Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Signed with Xs and Os

Love is in the air. Around this place this place I would like to say it never leaves but of course we definitely fight like the best of them. Luckily, the fighting usually isn't about anything super important, mostly just little things.

I would like to share my love for you, my readers, with a DIY tutorial of a Valentine's Day wreath. Very simple and very inexpensive to make.

I got the inspiration for the wreath from from PinterestEtsy store Twoinspireyou, from their XO wreath. Mine is a little more inexpensive to make since I used common household items and felt. Total cost of this project was $4.50. All items I either had on had or got at JoAnn Fabrics.

To start you will need:
- 4-6 sheets of felt one color (I used light pink)
- 4-6 sheets of felt a different color (and fuchsia)
- leftover cardboard (I used an old pizza box)
- one roll of ribbon
- scissors
- glue gun
- pen or pencil

1. Cut cardboard to a long, continuous size. I used the pizza box to make sure I had enough length. A large corrugated box would work as well. It would also be quite sturdy for the project.

2. Draw your X and O on the box. Make sure that the two are touching with at least a 1/2" on each side.

3. Cut out the design. Make sure not to cut the design apart.

See how the two are still connected.

4. Cut a slit about an 1" down from the top of the X. The slit just needs to be wide enough to put the ribbon tie through.

5. Cut a ribbon long enough for a hanger. I use about 12" length. Fold it in half so the ends are even.

6. Slide the ends of the ribbon through the slit in the cardboard.

7. Tie a secure knot behind. It has to be large enough the ribbon will not slip through the slit. Double knot if you must.

8. Secure the ribbon with a generous dab of glue from your glue gun.

9. Press and hold to make sure the knot really gets in the glue well.

10. Cut up many small 1 1/2" to 2" circles. Do this with both colors of felt.

11. Take a dab of glue and place it in the center of a felt circle. Pinch the circle together to create the ripple effect. You may need to hold each for about 30 seconds to make sure the glue grabs hold of the felt. Then glue the piece to the cardboard. I used the same method when making felt flowers here.

Here is it is about half done with one color.

12. Repeat the process with the alternating color. The project will look like this when it is completed. Mine took about 3 hours to make, during two nights of evening Netflix time.

Happy Valentine's Day and hope you have fun with this! Enjoy!


Keep it clean and keep it classy!

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