Thursday, December 11, 2014

Virtual Refrigerator - Fleece Wreaths

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Welcome to another edition of the Virtual Refrigerator! This weekly blog hop is co-hosted by A Glimpse of Our LifeHomeschool Coffee Break, and Every Bed of Roses. We all cordially invite you to add your link sharing the art that's on your Virtual Refrigerator and then hop over to the other blogs and admire what's on their Fridges! 
December's Art Challenge: Christmas
The hosts of the Virtual Refrigerator put our heads together and decided to give a themed challenge to each other and to our readers each month. For December, the theme is Christmas, and we're sure that we and all our participants will have plenty of ideas for related art projects to share! We'll be featuring themed submissions to the Fridge as we go along. Please continue to share any art posts on our Virtual Fridge as well - we love seeing all of them! - and we hope the theme provides a little additional challenge and inspiration!

A couple weeks ago I shared the Fleece Wreath we worked on as a preview to the Christmas Craft Breakfast. And I said I would update it, so here I am to do just that!  Here is that first wreath we made, all finished:

And a recap of the instructions:
I bought a bargain fleece blanket at WalMart (under $3) and we cut strips from that - about 1-1/2 inches by 6 inches. Kennady had prepared a wire hanger as the frame by bending it into a circle shape. Then she tied the fleece strips onto the hanger (just simple knots) and pushed them together to make it full. We think we used around 100 strips. Once the hanger was completely covered with the fleece strips, we bent the hook part into a circle so it's a built-in hanging loop for the wreath. We thought about covering it with ribbon or yarn that matches the fleece, which is a good idea to make it more finished-looking, but it's not absolutely necessary. Our bow is from the dollar store - the decorator bows with a twist tie fastener on the back. We were ready for the Christmas Craft Breakfast!

Before the Craft Breakfast, Kennady and I cut some holiday print fleece blankets into strips, and put them in bags of about 100 each. We also bent wire coat hangers into circles, and DH helped us bend the hook of each hanger into a loop. These hangers were a heavier gauge, so that took a pliers.

At the breakfast, we just put out the supplies, and gave some quick instructions. Depending on the age of the kid, this took about 10-15 minutes to do. And did I mention that there is NO GLUE involved?! Bonus!!!

Here is a finished wreath made by one of the middle school age kids.

We had some random scraps and a few bows left over, so Kennady made one more wreath at home. We didn't have enough fabric to make it as full as the others, but it's still festive!
Fleece Wreath

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Chareen said...

Those are gorgeous!

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