Got an old cardboard box, plastic grocery bags, leftover fabric and an old book ready for recycle? Once again I'm up to crafting using only materials found around my home. My latest project involves upcycling or recycling these items to make a new wreath. I drew inspiration from some of the felt flower barrettes I've made for my daughter.
Supplies I used:
Hot Glue Gun
Hot Glue Sticks
Plastic Grocery Bags
Paper Back Book
The first thing I did was put the box on my cutting mat and essentially used a dinner plate as a cutting ruler. I just traced around the edges of the plate with my rotary cutter to form a base/form for my wall hanging.
Thinking I might possibly decide to sell this one (one of my daughters said absolute not!), I didn't want the back of my hanging to look sloppy so I decided to finish it off a little too. I cut a piece of burlap slightly larger than the circle. I added a little craft glue to one side and smoothed the burlap on top. I then flipped it over and ran a basting/straight stitch by hand to gather the burlap around the inside to make a smooth covering for the what will become the back of the hanging.
I wanted to be able to hang it easily so I took a piece of jute rope and tied it into a loop. I holepunched through the board, inserted the jute, looped one end into the other and pulled tight to create a hanging loop.
Then I tore out pages of the book, rolled them into cone shapes and hot glued them in circles around the "front" of the card board until I filled all but the center in.
For the next part I stuffed a few plastic bags inside another and tied a knot on the end closed to my newly stuffed "ball." I then took a piece of my fabric, covered it around the bags and used another piece of jute around the back of it to secure it.
I then glued the covered bags down in the center (tail facing the board side) in the center of my "flower" and this is what I ended up with. Not too bad, aye?
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