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Saturday, January 20, 2018

DiY Winter Wreath Using Yarn


With all the wintry weather we have gotten this year, I thought it would be appropriate to make a winter wreath for our front door.  This was a very simple project that took very little time - using items I had lying around the house. A flat white styrofoam wreath form and some cream colored yarn are the base of this winter wreath.  The rest is just bits and pieces I had in my craft stash.  It's a fun project that is easily done while watching your favorite Netflix programs. And, it makes your front door just a little more inviting during these cold wintry days as you can see below. Let's get on with the very simple instructions so you can make one for your front door.


Vintage Paint and more... making a winter wreath by wrapping yarn around a white flat styrofoam wreath form




                DIY WINTER WREATH WITH YARN

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Vintage Paint and more... supplies used to make a winter wreath - styrofoam wreath form, cream colored yarn and glue gun


Supplies you will need:


Vintage Paint and more... yarn wrapped styrofoam wreath form used to make a winter wreath

First, I wrapped the styrofoam wreath with the yarn.  I found it was easier to roll the yarn into a ball before starting.  This kept the skein from unraveling and getting tangled up. (do not do the entire skein of yarn just about 1/3 of it).  When wrapping the yarn around the wreath you will have to go over the same spot in the inner section of the ring to fill in the outer ring.  Just keep going until the entire ring is covered.  


Vintage Paint and more... close up of yarn wrapped styrofoam wreath form to make a winter wreath

This is a close-up pic of how it looks when finished.  You can see how I went over the same area in the center ring-side (#1 arrow) to make sure the outer ring was totally covered (#2 arrow). I think it looks like it's a pleated sweater when finished.

Vintage Paint and more... snowballs made by wrapping cream colored yarn around various sized styrofoam balls

Next, you will want to cover three of your styrofoam balls with the same yarn.  These will become your snowballs.

Vintage Paint and more... faux evergreen picks used to embellish winter wreath

These are a couple of pieces of faux pine branches I cut off a larger branch I had on hand.

Vintage Paint and more... a winter wreath made by wrapping cream colored yarn around a styrofoam wreath form and embellishing with winter items

Now, for placement.  Check the picture above... I first pined the pine branches at the bottom of the wreath using straight pins.  You can hot glue them on but I want to be able to remove all these pieces without damaging the yarn later.  I then hot glued the snowballs on the pine branches - trying to keep the glue off the yarn.  Then I made a bow out of some leftover yarn I had and pinned it to the top with straight pins also.  I love how it turned out.

Vintage Paint and more... a winter wreath made by wrapping yarn around a styrofoam wreath form and embellishing with winter themed objects


What are you working on right now?  Do you decorate for winter or just go right into Spring?  Love to hear from you and would love to hear about what you are doing in the comments below. 


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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Winter Mantel with DIY Yarn Pom Pom Wreath



I'm writing this today as I sit next to the warm fireplace listening to the wind chimes tinkling outside.  It is a cold and windy day here for us as well as for many of you.  We are having a winter we usually do not experience here in the South.  Freezing temps in the teens (breaking records), measurable snow lasting 3-4 days (almost unheard of), and ice that closes down schools and stores keeping us all hibernating in our homes.  So, when I began taking down the Christmas decorations this week ( yes, I am quite slow this year),  I decided to just embrace this season and put together a winter mantel with my DIY pom-pom yarn wreath and a few other snow-related items.



Vintage Paint and more... transitioning a Christmas mantel to a Winter mantel using some of the same elements such as a DIY pom-pom wreath and garland


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Grandma's Decadent Date Bar Cookie Recipe


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Only 9 days until Christmas, and at our house, that means the baking frenzy has begun.  Every year I spend a couple of days baking cookies and making candies with my grandkids - this is one of our fondest traditions.  When they were young they would help as they could with the stirring, the cutting out of cookies and putting the sprinkles and colored sugars on the cookies. I remember how much fun they would have decorating those cookies and making them "perfect".   We even tried the gingerbread house making a few times - with our share of house disasters, lol.    Now, that they are young adults, they do most of the baking and I do the sprinkling of colored sugars while enjoying the time spent with them.  We drink lots of coffee and hot chocolate and laugh and talk and reminisce about past cookie baking days.  It is a day we all look forward to.
  
Vintage Paint and more - a not too sweet bar cookie made with a delicious date and nut filling your family will love

Monday, December 11, 2017

How to Create the Perfect Rustic Wood Sign

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What a difference a couple of days can make - Monday we were having beautiful warm, sunny, 70* weather and today it's raining and absolutely freezing - the temp was 32* this morning.  No wonder our family has the sniffles.  And, I saw snow is falling in some of our most southern states - so crazy. But, at least it looks and feels like Christmas now.
Also, on Monday I shared our Rustic Christmas Mantel with you and promised I would give you the tutorial on how to create the rustic wood BELIEVE sign that is sitting on it.  This is a fairly easy project that can be done in one afternoon as long as you plan ahead for the drying of paint.


Vintage Paint and more... Rustic Christmase mantel featuring a buffalo plaid deer head in a yarn wreath, a yarn snowball garland and a rustic wood believe sign

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

How to Create a Rustic Farmhouse Chirstmas Mantel Easily

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I like to change up our Christmas decor a bit each year by moving things around and making new vignettes.  But, this year I really wanted to change it up a lot and decided to go in a whole new direction in our family room.  I have used the same decor for several years and was really wanting a new look.  So, before Thanksgiving, I started looking around and getting some ideas.  I fell in love with red and black buffalo plaid fabric and if you've been following me you've seen a couple of projects I've made using it already.  So, I built my family room Christmas decor around that fabric and today I am going to share my Rustic farmhouse Christmas mantel with you.

Vintage, Paint and more... a Rustic Farmhouse Christmas mantel created with easy diy projects and rustic Christmas finds