Christmas Gift Wrap

Last year I decided I was not going to give into the Christmas wrapping paper.  I really don’t like 99% of it and I wanted to spend my money on something creative rather than wrapping paper.  I found some butcher paper (or you can use craft paper).  Then I discovered that I could use my scrap booking tool, Cricut machine, to create a wonderful gift tag.  I got some great festive gold, red, white & silver scrap booking paper.  Then I made all the cuts I needed to  and used my sticker maker.  Some of the gifts I used initials and others I used the whole name.  Then for the final touch I used different textures of ribbon and yarn to create bows.  These gifts ended up looking more like my christmas decorations than cluttered gifts below the tree.

Burlap Wreath

Nothing gets me more excited then being able to create and give a gift to a friend.  I will confess that because I enjoy this so much that it’s very difficult for me to just buy a gift I don’t get excited about, espically by a certain date.  So this is why I’m always late on your gift or one time you may get something amazing and the next year I may completely forget your birthday… I apologize in advance!

All of that brings me to our project today.  It has been my stable, my GO TO gift for baby showers (espically little girls) over the last year.  My friend Ashley showed me last year how to start these wreathes.  The one below is my very first attempt, you can see how much better I’ve gotten over the last year!

Without you knowing this I’ve been building up to this blog post.  I felt like these wreaths offer so many options that I couldn’t give you 3 tutorials in one day so I have already outlined several elements I have already taught you!

Check out these posts for ideas-

Yarn letters/numbers for your wreath

Cloth letters/numbers for your wreath

Supplies:

Straw Wreath (For your 1st attempt I would start with a smaller one)

Burlap (caution: Red burlap fades if used in direct sunlight)

Scissors for cutting Burlap (I have a old back up pair because the material tends to ruin your scissors)

Scissors for cutting cloth

Hot glue gun

Lace or Ribbon for making hanger (I like wide lace the best!)

Fabric 1/2 yard per fabric should do for most wreaths  (I use between 3-5 different types and textures of fabric)

Ribbon of different textures

Quilting pearl pins

Tutorial:

-Cut long stripes of burlap, between 4-5 inches wide

-Hot glue one end of the burlap stripe to the back side of your wreath from the inside out, at a SLIGHT angle

-Wrap the burlap around the wreath working from inside out

-When you come the end of your strip of burlap hot glue it to the back of the wreath

-Start a new stripe of burlap until your whole wreath is covered

-Attach any letters/numbers you would like to with the hot glue gun (if you are doing a large letter in the middle you can save this for last)

-Cut your fabric for the flowers, free hand cut circles in different sizes of all the fabrics

You can see from all the various wreaths that for some I only used a few of these circles in small clusters, but like the one above I think I cut circles for 2 hours.  What look would you prefer? Some like to cover their entire wreath in these circles!

-To start this process I will take 2 different fabric circles (I like to start with larger circles) and grab them in the middle making a sort of stand up cone.  I put these two together on one of the pearl pins and pin it to the wreath at a angle.  I continue this over and over again until I achieve the look I desire, the great thing is you can remove any pins you want!

-After you have all your little round circles pined to your wreath take a step back and see how you like it, I always end up cutting a few more circles and adding more!

-The final step to your fabric circles is to secure them with a dot of hot glue.  I typically leave the pins in and just add dots of glue to secure the fabric to the burlap, don’t forget a circle, if you put this on the front door those pins can come lose easy with a strong wind.

-Cut your ribbon to hang your wreath from, like Steph said last week I don’t really love my wreath hanger I had so I just hang my wreath from a nail on my front door

-If you check out the first wreath in this post you will notice I also cut some small lace ribbon and burlap type rope to wrap around my wreath for additional texture, my friend Ashley has done this with leather ribbon and it looks awesome!

There really are a million different ways you can make these wreaths, I have friends that hate burlap and they have done virtually the same thing with cloth covering the wreath instead.  Let me know if you have questions or suggestions.

Milk Themed Baby Shower

When my dear friend Blair Moore told me she was pregnant I just knew our Cross Point Community Group would be throwing her a baby shower.  I had originally seen this idea on Pinterest, but it seemed like they spent a whole lot of money, we found a way to make all this ourselves and it was so much fun!  This is what we came up with:

Milk, Cookies, Cows, Black, White, Pink & Cookies-n-Cream

Here are just some of our creative projects for this Milk Themed Shower:

Tables:

-Cow Print fabric for each, 1/2 yard per table.  (I even got the Fabric store to make this one cut for me, so basically I just threw them on!).

-Black table clothes underneath the cow print fabric

-Pink flowers for the new baby girl, placed in cool old milk bottles ($3 each for these)

-Chick-Fil-a cows

Party Favors:

Soy & Oak Milk Lotion Samples

Invitations:

-My friend Adam Buzard made these awesome invitations for her

Food:

New mom & the food!

-Katie Ward made some beautiful Cookies-n-Creme cupcakes, check out her other cakes and cup cakes

Heather West used some empty Frappuccino bottles to make individual milk bottles for everyone.  She took off each label, added the baby’s initials & painted the tops black.  (Word to the wise on the bottle caps, do not use spray paint, let these dry for days before placing on the milk, we don’t want our milk tasting like paint 🙂

Alyssa Pantana made some fun candy pacifiers with good and plenty candies

Diaper Cake-

Next week I’ll cover how to make a diaper cake!

I love to throw parties and I really love to make them personal.  Throwing a baby shower doesn’t mean you have to limit yourself to one aisle at the party store.  Make up a fun theme and do it for cheap!