Making and Crafts : Monogram Door Decor and Greeting

March 14, 2013 08:53 by ehouston

Spring seems to have finally arrived here in Richmond, VA and it was time to move on from our Valentine’s Day Heart wreath to something a little less holiday inspired.  Since Easter moves between the months of March and April I thought it would be nice to have something generic to welcome the season. 

With the popularity of monograms, I have noticed a lot of photos out there of large letters being used in various decorations throughout the home and I had been toying with the idea of adding a large “H” some where in our home.  Then I ran across the Jo-ann’s Fabric and Crafts Create With 8 contest and decided the time had come.

The contest requires you to choose 8 items from a list of 20 to create some kind of craft.  I thought what a fun little challenge and way to come up with something new for our front door.  I used the following items from the list:


1. Styrofoam

2. Acrylic Paint

3. Yarn

4. Scrapbook Embellishments/Stickers

5. Wooden Shape Cut-outs

6. Floral Stems

7. Wooden Beads

8. Ribbon

I cut the Styrofoam block into the shape of an “H”, being sure to cut it a little smaller so that the bulk of the wrapped yarn would not make it look clunky.  Note: do this outside.  It’s a mess that keeps on giving if you know what I mean.

Then I began the process of wrapping the “H” form with the yarn.  I got lucky with this part of the process.  First, the yarn was on sale- score!  It also had a base of green with light to dark purple running through it, along with a bluish gray in an ombre effect.  The green is nearly identical to the green of the foam, so I did not have to paint the base or double up on the yarn wrapping to get good coverage. 

If interested in how I wrapped the letter read on, otherwise skip on down.  Starting with the left long side I went from top to bottom the long way.  Then went back and ran the yarn sideways from top to bottom, going all the way across to the other long side when I got to the middle section.  After completing the left long side I wrapped the right long side from top to bottom the long way. The middle section was next and I wrapped top to bottom and left to right.  Last, I wrapped the right long section, going side to side and from top to bottom, skipping the area that connected to the middle section.  That meant I was left with a weird area that did not match up to the rest of the yarn pattern, but it was in the area that would be covered with the flower arrangement.  I secured the corners at the back with pins and then used Aleene’s Tacky Craft glue to permanently hold the yarn ends and any other areas that were trying to come undone.  I also ran a thick line of craft glue all the way down and along each section on the back side to prevent the yarn from coming apart.

After painting the wooden beads pale blue and white I used hot glue to add them around the back border of the “H” form.  Once the glue was dry I went back and blobbed paint into and over any open bead holes to give them a more solid sphere look.

Then I just arranged the floral stems, a purple thistle type flower and a willow branch, and secured them with a huge glob of hot glue.  To make it look like the flowers are attached with the blue burlap ribbon I cut a section and crisscrossed it over the area where I blobbed the glue.  It helped to cover up the mess.  Then I cut another section to create a tied bow and glued that in place. 


For the “ello” part of the “Hello” greeting I painted a flower wood shape pale blue and a large circle wood shape white, gluing the circle on top of the flower when the paint was dry.  Then I hand painted the “ello” message.  Once it was all dry I used hot glue to fasten the whole thing to the ribbon. For a little more springtime inspiration I added some embossed metal butterfly scrapbook stickers that I touched up with some white paint.  The paint was just to give them more dimension from farther away.  The last thing was to add the bit of leftover burlap ribbon for a hanger and I cinched some pale brown satin ribbon into a bow with streamers at the hanging point to add a little more color.


IMG_4459If you feel so inclined, I would love to get your vote over at the contest site.  Just click on the link below to go to my entry.  You can vote every day until the end of the month.

Thanks in advance if you have a chance to help me out!

So, have you all created any fun spring time decorations?  Do you go all out for Easter every year, or do you keep a more general theme?

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Making And Crafts–Valentine’s Day Wreath

February 9, 2011 07:20 by ehouston

In an attempt to add a little celebration to our lives each month we have decided to get on board with the holidays- no matter how small.  Not that Valentine’s Day is an insignificant holiday, but to us it’s just not the same as Christmas or Thanksgiving.  Those are the majors.  Most other holidays fall into a different category around here.  One in which we have a simple, but special meal, a quick holiday greeting, maybe a card, and then we move on with our lives.  Usually there are no major decorations going up or weeks of shopping for the right gift.  No serious large meal planning and work to get ready for a stream of houseguests. 

However, we have decided as a family that we would like to make sure we do acknowledge the special days throughout the year so we don’t lose site of what is important to us.  Love, God, Fights for Freedom, Independence…you get the picture.  So, this year I finally got around to putting together a bit of holiday décor for the front door as a sweet reminder that this is the month of love.  After long admiring those wrapped yarn wreaths you see all over places like Etsy, I decided to give it a try myself. 

Retro Hostess Kitchen Wreath

(I have long admired this exampler from Knock Knocking.)

My goal was to create something cute, but only with materials I had around the house.  That was key!  I did try to find a foam heart form for the base because I thought it would be easier to work with, but the only ones I found were on the small side  Which ended up being a good thing because I really did not need a foam form after all.


I ended up using a cardboard box that was laying around the house as a base for the wreath.  I don’t knit or crochet, so I did have to break down and buy some yarn, at $2.79, a skein for this project since that is not a supply I keep on hand.


As I cut out the form I rounded the points a bit to help with the wrapping process.


To give the form some bulk, softness and a little shape I wrapped it with some leftover heirloom cotton batting.   Then I just went to town wrapping the yarn around and around the form until I had the coverage I wanted.  It took two times around the whole thing, but with all the curves and points I had to get a little creative in the wrapping process.  At one point I realized if I kept things smooth and did not backtrack from to far up the line I could wrap the yarn outward instead of just along the form.  In other words I could keep wrapping in one area until I had the coverage just right and then I could move along the form.  The trick was to just be sure that you wrapped the next area to the same depth as the one before it.  Otherwise you would end up with bumps and lumps.  Once I realized I did not have to do one overall layer at a time things went pretty quickly.


Of course I wanted to embellish the finished wreath with something a little Springy.  So, I cut flower and leaf shapes out of vintage and reproduction fabric scraps.  Then I coated them with fabric stiffener.  Before they completely dried I folded, curled and rumpled them up a bit to give them some character.


After they completely dried I stitched the pieces together to form larger flowers and used vintage buttons to finish off the centers.


I also really wanted some kind of ribbon or bow with tails to add a little charm.


I think this vintage scalloped trim did just the trick!


Later I broke out the glue gun and added the flowers.  I think it came out pretty cute for a quick, couple of afternoons project.  I figured it can grace our door through the end of the month, by which time I hope to have come up with something for March.  Clover maybe, or a horseshoe?  Hmmm….

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