Friday, January 22, 2010

Ring of Love

I've talked about my penchant for non-circular shaped wreaths before. And while I really wanted a heart-shaped wreath for my Valentine's door, I settled on making this little lovely.




It's so fun to make. I wouldn't say it's easy (but it is) because it takes some patience to make each of the pom poms. Note: I actually refer to them as fuzzy wuzzies because in my middle school days, we used to make fuzzy wuzzy necklaces (these pom poms on a string), and we'd pull out individual strings to give one another a warm and fuzzy "hug." So if I refer to them as fuzzy wuzzies, I'm not crazy; just reaching for my younger days.

So here's how you do it. You can get the kiddies involved in this too!

What You'll Need
circular wreath form (I got this one at the dollar store.)
yarn
scissors
Love sign or other decoration - optional
hot glue
galvanized wire

What You'll Do
Step 1: Wrap the wreath form in yarn. You could also use cloth, ribbon or paint. It's totally up to you. It's just important to cover it so the green doesn't show when you're finished.



Step 2: Make a fuzzy wuzzy. To do this, you wrap yarn around your hand. I went around about 50 times. The more you go around, the thicker your pom pom will be.


Step 3: Take your pom pom off your hand carefully, keeping it in its form. Cut a length of yarn about 12 inches long. Tie it into a very tight knot, splitting the wrapped yarn in half.



Step 4: Cut the loops of the yarn. Gently shake the pom pom to get rid of loose pieces and to form the pom pom.



Step 5: Tie the pom poms on to the wreath in alternating colors or in a pattern of your choice. When the wreath is full, cut off any long strings in the back of the wreath.



Step 6: Use hot glue or epoxy to attach galvanized wire to the back of the word. This wire will help secure the decoration to the wreath. I used the wire because I had it in my toolbox. There are multiple ways you can attach the decoration to the wreath.


Step 7: Gently push the wire ends into the wreath. And you're done! Time to hang it up for display.


It really is fun to make and has lots of possibilities for Valentine's and other holidays. I got the "Love" sign in the wood working department at Michael's. It was only $1, and it was already painted the perfect shade of pink! All in all - this wreath totals up to be about $3.


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10 comments:

ButterYum said...

Hi Kimberly - you're going to love it! To answer your question, acorn squash, along with other winter squash varieties, last a looooooooooooooooooooong time - weeks, and weeks, and weeks. I just keep them on the counter in a big bowl and use them as needed.

Let me know if you give this recipe a try.

:)
ButterYum

Michelle said...

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Kristen @ Miss Prissy Paige said...

How adorable, I love the fuzzy wuzzies! I just pulled out my Valentine's stuff tonight so I can't wait to make some projects this week!

Centsational Girl said...

Don't you love the beauty that comes from yarn ? lovely wreath !

Happy early Valentine's Day !

Kate

too Blessed to Stress said...

Very cool idea! I love the fuzzie-wuzzie idea of necklaces.. goingto have to use that idea for a princess party :)

~ Emily N. from "too Blessed 2Stress"

Heather@ theherberfamily.blogspot.com said...

I love, love, love homemade yarn pom poms- they are just so adorable, just like this wreath!

Please feel free to add these to Talented Tuesdays at My Frugal Family!

http://theherberfamily.blogspot.com/2010/01/talented-tuesday.html

Tara said...

Love your fuzzy wuzzy wreath! I think when we make this I will have to remind my 3 year old about the fuzzy wuzzy was a bear story. She belly laughs each time I tell her. Thanks for sharing!

bec4 said...

What a sweet wreath--that would be equally cute in a girl's room. Thanks for linking up!

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

I haven't seen a wreath like that before. Very creative and cute! makes me want to cuddle with it:)

L@Craftaholics Anonymous said...

Kimberly,
Wow! That must have taken a long time, but it paid off! Looks fab!
Thanks for linking up :)
happy crafting,
Linda

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