Chevron Wreath Tutorial Including Videos

chevron wreath pattern familybringsjoy.comFirst up, you’ll need a template.  Click here to print your template on card stock.  If you missed yesterday’s post with photos of wreaths, you can see them at the end of this post.

Here are the supplies you’ll need:

  • pool noodle and heavy duty shipping tape to make the wreath form
  • scissors (not shown in photo)
  • felt sheets of however many colors you want (see below for how many)
  • hot glue gun
  • above template

chevron wreath supplies familybringsjoy.com

I decided to make a tutorial video for this.  There are 3 parts or 3 videos to the tutorial.  Here’s my disclaimer…It was me, my camera and tripod.  Unfortunately, there will be times where you might not see what I’m referring to {mainly in part 2.}  Please don’t hold that against me. 😉  Hopefully you’ll still be able to understand.

If you don’t glue the chevron pieces too close together you will need 4 sheets of felt of 2 colors {total of 8 sheets, 4 of each color} and 3 sheets of felt for 3 colors {total of 9 sheets, 3 of each color.}  If you like the chevron pieces to not be spaced out as much, then you will need to cut more pieces.  The tracing and cutting process is what takes the longest.  I allotted an hour for this class but should have allotted at least an hour and a half or maybe two hours.

 felt chevron pieces for wreath familybringsjoy.com

 

beginning of chevron wreath familybringsjoy.com

I apologize profusely for the horrible clicking sound in the background of the video. I found it rather annoying myself.  It is the sound my camera makes when it is auto focusing.  I didn’t realize you would be able to hear that.  I now know to turn off the auto focus before videoing.  So sorry…hope you can overlook that, if not, feel free to mute the volume.  Oh and the chime you hear occasionally was my phone notifying me of a text. 😉

Again, here are my chevron wreaths finished hung up in our home:

pink and white chevron wreath familybringsjoy.com smaller size

blue and white chevron wreath familybringsjoy.com

Tomorrow I’m sharing photos from the class with all the different wreaths everyone made.  They turned out super cute!  Thanks for joining me for this tutorial.  I hope you have fun making one.  Let me know if you have any questions.  I’m off to pick up kids from school.  Have a beautiful day!

Beautify for less,

Grandparent’s LOVE – A Valentine’s Day Mantel

Valentines Mantel 2013 familybringsjoy.com

As usual it’s been a work in progress.  Meaning I finally added the finishing touch yesterday.

I’d like to call this “Grandparent’s LOVE.”  I decided to add photos of our grandparents in the window frames to feature them.  This is a great opportunity for family history discussion within our family.  Two couples represented are my grandparents.  One couple is my husband’s grandparents.  The other two couples are my great grandparents. {Just for the record, I’m not playing favorites. 😉 I found these photos quickly and they were the right size to fit on the heart doily} The legacy of enduring love exudes from these grandparents.

Great Grandparents familybringsjoy.com

I am blessed to have one of these grandmother’s living in Arkansas looking and acting as young as ever.  I am grateful our children are able to spend time with her.  There’s nothing like the love of a grandma.  We love you so much Oma!

Valentine Mantel collage1 familybringsjoy.com

I also wanted to feature some of my kids previous handmade gifts of love.  My son made the clay heart with the arrow going through it years ago.  My youngest daughter made the clay heart inside the small lantern.  I think it’s important to display items our kids have made us.  This shows them how grateful we are for their works of art, but also encourages their creativity.  I’d much rather have a handmade gift than a store bought gift from them.

I found the 2 free printables on Pinterest.  You can find them on my Valentine’s Day Pinterest board.  I added them to frames I had on hand.  The heart photo album is the one I have blogged about in the past.  And of course you can see my Stringed Heart Sculpture I just blogged about in the previous post.

Valentines Mantel collage2 familybringsjoy.com

I added the wood “You are the…” board I gave my husband as an anniversary gift one year.  The Generosity board I purchased in the past and felt it went with the theme. {I’m also trying to teach this concept to my family. ;)}  Last, but certainly not least, is the Christus I glazed at a church activity around 18 years ago.  Christ is the epitome of LOVE.  He almost always is on my mantel, if not there, then somewhere in our living room where I can see him.  The only money spent on this mantel was for the heart doilies and supplies for the Stringed Heart Sculpture.  It’s so much fun shopping from home and using what I already have.  You should try it.

Celebrating enduring love,

Stringed Heart Sculpture

stringed heart sculpture familybringsjoy.com Today I am ecstatic to share with you my latest creation.  I call it a Stringed Heart Sculpture.  I was blessed with the opportunity to teach this craft at a local boutique on Saturday.

Supplies you’ll need:

– wood. I used 16″ x 16″

– paint.

– string. I used hot pink braided mason line from Lowe’s.

– nails. I used box nails size 4D x 1 1/2

– painters tape.

Instructions:

1. Paint the board. On the second heart I added a border by mixing pink paint and Annie Sloan’s Clear Wax.

2. Cut out a heart the size you want.

3. Tape it where you want it on the board.

4. Add dots onto the paper heart where you want your nails to go.

stringed heart tutorial familybringsjoy.com

5. Hammer nails onto dots.

6. Gently tear off paper and tape.

7. Tie a knot with the string on the bottom nail. Wrap the string around each nail to outline the heart.

8. Cross over to other nails however you want.  Wrap around each nail again until all nails have been wrapped around at least once or as much as you want.  Be creative, there is no pattern.

Here are some photos from the class:

Stringed Heart Sculpture Class1 familybringsjoy.com

Some class members did smaller hearts.  There were a few who placed the hearts at an angle as well.

Stringed Heart Sculpture Class2 familybringsjoy.com

The long haired blonde you see above was very creative and strung hers in a striped fashion.  I was glad to find out she was an art teacher AFTER the class was over.  Not one sculpture looked like another.  That’s what I love about this.  Everyone’s was unique!

Stringed Heart Sculpture Class3 familybringsjoy.com

The short haired blonde you see above with me is the very sweet lady who invited me to teach this class at her boutique.  She is also my professional photographer who has taken our family’s portraits for 6 years.  We are planning on holding one adult and one kids craft class every month.  I am so grateful for this opportunity.  I look forward to meeting and making new friends while creating together.

Idea credit: Green Wedding Shoes

Crafts bring joy,

Large Wood Heart for My Front Door

Last week I looked at our undecorated entry way and thought to myself, “I need a heart.”

No, I’m not quoting from the Tin Man (Wizard of Oz)…lol 😉

I envisioned in my mind a simple big rustic wooden heart to go on my front door for Valentine’s Day.

Normally, when I get something in my head like this, the first thing I do is go searching online for it.  Invariably, every time I spend way too much time looking for ‘it’ and never find it.  So instead, I decided to make one!
2 Beginnings of Wood Heart familybringsjoy.com

4. I painted and added a little of Annie Sloan’s Dark (Brown) wax to give dimension and have a subtle rustic look to it.

keys to add texture familybringsjoy.com

To add to the rustic look I took keys and banged them on the painted heart.

I decided to sand the heart again after I got my frustrations out by throwing the keys over & over on the heart.  I wanted a little of the original light wood to show through around the edges.  I ran into a slight hiccup when I decided to sand over the top of the heart as well.  I explained and showed on the following videos {very amateur videos} what happened and how I was to remedy the problem without repainting it all over again:

 


Next part of making wood heart familybringsjoy.com

Final Wood Heart on door familybringsjoy.com

My Son says it’s “tacky.”  What do you think?

I heart Valentine’s Day,

Easy Crafting With Foil

I’m very excited to share this super cute and easy owl craft.

Supplies You Will Need:

You’ll also need cotton swabs {q-tips} & black shoe polish

1. Draw or choose an owl {or anything you want to create.}  We found our owls here.

2. Tape your owl to some card board or chip board.  The card board/chip board helps form the indentions for a later step.

This is my Daughter’s owl in progress

3. Cover the lines with white glue.  I think the tacky glue would work better but ours was too thick {old} so we used what we had on hand…regular white glue.

Looks like this after the glue dries

Tip: Let dry a full 24 hours

4. After the glue has dried completely, cover the entire owl page with stick glue.

5. Add foil.

6. Press and smooth.

7. Use a cotton swab to go around the hard glue lines.

8. Use a blunt pencil to accentuate the lines by following around the hard glue lines.

9. With a blunt pencil add design to the blank spaces.  This is why you need the card board…to help create the indentions.  I made swirls, circles and lines.

10. Add black shoe polish and immediately wipe with an old cloth.

Tip: The shoe polish dries fast!

Can you believe this is made out of glue, foil and black shoe polish?  I wouldn’t believe it if I hadn’t done it myself.  It’s like magic!  There are endless possibilities to using this craft.  I love how this turned out!  What do you think?

I cut the owl down and added a piece of pretty scrapbook paper to it.

I had the perfect shadow box for my new piece of art I bought from Ikea.

Voila!  My shadow box is highlighted on my pre-Fall mantel {I’m not ready for the orange & fall colors yet.}

I learned how to do this via Make It… a Wonderful Life.  This art teacher gives a wonderful tutorial.  I decided I would give my own tips and tricks to this craft from doing it myself.  She begins her tutorial by teaching you how to transfer a drawing to card board.  I was happy to learn how to do this without using carbon paper.  We tried it, but it didn’t work for us. 🙁  So I skipped the transfer step {in case you were wondering why there was pencil shading over the drawing.}

Display & Enjoy Your Creations,

Barn Door Shutters

I can’t believe I made these shutters.  They were pretty easy, just time consuming.  No nails too!  I began using Gorilla Glue, but it expanded way too much and the glue stuck to the glass on my counter as well.  You can see the line of glue on the glass in the third photo above.  I painted the boards with Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint & Wax first.  After finding out my problems with Gorilla Glue, I found a bottle of this Liquid Nails and it worked like a charm!

Be creative,