreath for my front door. I figured if fun, festive St. Patrick’s Day couldn’t get me out of my winter blahs then nothing would.

It worked! By the time I finished, my table and I were both completely covered in glitter and honestly, glitter just makes me smile like a five-year old. In fact, my five-year old was playing in it. It was all kinds of fun! We were tossing it around calling it pixie dust and just like all things like this, it’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt. That’s right there was an injury. I took some glitter to the eye when I rubbed my eye with my glitter covered hands. Can I just say, that hurts!

Anyway, I really like the wreath! It is very much in keeping with the whole vibe of St. Patrick’s Day. You know, that means it’s got lots of green, gold, sparkle and shamrocks. So if you are looking for a quick project to get your home ready for St. Patrick’s Day then try this one. I had it done in under an hour.

St. Patrick's Day Wreath

Supplies:

3 6 yd. spools of 5″-6″ tulle (I used glitter tulle in green, light green and gold)
1 10″ styrofoam wreath
green ribbon
shamrock embellishments (I used Jolee’s Boutique)
scissors
ruler
hot glue gun and glue sticks

Instructions:

Cut the tulle into 10″ long pieces. Tie pieces evenly onto the wreath leaving the knots and excess on the outside of the wreath. Using the hot glue gun attach the ribbon to the back of the wreath to hang it and glue on the shamrocks.

This is a super easy project that anyone can make to get themselves into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit.

 
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Tulle Heart Wreath

by Jennifer Wieland
Tulle Heart Wreath

 

 

 

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and this year I decided to decorate some for it. I don’t usually put up any Valentine’s decorations at all. Honestly, the reason behind that is that I am usually a late Christmas decoration remover. What does that mean? It means that at the end of January I am usually, finally getting around to putting away the Christmas stuff. Since we have bitter cold here in Chicago though and more coming I decided to go ahead and get the old stuff down and get some Valentine’s decorations made and up.

I spent some time yesterday making an utterly adorable tulle heart wreath. It was very easy to make. My daughter kept oohing and aahing over it and has laid claim to it to hang on her bedroom door. I caved and told her she could have it to decorate her door with so I guess I actually need to make more Valentine’s Day decorations for the main rooms of the house now.

Tulle Heart Wreath

This project only needs a handful of items that can be easily found at any craft store and comes together quite easily.

 Tulle Heart Wreath

To make the wreath you will need:
1 12″ styrofoam heart wreath
3-5 spools of 3″ wide tulle in the colors of your choice (I used 3 shades of pink)
1 decorative heart ornament (I used a pink glitter foam one)
decorative ribbon or chord
scissors
ruler
hot glue & glue gun

Select the colors of tulle that you want to use and then cut them into 10″ long pieces. Tie each piece onto the wreath leaving the knotted part on the outside. Be sure to keep the knots fairly even when working. You will want to slide the tulle together as you are working so that it appears that the pieces are overlapping. Attach your ribbon or chord in the desired length using hot glue to the back so you can hang the wreath. Attach the heart ornament from it’s string to the back using hot glue.

 

You can see this and other pink projects on the blog Pink Heels Pink Truck!

 

 

 

 


Dollar Store Ornament Wreath

by Jennifer Wieland
Ornament Wreath

FTC Disclosure

I love decorating for Christmas! I have been known to have an upstairs and downstairs tree. I have a big holiday train that goes around the main tree. There are knickknacks, tchotchkes, and other decorations galore. As my love of decorating for the holidays grows though I have to be more conscientious of not going overboard with spending on decorating. To do this I decided that this year I was going to make some new decorations and that they were going to be affordable too. The first thing I decided I needed was a new wreath for my door. My old one met an untimely demise last year at the hands of my two youngest boys.

I decided to head to the dollar store and see what I could find. Upon entering the store I immediately spotted tubes of ornaments and that made me remember that I had some at home already from Target’s Dollar Spot from last year. I grabbed a few extra tubes of ornaments and a nice, big, sparkly bow that I found and I had the makings of one pretty wreath.

Ornament Wreath Supplies

Supplies for the wreath.

Ornament Wreath

1 wire hanger
70-90 ornaments depending on size
1 large bow
glue gun
hot glue sticks
needle nose or regular pliers

Take the tops off of each ornament and add a bit of hot glue on the sides of the top of the ornament and then place top back on. These ornaments are cheap and they will pop off from the tops if you do not do this step.
While the ornaments are drying, form the hanger into a circle and unwind the top of the wire hanger to open it up. Start adding ornaments on in any fashion you want. When you reach the end use the pliers to twist the hanger closed again. Add the bow to the top and hang up your wreath.

 


Fall Wreath

by Jennifer Wieland
Fall Wreath - My Sweet Sanity

Since I was not able to stand and walk much this weekend I ended up working on a fall wreath that I had all of the supplies for but just hadn’t gotten around to doing yet. I wanted to make a fall wreath that while in fall colors was a mix of neutral, dark and light. Something that would work in most decors. I used some fabric scraps I had to make the flowers.  I had bought some beige flannel remnant piece that had cream-colored dots on it. I finished it all with some burlap, wired ribbon.

This is honestly the first wreath I have made in over 20 years. It came out decent considering the massive gap in my crafting years. Now that I have made this though I do want to keep going and make some more for the house.

Fall Wreath - My Sweet Sanity

 

Fall Wreath Materials:

Fabric scraps in various colors for flowers, 4-5″ widths and at least 22″ long
1/3 yd. heavier weight fabric, I used a flannel, cut into 3″ wide strips
1-2 yds. of wired burlap ribbon
12″ styrofoam wreath
glue sticks
hot glue gun
floral wire
floral wire cutter

Fall Wreath Instructions:

Take one of the fabric scraps and fold in half lengthwise, creating a crease at the fold. Unfold and place hot glue along the inside of the length. Fold back in half and press together. Starting at one end begin to roll the now folded and glued fabric. Once you have what would be a good center for the flower place a dot of hot glue and continue to roll once more to cover the glue. Now start twisting the fabric as you are rolling it, periodically placing a bit of glue. Finish the end by gluing and if the bottom has a bit of a stem sticking out you can cut that off. Repeat this until you have the desired amount of flowers.

Take the 3″ strips of heavier material and glue one end onto the backside of the wreath. Begin wrapping the material around the wreath, making sure to overlap as you wrap the wreath. When you reach and end hot glue it to the back of the wreath and then glue on the beginning of the next strip. Do this until the wreath is completely covered. Now using the hot glue gun you will glue the flowers you have made onto the wreath. You can use as many or as few as you like. Next make a hanger using the burlap wired ribbon by wrapping the ribbon around the top, center of the wreath and gluing the ends onto the back of the wreath to secure. Be careful though as the hot glue will seep through the holes in the ribbon. Attach a piece of ribbon or wire to the top of the burlap ribbon now on the wreath at the top and back that can be slid onto a wreath hanger. Finally make a bow of your choice using floral wire and the wired burlap ribbon. Attach it to the wreath using either hot glue or floral wire.


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