Monthly Archives: September 2013

Simple Fabric Wrapped Wreath Tutorial

Simple Fabric Wrapped Wreath Tutorial

Fall is here now with its cool, crisp air and beautiful colours. I’ve been puttering around the house, bring out our extra blankets and enjoying some yummy spice teas. I love cozying up our home for the cooler months. I was looking through my fabric stash last week for some fallish fabrics when I came across this piece of light brown wool.

Simple Fabric Wrapped Wreath Tutorial - Wool Fabric

It was a little scratchy for everyday use, but it had great shape and texture so I thought it would be perfect for a fall fabric wreath. The kids were already part way through their nap time so I wanted a simple, pretty way to put it together that wouldn’t involve a whole lot of time intensive cutting and pinning or gluing. So if you’re looking for a quick, cute project, this is for you.

Simple Fabric Wrapped Wreath Tutorial - Supplies

Supplies:

  • Fabric (I used 2/3 of a yard of scrap wool from my fabric stash)
  • Wreath form (mine was 12″)
  • Fabric scissors
  • Glue gun and a couple glue sticks

Step 1. Cut a thin strip of fabric about 2 inches wide.

Simple Fabric Wrapped Wreath Tutorial - Step 1 Cut Fabric Strips

Glue one end of the fabric strip to the wreath form and start wrapping the wreath with the fabric.

Simple Fabric Wrapped Wreath Tutorial - Step 1 Wrapping Wreath Form

When you get to the end, secure the strip with a dab of hot glue. Now you won’t have to worry about any green peeking through between the fabric after your wreath is finished.

Simple Fabric Wrapped Wreath Tutorial - Step 1 Wrapped Wreath Form

Step 2. Cut a second wider strip of fabric (mine was 10″ wide).

Simple Fabric Wrapped Wreath Tutorial - Step 2 Cut Large Fabric Strips

Fold the fabric strip a couple times over and glue the end of it to the wreath form.

Simple Fabric Wrapped Wreath Tutorial - Step 2 Fold Fabric

Open the folds of the fabric and start wrapping it loosely around the form, arranging the folds as you go.

Simple Fabric Wrapped Wreath Tutorial - Step 2 Wrap Fabric Keeping The Folds

Simple Fabric Wrapped Wreath Tutorial - Step 2 Wrapping Large Fabric Strip

If you run out of fabric before the wreath is covered simply glue the end of the first strip to the back of the wreath and glue a new fabric strip on top and keep wrapping.

Simple Fabric Wrapped Wreath Tutorial - Step 2 Adding the Second Large  Fabric Strip

When the wreath is covered, secure the end of the fabric strip to the back of the wreath with hot glue.

Simple Fabric Wrapped Wreath Tutorial - Step 2 Finished Wrapping 1

Step 3. Cut a thin strip of fabric and fold it in half for a hanger. Glue it to the back of the wreath with a bit of hot glue.

Simple Fabric Wrapped Wreath Tutorial - Step 3 Fabric Hanger

Fluff the folds a little to make sure they aren’t crushed.

Simple Fabric Wrapped Wreath Tutorial - Step 3 Finished Wrapping 2

Then go find the perfect spot for it and enjoy.

Linked to: The Inspired Room, The Lettered Cottage.

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Five Years Together

Wedding Photo - Spinning

September 6th marked our fifth wedding anniversary. Part of me can hardly believe we’ve had five years together already and the other part of me finds it strange to think back to a time when we didn’t spend our days together. All I know is that I feel so blessed to be married to this guy.

This year we decided to go for a weekend trip to Niagara Falls to celebrate and we loved it. It was so nice to have an opportunity to refresh, share and enjoy some special moments together.

5th Anniversary Trip - The Falls

I love five years and the knowing that comes along with it. To really know what inspires him and what he’s excited about. To tell him my thoughts and struggles and know he won’t think less of me for them. To be able to know when something’s bothering him and how to get him smiling again. To see him become a daddy to our two sweet children and know how willing he is to be right in there, taking care of them. To know what it is to go through hard times together and come out stronger on the other side. I love the steadiness that comes from always being there for each other.

5th Anniversary Trip - Botanical Gardens

Lately I’ve been thinking about how much we learn and grow in life as we get older, see new things and experience them in a different way. I’m so glad I get to do that with you, Dan. Thanks for five amazing years.

Storing Spices

Storing Spices in Mason Jars with Chalk Labels 4

When we moved into our house last fall, I decided to change up our spice storage. We had previously been using magnetic canisters on the side of the fridge but now that I had actual cabinet space to store our spices in, I wanted something with a little more capacity and a better seal, so we wouldn’t keep accidentally spilling our spices on the counter.

Kitchen Before 2

So I went to Pinterest for ideas and found this. Glass jars with chalkboard painted lids for labeling. I already loved using mason jars to store my dry food in, so I was pretty sure they’d be perfect for my spices too.

I gathered all my small mason jars and spray painted the lids with Krylon’s Chalkboard Spray Paint. I gave them four to five light coats letting them dry for 10-15 minutes in between each one. After allowing the paint to fully cure overnight I conditioned the chalkboard surface with regular white chalk and got a chalk marker for labeling the spices so it wouldn’t smudge like regular chalk as we used them.

Storing Spices in Mason Jars with Chalk Labels 2

I love that the mason jars are big enough that I don’t have to store any bulk spices for refilling smaller containers anymore, which makes my life easier. The wide mouth mason jars are easy to fill up and measure from too.

This was such a simple upgrade (I already owned most of the jars and the chalkboard spray paint was leftover from another project) but it works so much better for us. Cooking and baking take so much less time when you don’t have to spend it filling up empty spice containers or cleaning up spilled spices. And I’m all for more pretty organization in my life.

Storing Spices in Mason Jars with Chalk Labels 3

How about you?  How do you organize your spices? Any other ways you like to use chalkboard paint?