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17th Apr2014

Clever Trash to Treasure Earth Day Crafts

by Dinah Wulf

Trash to Treasure Earth Day Crafts

Earth Day is next week already! I swear it was just Christmas. Where does the time go? In honor of this important national holiday, I thought I’d put together some fun and clever trash to treasure Earth Day Crafts.  Each craft has a step by step photo tutorial done by yours truly! I hope you try some out!

Recycled Mason Jar Lantern

I still have these macramé lanterns hanging in my back yard. They are great especially this time of year in southern California while entertaining outdoors. I light the tea lights before sunset and they stay lit for several hours.

Recycled Book Page Butterfly Wreath

Can you believe it cost me nothing to make this butterfly wreath? I made it out of branches from my backyard and a wire hanger.  I decorated it with butterflies I cut out of an old book and used beads and twine for the antennas.

Repurposed Phonebook Flowers

Does anyone use a phone book anymore? Here’s a fun craft you can do with all those pages.

Recycled Book Page Wreath Tutorial

This is another great wreath tutorial. I made this one also out of book pages. For the wreath I used Plumber’s insulation.

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This makes a great gift. It’s a clever way of hiding some important things or extra money in an old hardback book.

Recycled Coffee Bean Sack Pillow

I had bought some old coffee bean sacks at a flea market and ended up making some fun outdoor pillows for my back patio.

 

17th Mar2014

Radiant Orchid DIY Spring Door Decoration

by Dinah Wulf

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I’m loving spring and I’m so excited to partner up and sponsored again with Jo-Ann Fabric And Craft Stores®! Jo-Ann makes spring crafting easy during National Craft Month with a $5 off $25 or more purchase coupon and a spring crafting inspiration website. I have been anxious to make something incorporating the 2014 Spring Trend Radiant Orchid for my home. I decided on making a DIY Spring Door Decoration.

Jo-Ann Shopping List:

  • Grapevine hanging basket
  • Burlap Ribbon
  • Wooden Numbers
  • Orchid Craft Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Lace Ribbon
  • Spring Inspirations Flower Assortment
  • Safety Pin
  • Glue Gun and Glue Sticks                  

Instructions:

First, I painted my house numbers a beautiful orchid color with acrylic craft paint and let it dry.

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Next, I layered the lace on top of the burlap, and hot glued the dry painted numbers on top.

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Here’s a close up.

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Wrap it around your grapevine basket and secure it with a safety pin.  I don’t like to glue it because I like to change my basket each season like this and like this.

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Jo-Ann Fabric And Craft Stores® has the most beautiful selection of artificial flowers. I chose three different ones for my arrangement to fit the Radiant Orchid theme.

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Aren’t they pretty??? Next, arrange the flowers inside of your basket…

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… and hang it on your front door!

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I absolutely ADORE it!!! Now I really want to make something else in radiant orchid!

This review is part of the Jo‐Ann Fabric And Craft Stores® National Craft Month campaign. I received compensation for this review; however, this is my personal, honest opinion based on my experience.

25th Feb2014

Saint Patrick’s Day Front Door Decoration

by Dinah Wulf

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By the time Valentine’s Day arrived, I was already ready to decorate for Saint Patrick’s Day since I create new things so far in advance! I had posted my super easy Valentine’s Day Door Decoration in January and I fell in L-O-V-E with it, but I did make it easy to change out because I wanted to reuse the basket for my Saint Patrick’s Day Front Door Decoration.

In case you missed it, here is the Valentine’s Day one I made.

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Isn’t it cute? I used safety pins instead of glue to attach the burlap so that the basket could be easily changed for all holidays, seasons, and special occasions.  The basket is great too because it is so versatile and can be used for any holiday, season, or event.

For this door decoration, I am using the same types of floral arrangement but in green for Saint Patrick’s Day. I love hydrangeas because the fake ones look pretty good! Here is what I bought.

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Hint: If I fall in love with something (and it’s on sale) I ALWAYS buy it in other colors.

I also found this cute and sparkly green clover welcome sign at Jo-Ann’s.  It’s nice and light and made out of foam so it was perfect for this basket. Oh! And OF COURSE it too was on sale!

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I put it all together in minutes, again using safety pins instead of glue so that I can change it for spring and Easter!

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I hope you enjoy it! I’m already looking forward to the Easter version! Ha!

21st Jan2014

Easy Valentine Front Door Decoration

by Dinah Wulf

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I love sales! I found this hanging grapevine basket at Joann’s on sale for $8.49 from $29.99. Score! I thought I could use it for my front door and easily change it up each holiday.  Today, I am sharing an easy Valentine front door decoration that I made.

Materials:

  • Grapevine hanging basket
  • Wide burlap ribbon
  • Pink ribbon
  • Love sign
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Safety pins

Here is a close up of the basket.  I saw them during Christmas and liked it but I didn’t want to spend thirty dollars on it.  Even with my 40% off coupon, I couldn’t do it. Yes… I’m THAT cheap! But nine dollars… that’s 70% off!

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I bought a roll of wide burlap ribbon and safety pinned it so that I can easily take it off for St. Patrick’s Day when I change it.

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I hot glued a pink ribbon and a “love” sign made of MDF. I originally had the intention of painting it, but once I saw the white, I liked it. Since my front door is black, I thought the white letters would pop better.

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Now, I’m not a HUGE fan of fake flowers and plants (unless their crafted out of paper… or duct tape!) but I couldn’t resist when I saw these. Oh! And I bought them in green too for March (they were on sale too!).

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Pretty right? I put them inside my basket and had a pretty and easy Valentine front door decoration in literally minutes!

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I already can’t wait to change it up for St. Patrick’s Day and Easter. 

30th Oct2013

Burlap Wire Hanger Wreath Tutorial

by Dinah Wulf

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I wanted to make a small wreath to hang on the door to my guest bathroom downstairs.  A friend of mine used a wire hanger for a Christmas wreath in the past, so I thought I’d give it a try.  I also have made a recycled book page butterfly wreath with a wire hanger.   I have to say it turned out pretty cute! Here is my burlap wire hanger wreath tutorial.

Materials:

  • One yard of burlap
  • Wire Hanger
  • Scissors
  • Wire cutters
  • Flower embellishment

WARNING: Burlap crafts are messy!  Here are some more tips for working with burlap and caring for it as well.

Instructions:

Unwind a wire hanger and maneuver and bend it to shape a circle and set it aside.

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For this wreath, I cut 2” thick strips of burlap.  I also used about 14 strips for this wreath. You can make the wreath as thick and as full as you like.

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Fold each strip with two inch width as shown.

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The wire hanger makes it easy to poke through the burlap with the strip completely folded. Continue to add folded strips until your wire hanger is covered.

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Using wire cutters, trim off any access wire if needed.

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Secure the ends of the wire hanger as shown.

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Spread and fluff the burlap to make a continuous ring.  Cut off any access fraying.

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Turn and twist the burlap until you get the desired look.

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I added a pre-made burlap flower as an embellishment. Here is the finished project!

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This wreath is smaller than normal; the perfect size for my bathroom.  You can easily add more wire to make it larger.  If you are making a larger wreath, I would also suggest making the strips wider as well.

If you enjoy crafting with burlap check out some tips I have on a tutorial I did for some stenciled burlap placemats I made.

10th Oct2013

Recycled Book Page Wreath Tutorial

by Dinah Wulf

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This recycled book page wreath tutorial was an oldie but goodie trash to treasure idea.  I wanted to re-share it because I thought it may have gotten lost in the mix of over 600 posts I’ve published and I thought it was a fun book page craft! I had a damaged antique book with beautiful gold leafed pages.  The book is a book of poems by Keats, however it is falling apart and some pages are missing, so I decided to upcycle it into a wreath and turn it from trash to treasure.

Here is what you need:

  • Plumbing Insulation Tube
  • Scissors
  • Duct Tape
  • Book
  • Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Sharp Knife

Instructions:

Start by cutting the plumbing insulation tube in half (one tube makes two wreaths).  Set aside one tube for another project. Carefully and gradually peel away the adhesive strip and stick the two sides together.  I say “carefully and gradually” because this sucker’s extremely sticky.  Next, tape the two ends together with duct tape. If you pinch and massage the tube, it will form into a circle and end up looking like this.

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Next, cut your pages out of the book.  I found that the fastest and cleanest way is to use a sharp knife. One by one, roll each page to make a cone shape and flatten the bottom part.

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Using a hot glue gun, glue the cones onto the foam wreath. After your first layer, turn the wreath over.  You have just finished the back of the wreath. I used approximately 35 pages for the first layer. Start your second layer. For the third, fourth, and fifth layer, you will glue the cone over the ring as shown below.  After the fifth layer, “QC” your wreath and fill any open gaps with another cone.

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Here are some after pictures.

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27th Sep2013

Eerie DIY Halloween Wreath

by Dinah Wulf

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I loved making this wreath! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.  I used to plan my costume months in advance.  Now that I have a daughter, we take her trick-or-treating every year so I rarely dress up.  In lieu of my obsession for Halloween costumes, I now put my creativity into the decorations! Here is how I made my eerie DIY Halloween wreath.

Materials:

  • Grape Vine Wreath
  • Gauze
  • Craft Letters (ours spell “eek”)
  • Black Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Rhinestones and Rhinestone Stickers
  • Small Plastic Halloween Skull
  • Feathers
  • Hot Glue and Glue Sticks

Instructions:

First I covered my grape vine wreath with the gauze I had.  I purchased the gauze in the Halloween section of the dollar store.

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I found these feather bunches on sale at Jo-Ann’s for less than $2.00 a piece in the floral department… score!

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I added them to the bottom right of the wreath.

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Meanwhile, my daughter Mia painted the EEK letters black on both sides.

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Once they were dry, I added pre-made rhinestone cluster stickers to each letter to go with my glam theme this year (check out my glam skulls!).

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Next, I thought this little guy needed some bling too…

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So I added a couple rhinestones in his eyes and on his forehead.  Much better!

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I glued the skull in the center of the feathers…

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…and glues the EEK letters on the top right.

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Tah dah!  There you have it…my eerie DIY Halloween wreath. Mia is a little scared to walk by it!

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27th Mar2013

DIY Address Wreath with Fabric Flowers

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Address Wreath

To celebrate National Craft Month I am so excited to have partnered up with Jo-Ann Fabrics!  I made a two minute Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Creativity Made Simple crafting video on how to make an address wreath with fabric flowers. 

Creativity Made Simple is the Jo-Ann mission to inspire Americans to rediscover time for creativity. Jo-Ann offers simple solutions for creativity designed to fit busy lives, including… simple skills, simple supplies, simple steps and simple shopping.

Drum roll please!

To view more video tutorial from Jo-Ann, be sure to check out their YouTube Channel…Oh! Check out my YouTube Channel  too!

In case you missed it, here are the materials you need for this Address Wreath with Fabric Flowers.  All of these supplies can be purchased at Jo-Ann’s.

Materials:

  • 18” Grape Vine Wreath
  • 4” wooden numbers
  • Martha Stewart Craft Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Fabric Scraps
  • Buttons for flower center
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Sewing Needle
  • Thread
  • Hot glue and hot glue gun

If you would like a detailed step by step photo tutorial for the fabric flowers you can go to my Tutorial for Fabric Flowers post.

Thank you so much for watching (and not laughing…well, ok you can laugh)!  I really appreciate the support!

 

26th Mar2013

Tutorial for Fabric Flowers

by Dinah Wulf

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Fabric flowers have many uses in the craft world.  I use them to embellish pillows, adorn wreaths, and dress up a plain head band for my EXTREMELY girly daughter.  I use them for so many things and since spring has officially sprung, I thought I’d post a tutorial for fabric flowers today.

These fabric flowers are so easy and inexpensive to make.  All you need are:

  • Fabric of choice
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Button (per flower)

The magic number that I have found to work best is five (pretend there are only five pictured below…haha!).  Cut out five flower petals in the desired size.  Remember that there will be five petals, so the larger the petals the MUCH larger the flower.  If you choose a lighter weight fabric, you can cut all five petals out at once.  The lighter the fabric, the flimsier the flower, however the more realistic they look.

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Once you have your petals cut, sew your petals together, keep the ends of each side flapped down.

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Continue sewing your petals together.

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Once all five petals form the flower and are sewn together, sew a button in the center to complete your fabric flower.

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Here is another AFTER photo.

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Consider making them in several patterns, sizes, and fun colors!  Add them to jackets, clothing, purses, and hair accessories.  You can even use them to add a special touch to a gift or use them for weddings or baby shower and bridal shower decorations.

 

06th Dec2012

Holiday Joy Wreath

by Dinah Wulf

Joy to sales and dollar bins!  Believe it or not, I made this entire Holiday Joy Wreath for less than $15.00.  First of all, I found these wreaths in the dollar bin at Target a couple days after Halloween on sale for $.75 each! Now, I have made these wreaths before from branches from my back yard, but come on! I couldn’t pass up this deal, amirite?

Then, using a coupon I had, I bought these three letters made of MDF at Michael’s for $5.00. BTW, I have the Michael’s iPhone app on my phone and it’s FABULOUS! No more printing out or forgetting coupons!

Also, after Halloween I bought a bag of plastic bling (hee hee) for $1.19 for the entire bag.  On that same trip I bought the ribbon using a coupon for $2.50.  If you want to count the craft paint I already had from making my recycled T shirt banner, it’s STILL less than $15.00!  Yay me! Can you tell I’m pretty proud of this?

The wreath is pretty self-explanatory.  I first painted the letters with craft green paint.

While I was waiting for it to dry, I strung the plastic gems onto my ribbon to embellish the bottom of each letter.

Next I put it all together and voila! My holiday joy wreath was complete!  I think I’m going to wait until after Thanksgiving to hang it on my door outside because I don’t want the neighbors to think I’m nuts for decorating for Christmas too early.  So for now it will happily hang on a door inside.  Here are more pictures.

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29th Nov2012

Hanging Pine Cone Decoration

by Dinah Wulf

 

My husband, daughter, and I went on a walk around the neighborhood the other day and I found the biggest pine cones I have ever seen in my entire life!  HUGE!  Naturally, I stole several from the neighbors and we quickly walked away (I mean, come on, they had a jillion of them lying under their ginormous pine tree).  I decided to make a hanging pine cone decoration for the upcoming holidays.  Here is a photo of one of the pine cones and a regular sized pine cone just so you can see what I mean!

See?  I told you!  Anyway, here is what you’ll need to do this:

  • 5-6 of the biggest pine cones you can find
  • A picture frame eye hook for each pine cone
  • Ribbon
  • Beads (optional)
  • Scissors

Tip: Avoid the sappy pine cones… way too sticky and annoying to work with.

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This project is quite simple and fun to do with kids (especially the finding the pine cone part).  When we got home, I rinsed the pine cones with water to clean them a little and get rid of any bugs because you never know!  Simply screw in your eye hook to the center of the bottom of each dry pine cone and thread the ribbon through.  I tied a pine cone to each end of the ribbon, hung them on a hook, and adjusted each length as I went along.  I also added some plastic gems for some bling!

Tip: When you are trying to thread ribbon into a small hole, cut the ribbon in an angle to make it easier.

Here are a couple more pictures.

 

16th Oct2012

Halloween Monster Wreath

by Dinah Wulf

I heart Halloween AND I also heart dollar bins!  This Halloween Monster Wreath cost me about $7.00 to make.  It’s a fun craft you can do with your kids.  You can get creative and mix your colors to make your Halloween Monster your own.  Here is a short video tutorial if you’d like to watch it.  If not, continue reading the step by step instructions!

Materials:

  • Foam wreath from the craft store or dollar store (I found mine at the $1 bin at Target)
  • 4 feather boas (I got mine at the .99 store during the Halloween season)
  • 8 Straight pins
  • 2 plastic balls (golf or ping pong work great)
  • 2 Googly eyes
  • Scrapbook paper (and color of your choice for the eyes and mouth)
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Ribbon of your choice

Step One:

Pin the end of your feather boa to the back of the wreath.  Continue wrapping it until you reach the other end.  Pin the other end into the back of the wreath.  Repeat this step with the other three boas until your wreath is covered.

Step Two:

Make the mouth.  I used a 3.5 inch circle punch to make it easier, however you can just use paper and scissors.  Cut two jagged pieces.  It doesn’t have to be perfect!  I’ve never seen a monster with perfect teeth!  Glue each set of teeth to the back of your wreath using hot glue.

 

Step Three:

Make the eyes.  I used another circle punch, plastic golf balls from a golf themed baby shower I did, and googly eyes.  You don’t have to use plastic balls to cut down on cost.  Scrapbook paper works well too!

Step Four: (optional)

Dress your monster.  I added a bow tie for a little character.  Feel free to add whatever you want.  Maybe even add some arms or legs.  It’s up to you!

 

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12th Oct2012

Burlap Scrap Wreath

by Dinah Wulf

OK, I’m calling this a Burlap Scrap Wreath because not only is it made out of burlap scraps; this wreath is also made out of craft scraps.  It is made out of plumbing insulation, burlap left over from my burlap stenciled placemats, frames from my daughter’s butterfly themed birthday party, tulle from my daughters Alice costume for Halloween this year, and a ribbon I saved from a birthday present last year.  So, technically, since I recycled items I already had this wreath cost me less than $1.00!  I had to purchase the plumber’s insulation tube for $1.97, but I cut it in half to make two wreaths.

Materials:

  • 3’ plumber’s insulation tube
  • Duct tape
  • Burlap
  • Hot glue
  • Small frames
  • Computer (optional)
  • Tulle scraps
  • Ribbon

First, I made the wreath out of the tube by securing it with duct tape.  I have made this wreath and this wreath out of this tube and it works great.  I would suggest wrapping the entire wreath with duct tape, once you massage out the lumps and get the perfect circle.  That’s the key, massage and maneuver the wreath until you get the perfect circular shape.

Note: If you are adding decorations on the heavy side, reinforce the entire wreath with duct tape before decorating it so it maintains shape.  It’s not necessary if you are making wreaths similar to my other wreaths using plumber’s insulation.

Next wrap the wreath with burlap strips.  I used hot glue to attach each strip.  After the wreath is wrapped, you can begin decorating it.  I painted these dollar bin frames black and printed out the letters of my last name to but in each frame.  I also made burlap flowers and hot glued a cluster to the right side.  I added some white tulle as well to add some contrast.

Finally, I used a ribbon to hang my wreath.  That’s it!  Hope you like my wreath that cost me less than $1.00! Hope you try it out!

 

 

 

10th Oct2012

How to Make a Burlap Flower

by Dinah Wulf

I heart burlap.  It’s pretty.  It’s natural. It’s cheap!  I made a wreath out of burlap scraps from my craft closet.  I’ll show you the tutorial (and the wreath) later, but I felt like I needed to write a separate post on how to make a burlap flower like the ones for my wreath.  They are quite easy to make and can be used as embellishments for several craft projects.

Warning: I think I got arthritis in my hands from making these… geesh!

Here are the materials you need:

  • Approximately 3”X18” burlap strips (one per flower)
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors

Note: I say “approximately” for the strips because any size actually works as long as they are long and narrow.  I used scraps, so some were smaller than others.  It also depends on the desired thickness you want.

First fold your burlap strip in half lengthwise.  Begin rolling the strip in a tight roll to create the center of your flowers.  This part is a little tricky to explain so hopefully the pictures help.  Start turning & folding the burlap to form petals while pinching the base of the flower.  It takes a little bit of practice, but as you get used to it, it’s nice to have varying sizes and shapes.  No two flowers will look alike, but they will still look cohesive.

Once you have your flower, carefully turn over your flower, tightly holding it in place.  I trimmed the bottom so it was neat and free of loose strands.  Using your hot glue gun, “seal” the folds together.    After I applied the hot glue, I used both hands to pinch the bottom and blew on it to speed up the hardening time.  If you want to finish it, cut a small circle of burlap to fit the bottom and hot glue it.  I bypassed this part because mine were going to be hidden for my wreath.

Also, consider using these burlap flowers as a vase filler.

Stay tuned for my scrap burlap wreath!

 

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