90th Easter Birthday Card w Rabbit Wreath Die, So Cute!

A friend’s mother is turning 90 on Easter, so I made her a card that covers both her 90th birthday and Easter (since it’s hard to find a card that covers both.)

I was lucky enough to have Kokorosa Studio send me the rabbit wreath die as well as offer my viewers a 25% discount.

https://kokorosastudio.com/

25% Kokorosa Studio Discount Code: L17637

Kokorosa Studio Rabbit Die: https://bit.ly/3q96DDj

I used a lavender piece of cardstock cut to 5 1/2″ tall by 8 1/2″ wide and scored on the 8 1/2″ length at 4 1/4″ to make an A2 sized card. Before laying the rabbits on the card, I laid the die on the card front exactly where I wanted it and put the card base in my MISTI with the die still on it, and stamped the sentiments from the Simon Says Stamp set called Hoppy Days Ahead link: https://tinyurl.com/2p8r8nvb that’s now on sale for $9.99.. I used Happy Easter and Hoppy Birthday from that stamp set and placed them inside the rabbit wreath die so I knew where it would be once I removed the die and stamped it. I used Gina K black ink to stamp them and then found an ampersand (&) in an old Michaels dollar alphabet stamp set that included the & sign and stamped it between Happy Easter and the word Hoppy. Since this is for a 90th birthday, I used a Sharpie and wrote 90 after the word birthday, then removed the card from the MISTI.

I cut the rabbit die with a floral paper and left the paper inside the die, (after running it through my Vagabond,) then put foam squares behind each of the rabbits so they would attach to the card exactly as they were in the die. I laid the die onto the front of the card base making sure the sentiments were centered inside the die. I used a pokey tool link: https://tinyurl.com/3pm96s47 to push out each rabbit and make sure the foam squares adhered to the card base. Once I had all of the rabbits out, I used some old Stampin’ Up flower punches …I used the small flower from this one link: https://tinyurl.com/3s74n5wt in silver glitter cardstock, and lavender glitter cardstock from this punch, I think it’s the petite petal punch link:https://tinyurl.com/2p8wc3kj and this punch punches the flower that looks like a daisy link: https://tinyurl.com/2pemd462 I used a leaves on a stem punch link: https://tinyurl.com/29dj2e4e and glued them to the backs of the flowers after shaping the flowers. Use a ball stylus to shape the flowers link: https://tinyurl.com/2ekur7sb…make sure you put foam under your flowers as it will help you shape the flowers easier. If you have fun foam, lay 5-10 pieces of top of each other to make a good cushion. I used diamonds left over from diamond paintings but you can use flatback pearls that you can buy at aliexpress or Amazon for the centers of the flowers. Rhinestone type link: https://tinyurl.com/4mfdys2z or the Pearl type link:https://tinyurl.com/f4bbwrkh. I used Tombow Aqua glue to adhere the pearls to the centers of the flowers.

I mention the Dollar Tree planter I used to hot glue the Tombow Mono Glue into to hold it with the cap face down so the glue’s always ready to come out…here’s a link to the planter I used. Link: https://www.dollartree.com/searchresults?Ntt=planter. After the flowers and leaves were glued together, I glued them to the top and bottom of the card and then stamped a sentiment inside the card from a HSN.com special Crafter’s Companion sentiment set… I decided I didn’t like the flower pattern I used for the rabbits so glued black rabbits over the floral ones and liked the look a lot better.

As a reminder, I am not affiliated with any company and do not get paid for videos or any purchases you might make from the links I give. I tell you this so you know that when and if I refer you to a product it’s because I want you to be able to find a product I’ve used and so you have an idea what it looks like if you go elsewhere to purchase it.

An Easter Gnome Wreath with my Cousin, Shelli

So happy to have my cousin Shelli here to craft with. We decided to make Easter gnome wreaths with mainly Dollar Tree accessories.

We started with a 15″ foam wreath from Michaels, link: https://tinyurl.com/54cz8zm8

Then took white ribbon (I used seam binding as you can color it whatever color you choose with re-inkers, markers, watercolors, etc.) link: https://tinyurl.com/mrthd27w

Start at the back of your wreath form, and lay the end of the ribbon onto a line of hot glue (I used my Gorilla Glue mini hot glue gun link: https://tinyurl.com/38rdkbt8). Lay the ribbon into the glue on a slight angle as you’ll be wrapping it around the wreath form and it works better if there’s a slight angle. Each time you wrap the ribbon around the form, make sure it overlaps the strip you laid before it, and put a small drop of hot glue on the back of the wreath, to hold that strip in place. Keep wrapping it around until you’ve covered the entire wreath.

Next, I took Dollar Tree tulle link: https://tinyurl.com/yckzdb3v and laid it out flat on a newspaper and sprayed it with Aleene’s Repositionable Tacky Adhesive link: https://tinyurl.com/2p8t9p36 and sprinkled a matching fine glitter from Arteza, to create a glittery tulle. Dollar Tree does sell glittery tulle but my store didn’t have any link: https://tinyurl.com/bdfhhkz8 We cut the tulle in half so it was roughly 3″ wide and starting from the back of the wreath, wrapped it around like we did the white ribbon, until the entire wreath was covered. I thought my wreath needed more color, so used a glitter tulle I bought at Joanns in their fabric department, where I bought 1/2 yard in Blue Radiance link: https://tinyurl.com/2m76p42w that I cut into 2-3″ wide strips.

After I covered the wreath form with glittery tulle, I took a popsicle stick or tongue depressor, or skewer to attach the gnome to the wreath. With the popsicle stick and tongue depressor, you’ll need to cut the bottom to form a point so you can push it into the base of the wreath inside the center of the wreath. The skewer you’ll want to push through the gnome and into the center of the bottom of the wreath and cut off any skewer that sticks out the top of the gnome. After the popsicle stick/depressor is shoved into the wreath form, hot glue the back of the gnome to the stick and the bottom of the gnome to the wreath form. Hold them until they stay where you’ve glued them.

Decorate the wreath how you choose. I used carrots from the Dollar Tree link: https://tinyurl.com/27p4pk9p .. I used a sign from DT similar to this one. link: https://tinyurl.com/2p89he84 and hot glued it to the top of the wreath, and Shelli used another portion of my sign for hers.

Hot glued some glittery balls that came from DT floral picks similar to these link: https://tinyurl.com/29brcn9b and then Shelli used some things she brought with her to finish her wreath including jute string to tie to the sign on her wreath that acted as a hanger. I took a piece of the white ribbon about 4″ long and formed a loop then tied a knot in it and trimmed off the excess ribbon. I attached a couple of short straight pins into the ribbon and pushed them into the top back of the wreath, then to reinforce it, hot glued it as well. I used yellow decorative shred from the DT link: https://tinyurl.com/2ad9r475 and hot glued it on either side of the gnome…built up layers by putting down a zig zag of hot glue and then pressing the shred into it, then repeating the process until I had it built to a height I liked. I did the same thing on both sides of the gnome and a small amount around it on the back. Make sure there’s not so much shred that the wreath won’t sit flat on the wall…

The gnomes I bought on Aliexpress link: https://tinyurl.com/bczn6p55

We were both happy with our wreaths. Mine was over the top with carrots, and Shelli’s was simple and elegant.

Review of BLEDS Cordless Hot Glue Gun

I was sent the BLEDS cordless hot glue gun to review. Here’s the link on Amazon if you are interested https://tinyurl.com/ycknwpus I am not paid to give my opinion nor do I have any affiliations with this or any company. I was only given the glue gun to review.

I started the review by charging the glue gun over night. I don’t know exactly how long it took to charge, but from other reviews, people said it took around 3 hours. Once it was charged, I unplugged the cord and turned the glue gun “on.” I started a timer, and it took a little over 7 minutes to get hot, and remained hot over 30 minutes, and would have worked longer, but I ran out of things to use it on.

I covered a Dollar Tree square glass jar with carrots, gluing the carrots next to each other…you’ll need between 16-20 carrots if you try this yourself.

Next, I made glue dots by putting the tip of the glue close to a Dollar Tree cutting mat and pushing out a small amount of hot glue, then swirling the tip to stop the glue and so it doesn’t produce a lot of glue strings. If you do get glue strings, I’d normally tell you to use your heat gun and waft over the surface, as that will melt the strings, but with small dots like these, it might end up melting the dot. Instead I recommend pulling or cutting the strings to remove them. One the glue dots are hard, take a paint brush and dip into the lid of mica powder, then brush over the dots until they are the color you want them to be. I used mica powder from the Hippie Crafter link: https://tinyurl.com/yc3w5yyf that produces really vibrant results.

Next, I took Versamark Ink and covered a stamp from Craspire.com with ink to ensure it wouldn’t adhere permanently to the hot glue. I put a large dollop of glue on the cutting mat and then gently sat the stamp into the center of the glue. I also used the colored glittery glue sticks that came with the glue gun and stamped those with Versamark ink and the Craspire wax seal stamps. I used a metallic marker to color the clear ones and used mica powder to color the rest.

I like this glue gun. At first I was worried that it was light weight and possibly “flimsy,” but it is not. It worked like a champ and stayed hot the entire time I used it. I like that it comes with free glue sticks and colored glittery glue sticks as well. The only small issue I had is that it took over 7 minutes to get hot and I would worry about forgetting to turn it off when I’m done using it, as it will continue to be hot unless you turn it off (since there’s no plug to unplug, this is your only way to make sure you don’t forget and possibly burn something.)

Onesie Shaped Baby Shower Gift Bag..No Dies Needed!

A while ago I made a onesie card and thought it would be fun to turn it into a gift bag. I didn’t realize how large it would be and it almost looks like a giant baby would fit inside…giant! haha

I made a template on 12 x 12″ cardstock. I used a roll of tear tape to draw around for the neck. I traced the outside of the tear tape centered about 2″ from each side of the paper. To make the sleeves, I made a mark on the left and right side of my paper 3″ from the top and then made a line from that mark in 2″ toward the center of the paper. Using a ruler, from the 2″ line I made toward the center of the paper, I drew a line on a diagonal to the bottom corner of the paper on both sides. Then to make the crotch of the onesie, I made a mark on the very bottom of the paper from 5″ to 7″ and using the tear tape roll, traced from the 5″ mark to the left side of the bottom of the bag to make a half circle for the leg, then did the same from 7″ mark to the right side of the bottom right side of the paper. I cut out the marks I made that created a onesie…I used Fiskars Easy Action scissors to cut out the onesie…Then once I cut this onesie out, I laid it on another matching piece of cardstock and cut out a second one to make the back of my bag. I erased any leftover marks on the paper. If you use alcohol markers to color your bag, you’ll need to line it, so instead of tracing only one additional onesie, you need four, and I’d glue them together as soon as your coloring is complete, so you can punch holes more easily for the ribbon.

To stamp images on the paper I used a stamp set called Zoolicious made by Recollections inked with Gina K Amalgam Ink. I put the onesies in my Misti and stamped the zoo animals on both the front and back of the bag and then I used alcohol markers to color the animals.

NOTE: At this point I should have used another two onesies to line the backs and recommend you cut out four of your onesies and once you’ve colored your design, glue another onesie to the back so you don’t see the bleed through from the markers and it makes the bag more sturdy. If you don’t use alcohol markers, you shouldn’t have to line this. Glue them together right now.

To make the sides and the bottom of the bag, I cut the two side pieces 8 x 6″ and the bottom is 11 1/2″ by 6″. I scored the bottom on the 6″ length at 1/2″ and 5 1/2″. I scored the two sides on the 6″ length at 1/2″ and 5 1/2″ and 3″ so the bag will bend.. Fold and burnish the folds really well. I added tear tape to the 1/2″ and 5 1/2″ areas to the edge of the paper on the bottom and both side pieces. You’ll also need two small flaps to attach the sides to the bottom of the bag. They are 5″ x 1″ and on the 1″ length, score at 1/2″. Before you attach them, snip on an angle the ends, so there isn’t a lot of bulk when you put it in the bag. Do the same to both ends of the bottom of the bag on the 1/2″ and 5 1/2″ areas.

I didn’t want to put the bag together until I’d put eyelets on the top to put a ribbon through for a handle. I put the front and back of the bag together with the patterned sides facing out (away from each other) clipped together and measured 3/4″ from the top of the onesie and 1″ from the neckline toward the sleeve on both sides then hole punch where those marks intersect.

My eyelets are larger, so I used the larger hole punch on my Big Bite Crop a Dile. Take off the clips and attach 4 eyelets into the 4 holes. I used pom pom trim retired link: https://tinyurl.com/mrkb34k6 from Stampin’ Up and attached it with tear tape around the neck line on both the front and back. Now’s time to attach the bottom Take the 5 x 1″ flap with tear tape on the entire back of the flap and lay up to the 1/2″ score line onto the 6″ edge of the bottom of the bag, then do the same on the other end of the bottom. Make sure those flaps are folded at 90 degree angles so the sides will adhere easily. . Then adhere the bottom of the bag to the front of the onesie right above the leg holes. Attach one of the side panels to the bottom flap first and then to the side of the onesie with tear tape, then do the same with the other side. Then attach the back of the bag to the sides and bottom. I always add wet glue to the tear tape, so if I lay it on incorrectly, I can pick it back off and readjust it.

Add ribbon to the eyelets to make a handle. I used a ribbon that was 18″ long on both sides and knotted inside the ribbon inside the bag.

I Bought Some Crafty Goodies!!

I bought all of these things myself and was not sent any of them to review.

49th & Market Pre-Made Album link: https://tinyurl.com/2p8z78jz

Stampin’ Up Babies Firsts: https://tinyurl.com/y3zw5tky

Simon Says Stamp February Kit–I can’t find where the kit is available, but all of the components inside the kit seem to be…here’s the link to them: https://tinyurl.com/da2zraxa

Simon Says Stamp March Kit: https://tinyurl.com/48ck4y5t

Simply Cards and Papercrafts #214 now $8.99 link: https://www.craftstash.us/simply-cards-papercraft-magazine-214.html

Creative Stamping #102 link: https://www.craftstash.us/creative-stamping-magazine-102.html

Creative Stamping #106 link: https://www.craftstash.us/creative-stamping-magazine-106.html

Unity Stamps:

Indie Girl: https://www.unitystampco.com/indie-girl/

Jane Girl: https://www.unitystampco.com/search.php?search_query=jane+girl

Kiss the World Lips: https://www.unitystampco.com/kiss-the-world/

Studio Katia:

Clear Confetti: https://tinyurl.com/5chmxzze

Pastel Confetti: https://tinyurl.com/2r7avnf9

Paws for Kindness: https://www.studiokatia.com/collections/retired-products/products/paws-for-kindness-bundle

Making 28 Cards for Cubs! Hope You’ll Join Me..

I was made aware of Cards for Cubs by Bearly Art Glue, and wanted to participate to give kids in foster care, cute and uplifting cards.

If you want to participate, you have until the end of this month to get your cards to them. You’ll need to register to participate, and here’s the links to do so.

Registration for Cards for Cubs: https://bearly.art/pages/cfc-registration

Home page for Cards for Cubs: https://bearly.art/pages/cfc

Here are the guidelines for making cards for Cards for Cubs: https://bearly.art/pages/cfc-card-guidelines

I made 28 cards, but will include two more from my stash to donate 30 cards, as they want them in groups of 10’s.

To make a lot of cards and to do it as easily as possible, I started with pre-made card bases I bought at Michaels in their “Hot Spot.” I could get 50 cards and envelopes for under $5. I’ve had these for a while, as after buying them, I realized they weren’t a very thick card base, so needed to do some layering. So I went to my stash of layering layers of designer paper that are 4 1/2″ x 6″ and I cut them to 4″ x 5 1/4″ and using Bearly Art Glue, glued matching layers to the fronts of the card bases. I did this to 26 card bases, and made two more cards, by taking the pieces I’d cut off of the designer paper, that I would normally have discarded, and cut these into triangle (diamond) shapes with my Fiskars Guillotine trimmer, then using a premade card base, attaching double sided carpet tape to the front, link: https://tinyurl.com/ms26anxk. After removing the backing from the carpet tape, take one of the diamond shaped scraps and lay it onto the card making the point somewhere near the center of the card. Butt the next piece up to the first and continue turning the scraps so they form a circular shape in the center. You’ll sometimes need to overlap the pieces to get the circle to form, and you’ll need to put glue on top of the piece you’re overlapping to ensure they stay adhered to the card. You’ll want to color coordinate these scraps so they look like they belong together. I made one pink and one blue card doing this. I also took a piece of glitter card stock and cut it into diamonds as I think these cards really look good with either glitter or mirror card stock included in the design.

I stamped a lot of images and here are links to some of the stamps I used:

Unity Stamps: Jane Girl https://www.unitystampco.com/jane-girl/

Indie Girl: https://www.unitystampco.com/indie-girl/

Studio Katia: Paws for Kindness: https://tinyurl.com/2wb45x2p

Chameleon stamp: https://tinyurl.com/yckbkxvc

Inky Antics dog/cat: https://tinyurl.com/sk9k8mss

The rest of the stamps I used were older and retired, sorry. After making the card bases with the layered designer series paper on it, I stamped out 30 images and sentiments with Gina K Onyx Black ink and then used clear embossing powder and heat set the images so they wouldn’t smear using a variety of coloring mediums on them. Next, I used my Hippie Crafter watercolor palette and painted all of the backgrounds of the images, not really thinking about matching the background to one of the card bases I’d already made. Once all of the backgrounds were dry, I matched the background color to a similar card base color and made a pile of the images with their card bases, then took the pile and using Arteza alcohol markers, I colored the images so they matched the card base. Once all of the images were colored, I cut them out and attached them to their card base and used ribbons, embellishments and foam squares for dimension to make the cards look unique from each other.

Thank You Postcards for a Baby Shower–Adorable!!

My nephew’s wife is having their first baby in the next couple of weeks, and I offered to make the thank you notes for her baby shower since she lives 800 miles away, and I wouldn’t be able to attend. It meant a lot to me to participate in some small way. I made 20 of these and had a great time doing it.

Stamps Used:

Hanging Baby–I bought this stamp a couple of years ago on Aliexpress and can no longer find it. If you’d like, I’d be happy to stamp it out a couple of times and mail it to you and if you need more, you can copy them onto cardstock. Let me know in an email: saundralparker@yahoo.com.

Thank you so much-Crafter’s Companion-came in an album of sentiments sold on HSN

Decorative Dot Background-SU, retired link: https://tinyurl.com/2p8apyek

Stripes SU Background-retired link: https://tinyurl.com/2p8hvmkw

Postcard Stamp: Amy Tangerine Better Together Stamp, retired, sorry

Paper:

Joann’s Park Lane 12 x 12″ link: https://tinyurl.com/5n7j6f3d Cut at 6″ and then turn one turn and cut 4″ and 8″, to give you 6 postcards with each sheet. I cut 40. I stamped 20 of them with the postcard stamp in archival black ink so the ink wouldn’t run in the mail. Put washi tape in the MISTI to hold the postcards in the same position every time as the stamp was too thin to use with magnets. I took the other 20 blank 4 x 6″ cut cards and stamped with archival black ink in the MISTI with the Thank you sentiment and the baby, and then used clear embossing powder and heat set both. I created a mask of the baby on the clothesline with thin paper and then attached some post-it note paper to the back so the mask would adhere to the images. I laid the mask on the baby and then stamped over the design with the decorative dot background, making sure to line it up with the right side of the postcard, as the stamp is too short to cover the whole postcard. Stamped with Stampin’ Up Bordering Blue (retired) ink. Then I used the Stripes background stamp to stamp on the left edge of the postcard that the polka dot stamp didn’t cover. I used Stampin’ Up archival gray ink to stamp with and I placed a piece of paper onto the postcard where the polka dot pattern stops, so I don’t stamp lines over the polka dots. It didn’t matter if the lines aren’t perfect straight, as I fix this by using a ruler and a black alcohol marker that I outlined the lines I stamped, basically lining the ruler so it was straight and drawing the line following the ruler, then used a darker gray and a lighter gray alcohol marker to color the entire wide line, using the lighter gray in the center.

I colored the entire scene with alcohol markers and had a couple of alcohol mishaps that I had to fix, but overall, I was really happy with the end results,

The reason I used two pieces of cardstock to create the postcard, is I knew the alcohol markers would bleed through the paper, so this would prevent it from being seen. I took Bearly Art glue and glued the two cards together, making sure they both are face up, and then took my Fiskars guillotine trimmer to cut any uneven edges.

Glue Topper and Glue Bottle Storage Solution

I always have issues with my glue tips getting clogged and not being able to keep the glue running, so I decided to make a video with my latest trials…

I bought the Stopper Topper to keep my Bearly Art Glue black tip stopped…here’s a link to the store where I bought it on Etsy. https://www.etsy.com/shop/MSTexasCrafts?ref=yr_purchases

I was in my local Dollar Tree and found this adorable bird planter in the plant section where you’d find plastic succulents and I thought it would be perfect for holding my Tombow Mono Aqua Glue bottle. There must be a total of eight options, but my store only had the bird and the walrus…link: https://www.dollartree.com/ceramic-animal-planters-488x288x313-in/317748 and https://www.dollartree.com/ceramic-animal-planters-5125x35x4125in/330215 I really liked the sloth, but couldn’t find it in my store.

You’ll need a lot of hot glue sticks (at least 4 or 5) and some E6000 glue as hot glue will sometimes release off of glass or ceramic if it goes from warm to cold and so the E6000 coating the bottom inside of the planter, ensures that the hot glue and the E6000 together will hold on the ceramic. I added a lot of hot glue in the inside center of the planter and then set the lid of the glue bottle well submerged in hot glue…you’d want to cover about half of the lid so once the glue sets, it will hold the glue bottle and will allow you to unscrew the bottle and the lid will always stay inside the planter, and this ensures the glue is always ready to be used and you don’t have to shake it a lot to get the glue to come out of the bottle…

If you get hot glue on the outside of the planter, use your heat tool and re heat the hot glue and then wipe it off with a cloth.

I’ll let you know if the Stopper Topper works for the Bearly Art Glue. I did try the Standify on Amazon after contacting the owners of Bearly Art Glue and asking for a stopper for the black tip. I didn’t love the Standify as you are supposed to keep the open tip of the glue bottle in the foam at the base of the Standify and sometimes I wouldn’t get the tip to sit directly onto the foam and glue would seep out and I hated that. Plus the Standify always seemed to be in my way and I just didn’t like it.

Valentine Desk Decoration Using Paper Straws

I bought this pack of paper straws at my local Walmart and found them in a drawer a couple of days ago, and thought they’d be really cute as a Valentine’s Day project. Link: https://tinyurl.com/mrxfk7ad

You’ll need a 5 x 7″ wood frame without the glass and a piece of cardboard that’s 1/16th of an inch thick and cut to 5 x 7″ and a piece of patterned paper also cut to 5 x 7″ to line the cardboard. Cut the cardboard and patterned paper and glue the patterned paper to the cardboard, then glue the cardboard to the back of the frame so it doesn’t move around.

Take a piece of red cardstock (I should have used red and didn’t, so had to glue red foam iran to the cardstock…this will allow you to skip this step) and cut it to 4 ” wide by 6 ” tall then either fold it in half on the 4″ length or score it at 2 ” on the 4″ length and then fold it in half. You’ll want to draw one-half of a heart on the paper with the center of the heart on the folded part of the paper. Hope that made sense. Cut out the heart.. You want to make sure when you open the paper, it’s a complete heart and if it’s not, it’s because you need to make sure you draw it on the paper with the center of the heart up to the fold.

Lay your heart inside your frame to make sure it fits and if it’s a little too big, trim it so it fits better. Take a double sided adhesive…I used carpet tape link: https://tinyurl.com/ub55jwb8 and line the red cardstock completely with the carpet tape. Turn the cardstock over to trim off any excess tape but leave the backing on when you’re trimming it as it will really gum up your scissors.

Lay your straws starting at the top and making sure the straw is horizontal and straight, and line it up so the right edge of the straw is at the right side of the cardstock, but completely covers the edge of the cardstock. Lay the straws down making sure they really butt up against each other. You’ll probably run out of straws, so you’ll need to use a box cutter or Xacto knife to trim the straws off the left side of the heart….don’t press down too hard when trimming the straws, or you’ll crush them and make them unusable. Keep laying the straws until the reach the bottom of the heart. You might want to cut the straws before you lay them onto the heart, if you’re good at eye-balling things to determine how long they need to be.

Make sure the straws are well adhered and trim the straws at the top of the heart in the center so you can tell it’s a heart, then put foam squares on the back of the heart to give the project more dimension. If you use these foam squares from Dollar Tree, you might want to double them up to add a little more height to them. link: https://tinyurl.com/a469tc9v Place it inside the frame and add a sentiment if you choose. Here are some Happy Valentine’s Day stamps to choose from. Link: https://tinyurl.com/2s4yf4tp I stamped mine in black ink and cut it in the shape of a banner and added foam squares behind it and placed it at the bottom of the inside of the frame.

DIY Dollar Tree Valentine Wreath

I saw the LOVE sign at my local Dollar Tree last week and thought it would make an adorable wreath…so here it is:

Supplies:

Foam wreath link: https://tinyurl.com/2p85cbpt

Red ribbon–I used velvet, but any red ribbon works. Dollar Tree has grosgrain ribbon in red that would work well…you’ll need at least 1″ wide ribbon.. their grosgrain is 1 1/2″ Link: https://tinyurl.com/4b228yfk

Red Metallic mesh: https://tinyurl.com/34mmtxpe

I couldn’t find the LOVE sign on the Dollar Tree site, but I just bought it last week so my store still had some…hope you can find ones you like. Since it’s so close to Valentine’s Day, you might want to consider making either a St Patrick’s Day or Easter wreath similar to this one…here’s a sign for Easter I found at Dollar Tree link: https://tinyurl.com/5794ke2u

Hot glue gun: Mine is a mini Gorilla glue gun, it’s multi-temp, and you need to buy multi-temp mini glue sticks, and for this project, I put the gun on low, as the foam can melt with super hot glue. link: https://tinyurl.com/38rdkbt8

One sheet gold metallic glitter card stock (optional) (I couldn’t find any single sheets of gold glitter cardstock online, so this was the cheapest I found.) https://tinyurl.com/3v89xew2

Tear tape: https://tinyurl.com/yuuc4jf2

You’ll need an 6-8″ piece of ribbon to use as a hanger for the wreath, and it just needs to match in some way.

Then you’ll need a couple of straight pins to push the ribbon into the back of the wreath.

To begin: take your wreath form and cut the red ribbon to strips that are 5 1/4 to 5 1/2″ long and mine was 1 1/2′ wide. Start your first strip on the back of the wreath and wrap it around tightly, making sure there are no waffles or bumps in the ribbon making sure the strip ends on the back and you don’t hot glue any ribbon to the front.

I used multi glue temp glue sticks and glue gun, and put mine on the low setting so the glue doesn’t melt the foam wreath. .Overlap each ribbon strip and make sure the front looks good, as it doesn’t matter if the back looks yucky.

Once you’ve covered the wreath with red ribbon, use your heat tool or a hair drier to melt any hot glue that you can see on the front of the wreath, as it will show through the mesh and you don’t want that.

Then cut the mesh into strips, 1 1/2-2″ wide and maybe 2 feet long, and starting on the back of the wreath, lay some hot glue and put the end of the mesh in the glue and then start wrapping the mesh around the wreath, making sure it’s flat and always overlaps mesh, so you don’t have any red ribbon showing with no mesh on it. Wrap the entire wreath, making sure that you always start and stop on the back of the wreath, so there’s no hot glue showing on the wreath front.

I ripped apart the Dollar Tree sign , removing the ribbon that connected it.. I laid them up against the wreath and decided they needed to be backed with another color, so took a piece of gold glitter cardstock and traced the letters on the back of the cardstock. The letter “E” needs to be placed backwards when you’re tracing it, as it will not face the right way when you flip over the paper…fyi. I left a small border between each letter so when I cut the outlined shapes, I cut about 1/8″ larger so I had a border for each letter. I tried just hot gluing the glitter cardstock to the back of the letters, but it didn’t hold, so I used tear tape under each letter and hot glue, and the combination of both finally held the letters to their backing.

Make a hanger out of 1/4″ wide matching ribbon folded in half w/ a knot tied near the bottom Add two straight pins and push them through the ribbon right below the knot, and pushed them into the back of the wreath (this can go anywhere on your wreath at this point) and then added hot glue under the knot and ribbon to really make sure it held. Once your hanger is in place, make sure that spot is the very top center of your wreath before adhering any letters so the wreath looks straight once put together.

I placed the letters around the wreath form to decide where I wanted them, and once I was happy with them, I took them off and glued one on at a time. I found that by gluing down the “O” first, that I could lay the “L” on the “O” for part of the “L”, and the rest of the “L” was not touching the wreath, so I added some foam tape under the “L” where it wasn’t touching the wreath and added hot glue to the foam tape and the wreath so it wouldn’t move. When I adhered the “V”, part of it wasn’t attached to anything, so I added foam tape under it as well, then added the “E” and the hearts above the “E”. I turned the wreath over and hot glued the letters anywhere they seemed loose.