Leave it to me to put things off until the last minute.
Like not putting up Halloween decorations until 10 minutes before the first trick-or-treaters show up.
Or, you know, not making my blog live until almost a year after my husband, Matt, bought me the domain for Christmas. Oops.
That’s so me.
In my first year of university, I would start essays the night before they were due, and stay up all night to finish them – even though I’d been assigned those essays months earlier. Did I say first year? I meant every year.
I’d like to say I work best under pressure, but really? I’m just lazy.
I dream big and I procrastinate a lot. Dangerous combination. Especially where Pinterest is concerned.
What’s Pinterest? It’s a site that allows you to share and collect ideas. You can hoard eye candy and inspiration and recipes and project ideas. The trap is that it’s easy to keep on collecting those ideas but never actually do anything with them.
Which is why I was eager to join in Sherry, Katie, Ana and Erin‘s Pinterest Challenge, a call to Pinterest-loving bloggers to stop collecting and start doing. Not only did it give me a deadline to accomplish a project, but it also gave me a deadline to launch this here blog. Two birds, one stone? Heck yes!
I knew I wanted to make something for fall. Even though snow will be here any day now, I wanted something I could put up right away and immediately take pride in.
I stumbled upon a tutorial for this gorgeous yarn wreath from Take Heart. So pretty, right?
I immediately loved the mustard yarn (when don’t I love mustard?) and knew I’d use the exact same colour if I was lucky enough to find it at Michael’s. Which I was.
I also wanted to do white and silvery-grey felt flowers if I could find those colours of felt at Michael’s. It being the Saturday before Halloween, the felt section was almost completely picked over (for costumes, I assume). Not a white or silver sheet of felt to be found. There was a charcoal grey though, which I thought was a bit dark but would do the trick. Turns out (spoiler alert!) it was perfect.
The wreath was dead simple to make.
Take a straw wreath, preferably still wrapped. Michael’s didn’t sell wrapped wreaths, so I covered mine up with some plastic wrap – without it, the yarn kept snagging on the straw.
Wind the yarn tightly over the wreath until it’s completely (or at least 99%) covered.
Cut circles out of felt.
Then grab your scissors again and make the edges of those circles do the wave wavy.
Cut the wavy circles into a spiral shape, leaving a circle or oval shape at the end. (Did you ever make snakes out of construction paper when you were a kid? It’s the same technique.)
Take the non-circular end of the spiral and roll it tightly into a cylinder, then keep on rolling, but not as tightly, until the felt forms a floral shape. This sounds like it would be challenging (at least, it did to me) but it’s actually really easy. Almost effortless.
Use a pin to hold the felt-flower together (that’s my little addition to the technique).
Repeat with all of the felt circles you made. Then remove the pins and use hot glue to make sure the felt flowers stay intact. Use the hot glue one more time to secure the felt flowers to the wreath in an arrangement of your choice.
Tie a ribbon (or more yarn) to the top of the wreath to create a hanger, and you’re done.
It was so easy, and I love how it turned out. Maybe the mustard and grey colour scheme is trendy, but I really, really love it, and that’s what counts.
Total cost for this project?
Straw wreath: $3.99
One charcoal-coloured sheet of felt: $0.49
Mustard-coloured yarn: $5.49, but I used a 50% off coupon to snag it for $2.74
Door hanger: $2.50 (but will get to re-use the hanger for future wreaths)
Hot glue & hot glue gun: Already owned
Total (pre-tax): $9.72, which came to $10.98 after tax.
Not too shabby for a wreath that makes me smile every time I see it.
In fact, I just might make myself do a solo Pinterest Challenge every month, just to keep me honest and make sure I’m doing, not just dreaming.
Update: Pinterest Challenge participants are now sharing their links! Check out the hosts’ projects here, here, here, and here. Almost 400 people (so far!) participated; check out Sherry’s Pinterest Challenge post for the complete list.
So, did you take part in the Pinterest Challenge? What did you make? Are you gaga for Pinterest like me (and half of the internet)? What’s on the top of your Pinterest to-do list?