Making Wreaths Part 2

Red Tinsel Wreath

Today I want share with you two of my favorite wreaths in one of my favorite colors, red! The best part about each of these wreaths is that I spent only $1 each on supplies from The Dollar Tree. For the red tinsel wreath I cut out cardboard into a wreath shape and then wrapped my $1 red tinsel garland around it until it was covered, securing with hot glue. I finished it off with a red velvet bow I already had. The adorable chipmunks are cut out of a Christmas card that I bought on clearance last year and had been wondering what to do with. I twisted a little piece of wire into the back for hanging and for $1 and some found objects I have this delightfully cheery red wreath!

Peppermint Wreath

This peppermint wreath is another example of using things you already have at home and that special something you find at The Dollar Tree. In this case, that something is a set of plastic peppermint candy ornaments. I cut out a circle  of stiff grey sticky felt and covered it with red felt. I stuck a little loop of silver ribbon between the felt for hanging the wreath. I trimmed the felt with pinking shears for a decorative edge. I used hot glue to attach the peppermint candies in a circle. Using some rubber stamps and plain white paper I created the center of the wreath. I stamped a wood grain background in brown ink and them stamped and cut out little owls and birds to glue on. The phrase, “Home Sweet Home” seemed to go well with the sweet peppermint candy so I stamped those words out and glued them on to finish it off. This lightweight wreath is perfect for hanging anywhere you need a little extra fun!

        

           

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Felt Christmas Ornament

Today I “felt” like sewing a little something. I decided to make a few Christmas ornaments. I gathered up some supplies I had on hand and got to work. A few hours later I had two ornaments and a good start on my new audio book! All you need to make one of your own is two colors of felt, a few inches of matching ribbon, and a few beads.

Step One

First cut out your front and back pieces for the ornament. I chose white felt and an oval shape. I used a decorative scissor for a wavy edge. Then cut out your embellishment. I chose green felt for a simple tree shape.

Step Two

Stitch your embellishment piece to the front piece of your ornament. You could use fabric glue if you don’t want to stitch as much but I like the way it looks.

Step Three

Next I picked out some tiny glass beads in bright colors.  Stitch the beads onto the tree.

Step Four

Now place your front and back pieces together and stitch together. I used red embroidery thread, separated in half for three strands thickness. start the stitch in between the felt layers to hide the knot. continue stitching from just left of the top until you have about a 1.5″ opening left.

Step Five

Using a little bit of poly-fil or the stuffing of your choice, fill up your ornament. Don’t over stuff these, you just want a little shape and dimension.

Step Six

Finished Felt Ornament

To finish your ornament fold the ends of your ribbon in half so that you can insert the two flat ends between the felt. I like to stitch the ribbon this way so that  the ornament will hang facing front. Finish your stitch with the embroidery thread and stitch a couple of times through the ribbon to secure it. Tie off the thread in a small knot on the backside of the ornament. Enjoy!