Monday, January 17, 2011

Valentine Wreath Giveaway!!!!

Welcome to my first GIVEAWAY!!!

I am so excited to offer this Valentine wreath as a giveaway, I just LOVE it and am going to have to make one to keep for myself. I made this out of a wool full length coat I got at Goodwill half price. The coat was intended to for stockings but I ran out of time, I had an even better idea for a Valentine wreath. Actually while out shopping at Christmas I saw a really cute flower on a necklace and that sparked an idea. I'm going to share with you how to make it BUT... maybe you won't have to if you win one.

So if you want to win this wreath simply follow the suggestions below. Goodluck!
1. Become a follower, if you aren't already, easy peasy right!
2. Comment on any other project in my archives, it can be any post.
3. Put my button on your blog or facebook and tell people to come check out my blog.
Please leave a comment on this post for each thing you do and be sure to leave your email address. The giveaway ends on Sunday, January 23rd. I will announce the winner by 4:00pm.  Now get busy you got show some love, tis the season right??? This giveaway is closed!

Ok, just in the case you don't win the wreath here is a tutorial to show you how to make your own. As I said I used a red wool coat but you can use whatever fabric you have, obviously the thicker the better.
I suppose there are alot of people out there that simply see a red wool coat when they look at this and truly that is understandable but I see fabric, lots of fabric and do I have to tell you that makes me such a happy girl.
Then I see this, and I know it's half price on pink tags day and I get even more excited because that is alot of wool fabric for 5.00!!! As I mentioned you could do this with lots of fabric but I love the idea of using something old as something new and it really is hard to beat the price!
The first thing I did is started cutting the coat apart and cutting 2 inch squares, tons of them, gobs of them, sorry I didn't count them.
Then I took my small whole punch and punched a whole in each and every one of the squares. Ummm this project is a bit monotonous but oh so worth it!
I took a coat hanger and shaped it into a heart. Then simply started to feed all the squares onto the wire. (pardon this picture, I need a new camera, simple fact , most of these have been taken outside at least until it got dark)

 Once the wire was packed full I bent the wire with some pliers Then I dabbed a little hot glue on the wool squares so that you can't see the wire.

Another great find, it was a 1.50. A Ralph Lauren coat, what do you think Ralph would say about this. It was suppose to be the cuff on the stockings, but... well you already know that story.
I simply cut a circle, no pattern, just eyeball it, I promise it will be fine. See those little pearl things in the back. I bought a bunch of those after Christmas for a dime I think. I wish I had found more. 

Just start cutting like a snake or a spiral. Once you cut it you will wind it back up using the center part as the middle of your flower. Tuck the tail in behind your flower. I forgot to take a pic of this part but I glued the tail and then cut a circle the size of my flower, covered it with glue and laid the flower on it. I then glued in the pearl thingy, technical term.
These are so sweet! I also added a little satin ribbon for some shine. I cut the ends in a dovetail because it reminds me of bow and arrow for Valentine's.
Here is one final look. I don't think the pictures do it justice. Oh and in case you are wondering it is about a foot tall. So be sure to try to win one and if you create one of your own and come back and show me how it turned out!

68 comments:

Sherringa said...

Dearest Laura ~ I love your wreath.... please pick me! And if I win can I have the buttons off your Jackets tooooo? I am not trying to be greeedy but they look like they would work nicely into my collection! Love your blog ~ What did I ever do before I discovered ms. smarty Pants?

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

Too cute! I love the white flowers and pearl bead things against the bright red! Very pretty! {Great score on the "material" too!}

Sharing Sister said...

Ok, I did it all. My front door is calling for your wreath!

Cathi said...

Laura, that is ssooo cute! What a great idea to use old clothes! You've got talent girl!

Tonya mahan said...

This turned out awesome!! I love it and plan to win...Tonya

Nana's Fun Stuff said...

That turned out so cute!! Great score on the wool jacket also. How fun for your first giveaway :))

Kathy said...

Cute! and a great blog...
Look forward to returning and getting to know you better,
Kathy @
Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Tracy Suzanne said...

Hi Laura. This is just so cute!!! What a great giveaway. I'm a new follower on GFC as tonasun/tracy suzanne. I also commented on your lamp redo post. Great job on those. Hope you'll stop by and visit my blog one day.

Hugs...Tracy :)
cottonpickin(at)hotmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Let me babble...I posted and Lord only knows if Sherringa doesn't get it, I hope I do! I LOVE it...and love being in touch.

Tracy Suzanne said...

I forgot to say that I also added your button to my sidebar here:
http://cottonpickincute.blogspot.com/

I hope I didn't mess up your account but wanted you to know, I'm following the rules, ha-ha.

Be blessed...Tracy :)

menopausefringe@yahoo.com said...

Ok This is beautiful!!! And I think since I just got married the something old and something new works perfect for me. Pick me Pick me. What an amazing way for us to remember that we used to be something else. Now we have come together to build something brand new and beautiful.

Grannys Attic said...

That is just beautiful and would really look great hanging in my house! Thanks for the step by step tutorial. Be much easier if I win than making one! Have a great day, Vicky

mamipdx said...

such a lovely project! i am a new follower.
thanks!
shenais
divertida at fastmail dot fm

Natalie said...

*Became a follower....check
*Commented on another project in your archives....check
*Shared your button on my Facebook....check

Somehow figured it all out :)

& just an FYI....the wonderful Marci sent me your way! Gotta love that lady! She is one of a kind!!!!

Inspire Me Heather said...

Cute wreath - I'm following

InMyOwnStyle said...

Hi Laura-

What a cute and clever wreath. Perfect for Valentines Day. I never would have thought about cutting up an old coat. Wow, I am now going to be looking at old wool coats in a whole new light.
My best- Diane

Sabrina said...

Oh I love this!!! U amaze me! Never in my life would I have been able to look at an old coat and see this in its future! This wreath wants to come home to me, I can hear it calling me!!
tswoodruff7 AT aol DOT com

Tara Lauren said...

This is amazing! Who would have thought? I would LOVE to win this for my front door!

Anonymous said...

Give it to me!!!!!
Lynda Whitman

Curtains In My Tree said...

Oh I love that it's so cute and well made I would say I will gladly hang that in my house and show it off for you.

Janice

Pam said...

That is adorable. Love the little rosettes you made for it also. You're very talented.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

It really is beautiful...and I would never guess how you made it! A great tip for our thrifting! ♥

Tammy said...

Ok I want it. Anything you can cut up good clothing and recreate into beauty I am all over.
Pick me ok?
tammy

Anonymous said...

Love it! What a great recycling project! Hope I win...

Monica
Littlestown, PA

Eight for Eternity said...
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Eight for Eternity said...

I just became a follower woo hoo! I love your wreath! My daughter's bday is valentines day, so I really hope I win this ;) She would love it!

shenandoah.n.katie@gmail.com

Eight for Eternity said...
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Eight for Eternity said...

I posted you on facebook ;) LOVE LOVE LOVE the wreath!!

shenandoah.n.katie@gmail.com

~Krista~ said...

I love this wreath and it would look fab on my front door :)
kristathompson11@gmail.com

~Krista~ said...

I posted your button on my blog
kristathompson11@gmail.com

5Star Digital Scrapbooking said...

what a fantastic idea the wreath turned out perfectly

~Krista~ said...

I commented on another post, thank you for the chance to win!
kristathompson11@gmail.com

Beth said...

That is beautiful! I have a passion for hearts anyway. Hope I win!

Brenda Kula said...

What a clever girl you are! Now that wreath is just as cute as a bug's ear!
Brenda

Michelle said...

Love it! I am a new follower! www.landofthemisfittoyz.blogspot.com

Janna said...

Very nice!! I love your blog! I'm a follower.

etsyteachermom at gmail dot com

Melinda said...

Thanks for linking up at Under My Umbrella! Love this wreath. So crafty!

Sachiko said...

Your wreath is amazing! Thank you for sharing!

I Am Momma - Hear Me Roar said...

Your wreath is beautiful Laura! The flowers on it are perfect. Great work!

Cheri

riverlady33 said...

found u today .love the wreath going to start
one today tks for sharing. edna

Kelly said...

Hello! I found you through Beyond the Picket Fence. I love this wreath! I think I might try it with an initial. I'm your newest follower!

Kelly

Full of Grace said...

This is an Amazing Idea!!! You've really opened my eyes to something, I never THOUGHT of buying those old style wool coats to cut them up, but it's an EXCELLENT idea, Thanks so much for sharing this idea!!! I LOVE the wreath, and I'd really LOVE to win it, but I'm glad you showed how to make it too! :)

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

I love making these wreaths--this one is so elegant and beautiful. Thanks so much to linking up to Beyond the Picket Fence.

Meg said...

Oooh, I love this! And I love where you found your fabric! I try and look at things in terms of "fabric" instead of "coat." :) It helps when you're cutting it to shreds!

Erin@likegrandmas said...

Love this wreath, and I love the fabric you used on it!

jandjhome said...

I love this wreath. I loved that you used a coat. I would have never thought of that.

DANA said...

I am a follower and I love this! It is SOOO cute! danajeanward@gmail.com

Tinamarie said...

ooh ooh - so nice! my home would be soooo happy to have that pretty pretty heart! Im a new follower and I am so glad to be - you are so creative!

tinamarie said...

forgot to add, I commented on one of your archive posts and added your button on my facebook!

C'est Magnifique said...

So cute! I love how you used individual squares to make your wreath, it turned out great!

Tania

Jen.Jensen said...

Great tutorial. I am a follower.

Chrissy said...

I am a follower...
chrissy@simply-created.net
http:jackieandtina.blogspot.com

Chrissy said...

i commented on your bedroom redo
chrissy@simply-created.net
http:jackieandtina.blogspot.com

Chrissy said...

I added a facebook link
chrissy@simply-created.net
http:jackieandtina.blogspot.com

The Wilkins' said...

so pretty! I'm now a follower!

katecanskate@hotmail.com

Lisa said...

This is gorgeous! I've been making v day wreaths for my friends and I don't even have one for myself!

Jen said...

I went to Michaels yesterday to find a styrofoam wreath shape. Only the puniest thing left. I left it there. Please pick me so my naked front door can be pretty!

Lorraine said...

This is my first time at your site and I must say what a perfect way to start my weekend!
As soon as I finish doing my weekend chores i will be crafting in my sewing room, Thanks for your Awesome ideas. Oh I forgot "PICK ME".

Levi & Katie said...

I am a follower!

katiewhited@gmail.com

tbaker01 said...

This cute valentine work of art makes my heart sing! you are amazing. Love, love, love love love it!
keep inspiring us
Im a follower and i posted on face book-gotta get the word out on what people are missing out on!

tbakerdesigns@gmail.com

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi there- this is absolutely darling! What a fantastic idea and to use a wool coat- how creative of you!!! I love it~ the wreath came out so charming and sweet~thank you for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

Life In The Thrifty Lane said...

What a great idea, and it is beautiful! Hope to win it!! I'm a follower, have a great day, Veronica

joneld said...

I love this idea...between this and a burlap one, I don't know which to do, which means I will do both, haha. Now off to the thrift store I go!

Scatter said...

This wreath would be perfect for my wall of hearts! I'm not usually lucky, so I guess I'll have to be on the lookout for some red wool. *crossing fingers anyway* Thanks so much for posting the tutorial!

golonghorns said...

What a pretty wreath. I will have to remember this for future projects when my little ones don't take up so much of my time. I enjoyed looking at some of your past projects and loved the Christmas burlap snowman and angel with some of your costume jewelry. You have a fun decorating style. I also loved the redo on the mannequin form for your neice. Lots of great ideas and eye candy for decorating. For now legos decorate my house ;)

Anonymous said...

Hello all, I have made the wreath and well i must say my door it the talk of my street. Thanks for such a grand idea.I love that it is one of a kind.
Happy Valentines..

Eva M. Houston, Texas

freckled laundry said...

This is REALLY cute! I need to start surfing my link party links a little earlier! (I set aside my Thurs. nights for it.) Missed a fabulous giveaway. Thanks for sharing with air your Laundry Friday!

Hugs,
Jami

lauren@WESTFURNITUREREVIVAL said...

the wreath is beautiful...

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