In case you haven’t noticed, I enjoy holidays.
All holidays, even the ones made up by Hallmark, give me reason to bring out the hot glue gun and paper cutter. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I thought I should look for something related to that. After all, it’s all of my favorite colors – reds and pinks.
And thanks to the ‘invention’ of Pinterest, I no longer have to scour through my shelves of craft books and old magazines for ideas. Pinterest has made the research process so much simpler, hasn’t it? Type in what you might be looking for, and “poof,” like magic, hundreds of ideas come up on your screen.
My younger sister first introduced me to Pinterest when she was helping her daughter plan her wedding. At first blush, that’s really all I saw in it – a place to store wedding ideas. But then one day when I had nothing better to do (yeah, right), I took another look and was immediately hooked. It actually happened just like the night I realized how easy it is to get drawn into power-watching the TV shows you can download.
I saw picture of a wreath while searching through the folders on Pinterest that interested me and decided to make it. It’s very easy to do, but takes about 1 1/2 to 2 hours from start to finish.
Heart-shaped Styrofoam, 1-inch straight-pins, 7 sheets of 12″ x 12″ reversible scrapbook paper, paper cutter, 12-inch long piece of ribbon, and bone folder
Begin by cutting all of the paper into 1/2-inch strips.
Then, using the bone folder or the blade of a long pair of scissors, curl the paper strips from the middle to the end in both directions. (Just as if you were using curling ribbon.)
You’ll end up with a whole bunch of curls that you will now pin onto the Styrofoam heart. Put a pin through the middle of the strip of paper and then down into the Styrofoam.
Keep doing this until you run out of paper strips and the foam is completely covered in curled paper strips.
That’s it! It’s really quite simple.
I finished (from cutting the strips of paper to hanging the finished wreath on the door) mine in an hour and a half – during which time I watched the Food Network and learned some new recipes.
Pin a ribbon to the back of it so you can hang it and you’re done!
How cute is this?
And it can be made in any shape of Styrofoam you can find using any colors of scrapbook paper. I can actually see this as a small decorative Christmas tree using a foam cone shape! Hmmmm…
So, speaking of getting ideas off of Pinterest — I know I’ve told this story before, but it’s worth re-visiting. Soon after I became hooked on Pinterest (about five-years ago), Mother asked me how long it would take me to make everything I had “pinned.” So, again, with nothing better to do (yeah, right), she and I began calculating the time, giving each project 5-hours (which included sewing, quilting, crafting, gardening, cooking and baking). At that time, it came out to something like 18-years!
Oh my gosh, we laughed and laughed.
Good times that I miss, for sure.
Thanks for passing your talents on to me, Mom.