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DIY Chevron Wreath

9 Jan

I have been working on cleaning out and selling all of my wreath-making supplies (decided to do away with the business) and found the gray chevron fabric that I used to make this wreath for my mom last fall.  At the time, I had intended to make one for myself, too, but I never got around to it.  Well, today I finally did!  And I love it!  It will be great until the spring, or even longer.

I decided to re-post the original blog for you in case anyone was interested in making one of their own.

 

 

Is anyone else obsessed with chevron like me?  I just love it.  I found some grey chevron scrapbook paper the other day that I just love, and my new yellow chevron pillows are being delivered tomorrow.  I can’t wait!

Mama asked me to make a gray chevron wreath to match her new paint colors, so we went to Hobby Lobby today and got the fabric, and I made it tonight after I put the kids to bed.  It turned out just beautifully and I thought I would give a quick DIY on it.

Gray Chevron Wreath with Flower Embellishment

Supplies Needed:

Glue Gun and Glue Sticks

Straw Wreath Form (I used a 15″ Form)

1 Yard of Gray Chevron Fabric 

Silk Flowers of Your Choice

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1. Cut the fabric into strips about 6 inches wide.  Make your cut in the direction of the arrows in the chevron pattern.

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2. Cut those strips into pieces that are 10 inches in length.

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3. Take each fabric strip and fold over one edge.  Secure it with the hot glue gun.

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4. Begin gluing the strips of fabric to the straw wreath form.  Secure one edge to the back of the form with the hot glue gun.

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5. Pull the fabric tightly around the form and secure the end of the fabric to the straw form using the hot glue gun.

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6. Continue adding strips of fabric, overlapping the side of the fabric that is folded over onto the fabric on the form so the frayed edge of the fabric isn’t showing.  For a more uniform look, line up the pattern of the chevron on the front of the wreath.

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You will need to fold over the fabric a bit to keep it tight around the form.
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Halfway there!

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7. For the last piece of fabric, fold over both sides so the frayed edges are not showing, then secure it to the wreath the same as the other pieces.

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All done!

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8. Use the hot glue gun to add the flowers of your choice.

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And all done!

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Isn’t it pretty?  I can’t wait until Mama sees it.  And luckily, I have enough fabric left to make one for myself!

DIY Chevron Wreath

9 Jul

Is anyone else obsessed with chevron like me?  I just love it.  I found some grey chevron scrapbook paper the other day that I just love, and my new yellow chevron pillows are being delivered tomorrow.  I can’t wait!

Mama asked me to make a gray chevron wreath to match her new paint colors, so we went to Hobby Lobby today and got the fabric, and I made it tonight after I put the kids to bed.  It turned out just beautifully and I thought I would give a quick DIY on it.

Gray Chevron Wreath with Flower Embellishment

Supplies Needed:

Glue Gun and Glue Sticks

Straw Wreath Form (I used a 15″ Form)

1 Yard of Gray Chevron Fabric 

Silk Flowers of Your Choice

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1. Cut the fabric into strips about 6 inches wide.  Make your cut in the direction of the arrows in the chevron pattern.

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2. Cut those strips into pieces that are 10 inches in length.

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3. Take each fabric strip and fold over one edge.  Secure it with the hot glue gun.

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4. Begin gluing the strips of fabric to the straw wreath form.  Secure one edge to the back of the form with the hot glue gun.

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5. Pull the fabric tightly around the form and secure the end of the fabric to the straw form using the hot glue gun.

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6. Continue adding strips of fabric, overlapping the side of the fabric that is folded over onto the fabric on the form so the frayed edge of the fabric isn’t showing.  For a more uniform look, line up the pattern of the chevron on the front of the wreath.

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You will need to fold over the fabric a bit to keep it tight around the form.
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Halfway there!

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7. For the last piece of fabric, fold over both sides so the frayed edges are not showing, then secure it to the wreath the same as the other pieces.

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All done!

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8. Use the hot glue gun to add the flowers of your choice.

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And all done!

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Isn’t it pretty?  I can’t wait until Mama sees it.  And luckily, I have enough fabric left to make one for myself!

Dying Easter Eggs

28 Mar

We have had a lot of fun this week beginning our Easter traditions.  This is the first year that Charlie really understands what is going on, and of course if Charlie likes it Maddie is totally into it!  We have been learning a lot with our resurrection eggs and some library books about the whole point of Easter-that Jesus died and was resurrected.  We have also been doing the other Easter stuff, like Easter egg hunts and dying eggs.  We dyed our eggs on Monday, and I am just now getting around to posting about it!

I had aspirations to do lots of great, creative things with our Easter eggs, but ended up just buying the good ol’ Paas Easter egg kit and going for it.  We didn’t even write on them with crayons before we dyed them!  Maybe next year…

Both Maddie and Charlie got a big kick out of watching the color tablets dissolve in the vinegar.

Both Maddie and Charlie got a big kick out of watching the color tablets dissolve in the vinegar.

Working...

Working…

They immediately wanted to take the eggs out of the dye!  I had to make them leave them a little longer so the colors would be a little brighter.

They immediately wanted to take the eggs out of the dye! I had to make them leave them a little longer so the colors would be a little brighter.

Green hands!

Green hands!

Our eggs had a slightly more "natural" color since our eggs were blue and brown instead of white!  I like how they turned out.

Our eggs had a slightly more “natural” color since our eggs were blue and brown instead of white! I like how they turned out.

...and displayed on the table.

…and displayed on the table.

Now the kids can’t wait to destroy the eggs on Easter day!  They want to crack them open so badly.

I have seen some other really cool things with Easter eggs.  One of my favorite blogs is Glitter ‘N Glue, and she had a great post today featuring DIY Glittered Easter eggs.  I wish I had seen this before we dyed our eggs!  Click on the link to see her idea: http://glitternglue.com/2013/03/28/diy-decorative-glittered-easter-eggs/.

This site also has some really cool ideas: http://www.thegirlcreative.com/2013/03/24/creative-ways-to-decorate-easter-eggs.html.

Next year, I am definitely getting more creative with our eggs!  Or I may just stay up late one night and do it myself…

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Bookend

16 Mar

Good morning!  I hope everyone is enjoying this wonderful Saturday.  It is going to be a gorgeous day in NC today-the high is 74, so I am in the process of opening all of our windows and letting in some fresh air.  Hopefully we can spend the rest of the day outside!

Every spring Jason and I embark on a renovation project of some area of our yard, and this year we are focusing on the side of our house by the garage.  It is very rocky and shady, so we don’t have any grass or plants on this side of our house and it annoys me every time I walk outside and see it!  Jason uses it to place things that he doesn’t use but thinks he will some day, so it has become an eyesore in my opinion.  Hopefully we can change that this spring and summer.

One of the things that Jason has sitting in this area of our yard is a big stack of bricks.  They were leftover from when we built the foundation of our house, so they have been there for quite awhile!  Charlie and I painted some of the bricks a couple of weeks ago and used them to mark the beginning and end of our strawberry patch, and I have been on the lookout for some other things we could do with the bricks.

Since Jason and I both teach Sunday School, we have a couple of commentaries that are easier to just leave out on our dresser.  I don’t like how they look just standing alone, so I decided to make a bookend using a brick.  It was really simple to do and I love the finished product!

You will need:

1 brick

felt

a glue gun

a cardboard letter (very cheap at Hobby Lobby)

spray paint

I painted my "W" blue to match our bedroom walls.  I decided to leave the brick its natural color.  You could paint both the letter and the brick white and that would be really pretty.

I painted my “W” blue to match our bedroom walls. I decided to leave the brick its natural color. You could paint both the letter and the brick white and that would be really pretty.

This glue gun is one that I found when I moved into my first classroom 12 years ago!  Maybe I should ask for a new one for my birthday!

This glue gun is one that I found when I moved into my first classroom 12 years ago! Maybe I should ask for a new one for my birthday!

Glue some felt onto the bottom of the brick-otherwise it will scratch your furniture.

Glue some felt onto the bottom of the brick-otherwise it will scratch your furniture.

Glue your letter to the brick, and done!

Glue your letter to the brick, and done!

Pretty, isn't it?

Pretty, isn’t it?

I also love my peacock feathers!

I also love my peacock feathers!

I really liked how this turned out.  I have a couple of other places that need a cute bookend, so I think I’ll have to make a trip to Hobby Lobby to pick up some more letters!