Happy Birthday Wreath

In the process of getting ready for Noah’s birthday.  I decided to make a birthday wreath I recently saw on Pinterest.  I fdecided to make a sign to hang in the middle of the wreath that I could easily change out so I could use it for all of the children’s birthdays.  Seeing as how Noah’s birthday is the next one it is shown with the sign I will use each year for Noah’s birthday.

My husband gives me a hard time and says we celebrate our birthdays for a week so I went ahead and hung it on the front door so the children will see it when they get home today.  I can’t wait to see how they like it.

Wreath for Jayleigh

One of my dear friends is pregnant and she is finally having a girl (she has two adorable boys).  I think most women love to decorate for a little girl and this little girl will have the cutest room.  Her color scheme is pink, black and white.  It is going to be so cute.  She asked me about making her a wreath and I was so honored to make it for her.  After making one for Bradley it was so fun to get a chance to make a girlie wreath too.  I just love her name “Jayleigh”.  Its not the best picture quality.  My camera needs new batteries so I have been using my phone for all my pictures lately.

Bradley’s Wreath

I always get asked why didn’t you give us instructions with how you did that so I decided with this project I’d do a tutorial. I am not so good about taking pictures along the way though. Maybe I’ll do better about that next time.

I knew I wanted something baby blue and chocolate and I wanted something that will match his room so I can use it on the door at the hospital and for his room after he gets here. I actually meant to make this like a month ago so I could use it as a baby shower decoration since the theme in his room and for the baby shower match but I didn’t get it done in time.

The only craft store in North Jefferson County is Hobby Lobby and its rare I go across town so I got all my supplies there. Also I’m really big about buying things on sale. It’s rare that I pay full price for something at Hobby Lobby unless it’s a dollar or two. I always check their clearance and the blue fabric was some I found recently on clearance, I got the letters for his name on clearance, I may have paid full price for the animals but they are like a $1 a piece and I used a 40% off coupon for the styrofoam wreath.

The best tool ever for cutting fabric is a rotary cutter. It make things so much easier and you can cut your fabric so much faster. Normally I always wash and dry all my fabric but for whatever reason I didn’t wash and dry this fabric. I may have to think about that decision before I decided what I’m going to do with my remaining fabric. I cut 3″ strips of the fabric and wrapped them around the wreath to make sure I had enough cut before I started gluing the fabric on. Once I knew I had enough I unwrapped the fabric and started gluing it on. I probably used a lot more glue than I needed but I want it to last. I used my hot glue gun and as I wrapped the fabric I glued it to the wreath. Luckily all my ends started and ended on the back. Once I got done I let it dry and I had to go to the store cause I used a whole pack of glue sticks..oops, but I know it’s going to stay on there good.

After going to the store and eating lunch I laid out my letters and animals on the wreath to see where I wanted everything. Then I glued on the letters and animals leaving the unglued ones on the wreath. It also helps to know what parts won’t be actually on the wreath so I wouldn’t put glue there. After that dried I got some chocolate ribbon that I already had and measured out a piece for how long I wanted the ribbon to hang. Then I flipped the wreath over, got the ribbon straightened out for how I want it to look when it’s attached then I glued it on.

Now I have a really cute wreath that’s not girlie looking and will match Bradley’s room.

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