Sooooo… it’s been a while. I have missed blogging so much, but my work and life schedule have been so hectic. Love & Linden has taken a backseat to all of that, unfortunately. Let me catch you up on what I’ve been up to during the past couple of months.
- Apparently I work out now. Three nights a week, my husband and I go to the gym and workout. I know it’s good for me or whatever, but it takes so much time!
- My husband is in a master’s program. Nuff said.
- I had a sweet Halloween party. It was Tim Burton themed, I was Lydia and husband was Beetle Juice. Good times were had by all.
Now that we are all caught up, let’s move on to the fun stuff. A week and a half ago, I got sick with some sort of cold/ coughing my lungs up/ mucus-y sickness. Therefore, I couldn’t go to the gym (darn! ;)) and had time to get crafty! I knew I really wanted to do something with felt. I love it and use it for many different crafts and fiber art things, I’m sort of obsessed. So, what else can I make with felt, hm??? Voila! A red felt wreath is born and born on a budget. This whole thing cost around $5 to make and it’s the cutest pop of red!
Red Felt Sheets- I used around 10 (Wal-Mart Craft Section)
Wire Form- I used 14″ and I got it from the DOLLAR TREE! One. Dollar.
Pinking Shears (Optional)
Hot Glue Gun
Leaf Template (Anything you find online and print out is fine, you just want your leaves to be consistent in size)
Red Ribbon to Finish Off (Optional)
Start out by using your leaf template to cut out the leaf shapes from the red felt sheets. You can use whatever shape of leaf you want, I just chose a classic leaf shape. You can also fold your sheet of felt in half, so you are cutting out two leaves vs. one leaf at a time. I also liked the effect that the pinking shears gave, instead of just regular scissors, but that is just a personal preference.
Next, I decided to cover my wire wreath form with red ribbon. My wreath is hanging against a mirror, so I didn’t want any of the wire wreath form to show through.
After you cut out all of your leaves, I glued a flat layer down first. See the picture above for how I arranged the first couple, slightly tilted so they extend out on either side. This gives the wreath more fullness. After your base layer is glued down, I started by folding some of the leaves in half and using a dot of hot glue to keep their shapes. This gave them a curled look and added more depth. Next, start arranging the curled leave in a similar pattern to the base layer we just glued down, filling in any gaps.
Repeat this process until all gaps are filled in and the wreath is as full as you want it to be! I tied a big ole’ red satin bow around mine and called it done.
I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope to be back with more soon! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!