From the Desk of Clearissa Coward’s Command Center via Divinely Organized
From Pool Noodle to Wreath
Hey guys, I’m back! I have been out of pocket for a little while, but I am finally getting reenergized. Yaay me!!! For those of you that are not aware, I was diagnosed with pneumonia a couple of weeks ago and it really knocked me off my feet. I tried to keep up with my writing but the meds and the fact that I was totally worn out, got in the way.
When I got to feeling a little better last week, I was not allowed to go out, but I did complete a couple of small projects although nothing earth shattering, but I really needed to do something. So today, while I am feeling better and before I run out of steam, I decided to try to get back on track. So here I am, back and feeling almost like myself. Well at least until around 2:00 pm when I melt down. 🙂
This first project cost nothing really. I happened to have all of the supplies in my supply closet.
The first small project I tackled last week was a noodle rag wreath. Some of you may be wondering what in the world is a noodle wreath and whether or not this post is medicinally induced. 🙂 Well yes and no…in actuality, I used a pool noodle from the Dollar Store and turned it into a summer/fall wreath. I say summer/fall because I think with a change of the flowers and embellishments, the color scheme will work for fall as well. Do you agree?
Although you cannot see it, I used masking tape to hold the two ends of the noodle together to form the circle.
What You Will Need?
- Pinking shears
- Push pins
- Glue gun
- Masking tape
Cut the material into 2 inches wide strips by 6 inches long. It does not need to be exact. If the material looks familiar to you, you may remember I used it to recover my daughter’s dining room chairs. See that post here. I try not to waste anything. 🙂 After-all, I am the budget diva.
How to Wrap the Material Strips:
The trick to making this wreath is the overlap process. Once you start to wrap the strips of material, you should always make sure you overlap each peace.
One other tip, make sure to cut your strips using pinking scissors. If you use pinking shears, you will avoid fabric ravel. That means no strings and the wreath looks finished and complete.
I began wrapping at the bottom of the wreath and used a push pin to hold the material in place until the hot glue set.
I use the glue gun to glue the start of the wrap and intermittently as I work my way to the end of the strip. I go back to tug, arrange and position the material just like I want it before gluing it down in various other areas. One down and many to go. The process is repeated until the wreath is completely wrapped without any of the noodle showing.
Preparation is the key. If the material is cut with pinking shears, before it’s time to wrap, you will not need to stop to cut each piece and save lots of time and frustration.
Once all of the fabric is wrapped and set, I added my embellishments.
The flowers are hot glued in place and so is the bow. Hot glue means easy on and easy off. Using a small sponge stencil brush, I added polka dots to the “C” hanging in the middle of the wreath. Just a small personal touch. I think it’s done. Do you think I should add something else?
There you have it…one of the small projects I was able to complete while recuperating. Stay tuned next week for a couple of the others.
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