I am starting this post out a little differently than usual but I just have to get something off my chest about my little blog. I am wondering if anyone visits my bloggity blog anymore?
In reality I see my Google Analytics and know for a fact that people are coming by but I never receive comments anymore and my followers never increase anymore and my subscribers stay at the same number month after month. I'm beginning to feel like the last kid picked to be on the team in high school gym class and that is not a good feeling to have.
I know I have gotten really slack about posting regularly so I take the blame for that but a big part of that is because I wonder if I am reaching my readers that used to come by all the time. I get a lot of my inspiration from my readers leaving nice comments and without reader interaction I have to wonder if I am connecting with my followers.
That all being said, I love cooking and baking and being crafty so I will always be puttering around doing something and I do really enjoy blogging about it. I also love having a blog for my son to always have a record of what his mom was up to when he was young and it's a great way to document my passion for cooking and crafting but I just want to make sure I am reaching my readers too. I am not pouting about this and more than anything I really want to make my readers happy with what I am sharing.
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Ready for that wreath I told you about in the title of this post? Here you go...
I love making a wreath out of scrap yarn but I have done them so many times I was bored and wanted to figure out another fun and easy way to wrap a wreath form. I use Tulle ribbon all the time for wrapping up orders of stationery and packaging gifts so I have a plethora of it and just so happened to have lots of red and pink and then grabbed some purple and white as well. I used the same technique as the yarn wreath and just took really long pieces of each color tulle and started wrapping the wreath form until I reached the end and attached it with a floral pick. Then I made the tulle puffs and attached those with floral wire and used my handy dandy E-6000 Glue and attached the X and O hearts. Those XO hearts were from a garland I had from last year and had never used so I figured this was perfect for them.
Easy Peasy right? Also, very festive with the traditional Valentine's Day colors!
You will need:
Styrofoam wreath form
Lots of tulle in any colors you choose. You could even do this in all one color if you wanted.
Floral picks or anything you can use to attach the tulle to the wreath form
any extra embellishments you might want to add to your wreath
Wrap your entire wreath with your tulle. Because I did 4 different colors it gives it an almost ombre type look which I love but you could use as many or as few colors as you want. I used little floral picks to attach my tulle to the wreath at both the start and the end. They look almost like little bent paper clips and you can find them in the floral section of the craft store. They are so nice to use for crafting.
To make your tulle puffs you will need about 3 yards of tulle and a piece of cardboard that is about 4 or 5 inches long. I use an iTunes gift card because it's stiff enough to not bend when I wrap it with the tulle and it makes the perfect size puff for a project like this or wrapping gifts. The more tulle you use the fuller the puff will be and if you use a different size cardboard it will change the size of your puff as well.
Take one end of your tulle and place it on top of the cardboard or gift card in my case and just start wrapping it until you reach the end. You want to and with both the beginning and the end piece in about the center of your cardboard so when you tie it together you will easily catch both ends. It's not the end of the world if you don't catch them but you will want to try to.
Now, you will slide your wrapped tulle off the cardboard as carefully as you can so it won't all unravel. Make sure to hold the end pieces when you are doing this step.
This is a terrible photo because I apparently focused on the wreath instead of the looped tulle but I wanted to show you how I hold it right before I tie a piece of tulle around it.
Here is where you will take a small piece of tulle and tie it right in the center really tight and make sure you catch your end pieces. Then once you've done that stick your scissor blade into the end loops and just cut the loops in half. Do this to both ends and then just start to separate the tulle and fluff it up until you get the desired look you want and then use it to wrap packages or embellish your wreath.
I then placed my X and O hearts onto the wreath and used E-6000 glue to attach them.
Now you will attach your tulle puffs using floral wire or even another piece of tulle to tie them to the wreath. I used each of my four colors to create a big puff.
Aren't those tulle puffs the best! I just love using them for fun things like this or gift wrapping.
XO to all of you!! Happy Valentine's Day
Here is a bonus photo of how I use the tulle puffs in gift wrapping. This one is made using 2 colors of tulle so as you can see it makes them a lot fuller. Such a simple way to dress up packages isn't it?