My 3 Monsters: March 2014

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3.31.2014

Fruity Pebbles Popcorn

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Fruity Pebbles Popcorn recipe at my3monsters.com
Hi y'all!  Today I'm sharing a delicious recipe with you that looks like a party in the bowl and tastes like a party in your mouth!  For years we made white chocolate popcorn for all our friends at Christmas time.  Everyone loves it and it's so easy you can make 20 batches of it in one afternoon if you need to.  It wasn't until recently that I started to wonder what it would be like if you mixed other yummy stuff in with the popcorn.  {I mean, duh!  Sometimes I am really slow.}  This year for Christmas I added chewy cinnamon candies for a spicy kick and it was to-die-for delicious. Now that it's spring, I wanted to try something fruity and colorful, so I stopped at Walgreens while I was out running errands and bought a box of Fruity Pebbles!


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3.28.2014

Amish Baked Oatmeal

Amish Baked Oatmeal recipe at my3monsters.com
Years ago while we were visiting my sister in Las Vegas, she made the most delicious breakfast for us -- Amish Baked Oatmeal. It tasted like crumbled, soft oatmeal cookies in a bowl of warm milk and fresh fruit. Oh. My. Goodness! It's like heaven in a bowl. After eating it, my brother said, "If I wasn't Mormon, I would probably . . . NOT . . . be Amish, but they do know how to cook." Goof. It has since become our favorite lazy Saturday morning breakfast/brunch.


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3.26.2014

Springy Flower Pillow with Kanzashi-Inspired Folded Fabric Flower

Springy Flower Pillow with Kanzashi-inspired folded fabric flower at my3monsters.com
Hello everyone!  Remember the Lucky Shamrock pillow I made last month for my front porch?  When I switched out my wreath the other day I realized that the shamrock pillow didn't match anymore.  That's when I had the brilliant idea to use the back side of that pillow to make a more springy design.  Since I had made the pillow cover out of white-on-white polka dots it was perfect.  Now that one little pillow can last through another season just by flipping it over.  {I may just have to make all my porch pillows double-sided from now on!}

I have had this idea in my head for an origami-esque flower made out of fabric.  A while back I made some Japanese Kanzashi fabric flowers that were intricate and beautiful.  I was wanting to make something with a similar feeling, only much, much simpler. I'm sure I have seen something similar to this before, but I couldn't find a source so I thought it might be cool to try and bring my idea to life on this pillow. It was really quite easy and I think the end result is pretty.


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3.24.2014

Floating Vases for Your Favorite Spring Flowers

DIY Floating Vases at my3monsters.com
Spring and Fall are my favorite seasons here in Arizona -- the times when the heat isn't so relentless and we feel super lucky to be far from the snow.  There are a few things I watch for to signal the beginning of Spring, my favorite being when I go to the store and I'm greeted by big buckets of daffodils for sale.  That's when I start to feel the Spring Fever in my bones.  It means we're just weeks away from Easter, followed by the long slide into Summer vacation.  It starts to be a little lighter every day when I wake the kids up at 5:45 in the morning for school and there's just a different feeling in the air. It snuck up on me this year.  I walked into my favorite market and there they were, all bright and beautiful -- the daffodils!  I had to buy a few bunches because they're so inexpensive it just doesn't seem right not to.  Plus, I had been planning on making these floating vases anyway so it was serendipitous to say the least!

Browsing on Pinterest a few weeks back, I came across this awesome idea from Bev at Flamingo Toes and I just knew I had to re-create it on the chicken wire board in my dining room.  I chose a bright, springy green for my frames, but I love the multi-colored effect of Bev's finished project, too.  It was so easy to put together, mostly out of things that I already had on hand.


Floating Vases & Frames

Supplies:
  • picture frames -- thrift- and dollar-store frames are great for this!
  • small glass vases, mason jars, or other small containers with a lip at the top
  • paper clips
  • twill tape or ribbon -- about 24" per bottle
  • felt scraps
  • tape
  • hot glue 

Step 1:  Paint your frames the desired color(s) and allow to dry.

Step 2:  Prepare the vases for hanging.  Bend paperclips into S-shaped hooks as shown below.


DIY Floating Vases at my3monsters.com
Tape the paperclip to the back side of the bottle or vase.  I used washi tape because it shows up better in photos for demonstration purposes, but clear scotch tape would probably be better.  The tape is just to help hold it in place while you wrap the ribbon, not to hold the weight of the vase, so don't worry too much about what kind you use.


DIY Floating Vases at my3monsters.com
Leaving about a 6-8 inch tail, hold your ribbon on the front of the bottle {just under the lip at the top} with your thumb.  Wrap the opposite end of the ribbon around the bottle twice, the first time weaving the ribbon between the two metal pieces of the paper clip, and the second time wrapping it on top of both metal pieces as shown below:


DIY Floating Vases at my3monsters.com
Tie both ends of the ribbon into a bow on the front side of the bottle and trim the ends evenly.


DIY Floating Vases at my3monsters.com
The hook is now securely attached to the ribbon {which is holding the weight of the vase when it is hanging} and the lip is keeping the ribbon from slipping off.  Carefully fill each vase about 2/3 full with water and cut your flowers to fit.

Step 3:  Prepare the frames for hanging.  Once the paint has dried, flip the frames over.  Bend two more paperclips into S-shaped hooks for each frame.  Situate the hooks on each side of the frame so that the top of the hook lines up with the top edge of the frame on each side.  

Drizzle some hot glue all over the bottom hook and place a small scrap of felt on top of the hot glue.  Press the felt down into the glue really well to adhere it to the frame and sandwich the paperclip in between.

Step 4:  Hang everything up on the chicken wire.  Just slip the curved ends of the paperclip "hooks" over the chicken wire in the desired spots.  Easy Cheesy!


DIY Floating Vases at my3monsters.com
It's so pretty and cheerful you almost don't notice the dirty dishes in the sink!  Hey, at least I moved them off of the countertops and into the sink for y'all. I was losing the daylight to take pictures and didn't have time to wash them in the moment.  {Plus, it's the kids' chore, not mine.  Just sayin'.}  But the flowers are pretty -- sooo pretty, right?!  Look at the floating vases, friends.  Just the vases.  

What's your favorite sign that spring is finally here?


Have a beautiful day, guys!

Amy


3.21.2014

Paper Flower Spring Wreath

Paper Flower Spring Wreath at my3monsters.com
Happy Friday, friends!  Remember the Shamrock Wreath I made for St. Patrick's Day?  I attached all the decorative elements with straight pins so that I could reuse the basic yarn-wrapped wreath for seasons to come.  I simply pulled off all the shamrocks and rosettes from before {and stored them in my craft closet to reassemble next year!} and replaced them with some pretty paper flowers and a bright, striped bow.  Now it's perfect for spring and it only took a few minutes to do.

To begin you will need to make your flowers.  I used this fabulous tutorial at DIY or Don't to make the big yellow Ranunculus in the center.  Sarah offers a free downloadable template for cutting the petal pieces by hand or using a cutting machine like a Silhouette or Cricut.  {Someday . . . }  For this wreath you will need one Ranunculus.

I also wanted to make Spider Mums, but I didn't find a good tutorial {in English} when I searched briefly so I just made up my own as I went along and I'm happy with how they turned out!  Here's how I did it:

How to Make Paper Spider Mums

Supplies:
  • 12x12 inch scrapbook paper {½ sheet per flower}
  • scraps of contrasting paper for flower centers
  • scissors
  • tape or glue
  • floral wire
Paper Flower Spring Wreath at my3monsters.com
Step 1:  Make the center of the flower.  Cut a scrap piece of scrapbook paper approx. 2x3 inches.  Fold it in half lengthwise and cut slits along the folded edge about every ¼-inch as shown in the photo above.  Make sure to leave between ¼-½ inch uncut along the flat edges.  Cut a piece of floral wire about 8 inches long and bend it in half.

Paper Flower Spring Wreath at my3monsters.com
Insert the floral wire into one of the slits near the center of the piece of paper and twist the ends to hold it in place.  Fold the paper in half end-to-end and roll it up around the wire as shown below:

Paper Flower Spring Wreath at my3monsters.com
Use a piece of tape or dab of glue to secure the ends.

Paper Flower Spring Wreath at my3monsters.com
Bend the paper outward to "fluff" the center up.

Step 2:  Form the flower petals.  This process is very similar to how you made the flower center.

Paper Flower Spring Wreath at my3monsters.com
Cut a 12x12 inch sheet of scrapbook paper in half.  Fold one of the pieces in half lengthwise.  Cut slits all along the folded edges about ¼ inch apart, leaving about ½ inch uncut at the bottom.  {Just like you did to make the center.}

Paper Flower Spring Wreath at my3monsters.com
Lay the flower center at one end of the strip of petals you just prepared.  Use a small piece of tape or dab of glue to secure the center in place.  Gently roll the paper around the center until you reach the other end of the strip.  Secure it in place with a piece of tape or glue.  If you want a bigger, fuller mum, use the other half of the sheet of scrapbook paper to make another strip of petals and repeat this process.

Paper Flower Spring Wreath at my3monsters.com
Open up the flower and spread out the petals one at a time.   Use a pencil to gently curl the petals upward toward the center.  Re-fluff the center if you need to and you're finished!

Paper Flower Spring Wreath at my3monsters.com

To attach the flowers to the wreath base:  Simply spread the two floral wires at the bottom of the flower apart and wrap them around the wreath base in the desired location.  Secure the flower in place by twisting the wires together in the back of the wreath and trimming the ends, if necessary.

Paper Flower Spring Wreath at my3monsters.com
Hang the wreath with a loop of bright coordinating ribbon tied into a bow at the top.  I just love the three-dimensional paper flowers in unexpected patterns and colors.  It's perfect for spring here in Arizona, but if you live in a place where "April showers bring May flowers", you may need to display this one inside the house instead of on the front door.  Either way, it will be a fun addition to your springtime decor.

Have a great day!

Amy


3.20.2014

Keep Your Laundry Stain-Free With Biz

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Hello, friends!  Remember my cute new cloth napkins I shared with you guys yesterday?  I have to tell you, I was super excited about them, but I'm pretty sure my husband thought I was crazy.  I think the first words out of his mouth were, "How are you going to keep those things clean?!"  I think he was imagining a future of all white foods for Sunday dinners -- heaping plates of mashed potatoes {no gravy!} with sides of cauliflower and plain pasta {no sauce!}.  Little did he know,  I have a secret weapon in my corner.  I had just been invited to take the Biz Challenge and put Biz stainfighter to the test!

With my fingers crossed, I set the table with those cute napkins for dinner that very night and cooked up some coconut chicken curry -- the stain-iest thing on our menu this week.  After enjoying the delicious meal and allowing my husband and boys to clean it up as usual, this is what I was left to contend with:

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Not just yellow curry stains.  OLD, set-in curry stains.  On 4 of my brand new napkins.  I hadn't ever used Biz before so I was really, really hoping it would be as great as it says it is.   Believe me, before trusting my pretty white polka dotted napkins to Biz, I read all the available info on it.  Biz contains more stain fighting ingredients than other brands do.  I'm terrible at laundry so I didn't realize that there are basically four different types of stains, each requiring a different active ingredient to remove them.  {I assume most people already know these things and I'm just behind laundry-wise . . . } Biz has the goods to treat all four types in one concentrated liquid.  I felt pretty sure that it could handle my curry stains.

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I started with a pre-treatment, wetting the stains with warm water and applying the Biz directly to the stains.  I gently rubbed the liquid into the stains and let them sit for about ten minutes.  After only a couple of minutes they started to look a whole lot better!  I admired the cool new Biz logo and packaging while I waited, then I threw the napkins into a load of laundry and added a little bit of Biz to the washer to help boost my detergent's abilities.  When the napkins came out of the dryer, they looked as good as new:

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What a relief!!  If Biz can remove yellow curry stains, I feel confident that it can remove just about anything my family can throw at it -- from spaghetti sauce to brown gravy.  My husband will be relieved to hear that  he can have his normal Sunday dinners and I can have pretty white napkins at the same time.  Win-win!  Take the Challenge yourself and use this coupon to save $1 on Biz.  What kind of stains are you most excited to try Biz on?

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3.19.2014

Easy DIY Cloth Napkins & Felt Bow Napkin Rings

Easy DIY Cloth Napkins and Felt Bow Napkin Rings at my3monsters.com
Hi there!  My kids have gone back to school this week, which means Spring Break is over and we are on the countdown to Summer Vacation!!!  I was feeling the need for a bright, springy project today, so I decided to tackle something that has been on my to-do list for a while now -- cloth napkins and napkin rings.  These will go perfectly with my turquoise fiestaware plates and make a beautiful table for our Easter dinner and Sunday dinners all summer long.


Easy DIY Cloth Napkins and Felt Bow Napkin Rings at my3monsters.com
I've made cloth napkins here on the blog before and shared with y'all how I make perfect-ish mitered corners the easy way, but today I want to show you how to make this project even easier with NO MITERED CORNERS!!!!  I had to buy men's handkerchiefs for something a few weeks ago and I needed 5 of them.  Come to find out that basic handkerchiefs either come in packs of 4 or 13 -- seriously frustrating!!  The 13-pack was cheaper than two 4 packs so I bought that and had 8 left over.  What was I going to do with 8 white handkerchiefs?!  Then it dawned on me . . . these were the perfect size to make napkins out of if I combined them with another fabric for some durability!!  Ready to see how I did it?  Let's go!

Easy DIY Cloth Napkin Tutorial

Supplies {makes 8 napkins}:
  • 1¾ yards printed fabric
  • 1¾ yards coordinating fabric -OR- 8 men's handkerchiefs
  • coordinating thread
Step1:  Cut your fabric into 15½-inch squares -- 8 squares out of each fabric.  IF you are using handkerchiefs, you'll notice that they are NOT square.  Like, not even close.  The edges are all wonky and crazy.  If you cut your printed fabric into perfect squares, you can use that as a guide for your stitching and end up with normal, square napkins. 

Step 2:  For each napkin, lay out one square of printed fabric right side up and lay apiece of the coordinating fabric {or a handkerchief} right side down on top of it.  Line up the edges and place a few pins along each edge to hold it in place while you sew.

This is where it becomes painfully obvious that the inexpensive handkerchiefs are all kinds of crooked.  Just do your best to center the handkerchief on top of the fabric and pin in place.  Trim the excess handkerchief fabric so that the edges align with the printed fabric. 

Step 3:  Using a ¼" seam allowance, sew around all 4 edges of each napkin leaving a 3-inch opening on one side so you can turn the napkin right side out.  Turn the napkins right side out, making sure to get the corners turned all the way so they are nice and pointy.  Press the napkins at this point to get nice, crisp edges.

Step 4:  Top stitch around all 4 edges of each napkin, near the outside edge to close the hole you left open for turning and give it a professional, finished look.  Press again if desired.

Easy DIY Cloth Napkins and Felt Bow Napkin Rings at my3monsters.com

Felt Bow Napkin Rings

Supplies:
  • pattern pieces {download here at Oliver + S}
  • felt in a variety of colors -- I prefer wool felt because it is so much easier to work with and comes in a TON of colors.  You can find it on Etsy by searching "wool felt" under supplies.
  • hot glue gun & glue sticks
Step 1:  Download and cut out the pattern pieces from the link above.  I fell in love with the pattern at Oliver + S because it is THE PERFECT shape and size.  For napkin rings you will also need to print out this extra piece:
 Step 2:  Cut out one of each pattern piece from the felt for each napkin ring you are making.  


Easy DIY Cloth Napkins and Felt Bow Napkin Rings at my3monsters.com

Step 3:  Use hot glue to assemble the bow as shown in the tutorial at Oliver + S.  {She sews hers -- just use hot glue instead of stitching.}  BEFORE attaching the bow center, hot glue the two ends of the additional napkin ring piece together to form a loop.  Use a dab of glue to secure the bow base and bow loops to the napkin ring piece, lining up the curved edges.  THEN attach the bow center by placing a dab of hot glue behind the bow in the center of the napkin ring loop and wrapping the bow center around all the layers, catching both ends in the hot glue.


Easy DIY Cloth Napkins and Felt Bow Napkin Rings at my3monsters.com
How pretty are all of those colors together?!  Now I'm dreaming up a centerpiece with real grass and Easter eggs in all those shades.  Watch for it right here in the next couple of weeks!


Have a great day, friends!

Amy



3.18.2014

Suzani Style Applique Pillows on Craftaholics Anonymous® Today!

Suzani Style Applique pillows by My 3 Monsters for Craftaholics Anonymous
Hey guys!  Today is my second guest post at Craftaholics Anonymous® as part of the creative team.  I am having so much fun coming up with projects to share over there this year!  This month I am sharing my love for Suzani textiles and a tutorial for these Suzani-style felt applique pillows.  Not sure what Suzani is?  Hop on over for a little edumacation and a fun tutorial {if I do say so myself}!

Side note:  My family does not like these Suzani pillows as much as I do.  I mean to say, I Luh-uh-uh-ve them and my family ha-a-ates them.  "Maybe you just don't understand what they are," I pleaded and gave them my spiel about how awesome Suzani textiles and patterns are.  They patiently half-listened before telling me that no, they still don't like the pillows.  They can now appreciate the pillows, they said, but they will not be sad to see them go.  *Cut to close up of my face with a perfect, single tear rolling down my cheek.*  I can lead those horses to the waters of good design, but I can't make them drink . . . 

What do you all think?  Am I off my rocker here or do you like Suzani, too?


Have a great day, friends!

Amy


3.17.2014

Spring Break Style at Dollar General

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It's no secret that I'm not great at doing laundry.  While it was my new year's resolution last year, we can safely say that my laundry issues were not resolved in 2013.  I just had an epiphany the other day as I was sorting clothes.  I hate laundry because it is like doing the same thing over and over and over again.  I get so stinkin' tired of looking at the same old clothes week after week.  I need a little something to perk up my laundry-doing motivation.  It's high time we get some new clothes up in here!!

Also, we just had our Spring Break here in Arizona, so we are all desperate to put away the winter threads and break out some new duds.  Something bright and cheerful.  Luckily, at Dollar General we can give our kids' wardrobe a little makeover without breaking the bank.  I was pleasantly surprised this week when I was given the opportunity to shop Dollar General's new spring apparel and share it with you guys here on my blog.
   

Sydney, my 15 year old, is a huge fan of maxi-skirts.  They're just as comfy as yoga pants, but you look like you got gussied up when you wear one.  She was super excited about this pretty coral maxi and the lace cardigan to go with it.  I love the ruching on the sleeves!  I'm envisioning this outfit with a white tank top underneath the lace cardi and a bright pair of ballet flats, statement necklace and a top-knot bun.  Totes adorbs!  {That's what all the kids are saying these days, right?}

   

My boys are so easy to shop for.  These striped v-neck t-shirts are right up their alley.  Paired with their favorite jeans, they make the perfect no-brainer casual school outfits.  They also enjoy shirts with funny sayings, like the one Dylan, my 12 year old is wearing in the photo --" It's all fun and games until someone posts the video."  Hee hee.  You can't go wrong with a classic baseball-style t-shirt like the one Riley is wearing, either.

   

I got all these clothes for about $50!  My kids were thrilled with their new outfits.  On a side note, when I had three children, no one told me it would be a physical impossibility to take a photo in which all three of them look "normal" and are smiling.  Whatever.  Focus on the clothes here, friends!

Are you and your kids ready for some new spring fashion, too?  You can either shop apparel online or check out what's in stock at your local Dollar General store.

    Happy Spring, guys!

Amy



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3.14.2014

2014 LDS Youth Theme Printables


Hi, guys!  Many of you know that I served in the youth program at our church for lots and lots of years until just a few months ago, when I was given another "calling" or assignment to serve the adult women of our congregation.  I loved the teenage girls so much and, while I know that I am needed where I am, I can't help but miss my "Young Women" sometimes.  I was really happy when my friend, who happens to be the new Young Womens president, asked me to make a poster for the 2014 youth theme a few weeks ago.

I especially love the theme that the church has chosen this year:


"Come unto Christ and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves all ungodliness."

Moroni 10:32

{That passage is found in the Book of Mormon, a sacred record of the people who lived on the American continent in ancient times, that we believe goes hand-in-hand with the Bible to testify of Christ.}

I know many of y'all also work with the youth in the church, so I thought I would offer this free printable for anyone who would like to use it.  I may print it and hang it somewhere in our home because I like it so much!  The beautiful leafy graphic I used was created by Hannah at We Lived Happily Ever After.  You can download them here.  {As you can see, I altered them slightly to fit my design.  I think it is so pretty, and I am so grateful that Hannah shared them!}

2014 LDS Youth theme printable at my3monsters.com
20x30 poster print

2014 LDS Youth theme printable at my3monsters.com
16x20 print


2014 LDS Youth theme printable at my3monsters.com
11x14 print

2014 LDS Youth theme printable at my3monsters.com
8x10

2014 LDS Youth theme printable at my3monsters.com
5x7 print


To download for your personal use:

Hold the CTRL button while clicking on the desired image to open it in a new tab.  Click on the image again in the new tab to make sure it is full-size, then right click on the image and save it to your computer.  Upload it to any photo printing site to order prints.

I hope that some of you will find this useful as you serve at church or in your homes.


Have a great day!

Amy


3.12.2014

Gilbert LDS Temple Watercolor Art
{Free Printable!}

Free Printable Watercolor Image of the Gilbert LDS Temple at my3monsters.com
If you live anywhere near Gilbert, Arizona and/or you're even remotely close to anyone who is a Mormon here, you have probably heard ad nauseam about how excited we are to have a brand new temple.  Your Facebook and Instagram feeds have probably been flooded with photos of sharply-dressed families as they attended the open house and sopping wet teenagers who participated in the Cultural celebration in the rain the night before the dedication.  It has been a remarkable few weeks for us, the members of the Mormon church, in this area.

I decided to combine two of my current favorites at the moment -- the Gilbert temple and the Waterlogue app on my iPhone -- to make a little printable artwork for our home and to share with all of you.  If you're not familiar with Waterlogue, it is the super-cool app that takes your photographs and turns them into watercolor paintings.  {At least it makes them look like watercolor paintings, which is really exciting for those of us who don't paint!}  

Free Printable Watercolor Image of the Gilbert LDS Temple at my3monsters.com

After we took our children and some of their friends on a tour of the temple during the open house, I "Waterlogue-d" several of the photos we had taken.  This one with the red flowers in the foreground was my favorite.  I thought it would be cool to print it out for each of my children to keep on their bedside table as a memento of the awesome experiences they have had and a reminder to not lose focus on their future goals.

I opened the picture up in my photo-editing program and scaled it to fit in a small 5x7 frame and then printed them onto textured cardstock {to further the watercolor illusion}.  I tried a few different colors of paper to see what I liked the best.  Turns out plain old white made the pictures look the most spectacular. Here you can see the texture a little better:

Free Printable Watercolor Image of the Gilbert LDS Temple at my3monsters.com
It's not exactly like watercolor paper, but it looks pretty cool!  If you would like to download the watercolor image for your personal use, you can do so here:

Free Printable Watercolor Image of the Gilbert LDS Temple at my3monsters.com

To download:  Click on the image above while pressing the CTRL key to open it in a new tab.  Click on the image again in the new tab to make it full size.  Right click on the image and save it to your computer.

Once the images were printed {using just my home printer -- nothing fancy}, all I had to do was pop them into frames and they were done.  This one is for me.  The kids will all get frames that match their rooms. 

Free Printable Watercolor Image of the Gilbert LDS Temple at my3monsters.com
I would love to get my kids to write down some of the feelings they have had throughout the Cultural Celebration and temple dedication on a 5x7 card and put that into the back side of the frame.  We'll see how cooperative they are with that . . .  At any rate, I think these are a really beautiful reminder of a special time in our lives.

If the Gilbert Temple isn't meaningful to you, give the Waterlogue app a try and create your own beautiful piece of art for your home.  Maybe a wedding photo or a favorite picture of your kids or pet.  Leave me a link if you do -- I would love to see it.

Have a great day, friends!

Amy



3.11.2014

St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Wreath

St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Wreath at my3monsters.com
Hi guys!!  I shared this project a few weeks ago on Craftaholics Anonymous. I'm posting it here today just in case there was anyone who missed it before.  Make this easy shamrock wreath for your front door and welcome the “Luck o’ the Irish” into your home today!

St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Wreath at my3monsters.com

St. Patrick's Day Smarock Wreath Tutorial

Supplies:You might already have most of these in your stash, if you’re anything like me!
  • a styrofoam wreath form
  • 1 skein of white yarn
  • green felt in a couple of different shades
  • 1/4 yard of fabric for bow
  • scraps of coordinating fabric for rosettes
  • hot glue gun
  • straight pins
  • bow and shamrock pattern pieces
Begin by wrapping your wreath form in yarn.  I pushed a couple of straight pins right into the styrofoam to secure the end of the yarn to the wreath, then wrapped and wrapped and wrapped it around the form until I liked the way it looked.  Once you have covered the form so that there are no gaps you could stop wrapping, but I kept going until I had used up all the yarn because I liked it better the fuller and thicker it got.  When you get to the end, use a couple more pins to secure it in place on the back of the wreath.

Now that the wreath base is ready, it’s time to craft up some embellishments!  Every St. Patrick’s day wreath needs shamrocks and they’re super easy to make out of felt.

St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Wreath at my3monsters.com

 How to Make a Felt Shamrock

Print out the pattern pieces for the shamrock and bow from the link above.  Cut 4 leaf pieces out of felt for each shamrock.  Glue the two bottom edges of each leaf together with a tiny bit of hot glue {see pic.2}, then glue the leaves together to form two sets {see pic.3}.  Finally, attach the two sets of leaves together {see pic.4}.  Flatten all four leaves together and use your scissors to snip off some of the bulk in the middle of the clover {see pic.5}.  This just makes it lay open flatter and prettier. {Notice the difference between pic.4 and pic.6?}  Cut a small stem out of felt and hot glue it to the base of the shamrock.

St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Wreath at my3monsters.com
I always felt like my local craft store didn’t have a very good selection of felt colors, so I did a little research a while back and started ordering wool felt online.  I get mine from an Etsy shop {just search for “wool felt”} and it comes in hundreds of colors.  It’s a tiny bit more expensive, but it cuts beautifully and I am a much happier crafter now.

St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Wreath at my3monsters.com
Make a few scrap fabric rosettes to add a little bit of extra color to the wreath, too.  In addition to regular rolled fabric rosettes, I made some of these pleated rosettes.  Just cut a square of felt {about 2-inches by 2-inches} for the back of the flower.  Tear a strip of fabric about 1½-inches wide.  Keep in mind that your finished rosette will be roughly twice as wide as you fabric strip is so the wider your fabric is, the larger your rosette will be. Form the rosette by attaching the end of the fabric strip to the felt square with a dab of hot glue, then continuing to dab glue and pleat the fabric all the way around until you get back around to where you started. You can finish off the center by hot gluing on a button or a small circle of felt.  I didn’t bother with that in this case because I knew I just wanted to use these flowers in the background and the other elements would cover up the centers.

I wanted my bow to be a little bit special on this wreath so I opted to sew one out of cute polka dot fabric instead of just tying ribbon.  It only takes a few minutes and some basic sewing skills:

St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Wreath at my3monsters.com
Cut the bow pattern pieces out of your fabric.  You’ll need two each of the bow front and bow tails pieces and one bow center.  With right sides together, sew around the perimeter of the bow front pieces, leaving a couple inches open in the middle of one of the longer sides to turn it right side out.  Do the same thing for the bow tails pieces.  Clip the corners and turn both pieces right side out, making sure to get all the corners pushed out nice and pointy.  Press them to get nice crisp edges.

While you are using your iron, press the long edges of the bow center piece to the back about ½-inch on each side.  Fold the piece in half and sew the two ends together {as shown in the top pic.}.  Stack the bow front on top of the bow tails and feed both pieces through the loop formed by the bow center.  Arrange the fabric until it lays right and you’re all done.

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It reminds me of a little leprechaun’s bow tie!  Now you just have to attach all your elements to the wreath base.  I started with my bow because it was the biggest piece and I knew I wanted it to be in the center.  You could hot glue it right where you want it, but I prefer to use straight pins on styrofoam wreaths.  They hold everything in place firmly and you can remove them without damaging the whole wreath.  That means you could use this same basic wreath over and over again by simply pinning on different decorative elements for each season!  I try to hide the heads of my pins within the natural folds of the fabric or layers of elements so they’re completely invisible.  For this bow, I lifted the edges of the bow front and stuck two or three pins in on each side.

Play around with the layout of your rosettes and shamrocks until you are happy with the way it looks.  I went a little bit asymmetrical to keep it interesting.  Pin all the elements to the wreath base in the same way you did the bow, hiding all the pins as best you can.

St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Wreath at my3monsters.com St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Wreath at my3monsters.com

A little bit of green and white is always a breath of fresh air in the early spring. I have high hopes that these 4-leaf clovers will bring some luck our way this year. At the very least it will welcome our friends and family and we feel super lucky already to have them around!

Have a great day everyone!

Amy


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