Sunday, November 22, 2009

Starbuckish Wreath

DSC_0034I remember seeing some very cool wreaths last year at Starbucks. Shiny ornaments and yarn wrapped balls never looked so good together. I was inspired at the time, but had already put all my Christmas decorations up. I didn’t really want to go to the trouble of making them right then.
I was reminded of that inspiration this week somewhere in blog land. I really don’t remember where, it was late one night after a long, hard run. Long hard runs usually turn my brains to mush, so I’m sorry I can’t tell you where this inspiration came from. If it came from you, dear reader, let me know.
So, I really wanted to make one, but I so didn’t want to buy anything to do it. Guess what? I succeeded.
Here’s most of the junk I used:
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  • Old ornaments that I just don’t care for anymore (to cover with yarn)
  • Newer, shiny silver ornaments
  • an old grapevine wreath
  • leftover yarn
  • hot glue (lots and lots)
  • a glue stick
  • practice golf balls (to cover with yarn)
  • and not pictured, gray felt.
To make the wreath I just started wrapping yarn over the old ornaments and the practice golf balls. I found that unless I put a little coat of glue from a glue stick I couldn’t get the yarn to stay. My hands were covered with glue, but that yarn isn’t going anywhere. I wrapped what I thought I might need for the wreath, but ended up wrapping up more. It took way more ornaments and yarn balls than I thought.
Once I had the yarn balls all done I started hot gluing everything on. I learned something here: hot glue on ornaments does not really stick to a grapevine wreath. So I grabbed some felt leftover from some project and wrapped the wreath. That gave the glue something nice to stick too. After that was all done I just started gluing things on, starting with the biggest ornaments and the biggest yarn balls. I learned something else here: hot glue works great but it likes to slip off of smooth shiny ornaments. So there was a lot of holding ornaments together waiting for things to dry. But it was all worth it, I love how it turned out.
I thought it needed a little pop, so I put it over a canvas that I painted blue just for the occasion. Before the paint dried I sprinkled some silver glitter on, just for a little sparkle. I think it totally makes it, and it totally makes it stand out on the wall.
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And with this project, I think we are officially done with our Christmas decorations. Unless I get a wild hare to do something else, which stranger things have happened! We’ll see.
I'm sharing this with Kimba's DIY day and Today's Creative Blog.

16 comments:

  1. *sigh* I adore this wreath, and you're right- the painted canvas DOES "make it." Loving the glitter!

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  2. I. Love. It. !! Yarn balls. I am going to copy you :) Emily @ remodelingthislife

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  3. Very cute, love the texture the yarn adds!

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  4. Well done! - Love that you used what you had, that's craftiness at its BEST! (let me guess, the yarn is wrapped around the golf balls?)

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  5. Adorable, I love it! I don't knit or crochet, but always have yarn around the house for some reason. Now I know what I'm going to do with it!

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  6. I love that, it's so creative!

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  7. Love it! I just may have to try this idea myself... afterall, I'm hitting Michael's as soon as nap time is over!! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. very creative! way to go!
    gail
    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  9. I love the contrast between the yarn and the shiny ornaments. Beautiful!

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  10. I actually got one of those Starbucks wreaths last year--for free! They sell their decor for super cheap, the day after Christmas, and then just give away what does not get bought.
    I still can't believe I ended up with one, I LOVE it!
    Great job on the wreath!

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  11. Awesome job and I love the canvas with glitter!

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  12. This is TOTALLY AWESOME. You've totally inspired me. I think I may try to wrap some ornaments with natural-colored yarn for our tree. Never would have thought of that.

    Thanks for sharing. I just added you to my reader. I found you from Today's Creative Blog.

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  13. I adore this...will definitely try something similiar soon!

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  14. I love this project. I have a lot of those parts already on hand and I think I'm going to give it a whirl too> Thanks for the inspiration!

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