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On The Sixth Day Of Craft-Mas

On the sixth day of Craft-mas the crafting gods gave to me, a card wreath hehe, hehe.

I’d like to say that it was “so easy” or “a piece of cake” or even “easy peasy, lemon squeezy”, but that wasn’t so.  It would have been easier had I actually followed directions instead of deciding to just “wing it”.  You see, this project has been created and blogged about over here at Craftiness Is Not Optional.  There were simple instructions to use pony beads, but did I pay attention, no.  I did not listen….repeat….did not listen and tried to use regular old beads (you know…the kind you use to make jewelry with).  Before I divulge into my minor mishap, let’s step through the wreath making process.  First, with the materials:

Ignore the fancy, pretty beads.  Just imagine this same picture with pony beads instead.  Basically, to recreate this project you need a bag of 50 clothes pins (which only costs about $1.50 at Walmart), some green spray paint, ribbon, PONY BEADS, I repeat, PONY BEADS, and an old wire coat hanger (and something to cut it with…I used bolt cutters which was a bit…excessive…but any type of wire cutters would do).  Then you take the clothes pins and spray paint them green.  I highly recommend clipping the pins to a cardboard box first (makes spray painting them so much easier).

Just make sure to flip them halfway through so both ends of the clothespins get properly covered in the green paint.

Then clip the wire coat hanger and shape it into a circle (easier said than done).

And start stringing the clothes pins and the pony beads onto the coat hanger.

Here is why it is so important to use pony beads instead of fancier necklace making beads from the craft store.  Pony beads have a much larger opening than beading beads.  Thus, pony beads thread easily onto the coat hanger, necklace beads do not.  Trust me, I tried just about everything to get the other beads to work short of gluing them directly onto the wire.  You see, it’s Christmas season and I REALLY didn’t want to trek back to the craft store…or worse…gasp…Walmart during such a busy time of year.  Hence why I spent so much time trying to “make it work”.  But I sucked it up, put on my big girl pants, and went out for fresh supplies.  Once I had the right supplies, assembling the wreath was a dream!

Then I used some floral wire to attach the two ends of the wire.  Then added some ribbon to hang it with.

We hung the wreath in the living room and added a few cards to it.  It is hard at first to get the wreath all configured and situated on the wall.  The clothes pins tend to rotate around the wire and, me being me (that’s slightly deranged, overtly attentive to details, and a bit of a perfectionist…just in case you don’t know me), spent a decent amount of time rotating them all back so every pin faced the same direction.  But I’m very pleased with the end result.

Pssst…Did you notice the bling on the deer heads?!  Yes, I added some festive garland beads to bling them up a little bit.  And yes, Goose totally approves.  Hope everyone had a fabulous weekend!!

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