Thrifty, DIY spring wreath

Although the weather in Pennsylvania hasn’t gotten the message yet, spring has officially sprung! And that means I get to try my hand, once again, at not completely ruining a spring wreath project. (I have a graveyard of “wreaths gone wrong” stored in my basement as proof of my crafting struggles.)

Fortunately, despite gluing my fingers together (I still have adhesive and bits of moss stuck to my fingers as I type this), I consider the spring wreath I made today door-worthy, so I thought I’d share the details of the project with you.

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I spent less than $15 putting this wreath together and about one hour total, using materials I picked up at the Dollar Tree and Walmart.

Materials

I got the floral sprigs and bubble gum eggs at the Dollar Tree. The Spanish moss, letter “P” and burlap ribbon (not pictured) came from Walmart. As far as the wreath itself, I resurrected an old grapevine one from the basement, so no money spent there.

I started by gluing the Spanish moss to the “P” using spray adhesive.

Faux-Spanish-mossI finally got a clue after making a mess and pulled out a piece of parchment paper to apply the moss and shape it to the letter. The parchment paper doesn’t stick to the adhesive and greenery like your, ahem, hands do.

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I stuck the “P” in the wreath, reinforcing it with hot glue.

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Next, I wove the floral sprigs into the wreath. I trimmed a few of the pieces shorter with a wire cutter, which helped fill in the gaps and create a fuller look.

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Then I took a few bubble gum eggs, positioned them inside the “P,” and adhered them with hot glue.

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Finally, I added some burlap ribbon as a final touch. Done!

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Have you done any spring decorating yet?

Cure winter blues with these springtime crafts

Hey hey! While Susan is being a rock star at training, she asked me to do a little guest post! I thought I would share a round up of crafts to spruce up your home for spring since I am so ready for some sunshine and flowers! I’m Jamie! And I blog over at C.R.A.F.T. C.R.A.F.T. is a nifty little acronym for Creating Really Awesome Free Things. I make things for your home (peace sign wreath), wardrobe (painted shoes), kitchen (fried Oreos), and kids (iron on vinyl onesies)! Here is my cheesy school girl picture, don’t laugh. (More about me here!)

Jamie at C.R.A.F.T

CRAFT Valentines Day

Here are 6 spring time crafts that you can make now!

1. Stepping stones make any garden more personal! These are fun to do with kids and make awesome gifts for mom, dad, or grandma!

How to make stepping stones

2. A dino planter brightens up the inside!

Spring crafts at C.R.A.F.T.

3. Just in case it’s still cold out, entertain the kiddos with this foam board memory game while you craft!

Spring crafts at C.R.A.F.T.
4. Craft up an outdoor tic tac toe set for outdoor entertainment!

Spring crafts at C.R.A.F.T.

5. Fancy up your fence with marbles!

Spring crafts at C.R.A.F.T.

Spring time crafts at C.R.A.F.T.
Oh and here are lots more C.R.A.F.T. projects for you to check out! And if you need some more spring inspiration, here are really awesome 23 DIY spring wreaths! Thank you again, Susan, for all that you do!

Craft projects that don’t look like a preschooler did them

I have a confession to make. I am craft-challenged. Just ask my sisters about December’s gingerbread house competition (spoiler alert: I lost), or the graveyard of self-made wreaths in our basement.

Now hold the phone. (Yes. I realize that expression shows my age.) ;) I know what you’re thinking. How can I be craft-challenged when I write a blog filled with DIY decorating, organizing and home improvement projects?

Well, I’ve discovered there’s a big difference between gluing microscopic eyeballs on a snowman ornament versus remodeling a room. One requires fine motor skills and the other simply requires a high tolerance for drywall dust and public meltdowns. That’s my theory anyway. ;) If any of you have insight on the difference between crafters and DIYers, I’d love to get your feedback.

Despite all the disappointing craft projects I’ve attempted over the years, I have managed to squeeze out a few good, craft-ish ones. So I thought I’d showcase those today. Click on the project title to be taken to the full tutorial.

1. DIY laundry room sign

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2. Driftwood candle holder

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3. Pottery Barn knockoff DIY birch candles

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4. Family Rules sign from scrap wood

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5. Wooden block letters

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6. Faux metal wall letters

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7. Stenciled table runner

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8. Hair accessories holder

Final

So would you say you’re a better DIYer or a better crafter? :)