Monday, November 21, 2011

Ornament #1: Mini Wreath Tutorial

Yay! The first day of the Handmade Ornament Party is here! And I have been dying to show off this cute little ornament for weeks!!

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Ornament #1: Mini Wreath Tutorial

What you Need:

Shower curtain rings ($1.16 for 12 @ Walmart), Yarn, ribbon or other embellishments, glue gun, scissors

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First, cut your length of yarn. About 4 nose-to-hand lengths is enough yarn for the wreath. If you think you will wrap tight, then do an extra arm length to see. After the first wreath you’ll get a better idea of how much yarn you may need. If you use thicker yarn you will also need less than if you are using thinner yarn.

Secure your end with a drop of hot glue

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Then start wrapping!

It’s easiest to bunch up all the yarn in your wrapping hand then it is to slowly pull it around and through each time.

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Be sure to twist & tighten, push back, and fix your yarn the way you want as you go, but it doesn’t have to be perfect unless you want it to be.DSC_2530

When you get to the end, just layer the yarn until the skinny part of the ring matches the rest of the ring. DSC_2532

glue down the end.

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Then tie a loop and a knot the best you can.

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Glue down the knot onto the back. *keep all your glued down parts on one side of the wreath—dedicate that side as the back of the wreath.DSC_2539DSC_2540

Then the fun part! Embellish to your heart’s desire! Most of mine I just did ribbon (be sure to singe the edges of your ribbon or will fray!)

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Now play around and experiment with yarn & embellishments to create different looks!

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For stripes, it may take some practice…DSC_2576

Now a little bit about thickness…

Your wreaths will take on different looks depending on the thickness of the yarn you use, and also how many times you decide to wrap the wreath.

When I started making these wreaths, I used pretty thin yarn {look at the loop to see how thick the yarn was when I started}. The more you wrap around the fatter it gets. DSC_2575

Then I started using some pretty thick yarn, which goes faster than the thin yarn and it gets nice and fat pretty quickly! You also use less yarn when its thicker and do the 2nd, 3rd, etc layers a bit looser too.

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That’s it! Cute project, yes? A great way to start the week! If you can keep a glue gun near you on the couch, you can get quite a few wrapped while watching TV or a movie! I hope you’ll try these, they really are cute and pretty easy.

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Linking:

Today's Creative Blog-Get Your Craft On,

Tatertots and Jello Weekend Wrap-UP-Friday

Somewhat Simple-Thursdays

Blue Cricket Wednesdays

Positively Splendid Saturdays

41 comments:

  1. Those are adorable! Thanks for sharing! I'll have to stay tuned to see what else you show us. :)

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  2. Those are adorable and such a good idea! I'll definitely have to use some of your ideas sometime.

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  3. Oh these are so cute and very simple. Think I'm going to have to make these with my girls. So cute :)

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  4. These are adorable! :)

    would love for you to link up to our "Home For The Holidays" link party!

    http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/2011/11/home-for-holidays-link-party-3.html

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  5. These are adorable! I love all the options you gave and that you made them out of shower curtain rings!

    http://chickenscratchny.blogspot.com/

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  6. These are so dang cute! Great idea!

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  7. super cute and what a great gift idea:) Thanks for sharing!!

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  8. What a fantastic idea. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Soo cute. Love the idea...and so cheap.

    Stopping buy from Positively Splendid!

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  10. How stinkin cute!!! Came over from Positively Splendid!

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  11. Super duper cute!! I am going to have to attempt to make these this year!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  12. Adorable! These will work perfectly to fill in little gaps of my wreath display. Thank you for sharing!

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  13. How resourceful and creative of you, love these! I would love for you to come and link this up to our Christmas blog hop!
    http://aweemeenit.blogspot.com/2011/11/christmas-gifts-or-ornament-for-10-or.html

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  14. This is so cute! Very clever I love it!

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  15. What a clever way to get rid of the curtain rings I have! Thanks for sharing.

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  16. These are so incredibly clever! Thanks so much for linking up to my Saturday Seven party this week!

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  17. These are so cute!! I just pinned them, plus I featured you today on my blog:

    http://www.oopseydaisyblog.com/2011/11/wednesdays-wowzers-5.html

    Great idea! Thanks for sharing!
    ~Alison

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  18. Saw this on Madigan Made - so cute. And clever to use shower curtain rings! I love these little wreaths. They would make great ornaments. :)

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  19. these are super cute;
    new follower
    i teach; and this would be a great christmas present from the students to the parents..soooooo cheap and easy =]] thank you

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  20. Amazing! These are the cutest ornament idea I've seen all year! I featured this in my Saturday Seven Spotlight this morning. Thanks for linking up to my Saturday Seven Party! http://www.positivelysplendid.com/2011/12/saturday-seven-spotlight.html

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  21. I love these - they're so cute and I just LOVE that you made them from shower curtain rings! Adorable! : )

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist

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  22. ahhhh! Just today I was thinking about mini wreaths. I have a ton of little tiny red starfish and wanted to make a little tiny wreath out of them and was wondering about what to use... shower curtain rings! what a great idea!!! it might be a little small for my project, but either way, this is adorable! I also LOVE yarn wreaths and have made a few in my day, but never this tiny! :)

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  23. You are my kind of Christmas crafting genius. :)

    So glad I found your project via Centsational Girl.

    I would love for you to visit Decor To Adore. I am in the midst of a "Gifts You Can Make" series.

    Be merry and bright!

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  24. These are so adorable. I will definitely be making some next year. Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  25. Love it. What a creative idea! and the best part is - I have materials around to try it right now. Thanks!

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  26. A lovely older lady made one for me about 35 years ago --very similar but she put a photo (of my kids) in between two. Loved it and still have it. Yours are so beautiful and a quality job.

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    1. oh what a great way to personalize it! I might just have to do that this year with a few! Thanks!

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  27. These are adorable. I was thinking that if you left the clasp part free, these would make pretty darn cute seasonal shower curtain holders, too!

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  28. I love these! these are so cute and now I know what to used my old shower curtain rings for. thanks a bunch! :)

    - artsyfartsyannie@blogspot.ca

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  29. This is ridiculously cute! I was looking for things to make this christmas! I love it!

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  30. Cute little ornaments! I also found a plagiarized version of your tutorial at http://blog.kucnemajstorije.rs/?m=201112

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  31. Cute little ornaments! I also found a plagiarized version of your tutorial at http://blog.kucnemajstorije.rs/?m=201112. They didn't even link to you!

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    1. Thank you, I've been made aware and have contacted the author...that's all I can really do. Thanks for being a loyal fan and letting me know!

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  32. My name is Sandy and this is my first time commenting. I think this is a great gift for sharing with my sisters in church. thanks for the great idea

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  33. That is cute. I don't know why I never thought of trying that before. Quick and fun way to decorate the home. Plus, you can hang them almost anywhere. I think they would be good for themed events like St Patrick's Day too.

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