Flower Pomander

Hi Everyone!  I decided to record a quick video tutorial so that I could link up with Mandy @ Sugar Bee Craft Edition’s VBlog link party!  Head on over and check out the videos!  I love her idea of getting to see what some of the bloggers look like “live”, we usually only get to see static pictures on blogs!

If you remember from my Stuff I like Sunday #5 post, yesterday, I featured the cute Pomander Balls Courtney made.  They were super easy to do, so I made a couple in spring colors…bring on the nice weather!  If you are unable to watch the video below, I decided to also do a text/picture tutorial, so just keep scrolling down!

Hopefully you can see the video, check out the horrendously ugly wallpaper I so frequently mention!

All the supplies you need:  Craft paper, Flower hole punch, styrofoam ball, push pins.  That’s it!  How simple!

Step 1: Punch out a bunch of flowers!

Step 2:  With some of your flowers, fold up the petals, this will help give it some texture in the end.  I recommend doing this ahead of time with a bunch of flowers, that way you don’t have to keep stopping.

Step 3: Grab your styrofoam ball, hold a flat flower down in place:

Step 4:  Take one of the flowers with the folded petals, layer this on top of the flat flower:

Step 5:  Stick in the push pin to secure in place:

Step 6:  Continue adding flowers on in the same fashion.  Try not to leave too big of a gap, you don’t want styrofoam showing through!

 Step 7:  Continue to cover the entire ball.  I left about a 2 inch gap on the bottom so that my ball would not roll around.  Feel free to cover the whole styrofoam ball if you want to add the Pomanders to a vase or dish.

 Step 8:  Sit back and admire your handy work!  Love how cute they are!

Try a couple different sizes, I think they would be adorable!  If you want to check out the tutorial for the painted shelf I created, that they are sitting on top of, click here!

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Easy Embroidery Project

While looking for inspirations in the world wide blog world, I cam across this gem.  I loved Tammy and Annie’s take, and it looked easy enough, so I decided to give it my own Valentine theme spin.  Check it out!

My finished product, little bit of Valentine’s love!

I’m pretty happy with how it turned out, and it really was so very simple!  All you need for supplies are an Embroidery hoop, scissors, cloth, needle and thread, and buttons.

All the necessary materials

I started with small squares of fabric, and a flower pot to use as a circle reference.  Just remember that your flower will be about half the size of the circle you cut out.

The top of the flower pot was the perfect size for my circle, so I used it as reference

I put the pot on top of the cloth and traced around it.

Traced around the pot

This left me with a pencil circle. So I knew what to cut out.

Circle ready to be cut out

Here is my circle of fabric:

Fabric circle

Next I used a thicker thread, and tied a knot at the end.  I began by folding a 1/4 inch hem and starting to sew.

Sew a quarter inch hem

I continued to sew around the circle, trying to keep the hem fairly even.

Continue sewing

Here is my complete circle.

Complete circle

Now, pull gently on the end of your thread, the edges will start to bunch towards the center.

Pull on the end of the thread, the edges will begin to bunch

Continue to pull the thread until the whole edge is bunched up.  Do not pull so hard that the thread breaks.

Edges all bunch to the middle

Now, tied off the ends and cut the thread.

Tie off and cut the thread

Now I picked a corresponding button, that was big enough to cover the hole in the middle, and I attached it with needle and thread.

Sew on a button of your choice

 I completed these steps 3 times, so that I had three different flowers, all in different fabrics.

I then took my large piece of fabric (I actually used felt) and put it inside of the embroidery hoop.  I trimmed off the biggest amount of excess felt, but left a good edge around the sides.

Put fabric inside of your hoop

Now I laid out my flowers where I thought they would look the best.

Decide on placement of flowers

And then pinned them down so that they would stay in place.

Pin down flowers so that they stay in place

Next I attached the flowers with needle and thread, starting behind the felt and sewing up through the underneath of the flower.  I tried to only go through the first layer so that you couldn’t see the thread on the front.

What the back of the hoop looks like
Front of the hoop with the flowers sewn on

Next, I took the fabric out of the hook and laid it flat on the table.  With a pencil I wrote out the word that I wanted to embroider underneath the flowers.  Sticking with the Valentine theme I chose to write Love.

Use a pencil to write out your letters for reference

Next I put the fabric back into the hoop, chose a red thread and used a simple cross stitch to trace over the letters.

Simple cross stick over the letters

The final step was to trim off the extra fabric around the edges and hang it on the wall!

Trim the edges and hang it on the wall!

I’m pretty happy with the  way it came out.  The letters could be neater, but I like how it looks like handwriting rather than perfectly formulated letters.

All in all this project was pretty simple and I didn’t spend a dime.  I had all of the materials already at my house, score!

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Yet another Wreath!

I decided to keep my Valentine’s related creative juices flowing today.  As I’m sure many of you know, I gain a lot of my inspiration from reading other people’s blogs and seeing what kinds of projects are out there.  One trend that I have been seeing lately are yarn wreaths and felt flowers.  We all know what a sucker I am for wreaths, and after making some festive yarn balls yesterday, I knew I just had to give this one a whirl.  Take a look at what I came up with:

There are very few materials involved: wreath form, yarn, glue stick, felt, ribbon.  That’s it!  I was lucky and only had to purchase a wreath form, so once again my project cost less than a few dollars.  I love when that happens!

Wreath form, glue gun, glue sticks, yarn, and felt

Making the Wreath
Step 1: Tie the end of your yarn onto the styrofoam wreath.  I chose to start at the seam, but anywhere would be fine.

Tie on your yarn

Step 2:  Begin to wrap your yarn around the wreath.  This was an extremely time consuming process, because with each wrap you need to pass the ball of yarn through the middle.  For the first layer I chose to make mine pretty even and organized.

Keep wrapping…having Pandora running in the background doesn’t hurt either!

Step 3:  Continue wrapping the yarn all the way around the wreath.  This process will take a while, but is so rewarding in the end!  Here I am at the end of the first layer.

One layer of yarn

Step 4:  By the time you have successfully made it around your entire wreath form you can decide whether or not to do a second layer.  Because there were some gaps where I could still see green I decided that a second layer of yarn was pretty important.  For this layer I did however decide to go for a “messier” look, and did not try to keep all of my rows straight.

Second “messier” layer of yarn

Step 5: Once you have completed all of the wrapping that you want, tie off the yarn the same way you started.  I then took the extra minute to weave in the end so that it wasn’t sticking out, but since this will most likely be the back of your wreath it isn’t necessary.


Making the Flowers
Step 1Cut a circle out of your felt.  The bigger the circle, the bigger the flower.  I chose to make a straight circle, if you want your flower to have a more petal effect, then make the edges wavy.

The bigger the circle, the bigger the flower

Step 2:  Cut into your circle.  I cut in about half an inch and was pretty happy with how the flower turned out.

Begin to cut into your circle

Step 3:  Continue to cut in a spiral motion.  Do this until you reach the center of the circle.

Continue cutting in a spiral motion

Your end result should be one long strip

Step 4:  At this point start at an end, and begin to wrap the felt in a circle.  In order to keep the bottom flat, I found it helpful to have it on the table and rotate the felt.

Start at the end and begin to roll your felt into a circle, try to keep the bottom flat.

Step 5:  Continue to roll until you reach the end of your strip.

End of the strip…I used the pink bowl as a background color since my flower was blending in to the table top

Step 6:  Flip the flower over, add a small dot of hot glue, and attach the loose end.

Step 7:  Cut out a circle of felt, just a little bit smaller than the bottom of the flower.

After attaching the loose end, cut out a circle just smaller than the bottom of the flower

Step 8: Using the hot glue gun, attach the circle to the bottom of the flower.  This will help to keep each layer in place and your flower in a firm shape.

Attach the circle to the bottom of the flower.

Step 9:  Continue this process with as many colors and sizes as you like!

Attaching the Flowers
For my wreath, I decided that I would primarily stick to Valentine themed colors (pink and white) but at the last minute I decided to throw a blue flower in there for a little extra oomph.

The 4 flowers I picked out for my wreath

Step 1:  I arranged the flowers on my wreath so I had an idea of placement.  Then I attached the first flower with hot glue.  I held down for about 12 seconds, so that I knew the glue was not going to slide around anywhere.

After attaching the first flower

Step 2:  Attach the second flower in the same manner.

After attaching flower #2

Step 3:  Repeat step 1 and 2 for as many flowers as you decide you would like to attach

3 flowers later…

Complete

Step 4:  Once I had all of my flowers attached I took some green felt and cut out a couple small leaves.  I attached these with the glue gun as well.

I chose to add a couple green leaves

Step 5:  The last step is to decide how you would like to hang your wreath.  I decided to attach a small piece of ribbon and hang it from a hook.  I cut a small piece of ribbon and attached it to the back of the wreath with a couple thumb tacks.  Because the back of my wreath will be facing the wall, the tacks aren’t even visible, but you can always use glue.

Here is a final far away and up close look at my pretty little wreath:

I love how it looks up against the lime green walls of Sister #2’s bedroom.  I now have yet another wreath to add to my ever growing wreath repertoire…oh boy!

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