Handmade Holidays Blog Hop – Frosty Wreath

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Handmade Holidays Blog Hop 2013 LogoWelcome to the Third Annual Handmade Holidays blog hop!

The best crafters, designers, and makers have come together to create and share a series of thoughtful, handmade projects for the holidays during this 3-day event. Our goal is to inspire you to create something from the heart this holiday season and to share how to use our products in fun, innovative ways. We intend this hop to serve as a resource to you for this holiday season and for years to come.

Hop along to each blog in the list below. Each day, from today through Sunday, we’ll be posting a brand new list of blogs to hop to. Comment on each blog, share your favorite posts over social media, and then use the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of each post to enter to win the Grand Prize filled with crafty swag from the companies on the hop!

We’re ready to inspire, share, and create – are you ready to hop?

 

Smoothfoam Frosty Wreath

Bring the sparkle of frosty mornings into your home for the holidays with this easy-to-make wreath using Smoothfoam balls and lots and lots of glitter!

You will need:

Twelve 3” Smoothfoam balls
6” Smoothfoam Snowflake
Glitter – Pink, Turquoise and Clear
White/silver tinsel boa
2-1/2″ wide white sparkle deco mesh ribbon (4 yards )
Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Elmer’s Multi-Purpose Spray Adhesive
Wide, flat paintbrush
Bamboo skewers
White wire coat hanger
Wax paper, straight pins
Scrap block of Smoothfoam

1.  Push a bamboo skewer through the center of each ball.

2.  Working with one ball and one color of glitter at a time, cover the surface of 6 of the balls with a liberal, even coat of Tacky Glue. Hold the ball over a piece of wax paper then cover the entire surface with lots of glitter, turning the ball as you pour. Pour excess glitter back into its container.

3.  Push the end of the skewer into a block of Smoothfoam. Let dry thoroughly.

4. Wrap the tinsel boa around the center of the other 6 balls.  Pin the ends of the boa together to secure.

5.  Untwist the top of the wire coat hanger. Cut off the crimp ends and then straighten.  Cut a 12” length of deco mesh. Overlap the ends about 1” then thread the end of the wire across the center of the folded mesh as shown to create a bow.

smoothfoam holiday wreath

6.  Bend one end of the wire over to form a loop. Push a glittered ball onto the wire then add a bow. TIP:  Wrap a small piece of wax paper around the glittered balls as you push them onto the wire to protect the glittered surface.

7.  Continue adding the balls to the wire, alternating colors and balls covered with the boa.  Insert a bow between each ball.  Push the balls together so the bows are sandwiched tightly between.

8.  With the wire on a flat surface, carefully bend the ends toward each other into a circle. Push the straight end through the loop end, then bend to secure. Coat hanger wire is very strong, so you may need to use some standard pliers.

9.  Spray the snowflake with adhesive then sprinkle with clear glitter to add extra sparkle to the center of your wreath. No need to glue – the ribbon loops will hold the lightweight snowflake in place.

Hopefully we’ve inspired you to create your own frosty wreath. We used pink and blue for the colors for this one, but change the colors to complement YOUR holiday home!  There’s no right way or wrong way when crafting – only techniques and ideas to share.  Don’t forget to visit the other blogs participating in the hop and enter to win!

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Here’s the list of participating blogs for today – come back tomorrow!

52 thoughts on “Handmade Holidays Blog Hop – Frosty Wreath

  1. My granddaughter loves cupcakes and I started collection cupcake ornaments for her tree last year. These are adorable.

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  3. I love sparkle and my holiday colours are on traditional so making my own wreaths is the best way to get the look I want. I love how easy this is and how great it looks.

  4. This is just beautiful. Am saving the direction as I just have to make one.
    Thank you so much for the direction to show us how. I just Love it!

  5. LOVELY wreath!! So very pretty and elegant.

    I don’t have access to FB, so I can’t participate that way, but I can leave a comment! 🙂
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  6. What a darling Holiday Wreath! It must be very light weight too, which always better for the door/wall, when hanging. TFS!

  7. What a beautiful wreath!!! Must get some of the smoothfoam balls and snowflakes so I can try this! Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Love this wreath!! It will look great hanging on each of my windows. It’s going on my must do list for the holidays. Thanks for the great idea and a chance to win such great prizes.

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