Fall Yarn Wreath 2014

I have to admit that fall just came up out of nowhere for me. I guess it’s here’s since it’s getting colder and all the leaves are turning and falling off the trees. That being said my yarn wreaths still had spring flowers from when I switched out the last time (which still had fall leaves on them from last year).

Since my fall wreaths stayed on the front porch until last spring the paper didn’t really survive very well. I ended up just throwing away all the decor I used last year.

This year I just wanted to do something really quick and inexpensive.

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I ended up gathering a few fall colored papers I already had on hand and then just cut a few leaves and a bow shape out using my Silhouette Portrait. The only thing I had to purchase was the bow shape from the Silhouette store since I already had the leave shapes from last year.

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They may not look amazing but they were really quick and only cost a dollar to make.

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Now I guess I can forget about them until next spring like last year.

If you’re interested you can find the leaf cut outs here and here and the bow cut out here.

Fall Leaves Yarn Wreath

It’s officially feeling like fall in our neck of the woods. Actually I think it feels like we’re blowing right past fall and are staring winter in the face.

Back at the beginning of October I updated my yarn wreaths for fall. This year I wanted to do something a little different than what I had last year.

To start with I found a handful of colored card stock in various fall colors. The I cut out a stack of leaves with my silhouette portrait.

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I started working at the bottom center overlapping leaves and pinning them down.

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Then I continued working around the sides of the wreath with all the leaves still pointing up.

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I stopped once I was pretty close to the top leaving an empty space for the next part.

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Once I had my first wreath done I filled the second wreath with the remaining leaves.

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To fill in the gap on the top I made a bow out of burlap. I cut small strips of burlap for bow loops as well as tails. I started first with the tails of the bow. I pinched the burlap at the top and pinned it in place.

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I did the same with the second tail. Then I folded the next piece of burlap in a loop, pinched the end and pinned it in place.

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From there I made a loop opposite to the first one.

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Then I continued working in a cross pattern to make loops on the bow.

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Finally to fill in the bow I added two more loops in between the others.

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To finish off the bow I made a small loop and pinned that in the center to cover all the raw edges of the loops.

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After that was done all I did was replace the old grey ribbon with strip of burlap and hung them back up on the front door.

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It was a fairly simple project and I love the way they turned out.

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I know that it’s more work to reuse the same foam wreaths over and over but I enjoy changing them up and coming up with new ways to use the same base. It’s also nice not needing to store multiple wreaths.

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Anyone else put up some fall wreaths on your front door?

You can see my previous yarn wreaths here.

Pretty Front Porch: Round Up

I made it through a full week of posting every day! It was pretty fun but here’s the last installment. Nothing too new or exiting here. Just a round up off all the projects we did to the front porch/walkway area.

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First up was painting the front door navy blue.

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Once the door was painted I had to update my yarn wreaths to something new for summer.

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The last little update to the front door was adding the vinyl welcome sign.

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A part of the front porch I never really showed you was this alcove.

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Next up we moved off the porch and talked about the three cedar planters we made to go in the front flower bed.

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They took pretty much a full day just to build them but we love how great they look so I think it was worth it.

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I also think the addition of the pretty flowers is a fun pop of color.

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The last update was building and painting some custom tapered planters for next to the front door.

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I’m loving the way everything looks all together

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It’s a major upgrade from where we started. Here’s a shot from just before we moved in.

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This is a picture of the front door this fall in all it’s white(ish) glory and that lovely left over carpet triangle. Yep just keepin’ it classy over here.

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Lastly here’s a wider shot of the front porch. It was looking a little funky and blah last fall but is much improved now.

Before and After

I think that was pretty good update, at least for one summer. What do you think?

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Who else out there has been fixing up your outdoor entry area?

Don’t forget to check out all posts in the Pretty Front Porch Makeover Week:

Painting the Front Door
Yarn Wreaths and Welcome Decal
Cedar Planter Boxes
Tapered Planter Boxes

Pretty Front Porch: Wreath and Welcome Sign

It’s day 2 of my Pretty Front Porch Makeover week. Check out the process of painting the front door here.

After the door was painted I decided to fix up my yarn wreaths to something a little more fitting for summer. I kept it pretty simple and spent a few dollars on  some reversible card stock papers in bright colors.

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I picked out three different 3D flowers from the silhouette site and cut them out in different sizes and various colors. If you want to download the shapes they are here, here and here.

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I know the wreaths aren’t amazing or super creative but I like the bright colors and they were simple to make. I just stacked up the layers of paper and stuck a small pin through them and in to the wreath.

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With the wreaths done I had one more little thing I wanted to do with the front door. I had seen all over Etsy that you can buy vinyl letters that say welcome to put on your front door. I thought that was such a cute idea and I wanted to do it for my door. I used my silhouette again and cut out letters using the font Impregnable I found online.

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Then I used the transfer paper to line up were I wanted the sign.

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Once I had the letters were I wanted them I smoothed them down and pulled off the transfer paper.

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I think the welcome sign is such a cute addition to the front door and they should be easy to remove if I ever get tired of them.

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With the sign and the wreath up the front looks a little more complete.

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Anyone else add some vinyl lettering to their front door?

Bring on the Spring (Wreath) Please

A few weeks back I saw this wreath on Pinterest and it inspired me to update my yarn wreath to something that’s ready for spring.

Source: blog.silhouetteamerica.com viaKaity on Pinterest

The ironic part of this project was that I was working on a spring wreath on the same day that we woke up to snow all over the ground in March. I guess that’s true wishful thinking for you.

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The first thing I had to do was take down my wreaths, which still happened to be decorated for fall. I kept meaning to change them for winter but never got around to it. As I was pulling them down and trying to keep the cats from escaping I dropped one and it broke right in half. Apparently styrofoam is more fragile than I expected. I was able to hot glue it back together and wrap the yarn around it again so it worked out ok.

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Now I have a little confession to make. Back a few weeks ago when they were doing a promotional I ordered a Silhouette Portrait cutting machine. I know that they are completely frivolous but I am already really enjoying my new crafty machine.

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I pretty much made this whole project using my new pretty little machine or as Chris likes to call it my two axis router.

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I used my free download card to buy one of the 3D flower patterns from Silhouette and resized it to cut out four different sizes of flowers. The I used papers which all came from a spring scrapbook paper stack that I purchased a a few years back for some other project.

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I used the end of my silhouette spatula handle to curl the petals of the flowers up. Then I used a small silver pin through the centers to attach them to the wreath.

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I kept cutting and pinning and I worked my way around the side of the wreath with the decreasing sizes of flowers.

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Here’s one with all of it’s flowers attached.

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Since I wanted to add just a little something extra I created a banner that says “Welcome Spring”. Some of the letters had cut out centers so I cut another triangle to glue behind each patterned triangle.

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Then I laid the banner out behind the wreath to figured out the placement before I started attaching them.

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I used some glue dots to connect the triangles together and then pinned the banner to the wreath. The bunny and the bows came from the free pattern of the week from last week and I just couldn’t help but add them since they’re so cute.

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Once I had the wreaths all together I hung them back up using the same grey ribbons and 3m hooks on the inside of the door. Since our porch is covered I’m not worried about the paper getting rained on. So far they seems to be doing ok with changes in temperature but I guess we will have to wait and see.

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I really love the way they turned out.

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They are so bright and happy and ready for spring, even if the weather isn’t.

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Now there may be snow on the ground but apparently our pansies think it’s time to bloom. I guess we had such a mild winter they didn’t die, hopefully this cold spring won’t kill them.

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Anyone else working on some spring decor?

The Fall Yarn Wreath Remixed

During my post about my first yarn wreath I thought that the one wreath made the doors feel a little unbalanced and I thought I needed to add another wreath to the other door. Well, I guess posting about it was enough motivation to get on it and this time I snapped a few photos of the steps that I took along the way.

While I was at the craft store last week I picked up another foam wreath, more fake fall flowers and a wooden “W”. I gathered the rest of the grey yarn, blue and white yarn and some small straight pins.

I started by wrapping the grey yarn around the foam wreath. I used one of the small straight pins to secure the loose end of yarn.

This is the step that takes the longest. It’s tedious to wrap the ball around and around the wreath continually pulling and twisting it tight. I wanted to have a smooth polished look so I took care to pull the yarn as tightly as I could.

Next, I worked on the wooden letter that I wanted to put in the center of one of the wreaths. The letter that I bought wasn’t really made to hang from the center of the wreath like I wanted. So I found the smallest drill bit that we had on hand and drilled a small hole on each side of the “W”.

Then I just grabbed some left over white spray paint and gave good coat. (Don’t tell my husband that I painted some of his gravel. Oh wait I think I just may have!)

I finished the wreath by adding some of the white and blue yarn, attaching the flowers and the hanging the “W” using some wire.

I reconfigured the flowers on the first wreath to match the the new one and hung them both up.

I like the way they both turned out, I think that they do balance out the doors and look well together. Now the only problem I see is that they kind of look like eyes. Oh bother I just can’t get this right. Maybe I need to consider hanging them on the side of the doors on hooks? It does look a little better from a distance, but now all I can see is a face door.

Anyone else have an opinion on what I should do? Have you been trying trying do work on some decorations and they aren’t working out like you were hoping or expecting?

After finishing the wreaths I ended up having some fall flowers left over so I updated my floating shelf with a little splash of fall. Slowly the fall decorations are starting to work there way across the house.

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*Update: Check out The Fall Yarn Wreath Remixed for a tutorial on how I made this and another one like it. 

I love the look of all the clever yarn wreaths. A month or so ago I finally caved in and bought a foam wreath to cover in yarn for our front door. At the time I figured I would just use whatever I had at home. I found some grey yarn that I had left over and then wrapped some multi-colored sock yarn in a pattern around that. Then I just stuck a bow on it made from ribbon that I already had. I never really liked the way it turned out. It always just seemed a little unfinished, like it needed something more.

The weather and the leaves are just starting to turn around here. It looks like fall is already coming and I guess there’s no way to stop it now. Instead of fighting against it I just decided to embrace it.

So while I was in Joann’s a couple of weeks ago I picked up an inexpensive sprig of fake fall flowers.  At another store I picked up a ball of yarn on clearance for a dollar to use as a new accent yarn.

It was a simple project and I liked the way it turned out. Since the wreath already had the plain grey background all I had to do was add the new yarn and wire on the flowers.

I attached the wreath to the door using ribbon and an upside down 3M hook. It looks a little funny from the inside but it looks pretty good outside.

I like that it adds a little bit of fun and nice pop of fall color to our front door. The only downside is that we have two front doors, so it still looks a little off balance. I think I need to consider making another wreath to go on the other door.

Anyone else already starting to get ready for fall? Have you created a fun yarn wreath too?