DIY: Christmas Wreath

I like to think of myself as a pretty crafty person – I like doing crafts and I’m relatively good at them. Sometimes they don’t all turn out quite the way I had envisioned, but most times I’m pretty proud with my results. Much like my fall wreath I wanted something cute, homemade, and Christmas-y to put on the front door to celebrate the season.

What you need.

Supplies.

Supplies.

  • Wreath (any size)
  • Yarn
  • Felt (2 colors, red for flowers and green for leaves)
  • Ribbon
  • White pearls

What to do.

Start by tying the string of yard at one point on the wreath.

Start the yarn

Start the yarn

And then settle in and get to wrapping your yarn around your wreath. It does take a little while but it will look better if you take your time instead of rushing through it.

Wrap the wreath.

Wrap the wreath.

Once your wreath is sufficiently wrapped with yarn the next step is making the flowers to put on the wreath.

Starting the flowers

Starting the flowers

I made a template and traced the flower petals on to the red. You will need two size petals for each flower (5 petals for each “row” of flowers – 2 “rows” for each flower). I made 4 sets of flowers 1 large size, 1 medium size, and 2 small sizes so I needed 40 petals. I put 2 leaves on each flower and finished them up with white pearls in the middle.

Finished flower.

Finished flower.

After you’ve made all your flowers arrange them on your wreath and hot glue them on. I like them on the side but you could arrange them however you think looks best. I added some ribbon to the top so I could hang it easily. If your wreath is thin enough you can probably get away without adding a ribbon if you would prefer that.

Ta-da!

Ta-da!

Have you made any wreaths? I’d love to see them!

DIY: Fall Wreath

I know, it’s almost winter, but I have the cutest DIY fall wreath and I just can’t keep it to myself. I also have a super cute Christmas wreath that I’ll be sharing here in the next week or so to. I think I’ll be turning this in to a really cute spring wreath but we’ll just have to wait and see about that.

Supplies:

Supplies.

Supplies.

  • Yarn
  • Foam wreath
  • Felt
  • Ribbon
  • Hot glue

What to do:

Settle in. The first part takes a bit of time and patience.

Get to wrapping.

Get to wrapping.

Tie a knot and wrap your wreath.

Next up, making your flowers. Cut your felt pieces in to circles – depending on how big, or small, you want your flowers to be will determine the size of your circles. Once you have all your circles cut out you will cut those in to spiral strips.

Getting the flowers started.

Getting the flowers started.

Once you have cut your felt in to the spiral strips you will take one end and start wrapping it around itself (which sounds hard to explain but once you’re actually working these flowers that will make sense).

Ta-da! Flower.

Ta-da! Flower.

After you have your wreath all wrapped with the yarn and you have your flowers all made all you have to do is put it together. Determining how you want your flowers arranged will be up to you based on your own likes and dislikes but I don’t think there is really a wrong way to do it.

Arrange the flowers on your wreath.

Arrange the flowers on your wreath.

I added a ribbon to my wreath, but that was my preference. I think if you wanted to leave it with just the flowers it would look just as nice. I also tied a tiny ribbon at the top of the wreath to be able to hang it. It is small enough though that if you wanted to use one of those over the door wreath hangers it would fit.

Final product.

Final product.

What do you think? If you make (or have made) your own wreath let me know I’d love to see them!

DIY: Diaper Cake

I’m not a huge DIY-er so these DIY posts are probably few and far between but I’ve got one for you today that I hope you enjoy!

My sisters are having a sweet baby girl and we recently showered them with love and presents! I wanted to get creative and cute for their gift while trying to not really go overboard on the clothes since I have a closet full of hand-me-downs coming their way so I needed something different. Enter the diaper cake. I scoured the internet and found several resources that I pulled ideas from but really went in a direction that my husband turned me on to. I was really wanting to take blankets that my sisters had registered for and make the blankets kind of like “icing” on the cake so you couldn’t see the diapers. But I was having THE HARDEST time figuring out exactly how many the blankets look like icing without looking like complete crap. For the record, I could not figure that out… so instead, my husband with his infinite wisdom set off to google (for which I said don’t you think I’ve done that… as if he would only find exactly what I found to be unhelpful).And shocking… he found a good solution so we went with that and I think it turned out great!

What you need

Diapers (I bought a pack of Huggies Naturals Size 1 in an 80 count and used about 70 of them)

Rubber bands

Pins (I used safety pins but I’ve seen other people use straight pins… it’s just a little safer for me to use safety pins so use what you are comfortable with)

Decorations (I bought a travel pack of baby wash, lotion, powder & desitin; some bows; and a tag toy for the topper)

Receiving blankets

What to do

Roll your diapers and secure with rubber bands.

Roll those diapers

Roll those diapers

After you’ve got them all rolled it’s time to make your layers

Make those layers

Make those layers

I used about 70 diapers total. I didn’t count the exact number of diapers in each layer but I think the top layer is about 12. I made 3 of the same size and then added diapers around the outside of each layer until they could stack properly. There’s probably around 22 in the middle layer and 35 for the bottom layer. Ultimately my goal was to make them look pretty round and make them just a little bigger than the layer above.I use big rubber bands to keep the layers all together… for the bottom I actually used 2 rubber bands in case 1 of them decided to give out.

Once you’ve got your layers all ready it’s time to wrap them. I used standard size receiving blankets from Carters and layed them out and folded them until they were about as wide as the diaper cake was tall.

Icing the cake

Icing the cake

Make sure your blankets are pretty tight so the diapers don’t fall out and fasten them together with your pins.

Secure the blankets

Secure the blankets

And then repeat for all your layers

All layers wrapped and ready

All layers wrapped and ready

Make sure you place the sections of the blankets that you closed with the pins in line with each other so it basically makes a back and front of the cake which makes the front part of the cake look nicer. I fasted each layer together by pinning the blanket from one layer to the next. I did that on both the front and back of the cake, on the inside by the diapers, so that the cake will stay together when you transport it.

After you’ve got your cake all assembled it’s time to decorate

Ta-da!

Ta-da!

I saw some really cute headband bows at Target that I used as little accents (to avoid stretching the bows out I folded the headband part and pinned it to the blankets. I also used the small gray ribbon that was tied to the blankets in the packaging because it matched wit the rest and it was big enough to go around the top layer (and I only had 2 bows so I felt like one layer was missing something).

I stuck the small, trial size, bottles of lotion, body wash, baby powder, and shampoo on the sides of the cake wedged in to the diapers.

The toy on top is my favorite – I had originally been looking for a different elephant toy for the top but when I saw this Taggie Elephant I just knew that this was the one I had to have because it was way cuter. I also fastened this to the top of the cake by safety pinning it to the blanket.

When I was first buying things to decorate this I didn’t think I had enough but I actually like the way it looks nice, clean, and simple. Some of the cakes I had seen when I was browsing looked really overwhelming and I think that helped convince me I needed more stuff, but after finishing I’m all about less is more because I think this looks so great and it was a huge hit! I think this might be a new go-to gift for me.

I thought this was going to be both much more time consuming but it turned out to be a pretty quick project that I was able to knock out one evening while catching up on the DVR with the hubby.

Have you ever made a diaper cake? If you have (or do) I’d love to see it!