We Three Wreaths ~ #1

Back in the fall, I visited a friend and saw her adorable fall colored yarn wrapped wreath. Her wreath inspired me to craft my own wreaths for the Christmas season, and that sparked my vision for our holiday mantel.  After seeing her wreath and falling in love with it, I knew that I wanted to include a yarn wreath in the trio that would anchor our mantel.

3 wreaths

I started doing Pinterest research, and found out that the yarn wreaths are quite popular. There are many tutorials and examples out there, but here is my version

red & silver yarn wreath

I started with:      •  An 8” foam floral ring      •  Yarn (red & silver)      •  Felt (red, white, & silver)      •  Stapler & staples      •  Hot glue gun & glue sticks

My first step was to wrap the floral ring with the yarn.  To get started, I simply stapled the red and silver ends of the yarn to the ring.

I then wrapped and wrapped and wrapped the yarn around the ring to cover up all of the green.  I let the yarn take on a pattern of its own while I was wrapping.  I also overlapped some of the yarn strands to add some interest and depth to the wreath.

My next step was to add the rosette embellishments.  Here is a picture of the supplies I used: 3 colors of felt and 3 round objects to use as sizing guides (2 ribbon spools and 1 glass).  You can also see my first attempt at making a rosette.

The rosettes are actually quite easy to make:

Step 1: Cut a circle out of felt and create wavy edges around your circle.

Step 2: Start on an outside edge of your wavy circle and cut to the middle to form a continuous spiral through the circle.  Leave a little bit at the end because you will use that piece to glue the rosette together.

Step 3:  Take the outside point where you starting cutting and wrap the felt around itself to create the rosette.

You can wrap the felt tightly or loosely to give different effects to your rosette.

Step 4:  Hot glue the rosette together on the underneath side using the little piece you left while cutting the spiral.

I made 5 rosettes and played around with the arrangement until I liked how they looked together.

I used a piece of the red yarn to hang it from our window pane, but it would also look cute with ribbon, twine, or just propped up against something.

red & silver yarn wreath

Before Christmas, I’ll reveal how I made the other two wreaths.  Believe it or not, they were easier than this one!

º Have you made any wreaths for the holidays? º What trios of decorations are around your house?

Merry Mantel

Tonight, I'm doing an early mantel reveal because I’m linking up to Rhoda’s Merry Mantel party over at Southern Hospitality tomorrow. With Christmas music playing in the background (two of my favorites right now: Josh Groban, Angels We Have Heard on High, and Barenaked Ladies, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen), I’ve been crafting away to create our red and silver Merry Mantel.

red & silver holiday mantel

We have a reclaimed stain glass window from an old church that is the center piece of our mantel.  For the holidays, I wanted to make it more festive.  I found silver wrapping paper at Target (that you may recognize from my Pom Pom Christmas Tree), and cut it to fit in the squares of the panes.

red & silver holiday mantel

To the window, I added these three wreaths that I made (tutorials to come).

On the left of the mantel is a silver lantern that we found at Home Goods two years ago.  It was originally a muted green color, but I spray painted it silver to match with the scheme.  The red and silver candle is from Jo-Ann.

I found the cute little wooden bird houses at Michael’s for $1.00 each!  I thought about spray painting them as well, or painting parts of them (roofs or perches), but I decided I liked the rustic aspect of the unfinished wood.  We've had the white branches for a while, so I added them to go along with the bird / woodland theme.

On the right side of the mantel is the Pom Pom Christmas Tree I made.  I added a white wooden ‘G’ (for Green) and a silver bird, both of which are also from Michael’s.

Pom Pom Christmas Tree

For the trimmings underneath, I found the fun pom pom fringe trim from Modern Cloth on Etsy.  Also, Andrew and I both have our hand-made stockings from when we were children.  While they are not a match to each other, they still tie in to the red of the color scheme.  I love how they are both homemade (his from his Aunt Connie, and mine from my grandmother), and add a nostalgic feel to the mantel.

Our red and silver Merry Mantel:

red & silver holiday mantel

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Be sure to check out all of the inspiring mantels from Rhoda’s Merry Mantel link party at Southern Hospitality!

When I uploaded this morning, I was already mantel #140!  

° How are you decorating your mantel? ° Do you still have your childhood stocking?  Or any other homemade decorations? ° What holiday songs are you enjoying this year?

Pom Pom Christmas Tree

I love all of the sparkle and glitz of the Christmas season!  This season I decided to make some of our own Christmas decorations. Here is a picture of supplies I started with for my first project:

I ended up adding a few things as the project progressed, but my idea was to make a pom pom Christmas tree.  I bought a 20" Styrofoam tree, 100 silver pom poms, 400 white pom poms, and red and silver ribbon. (I already had the needle and thread.   All supplies from Michael’s, except the silver pom poms.)

My idea was to string the pom poms on the thread like garland and then glue each strand to the tree.  I figured that gluing a whole strand at a time would be much easier than gluing each individual pom pom onto the tree one….at….a….time.

I started stringing the pom poms and used a random order of silver and white poms to make the strands.

As I was stringing and testing my first few rows, I decided two things:

  1. I wanted a base to set the tree on and to support the bottom layer of pom poms.
  2. If any part of the white tree showed through the pom poms, I wanted it to be silver, not white.

So, I bought a white melamine plate from Target and spray painted it silver to make the base.

Since spray paint will melt Styrofoam, I had to come up with another idea for the tree.  Thanks to Andrew, who suggested covering it in silver wrapping paper!  I simply measured out the paper and hot glued it to the tree.  I knew most of it would be covered with the poms, so the pattern on the paper (also from Target) was not a concern.  I also didn’t worry about it being perfectly straight and smooth.  I then hot glued the base of the tree to the plate.

I was now ready to start gluing the poms to the tree.  I found the best method was to make about 4 or 5 rows at a time and then glue those rows.  It helped me with measuring how many poms I would need per strand.  (It’s not that easy to snap a quick picture of hot glue by yourself!)

While gluing, in order to best hide the ends of the string, I glued each strand and left space for one last pom.  I then put a dab of glue on a pom and pressed it right over the string to hide the knot.

Here it is about half-way done:

I wanted to keep the tree topper simple, so I used the red and silver ribbon to tie a bow and pin it in place with a straight pin.   Here is the finished Pom Pom Christmas Tree on the mantel:

Pom Pom Christmas Tree Pin It I’m working on the rest of the mantel, so there are more crafts, decorations, and pictures to come!  Next week, I’ll be sharing an easy wreath idea!

° What are you crafting for the Holidays?  What will be adorning your mantel? ° How many times did I use the word pom pom in this post!?

I've linked up to Centsational Girl's Holiday Craft Link Party.  Check out all of the inspiring craft ideas!