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Jan 11, 2011

{Winter-White Wreath}

Yarn wreaths are all the rage in craftblogland, so I decided to try making one. I went for a white wintery look to hang on the mirror above my mantel. 

I got my foam wreath form from Michael's. They only had one in stock and it was broken, so my cheapskate alter ego kicked in and I politely asked for insisted on getting a great discount...and guess what? I got it for 80% off! Never hurts to try! 
Never-mind that I was possibly that poor store clerk's worst nightmare of a customer for a few minutes.
I got home and pulled out my trusty duct tape and it was as good as new. Oh, how I love getting a good deal :)

Here is a great tutorial if you are interested in making a yarn wreath. The only thing I did differently is wrap several layers of batting around the foam wreath to make it fatter. I cut the batting into long 6-inch-wide strips and wrapped it around and around until it had the thickness I wanted, and then I wrapped the yarn on top of the batting. It took a couple of hours, so pop in a chick flick before you start winding.

I had a hard time deciding what to embelish it with, or if I should at all. It looked pretty great just plain...but I wanted something really classic-looking.

Then I remembered a brooch I made a few months ago at a family girls-only retreat. We made them out of doilies, handkerchiefs, and costume jewelry that once belonged to grandmas and great-grandmas who have passed away. It was a great project that had a lot of meaning for everyone there, and it was so fun to come home with a family keepsake to pin onto purses, jackets, headbands.....or wreaths

The brooch gave it just the look I was hoping for. I then glued on some pearl beads in flower-shapes and called it good.

Here it will stay until I decorate for spring!

Happy Winter!

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Kai said...

Well, that's absolutely STUNNING! Now I want to go make one!!!! LOL!

Liz said...

Beautiful! I love a good bargain too.

Danielle said...

This is so pretty! I am hosting my 2nd link party at http://mostlyfoodandcrafts.blogspot.com/
I would love for youto link up!


Krafty Kat said...

Your wreath is just breathtaking. I think that brooch was the perfect touch. Thanks for swinging by and leaving me a sweet comment! You should link your wreath up to my link party Gettin' Krafty With It! Would love to have you!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

This is really pretty!

Candace@craftysisters-nc said...

Very pretty! I love how you added the brooch, it finishes it off so nicely.

Activities for kids said...

so cute, great decoration for winter

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