Felt Christmas Wreath DIY

DIY Felt Christmas Wreath

Last year was our first Christmas living together, and we didn’t do much in the way of decorating. I’m making up for it this year, starting with this cute felt wreath. It’s my wintertime take on the Mother’s Day wreath I made earlier this year. A colorful felted ball garland and a happy bow make this wreath a jolly addition to your doorway!

You’ll Need:

Embroidery Hoop
Felted balls
1 – 9″ x 12″ sheet of red felt
4 – 9″ x 12″ sheets of green felt
Ribbon (cut to desired length for hanging)
Hot glue gun
Needle and thread

Instructions

DIY Felt Christmas Wreath

1. Cut leaf shapes out of the felt. I used just under 100 leaves measuring about 2” each on my embroidery hoop, which measures 14” in diameter. You may use more or fewer depending on the size of your hoop and your spacing.

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2. Beginning with the outer rim, hot glue the leaves so that they overlap. Once you’ve worked your way around, do the same with the front rim.

DIY Felt Christmas Wreath

3. Measure out the length of thread you’d like to use for your garland, then use your needle to get the felted balls onto the thread. If you want to make a two layer garland, as pictured above, do this step twice.

DIY Felt Christmas Wreath

4. Tie the ends of the thread around the outside of the garland. To hide the thread, simply tuck it behind the leaves.

DIY Felt Christmas Wreath

5. To make the bow, fold your felt in thirds, then cut one third off. Fold the remaining two-thirds piece lengthwise so that the ends overlap slightly. Using craft glue or hot glue, seal the edge. Fold the open ends inward so they overlap and glue again. (You may also sew the ends if you’re talented with a needle and thread!)

6. From the discarded felt, cut a piece measuring 1 1/4″ x 5″ and wrap it around the middle of the glued felt piece so it makes a bow shape. Glue or sew the ends together.

DIY Felt Christmas Wreath

7. Loop your ribbon around the embroidery hoop and glue or sew the ends together. Glue or sew the bow to the ribbon. I made mine slightly askew because I think it looks jaunty that way – but it’s your call!

DIY Felt Christmas Wreath

8. Feel the holiday cheer every time you walk through your door!
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Thanksgiving Name Card Pie Toppers

Thanksgiving Feather Dessert Toppers

Believe it or not, Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away! It’s one of my favorite holidays, primarily because it revolves around delicious food.

That said, I think it’s sometimes easy to forget that the day is all about giving thanks. This crafty idea brings graciousness down to a personal level by asking each guest to write a note of thanks to another guest. Even if it’s something small, it will make the holiday that much cheerier!

You’ll Need:

Felt
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Floral wire cut to 2-3” lengths
Cardstock
Pens
Tiny clothespins

Instructions:

Thanksgiving Feather Dessert Toppers

1. Cut pieces of felt into the shape of feathers. The easiest way to do this is to cut a leaf shape and snip tiny gaps along the sides.

Thanksgiving Feather Dessert Toppers

2. Put a line of hot glue along the back of the clothespin. Press the floral wire into the glue and roll it around a little to make sure it’s embedded completely.

3. Turn the clothespin over and add another line of hot glue, then carefully adhere your feather to the clothespin.

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4. Cut out strips of cardstock and write each guest’s name on one.

Thanksgiving Feather Dessert Toppers

5. Before dinner, have each guest draw a name. Ask each person to write a note of thanks to the person whose name they drew.

6. Collect the names, place them in the desserts, and hand them out to the right people. Each guest will get a piece of pie topped with a little note of thanks!

Thanksgiving Feather Dessert Toppers

And now it’s my turn to say thanks! Thank you to everyone who sent best wishes and the kindest thoughts about Frock Files turning two yesterday. You’re all wonderful friends and I’m so lucky to have you!

DIY Watch Dog Halloween Costume

DIY Halloween Dog Costume: Watchdog

Kona isn’t much of a watchdog. She growls quietly if she hears noises in the hallway, but as soon as she meets the person making the noises it’s all puppy kisses and ear nibbles and happy-to-see-you dances. So we’re going with irony — and multiple puns — here by dressing her up as a “watch dog” for Halloween! We got the idea from MJ, who posts fantastic lunchbox note puns on her Instagram feed, one of which was about a watch-wearing dog.

This is possibly the simplest Halloween costume ever, so you can definitely whip it up at the last minute if you’re on the fence about dressing up your pooch. Especially if you have a human-child with tiny t-shirts that are no longer in use.

Supplies:

Baby T-shirt
Iron transfer paper
Printer
Iron

DIY Halloween Dog Costume: Watchdog

Find a drawing of a watch and set your printer to print its mirror image. Allow the ink to dry for at least half an hour, then cut around the illustration, leaving a thin white border around the edges so all the details remain in-tact.

DIY Halloween Dog Costume: Watchdog

Place the image face-down on the t-shirt and move your hot iron in circles over the transfer paper. Follow the instructions on your transfer paper packet. In general, you’ll want to use high heat and work on a hard surface (ie: not an ironing board), spending about 20 seconds on each part of the image. Wait until the paper is cool, then pull off the backing to reveal your design!

DIY Halloween Dog Costume: Watchdog

We may need to get Kona a slightly bigger t-shirt to accommodate for all her fluff. But for today, she seems to be okay sporting the muscle tee look. This face says: “Can I have more apples if I keep posing?”

DIY Halloween Dog Costume: Watchdog

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A Year of Faves

Roundup of DIY Projects for You Are My Fave by Frock Files

A year ago, I began a new adventure by publishing a monthly DIY post on You Are My Fave. Since I’d never thought of myself as a crafty type, each of those twelve posts stretched my creativity in exciting ways. It turns out that I really love making pretty, useful things with my hands.

You Are My Fave is changing course and I’ll no longer be visiting there each month, so my craft posts will be appearing here from now on. I’m really so grateful to Melanie for her generosity and I’m wishing her all the best — I can’t wait to see what she creates next. Thank you, Melanie – you are my fave!

Here’s to a great year of craft posts! These are my faves:

Breakfast in Bed Table
Gold Dipped Feather Mobile
Mother’s Day Wreath with Secret Note Compartment
Screen Printed T-Shirt
Vintage Inspired Market Cart
Confetti Pillow Cases
Treasure Lei
Magazine Stationery & Washi Pencils
Airmail Envelope iPad Cases

P.S. Incidentally, do you like declaring your favorites or not?

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The Tastiest Place Card

Godiva Nut Lovers Flight

Every year when the weather gets crisp and cool, I get the dinner party bug. There’s just something about whipping up a big pot of stew, slicing up some thick crusty bread, and getting together with a few of our favorite people.

Godiva Nut Lovers Flight

I always like to have some nibbles available as soon as our friends arrive, since they’re often running in from errands, work, or outings and they’re bound to be hungry. That’s why I love the idea of making the place cards do double duty as an amuse bouche.

Since I’ve never known anyone to turn down a chocolate truffle, I jumped at the chance to team up with GODIVA to create something you can use at all of your upcoming dinner parties!

GODIVA sent over one of six of their new GODIVA Truffle FlightsTM, and before the end of the day they had been devoured. Each flight features six hand selected truffles that are placed in order for the ideal tasting experience. We took our taste-testing job very seriously. James’ favorite was the Hazelnut Crunch. I still can’t decide between the Salted Almond and Pistachio.

Godiva Nut Lovers Flight

To make these easy place settings, simply fold a piece of washi tape over a toothpick and use a permanent marker to write out your guests’ names. Then place the GODIVA truffles in mini cupcake liners and slide the toothpick pennants in.

These will definitely be a hit with ravenous dinner party guests. After all, life is short; eat dessert first!

GODIVA Truffle FlightsTM are available nationwide at GODIVA boutiques and online at Godiva.com/truffles!

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