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How to Make a Colorful PomPom Hoop Wreath

Posted in Christmas, Winter: Seasonal Decor and Crafts, wreaths
on November 28, 2017

This DIY hoop wreath features greenery and sparkly jewel-toned pompoms to brighten your home for the holidays and the throughout the year!

hoop wreath

It’s the most wonderful decorating time of the year! I’ve gone a slightly different direction in my holiday home decor this year, with lots of pink and teal and of course, glitz and glam. I added a few new things last year, like new stockings and a few holiday accents, but most of my decorations have been traditional reds and greens up to now, and buying all new isn’t an option for many reasons, so I’m re-working much of what I have to fit the new color scheme. I’m also making a few new things such as this adorable pompom hoop wreath! It was super simple to make. Let me show you how!

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How to Make a Colorful PomPom Hoop Wreath

 

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You will need:

Here’s what you will do:

Make the Pompoms:

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  1. Make six extra-large and four large pom-poms using your pom-pom makers for a 14″ wreath. If using a different size hoop, be sure to make enough to cover at least half the embroidery hoop. Use various color combinations to add variety.
  2. Shape the pom-poms with scissors and trim tails.

Assemble the Wreath:

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  1. Cut an 18″ piece of the garland with the wire cutters.
  2. Attach the greenery with the floral wire to the bottom half of the embroidery hoop.
  3. P0ke a length of floral wire through the pom-poms and attach the pom-poms to the hoop. Arrange until the hoop is covered and greenery peeks out.
  4. Turn the hoop so that the greenery and pompoms sit on a diagonal. Add ribbon to hang and a ribbon tail in the center of the pompoms.

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I hung my wreath from our chalkboard door and added a holiday greeting behind. I love the idea though that the wreath can be used all year round! One decoration down – 400 to make-over! How about you? What have you used in your holiday decor this year?

 

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Rustic Mossy Bunny Wreath

Posted in HOLIDAYS, spring, SPRING: SEASONAL DECOR AND CRAFTS, wreaths
on March 18, 2016

Bring Spring to your front entry with this cute grapevine bunny wreath, all dressed in his best! 

grapevine bunny wreath
I don’t know what I have about Spring Wreaths. Maybe it starts with the winter being over and needing something fresh and new. However it starts, it was time for a new Spring wreath, just perfect for Easter!

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Rustic Mossy Bunny Wreath

You may have seen examples of this guy hanging (see what I did there..) around your town. I love the rustic simplicity and country look in a wreath.

HOW TO MAKE A GRAPEVINE BUNNY WREATH

This one was a snap to put together, and the supplies readily found at your local craft store.

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Begin by attaching your small wreath; I used an 8″ and a 12″ wreath,  to your larger wreath using floral wire. Mine was 20 gauge. It was easy to thread the flower stems through the grape vines, creating a head and a body.

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Next, attach the ears at the top and on each side of the small wreath by winding the wire through the grapevine. Excuse the shadow-puppet show – it was towards the end of the day. And no, that is not a horsetail.

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For my next step, I added the ribbon around the neck.  I could’ve added later on in the process I had a limited amount of flowers, and I wanted to make sure that they would be spaced correctly once the ribbon was on – the ribbon was important for that reason. Use your discretion for your project.

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ADD THE RIBBON

Cut a piece of ribbon about twice the diameter of the neck, then fold this piece in half, and glue it in place on the front side of the wreath using hot glue. To attach the ends and cover the wires, be sure to overlap one and over the other.

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ADD MOSS

Apply a small amount of glue to the ear, and an equally small amount of moss at a time, working your way around each ear. Continue in this fashion until both ears are covered.

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Add moss to the body in small sections. It isn’t necessary to cover the whole wreath as it looks quite pretty to have the grapevine showing through the moss.

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PRETTY IT UP WITH FLOWERS

Apply flowers using hot glue. I like to place them first and then go back and glue them afterward.

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ADD A BOW

To complete, attach a bow at the neck of the bunny with hot glue.

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Now for the best part.. hang it and enjoy your Easter!

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For more Easter/Spring ideas go here. For a look at all of my wreaths go here.

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How to Make an Pompom Autism Awareness Wreath

Posted in AUTISM, CRAFTS, SPRING: SEASONAL DECOR AND CRAFTS, wreaths
on April 30, 2014

This adorable Autism Awareness Wreath is an easy way to bring about awareness during Autism Awareness month! 

Autism Awareness Wreath

April is Autism Awareness Month.  As a mom of a child with autism, it’s important to me to raise awareness to give my son every possible chance at successful adulthood. Part of building awareness with others for me is participating in events such as light it up blue. Another is to proudly display this Autism Awareness wreath on my front door for April, with a reminder to “think different”! If you are visiting my blog today, I’ll guess that you are looking for unique ways to bring about awareness yourself!

There is a saying – If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism. There may be some similarities in sensory seeking behaviors, but for the most part, a person with autism is just as individual as any other person with autism. They have likes, dislikes, preferences, and favorite things – they are all very, very different from one another. We are lucky, as we’ve been blessed with positive interactions with many people while we are out and about. Although many strive to understand my son and his quirkiness, there are always misconceptions and beliefs. That’s where the inspiration for this wreath comes from. My hopes for our family while out and about are for people to think different when they meet him, for them to get to know him apart from his autism – it’s so worth it!

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This wreath is SO simple to make!

How to Make an Pompom Autism Awareness Wreath

Materials

You will need:

  • A wreath form
  • blue wool
  • red, yellow, and blue pompoms of different sizes
  • yellow twine
  • 14 puzzle pieces
  • craft paint in red, yellow, light and dark blue
  • scrapbook letters
  • ribbon

Step-by-step

  1. Hot glue the end of the blue yarn to the wreath form at the form seam.
  2. Wrap the yarn around the wreath ensuring the strands are taut and close together.
  3. Continue wrapping until the entire wreath is wrapped.
  4. Trim the last piece of yarn, and glue onto the wreath.
  5. Glue pompoms around the outer edge of the form.
  6. Paint 4 of the puzzle pieces red, 3 yellow, 3 light blue, and 3 dark blue, with craft paint.
  7. Attach puzzle pieces to two lengths of string with glue. Place five on one strand and nine on the other.
  8. Use glue to attach the scrapbook letters to spell “think different.”
  9. Attach the strings across the center of the wreath, gluing between the pompoms.
  10. Add a ribbon bow if desired and a ribbon to hang.

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My son is our most excellent autism inspiration story. Through him, I have learned to think differently. Not only will I never be the same, but I also wouldn’t have it any other way! I hope this wreath inspires you to think different. Are you looking for other ways to Light it Up Blue for Autism Awareness Month? Check out these ideas!

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Do you have a story to share about Autism? I’d love to hear it!

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