Craft Projects

Jersey Scarf

This summer I bought a super cute, but super cheap, dress from WalMart that slowly but surely fell to pieces with each wear. It finally got to the point where I just couldn’t wear it anymore with all of the holes it kept getting, so I got ready to toss it. Then I remembered seeing an adorable scarf my cousin made out of a T-shirt, so I figured I’d try it out.

My scarf was really easy to make because the dress I cut apart already had all of the pieces. I simply cut the bottom ruffle off of the dress and the braided straps off the top, and started to stitch it back together.

The ruffled bottom of the dress was large enough to wrap around twice, and the braided straps went around the scarf one time perfectly.

I removed the excess thread from each piece of te dress, then got to sewing. With the ruffled part looped twice, I stitched the two pieces together where they crossed over one another. Then, I added the braid to the same intersection so all of the pieces came together in the same spot.

When everything was sewn together, I cut a small rectangle of the jersey fabric out of the remaining dress and sewed it around the scarf so you can’t see the stitching.

Then, I was finished! Too easy!ย The best part… my scarf looks adorable with my Ravens tee ๐Ÿ™‚

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Craft Projects, Wreath

Twig Wreath


So I’ve already admitted my new addiction to making wreaths, but today I’m going to show you how to make an inexpensive wreath — really! The only thing you absolutely need to buy is a single bunch of flowers from any craft store. I’d say this one cost me about $10. All of my other supplies were lying around the house or the yard — yes, the yard.

To start on my wreath, I found a cardboard box for the base. Using a bucket from Home Depot, I traced a circle onto the cardboard and then cut it out using a box cutter.

Then Remmy and I wandered the yard collecting small twigs for our wreath. We filled the bucket and headed back instead to start gluing our sticks to our wreath.

When the whole piece of cardboard was covered in twigs, I flipped the wreath over and reinforced the cardboard circle with small strips of cardboard. Then it was time to add flowers.

Before I was able to add any flowers, the hubby came down to my crafting area and asked me what the heck I was doing. He suggested I toss my twig wreath, and at first I thought I should. It was a rather odd-looking wreath before I added any bling.

Using the leftover flowers and tulle from my Ravens Wreath, I started adding things to the twigs. First, I pulled off all of the fake leaves from the remaining purple flowers I had purchased for about $5 for the bunch. I had enough leaves to cover the entire inner circle of the wreath, effectively covering all of the glue marks on the twigs and cardboard. Score!

As I glued, Remmy supervised. “Yes, Mom. That leaf looks great right there!”

Once my leaves were secure, I added little white buds around the edge of the wreath.

I really like these little flowers and they came in a huge bunch, so I had a lot left over from the Ravens Wreath. Perfecto.

With the background flowers in place, I started adding the larger purple flowers to the wreath. On my first purple flower I also added my last bit of black flowers, a little bit of black tulle, and a thick black ribbon to hang the wreath.

The tulle was a lucky addition for this wreath, but I really liked how it looked. So, with each extra purple flower (five in total) I added, I made sure to tuck some black tulle underneath. It provided a really great texture to the wreath.

The final two touches to the wreath were these little crystals that I picked up from Hobby Lobby for $1.47 a pack and a black bow to match the wreath hanger.

I let the glue dry, then hung my beautiful twig wreath on my craft room door. Take that, hubs. That is one pretty twig wreath ๐Ÿ™‚

No worries, after seeing the whole ting completed, the hubs said he did like the wreath after all. Ye of little faith!

So with a bunch of leftover supplies and a little bit of hunting through my yard, I was able to make this beautiful wreath!

Hope you all had a great weekend. Happy football season!

Craft Projects

Baltimore Ravens Wreath

The hubby and I are fans of the Baltimore Ravens, and with football season underway and the Ravens’ first game right around the corner, it was time to make some sweet Ravens decor for our house.

I’m really into wreaths right now, so I made us a Ravens wreath for our front door! I saw a Halloween wreath on Pinterest that used black tulle, and I immediately knew that that was how I wanted to make my wreath.

The Baltimore team got its name from Edgar Allen Poe’s famous “The Raven” poem — you know, “Quoth the Raven, ‘Nevermore.'” Poe lived in Baltimore when he died and became famous for his eerie writing, so the black tulle was the perfect fabric to use to give the wreath an eerie feel.

I bought a hay wreath form because I liked the round shape of the wreath. Hay was also a few bucks cheaper than a foam wreath form.

I started to take the plastic wrap off of the wreath, but quickly stopped. The hay started going everywhere and made it difficult to add the tulle. Plus, I have oober sensitive skin and the hay was no good for my bare arms.

Once I started adding tulle, I realized you can’t tell the plastic is still on, so I didn’t care about leaving it there. Phew.

To add the tulle, I cut various lengths and simply tied two knots to secure it around the wreath.

I used more than 120 yards of tulle to cover this wreath — holy cow! It also took me about three hours to cover the whole thing. It was worth it, though. Check out the great volume the tulle gives the wreath once it is all covered.

 

With the wreath totally covered in black, it was time to embellish.

I carefully selected purple, black and white flowers from Michaels — my purple flowers even have yellow in them! Perfect to match the Ravens’ uniforms.

I added the long vines to my wreath first and foremost, laying them up and down one side of the wreath. I then secured them with hot glue.

To cover up the hot glue, I glued four big flowers in the center.

 

 

Rem was there the whole time to help me make my wreath. He’s a Ravens fan, too.

With all of my flowers secured to the wreath, it was time to add my Ravens. Yes, Ravens.

I glued one little guy behind my cluster of purple flowers.

 

My other guy — he goes right in the middle. I broke the wire at his feet so I could wrap him around the wreath without having to glue him on.

With my creepy, black bids added, my wreath was complete.

The hubby loves it, especially the birds.

 

Love love love love love. It’s official, I am addicted to making wreaths. And how cool is a pretty wreath that supports your NFL team!?!?! So cool.

AND, it doubles as a pretty/creepy Halloween wreath.

I definitely scored some wife points with this project.

Happy Friday!

P.S. What do you think of the new blog format? It’s nice to have more color on the blog. Enjoy your weekends!