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DIY Easter Peeps T- Shirt + Pinspiration Friday!

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Hello to all my {PEEPS}!  Thanks for joining us on our journey today!  We hope to bring you not only a {FABULOUS} project but introduce you to Pinspiration Friday!  Each Friday we will showcase our favorite Pinterest finds for the week and, if all works out, choose a project to complete each week from our Pinterest board.  Today’s topic is all about {PEEPS}!

Peep T-Shirt + Pinspiration Friday by My Paper Craze

Now that you’ve seen the big project reveal for our Hanging With My Peeps T-Shirt, let us give you the low-down on where to go to find the full tutorial.  This week we received our inspiration from A Glimpse Inside‘s post “Hanging with my Peeps” Vinyl Shirt Tutorial + GIVEAWAY.  They have great posts and we love following them on Pinterest.

If you’ve worked with Heat Transfer Vinyl before, this project will be a cinch to put together!  I’ll warn you, though, that grass is a real pain to weed {LOL}.  Here is a list of supplies you’ll need:

Hanging With My Peeps Heat Transfer Vinyl HTV T-Shirt by My Paper Craze

For the Heat Transfter Vinyl, we took Allison’s (A Glimpse Inside) advice and ordered Siser Stripflock from Expressions Vinyl. They have a great selection and their prices are very competitive. Here’s the colors we chose: Pink, Pale Blue, Purple and Lemon Yellow for the {PEEPS}, then Green for the grass.  For the wording, we ordered Siser Easyweed in Black and used KG Luck of the Irish from Dafont.com.  The {PEEPS} and grass are available for purchase in the Silhouette Online Store.

There are only a few differences between our project and A Glimpse Inside.  Mainly, she ironed on her {PEEPS} individually, using a ruler to line each one up exactly.  We tend to have a more relaxed approach… and a lot less patience {LOL}.  So I slapped all my {PEEPS} on there at the same time and gave it a good ironing.  It helps me to see all the {PEEPS} on at the same time to measure my spacing.

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Next, I layered both the grass and the phrase, followed by another hug from the iron.

Hanging With My Peeps Heat Transfer Vinyl HTV T-Shirt by My Paper Craze
If this is your first experience with HTV, I strongly suggest testing a small area BEFORE you attempt the full project.  Pull out an old shirt and experiment a little as it can take a few tries to get the technique down.  For example, I prefer to iron on my tile floor OR on a stool.  This allows me to apply the most pressure when ironing.  A countertop will work just as well, but it is a matter of comfort and preference.  HTV is not a forgiving medium, so better safe than sorry.  I ruined three brand new t-shirts and a whole roll of HTV before I got the hang of it!

Also, if you are ironing on more than one item at a time, there a just a few things to keep in mind:

  • Are you overlapping?  If so, iron these on separately (such as with the {PEEPS} and the grass.
  • Is my HTV making full contact with the fabric?  This should be YES.

So what other Pinspiration do we have for you today?  Jump on over to our Where My Peeps At? Pinterest board and give it a stroll.  As you can see, it is very {PEEP-TASTIC}.  Centerpieces, t-shirts, banners, cards, scrapbook pages… there’s tons of inspiration to be found!  Once you choose your project, give us a shout and let us know how it goes!  We’d love to share your Pinterest project with all our readers and possibly even feature you on next week’s Pinspiration Friday post!  How exciting!  Ready… Set… PIN!

Don’t have an electronic cutting machine?  Not a problem!  Check out these similar projects for making t-shirts with fabric paint!

Pinch Proof! St. Patrick's Day T-Shirts with Fabric Paint by My Paper Craze
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Pinch Proof! T-Shirts

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Good Afternoon and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  I have another quick and easy project for you today… Pinch Proof St. Patrick’s Day T-Shirts with fabric paint!Header

Remember post a few weeks ago for our Top 17 St. Patrick’s Day Crafts!  I was so inspired that I decided we absolutely must have {PINCH PROOF} t-shirts!  This past Veteran’s Day, we experimented with fabric paint as a kid’s craft and had so much fun… so we decided to do it again!

I picked up everything I needed from my local Hobby Lobby: plain t-shirt, fabric paint, sponges and adhesive vinyl. The design is available for purchase in the Silhouette Store (did you know all designs are 50% off right now?!?).  I measured the width of my shirt and enlarged the image to my desired size.

Once you weed and transfer your vinyl design onto your t-shirt, it’s a simple task of filling in the design with fabric paint.  TIP: don’t forget to insert a barrier on the inside of your shirt to keep the paint from bleeding through to the back.

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Top 17 St. Patrick’s Day Crafts!

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Top ‘o the mornin’ to ya!

Welcome back to another fabulous day of our crafting journey!  Today we bring you one of our favorite round-up posts… Top 17 St. Patrick’s Day Crafts!  We loved so many of the projects, we decided on an even 17 {LOL}.  Hope you enjoy them as much as we have!

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Feeling Lucky? Lotto Gift for St. Patrick’s Dayshaken together

I don’t know about you, but I love me some lotto tickets!  Birthday cards, stocking stuffers, you name it, we love ’em.  Now add that to crafting and you have me addicted for life!  Look at these awesome matchbook-style cards to add that extra flair to your lotto tickets.  Who knows, you might get lucky!

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Not only is this a super awesome [and super easy!] project, a free printable is available!  But check out what else they have for you…

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 [SILHOUETTE PROJECT] ST. PATRICK’S T-SHIRTS ~ eighteen25

What’s better than looking at a super cute t-shirt for St. Patrick’s Day?  How about making one for yourself or the kiddos!  eighteen25 gives you a full step-by-step tutorial on making these shirts – from cutting to ironing, you can’t go wrong!

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Saint Patrick’s Day Printables {color by number} ~ U Create

More awesome {and free} printables, this time it’s fun for the kiddos {and relaxation for us mommas!}

IMG_4718eTaste the Rainbow… Jello! ~ Glorious Treats

There are few things in this world that are better than Jello and Glorious Treats sure blows my regular ole jello mold out of the water!  Look at all those beautiful layers!  Definitely a must try, so head on over for the recipe!

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St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Yarn Wreath ~ Crafts ‘n Coffee

Wow, what a uniquely colorful wreath!  I love using different mediums for my wreaths and it doesn’t get any cuter than all this colorful yarn!

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St. Pat’s Magic Vases ~ Yesterday on Tuesday

Oh, I just love how amazingly simple this idea is!  You can use it for St. Patrick’s day or {ANY} holiday of the year!  I know of more than a few crafts that I can use this nifty technique to make a truly unique statement!

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Apothecary Jars for St. Patrick’s Day ~ Uncommon Designs

I have to admit, I wasn’t always a fan of apothecary jars… UNTIL {NOW}!  Such bright colors and cute design, plus the big green bow that just sets it all off!  One more project to add to my craft list…

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Kids Rainbow Art ~ The NY Melrose Family

Contributor post via Ariean @ One Krieger Chick

My kids love paint… because it is messy, of course!  Ariean at One Krieger Chick definitely shows us how awesome all this messy-fun can be turned into a messy-chic décor item!

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St. {Paddy’s} Wreath ~ She’s Kinda Crafty

Calling all ribbon hoarders, you know who you are!  This is the perfect project for you, check out all this loopy-goodness, beautiful patters and green glory!  What better chance to put that ribbon stash of yours to work {or an excuse to go buy more LOL}!

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Free Lucky Brew Printable St. Patrick’s Day Beer Labels ~ Benign Objects

Now I know what you’re thinking… no drinking on the job!  But trust me, these cute labels are cute for beer and ROOT beer alike!  Grab a bottle of A&W for a kid-friendly St. Patty’s Day brew!

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Free St. Patrick’s Day “No Pinching” Sign ~ Catch My Party

Always forget to wear green?  With one of these disclaimers, you’re good to go!  I’m proudly displaying mine in my office to ward off any potential pinchers!  {Green does nothing for my eyes LOL}.

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Lucky Me… FREE St. Patrick’s Day Printables ~ Mimi’s Dollhouse

Need a reason to throw a fabulous party?  Look no further, these adorable printables from Mimi’s Dollhouse are the perfect reason to plan a green-themed get-together and celebrate!

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How to Lure a Leprechaun ~ Meaningful Mama

I almost giggled myself silly at how awesomely cute this project is!  My boys will just wig-out finding this in their bathroom the morning of the 17th!  Oh, I can’t wait!

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St. Patrick’s Day Gifts ~ The Idea Room

Looking for a cute gift for St. Patrick’s Day?  Look no further as these are the cutest of them all!  You know what this means?  You finally get to upcycle those Starbuck’s drink containers!  Amy at the Idea Room even gives us the printables for the awesome tags!  What more do you need?

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DIY St. Patrick’s Day Décor ~ Green Owl Crafts

I love the look of this St. Patrick’s Day mantel décor.  It adds just the right touch of green without exploding it all over your house {LOL}.  Be sure to head on over for the full details!

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St. Patrick’s Day Party Ideas ~ Snapden Photo Booth Blog

Talk about a super cute idea for fun with the kids {or ADULTS}, you have to hop on over to the Snapden Photo Booth Blog and check out their super fun ideas for photo booth props!  Grab your camera and snap some memories!

Hearts-A-Lot Burlap Pillow Cover

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Good Morning and welcome back!  We’re very excited to bring you another round of projects from our bloggy buddies with the Silhouette Challenge Group!  Today’s theme is {FABRIC}!  Don’t worry if you’re not a professional seamstress, I can bearly thread my own machine {LOL}.

For our project, we chose to do a {HEART} themed burlap pillow cover and it turned out amazing!  It’s been the perfect addition to our Valentine’s décor and it was super easy to make!

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Before we dive into the tutorial, be sure to stop in and check out all the other wonderful projects today, you are sure to find some crafty inspiration!

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No-Sew Valentine’s Day Pillows by A Tossed Salad Life

  1. No-Sew Valentine’s Day Pillows by A Tossed Salad Life
  2. No-Sew Interchangeable Fabric Bunting by unOriginal Mom
  3. Monogrammed Burlap Garden Flag by The Turquoise Home
  4. Crawl, Walk, Bike by It’s Always Craft Time
  5. Freezer Paper Stenciled Tote Bags by Weekend Craft
  6. DIY Bleach Spray Shirt by Practically Functional
  7. Stenciling Sherlock by Please Excuse My Craftermath…
  8. Felt Star Wands by Cutesy Crafts
  9. Yoda Kid’s T-Shirt by Architecture of a Mom
  10. Mark Your Territory- Dog Flags by Black and White Obsession
  11. Nautical Pillows by Lil’ Mrs. Tori
  12. Big Sister Gift & Silhouette Cut File by Creative Ramblings
  13. Nerdy Baby Onesies + Free Cut File by Essentially Eclectic
  14. Easy Easter Bunny Onesie – Silhouette Cameo Craft by Adventures in All Things Food & Family
  15. Fabric Envelopes for LEARNING LETTERS! (& cut file) by From Wine to Whine
  16. “Good Morning, Sunshine!” Memo Board by Tried & True
  17. Hearts-A-Lot Burlap Pillow Cover by My Paper Craze <—you are here
  18. Baby Quilt by Dragonfly & Lily Pads
  19. Surprise Holiday Banner by Whats Next Ma
  20. “Team Betty” Tote Bag by The Thinking Closet
  21. DIY Sock Minion by Create it. Go!
  22. Pretty Up Some Organza Bags by Getsilvered
  23. Easy Heart Appliqued Onsies by Create & Babble
  24. Bleach Pen Gel & Freezer Paper Stencils Made with the Silhouette Machine by Bringing Creativity 2 Life
  25. Valentines Baby Onesie & Boy’s Shirt + Free Cut Files by The Frill of Life
  26. Valentine’s OWL Always Love You T-shirt by My Favorite Finds
  27. DIY Screen Printed Curtains by Chicken Scratch NY
  28. Fabric Painted Quilted Wall Hanging by Terri Johnson Creates
  29. Glitter Iron-On Top by Simply Kelly Designs
  30. DIY Monogrammed T-shirts with Silhouette Heat Transfer Material by Pitter and Glink
  31. Birthday Challenge by Fadville
  32. Machine Applique with SIlhouette Cameo by The Sensory Emporium
  33. Fabric Applique Valentine’s Day T-Shirt by DailyDwelling
  34. “Cute as Cupid” shirt by crafts, cakes, and cats
  35. Sew Cute Applique by Life After Laundry
  36. Rhino Onesie by It Happens in a Blink
  37. Upcycled Birchbox Cameo Accesory Organizer by Cupcakes&Crowbars
  38. Customizing textiles with Heat Transfer Vinyl (working title) by feto soap
  39. Easy Fabric Art by McCall Manor
  40. Lady Bug Tote Bag with Silhouette Rhinestones by Ginger Snap Crafts
  41. Mommy and Em’s Coordinated Aprons by TitiCrafty
  42. Canvas sketch project and a share by Clever Someday
  43. Foxy Lady Pajamas by Mabey She Made It
  44. Teddy Bear by Work in Progress

 

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So first, you will need the following supplies:

  • Burlap fabric – one yard should be plenty for a small pillow, but be sure to measure you pillow in advance
  • One pillow – I recycled one that I had on hand from a prior decorating experience {be aware the patterns may show through the burlap}
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine {or needle and thread}
  • Heat transfer vinyl* – I used white for the heart pattern
  • Cardstock or vinyl* – this is for the red heart stencil
  • Fabric paint – I used red for the middle heart

*Don’t have a Silhouette?  That’s fine!  Cut you some heart stencils and use different colored fabric paint to create your own masterpiece!

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  1. Layout the burlap fabric and “measure” your length by tri-folding it over the pillow.  These are designed to mimic pillow shams, so be sure to leave an overlap “flap” for the back.  The length of the sides are unimportant at this step, as long as the sides are covered.  If needed, go ahead and mark where your sides will be.
  2. After you’ve “measured” {I used my eyeballs}, sew a straight line through your tri-folded material.  Be sure to leave enough room for your pillow to fit inside!
  3. Trim the sides along the outside of the sew line (don’t worry about how it looks, this will be on the inside.  Turn your pillow cover inside out {or technically right-side-in? lol}
  4. Cut your heat transfer vinyl and lay it out on your burlap for positioning.  As you can see, I also laid out a red heart (taken from the center of my stencil) to visualize the finished layout.  Once satisfied, remove the stencil red heart and follow your heat transfer instructions to adhere the white hearts to the burlap.
  5. Replace the red heart cutout to it’s desired location.  Fit the stencil around the heart and remove the center.  This ensures that the stencil is placed correctly on the burlap BEFORE you paint.  After placing a sheet of cardstock {or other barrier} between your layers of burlap, dab your fabric paint within your stencil to create the red heart.  The barrier is important to prevent having a duplicate heart on the back {lol}.
  6. Allow the fabric paint to dry and… Congratulations, your pillow case is completed!  Just slip your pillow inside and enjoy!

Just imagine all the applications this process has!  Now you can spruce up those frumpy old pillows in your living room and coordinate pillow covers for each holiday!  How exciting!  Make fleece pillow covers for the kids {or yourself!}?  Make weather-resistant pillows for your deck or patio?

So what do you think?  We’d love to have your feedback!  Be sure to hop on down and leave us a comment or hit us up on Facebook!

{DIY} Valentine

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Happy Friday!  Today we just have a real quick and easy project, a handmade felt envelope to hold a special note for your Valentine ❤ Awww, how sweet.  I promise it’s super easy and can be done with or without a sewing machine.  Let’s take a look…

 

 

Supplies

Scissors
Velcro
Hot glue gun (I prefer low temp!)
Red and white felt (or desired colors)
 Sewing machine (OR needle & thread)
 

Once you have your supplies gathered, follow these simple step-by-step directions:

  • Cut your red felt sheet in half, long-ways.  I like to fold mine in the middle and then use the fold for a guide to cut straight.
  • Fold your felt into thirds, such as you would a letter to place in an envelope.  I just used my best judgment by sight.  Also, if you already have a special gift in mind, go ahead and size it for a guide on how large to make your pocket.

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  • Once you have your pocket size, thread it with a few sewing pins to keep it in place.  This is where you  break out your sewing machine.
  • Make sure your machine is threaded with your desired thread color.  Adjust your settings as desired, I used a zigzag line.
  • Again, use your judgment for where to sew your line.  I left plenty of room on each side, and at the top and bottoms.  Once sewn, tie off your ends, as usual.
  • To cut the top fold of the envelope, fold your felt envelope again, long-ways, with your pocket facing out (this way, each side will be even).  Start with a slightly rounded side piece, move in towards the middle at an angle, then round off the tip.

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  • Now, apply your Velcro (usually self-adhesive; if not, hot glue works well).  I prefer to leave the pieces attached to one another, place one side on the tip of the envelope, then fold it closed.  This will show you where you want the other half to stick.
  • The white felt heart was cut freehanded.  Just remember to fold your felt in half and cut on the fold (like we did with the envelope), this makes each side even.  The heart is attached with hot glue.

So, here is our finished project:

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Obviously, only using half a sheet of felt, this little envelope is rather small.  Feel free to experiment with larger envelopes, felt is available by the yard in the fabric area of your local craft store!  Can you think of all the neat surprises you can hide in this little cutie?  Love notes… candies… spiders (eek!).  Okay, leave out the spiders, but these envelopes can be used anytime!  Write love notes to your kids and stick it in their lunch box.  Leave a message from the Tooth Fairy next time your child looses a tooth!

What great ideas do you have?

We’d love for you to share with us sometime!  Hit us up on Facebook, email, or send us your favorite project on Pinterest!  Want a tutorial?  We can’t really guarantee anything (lol) but we will try!

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{CUTE} Burlap Memory Jar!

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Good Morning and Happy {SHORT} week to everyone who enjoyed the holiday yesterday!  Today, let’s take a walk down memory lane together…

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When you get to be my age (we’ll just say I’m 29… again, lol), long ago memories seem to slip through the cracks.  Oh sure, I remember taking the kids to Disney World, the first ballet recital, the first home run.  But think about all the everyday moments we take for granted…  the twinkle in their eyes and the excitement in their voice telling you about their first day of school…  how they had lettuce, meat, and some kind of shell for lunch and realizing they’ve never seen a taco before (!)…  talking to them about being old and they pat you on the arm and innocently look up at you and say, “You’re not old, you just look old”…  And you think to yourself how you’ll never forget this moment.  {SIGH}

Then as time goes by, one by one, those cherished memories fade away.  I tell my daughter this all the time, to write down these moments, but I don’t think she really believes me, lol.  When I saw memory jars popping up on different blogs and Pinterest, I knew this was the answer for me!  Not only to open it up and read them once a year, but to document all those memories that I know will be lost.  Thankfully, I have four grandchildren so I get a second chance to preserve these memories that with all the hustle and bustle of raising my children, I didn’t think to do.

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I kept my jar simple, decorating it just enough to sit on the kitchen island, which keeps it easily accessible.  I have my pen and small slips of paper handy!  After I’ve documented all those little moments, I’ll simple roll my papers up and place them in my jar to be relived over and over and over.  Can’t you just see me smiling with fond memories?

For my jar, I used black iron-on vinyl to cut my design on my Silhouette and ironed it onto a scrap piece of burlap.  I was actually surprised that this intricate cut adhered so well.  I hot glued the burlap around the center of my mason jar, wrapped jute twine around the ring and added a little bow just for fun.

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I hope all you Mothers and Grandmothers are finding a way to help preserve your precious memories.  A memory jar might not work for you, but be sure and find what does.  I promise, you’ll be so thankful you did… when you don’t just “look old”, you are old (LOL)!

Can you think of other uses for a Memory Jar?  How about Scrapbook journaling!  Be sure to share your project inspiration with us, we’d love to have your feedback!

Thanks for joining us again for this simple, but cute project today!  Be sure to check back later in the week for some inspiration for the upcoming Valentine’s Day!

“Another” Wreath… Santa Style!

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Good Morning and Happy Tuesday!  Hope everyone got a chance to check out our fabulous Christmas tools!  What?  You didn’t?  That’s okay, there is plenty of time before Christmas to seek in a few cheerful messages (just check out Messages from Santa! — it’s worth the look!).  But back to today’s projects… that’s right, got two of them here for you!  If you’ve followed my blog for more than a few days, I’m sure you’ve seen by now that I love wreaths!  I feel like I have so many doors and so little time!  But wreaths are so much more than that, right?  Well, maybe not, but here are two more that can be more than just door hangers!

First, check out this festive little thing… can you see what it is?  That’s right, it’s a card holder! 

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Now I’ll admit that this probably wouldn’t hold all the cards I have received at home, but it’s perfect for work!  So these are the cards all my lovely coworkers have sent to our department… cute!  My favorite part was how easy it was!  We wrapped a styrafoam wreath form in red chevron floral ribbon, slapped some paint on the clothes pins (fortunately, we had these left over from last year!), glued it all together with some hot glue and tied the pretty little bow.  Here’s a few close-ups. 

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Then, check out this second wreath… it’s my new favorite (but don’t tell the other wreaths I said that!).

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Oh, isn’t it just perfect?  Well, I’m not sure that any craft is perfect, LOL, but I could just stare at this one all day long.  It helps that I’m fascinated with burlap AND this is my first burlap wreath.  And again, can you say easy?  I watched a few videos on YouTube (my favorite resource) and BAM, call it done.  For the burlap, I used 3 yards or red burlap fabric and cut it into 4 even strips of “ribbon”.  If you can find real burlap ribbon in your color choice, that might be better, but it wasn’t too hard.  I didn’t have to measure or any of the hard stuff, just folded and cut, folded and cut.  For the wreath, it doesn’t have to be perfectly even, just the best you can do.  The form is just a standard metal wreath form and the belt is made from black grosgrain ribbon with a silver glitter cardstock buckle!  You don’t even need any pipe cleaners or wire, the burlap holds itself in place!  I love, love, love it!  You better believe I’ll be making another one after Christmas to ring in the New Year!

So what do you think?  Can you think of other cute ideas for wreaths?  Maybe you have a secret hatred for wreath making?  Don’t be a humbug!  Break out that creativity and fashion up a wreath just to your liking, you can always throw it out after Christmas if you want, LOL.  As always, thanks for checking us out and stay tuned for more crafty Christmas projects to come!