And I did just in time too, because last week the girls from Young House Love and Bower Power decided to fuel my Pinterest addiction with the announcement of the Pinterest Challenge: Fall Edition!
Like the Summer Edition, (see my projects here), the rules were the same: make something inspired by something found on Pinterest. The only problem I had was doing only one project. But since I scoff at flu shots, I guess my sickness made sure I didn't go overboard.
So, on to my project. I had so many ideas that I didn't know where to start, until I stopped thinking and out of necessity found something to jazz up our front door for the fall. Something that would work from Halloween all the way to Thanksgiving. Because I like things to be multi-functional? Nooo, it's because I'm lazy. That's why when I found this burlap bubble wreath, it was love at first sight.
|(From Today's Fabulous Finds, and pinned here on Pinterest)|
I grabbed my supplies at Joann's, which included 1-1/2 yard of light tan burlap, 100 pins, (with large heads), and 1-12" foam wreath. Since I have never before made a wreath, I figured I would just follow Janet's directions and be done. But after I read them I got busy and a couple days past, but I had my material so I just starting going to town. I remembered to cut the burlap into 4" squares:
Then I started folding. From memory. You can probably tell where this is going.
I started by folding the square diagonally:
Then I took the left corner and brought it to the front:
The right corner I folded towards the back:
Which made a little dart thingy.
At this point those that have seen Janet's bubble wreath may have noticed mine doesn't look quite like hers. It took me a couple more steps to realize mine weren't coming out very "bubbly". I'll explain where the mix-up came from in a minute.
So back to my fuzzy memories of the directions. After folding the squares I placed a pin where my fingers where holding everything together and attached to the foam wreath. This is the worst photo, but in my defense I was sick and doing everything one-handed, while fending off the cat. Okay, proceed.
I didn't pin in any particular order, just filled in as I went. It was when I got to about this spot that I realized my "bubbles" were more "darty" and pointed then Janet's. All very technical terms here.
I finally broke down and stopped folding long enough to look up the real directions. That's when I realized I was folding them wrong. I completely embarrassed myself and made a little video to show you how I was folding them. Now remember I was sick, so I was all nasally and sounded like I was pinching my nose the whole time, so don't laugh, too hard.
Now I'll show you how you're supposed to fold them:
Here's both types of folds pinned to the wreath:
I have to admit I kinda dig mine. And not in a "only a mom could love that face" kinda way. I think it's a little funkier with the pointier fold. So instead of completely starting over and throwing everything thing in a heap in the trash, I forged on and continued pinning, moving around the wreath and hiding the pin heads as I went.
After it was full, (exactly 97 squares+pins later) I added two pieces of ribbon on the back, (with two of the left over pins), and tied the pieces in a bow. I used a Command hook to hang on the door and then quickly shut the door so I didn't hurt my brain anymore with meaningless debates of which fold is more pointy or bubbly.
What do you think?
I guess since I started out by hoping to merely mimic Janet's cute wreath but came up with my own take on it, I followed all the rules this time. If you want to play along, you can visit any of the hosts and see what everyone else came up with: