Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Valentine Wreath Rerun

Valentine Wreath

This is a wreath I made last year, actually was a giveaway that I had. I have been getting alot of hits on it over the last few days so I thought I would share it again.

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.

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, even red felt would work.
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 as I said I gave this one away last year, now I need to make one for me this year! Yep, found another red coat, actually a suit!

Linking to...
Blue Cricket Design
Savvy Southern Style  
Chic on a Shoestring 
A Little Knick Knack 
Freckled Laundry
My Repurposed Life
Remodelaholic
Tatertots & Jello 

25 comments:

Comeca Jones said...

Too cute!

Krista-Artista said...

When i saw you made that wreath out of a coat, my jaw dropped. I neer thought of using clothing for fabric, but you could never have gotten that quality of fabric at the store for that price. I love it. Plus I'm so impressed by how you think out of the box!
Krista
krista-artista.com

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

You are definately a giver, because after all that work, I would have kept it! I love it. I was just thinking yesterday that I need something for my front door right now. Too early for Easter...

Finding Home said...

Oh my gosh - what an incredbily fabulous idea to use wool coats - the wreath is adorable! I may have to make a run to goodwill!

labbie1 said...

Bouncing in from Savvy Southern Style Wow Us Wednesday...I really like that! So cute! Off to Goodwill...

Beth said...

that is the coolest, I gotta make it!

Erin said...

I absolutely LOVE this! I want to try it...and I'm not one to typically decorate for Valentines Day...but this makes me want to. :)

Laura and Michael [Beauty and the Beard] said...

This is so sweet! Love it- just stumbled across your blog and it is so great!

Laura
beautyandbeard.blogspot.com

Katie said...

what a great way to use something old! You should join me in "Handmade 52" this year!
http://raisingoranges.blogspot.com/2012/01/handmade-52.html

Sheer Serendipity said...

What a creative idea! That wreath is absolutely beautiful!

Amanda said...

Wow! I'm loving that you used the coat!! What did we do before blogs for ideas?!! haha
Amanda

Tammy of {Tattered and Timeless} said...

So I say you make another one this year but change it up a bit. Surprise us girl.

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

What a pretty wreath--I'm glad it's a repost, when I first saw the heart I thought "I can't believe she's that organized!". I keep forgetting to repurpose clothing into crafts. Your white roses are the perfect touch.

Linh C. said...

Love the wreath!

I have a red coat like that. I don't know if I can cut it up through.

gail said...

I love your wreath! I think it's the prettiest vt wreath I've seen! Thanks for linking up and linking back to ccc.
gail
ps catching you this week

Ange said...

Awesome transformation!!! It looks fabulous!

Toqua's Crafts said...

That is SO CUTE!
I love the fact you used clothing you found at Goodwill!! That is GREAT!
I'm gonna have to try to make me one. (I have the same time issue. Ha!)

Crafty Mischief said...

Your wreath is gorgeous! I found you through My Repurposed Life. Thanks for sharing! :)

Debbie @PinkTexasChick said...

Very creative!

Sue said...

What a pretty wreath! I just submitted this to the M&T Spotlight http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight

Liz said...

Wow, that's great!!

Michelle @ Delicate Construction said...

I am the one who won it and I still have it and love it!!

Sue said...

What a great idea. I shop the Goodwill all the time and never thought about using clothing for fabric. Next time I go, I'll have that in mind. Thanks for the idea. The wreath is sooo beautiful.

Shelly @A Creative Space said...

This looks fantastic! Pinned it onto my Wreaths board. :)

Sheila Earhart said...

You are talented and adorable!! So glad I found your blog. :)

Sheila in Oregon

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