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Thursday, January 8, 2009

easy valentine's wreath



Just a little more than a month until Valentine's Day, so here's our first Valentine for you. This easy heart wreath is a fun project you can do with your kids (and a good way to use up your fabric scraps!).

Scrappy Heart Wreath Tutorial



What you'll need:

*Scraps of fabric cut into 2 inch squares (these can be all the same fabric or a combination of different fabrics)

*Elmers glue or Tacky Glue

*Styrofoam Heart

*Pencil

*Ribbon (enough to hang your wreath where you want it)


Okay, let's get started!

1. Fill a shallow paper bowl with glue.

2. Place fabric square on pencil tip with right-side facing the pencil. Be sure the pencil tip is in the center.


3. Dip the fabric covered pencil tip into the glue. You don’t need too much. Just a little on the end.


4. Press the pencil tip into the Styrofoam.


5. Remove the pencil--your fabric should stay in place.


6. Repeat steps 2 through 5 until your heart is completely covered.


It should look nice and full like this.


7. Add a ribbon and hang up. We tied a small loop around the finished wreath with string, then threaded the ribbon through that.



Isn't it sweet?

157 comments:

  1. That's so simple but so effective! It stands out so well! Thanks, I'll be making this! :)

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  2. OOOoooo! I've been looking for fun Valentine's Day crafts and this is just up my alley. Did you actually press the fabric into the styrofoam to help hold the fabric in place or just put the fabric on the surface?

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  3. I love this! It is stunning up against that black door! And I love all things Valentine's related!

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  4. Cute wreath!
    Years ago we made these with cellophane covered hay wreaths too
    I love them and they are so versitle!

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  5. Do you know approximately how much fabric is needed to make this cute wreath?

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  6. that is seriously SO cute! I think I am going to have to make one of those!!!

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  7. I remember doing a project using that technique in elementary school (except it was crepe paper instead of fabric). It still is one of my all-time favorite things I learned to do there. :) I'll have to try this one with my little girl.

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  8. Oh boy I Love that! Now I have to go through my material and find the Valentine one to make this sweet project.You are awesome!!
    Thank you for sharing. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

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  9. Very sweet! I wonder how it would look with rhinestones on it :-)

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  10. My mom used to make round ones when I was little/younger. She never made any other shape but I have to say I'm digging the heart. What a fabulous Idea. I might even just cheat and get extra-wide satin ribbon and cut it into pieces for an extra shiny look.

    Thanks for the idea!

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  11. Love that it is something my kids can do that will turn out really well. Thanks so much for posting it. I will definitely be heading to Michael's now!

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  12. love it!!!!! i've done this with foam balls to make ornaments, but never thought of this-- great idea :D

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  13. Hi, yes we punctured the styrofoam with the pencil and the fabric should stay in place. This used up about 3/4 a yard of fabric. Of course how much fabric you need will depend on how big your squares are.

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  14. AWESOME! I may do a circle in pinks for my daughters birthday!

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  15. It looks great! I am so excited to try it! Thanks for sharing things that we can do with the kiddos.

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  16. this is great! i will be making this with my daughters for sure

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  17. This reminds me of a wreath we made in Brownies, many moons ago. We took a coat hanger, shaped it in a circle, and tied strips of tissue paper around it. I bet you could heart-shape the coat hanger, and tie strips of cloth around it, for a similar effect. I've only recently come across your blog, and am amazed at your steady stream of projects. Keep up the Great Works!!!

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  18. I love it! I am going to have to make one with my kiddos =) Thanks for sharing~

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  19. how long did this project take--start to finish? Looks great!

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  20. very cute! how long did this take to do start to finish?

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  21. Where do you find the heart shaped stryofoam?

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  22. I love it, I saw one made with ribbon but it was going to be expensive to make. For this one I can use fabric I already have onhand. Great idea, and good to see I'm not the only one making Valentine crafts already!

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  23. Hi,

    I found this heart at Joann. You could probably get it at Michaels or some other large craft supply store. It did not take long at all, but I am unable to give exact times since my kids and I took a dinner break in the middle of the project. We did start it in the evening and it was done by the time they were in bed so it is a quick project. It will also depend on what size heart you use too.

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  24. I am going to make these for Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, and Easter. So many ideas!
    Just one question...Did you do it on the back too? Or did you leave blank? Thanks!

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  25. That turned out great! Thanks for the fun idea!

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  26. Oh how beautiful, I love it! I'll be linking.

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  27. I did not do the back so it would lay flat on the door.

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  28. I am so going to be making this wreath for Valentines Day. Thanks for the great tips and inspriation!

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  29. What a fun project! And it looks easy!

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  30. Wow, that is a super cute idea!! Thanks for sharing.

    Nicole ~

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  31. I want to thank you for this AWESOME idea... I made two wreaths this weekend and they were a hit!

    Now I have to go back and buy some more of the foam hearts so I can fulfill requests from family members for their very own!

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  32. Lovely! I am so going to make one of these!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    Tracy

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  33. This looks like something I can do with out having it take until Valentine's Day to finish it. Love it.

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  34. Cute!!! I'll be making this for sure. I've started making another wreath with red ornaments, but it's not working out quite as nice as I expected! Plus, I'd much rather work with fabric and glue than ornaments and hot glue.

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  35. I remember making this about, oh dear! 16 years ago. Hum, that just made me feel old!

    Anyhow, I used pinking shears to cut the fabric into squares.

    I'm not remembering how big to make the squares though....

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  36. I would love to make this! i am so excited with this and the fortune cookies and of course cupcakes, valentine's day will be fun!

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  37. So adorable! I think I could even do this one!

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  38. Beautiful! I remember making those with my kids about 20 (yikes!) years ago.

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  39. Do you think this technique can be used on styrofoam balls?? My daughters pink birthday party is next weekend!

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  40. Hi Shana,
    yes you can use any shape as long as you can push the fabric into it. Have fun!1

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  41. Love this idea! It is so versatile, I love that it could be adapted for any holiday and be just as cute. Thanks so much!!

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  42. does anyone know if the fabric HAS to be 2 x 2 or if it has to be perfectly square? I'm terrible at cutting

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  43. Anyone care to see or critique mine?

    http://betweenwhatisrealandadream.blogspot.com/2009/01/i-did-it-ribbon-ball-decoration.html

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  44. Love that! and my front door is black. I am doing this. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  45. I love this idea! I don't have any fabric, but I'm sure I can find some cute odds and ends. Thanks for sharing the detailed instructions. I need lots of help when it comes to crafts!

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  46. I made one-very cute. I just need to add the ribbon!Keep the awesome V-day ideas coming-I need mantel decorating ideas!!!! :D
    Here is mine:

    http://confessionsofmyso-calledlife.blogspot.com/2009/01/its-tad-bit-early-but.html

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  47. Oh my goodness, what a CAAA-UTE wreath and what a great tutorial! Thanks for sharing...I LOVE Valentine's day and any craft that comes along with it. Woo Hoo, you are very crafty and talented SITSta!

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  48. This is so gorgeous! Another project I have to try!

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  49. What an easy, inexpensive, cute idea!! Thanks for posting these!!

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  50. This is great!!!!! :) So cute and so easy!!!

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  51. Great idea and looks super easy!

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  52. beautiful! I'll have to tuck this one away...

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  53. Visiting from SITS. That is awesome & so simple! I love it!! I was trying to figure out what to do with some of my scraps!!! Thanks...now just if I can figure out a way to hang it on this British door I have haha. I might have to hang it on the inside haha.

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  54. It's so easy and yet so beautiful. You are why I love SITS because I would never have found your blog if I wasn't a member. I've added you to my Google homepage so I'll never miss any of your "secrets."

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  55. LOVE this idea. Might have to do this with the boys for their teachers this Vday!

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  56. That is just too adorable for words. I love it. I'm going to give it a try for sure.

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  57. You are so talented! I love your crafts!

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  58. That's so pretty! I'm not crafty at all, but I think I could do this! Thanks for sharing!

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  59. I can't believe how simple this is - I might even be able to handle it!

    Thank you!

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  60. How cool is that? My Little Princess would have so much fun helping make one of those... Thanks for sharing!

    And Happy SITS Day! ;)

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  61. This is so cute, and would be awesome year round as well! Thanks for all these fabulous tutorials.

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  62. Congrats on being featured at SITS! Love your craftiness!

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  63. I have TONS of fabric, scraps. Now I know what to do with them! Glad to have found your blog :)
    ~~Meredith from SITS
    http://www.maggiesuedesigns.com

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  64. This is a great snow day activity.

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  65. Gosh I did one of these (not a heart) years ago and forgot how cute they are!

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  66. I remember havine a christmas wreath like this when I was a kid. I had no idea they were so easy to make though! Thanks for the idea!

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  67. Adorable project and easy, too! Just the way I like it! Thanks for sharing and Happy FB Day from a fellow SITSa!

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  68. love that wreath!

    congrats on being featured blog on SITS. :)

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  69. My Mother-in-law loves crafts like this. Very cool. Congrats on being featured on SITS today!

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  70. I like this one. Hearts are my weakness.

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  71. This so cool! I am going to Joanns this weekend to use my gift card from Christmas and I am buying the heart. I think my daughter would enjoy doing this with me!

    Thank you!

    Enjoy your SITS day!

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  72. It makes me want to go to Michaels right now and buy a styrafoam wreath to get started. I love it!

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  73. Love it! Guess what we're doing this weekend?

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  74. YEAH!!! I can't wait to do this with my four-year-old daughter! Thanks!!

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  75. Another great idea, I'm so glad the SITstas featured your site!

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  76. Very cute!!! I'm gonna have to try this. Thanks for sharing!

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  77. WOW...so easy, Thanks! We could do these in all seasons colors and shapes. Awesome, thanks for sharing!

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  78. Very cute! It really looks great, I might have to make myself one. Thanks for sharing your great ideas!

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  79. This is lovely, and I might actually be crafty enough to do it if your little girl is able to do so! :-)

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  80. Love it!! I've been wanting to do some new projects with my girls, other than contruction paper, tissue paper and glue (lol) and this one looks like it would be a lot of fun. :)

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  81. How sweet!! and this is a craft I could actually, maybe, even do!

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  82. Great idea! If only I had time to be as creative.

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  83. Very cute! My have to try it myself.

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  84. Cute, easy, and fun! My daughter will love this!

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  85. I'm totally going to do this. you could also use plastic bags that were the right color...Target anyone?

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  86. very cute! love that red. i made those kind of wreathes 15-20 years ago---didn't realize they were back in vogue!

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  87. Now this is something I think I can do! Very cute!

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  88. Martha would be proud... ;)

    I like it! Came via SITS. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  89. That is sooo cute, and it looks easy enough for this "uncrafty" momma! LOL! Happy SITS day to you!

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  90. I love this idea! I think I'll do it with my day care kids next week. We'll make big ones and little ones for their bedroom doors!

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  91. Beautiful and simple, plus it looks like fun :)

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  92. This defintely looks easy! I'm going to try it. visiting via SITS

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  93. So cute! What a fun project...I'll definitely have to make one of these with my daughter!

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  94. So glad SITS featured this! I love your site!

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  95. Oh my gosh, that's adorable! I love it against your black door too. Great job!

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  96. Wow, this is beautiful! I love it!

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  97. OMG again...another fab tut...I'm in love with you all. Happy SITS day!

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  98. Thank you for the perfect project for me and my daughter to do this weekend! Love it!

    LOVE your blog!

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  99. That's beautiful -- and it looks so easy!

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  100. That is very pretty! I think I could actually do that...maybe...we'll see...

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  101. This is really amazing, I wish I could do this for my front porch, but someone would steal it =/

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  102. How do you come up with such cute ideas? I'm in awe.

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  103. this looks so simple, but pretty!

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  104. I have made a wreath something like this before, but I didn't think of using the glue...and my material eventually started to fall out. Thanks for the easy and effective tip!

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  105. DRopped in Sits & lovin' the wreath! May have to visit Hobby Lobby this weekend.

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  106. awe.some. I'll be linking on my sunday links post on my blog!

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  107. Ooh - we used to do stuff like this with tissue paper on regular paper (flowers and such). I would have never thought of this type of application. Thanks!

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  108. That's beautiful! Thank you for the tutorial.

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  109. Happy SITS Day!
    I love that wreath...super cute!

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  110. I made a regular wreath like this some years back and forgot all about it! I had fun making it, and now I'm going to make another with my kids! thanks for the blast from the past, SITSta!

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  111. Ok, this one is WAY more my speed ;) It doesn't involve tools I'm not familiar with. Pencils I can use!

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  112. This is awesome! I have done a project very much like this with tissue paper, but really LOVE it with fabric. PRETTY!

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  113. Oh this one is one I can definately do with my kids.
    Thanks.
    xo

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  114. Oh this brought back some memories! I remember doing this when I was in grade school!

    came over from SITS!!

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  115. That is sweet! I think my oldest girl would like to help make this...

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  116. What a great idea!!! I can't wait to give this a try.

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  117. Love. This. Wreath. But am scared to do it with my kids. Glue? Pencils? Yikes!

    Just swinging by from SITS!

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  118. I LOVE it! I will definitely try it!

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  119. Ohhhh, I'm so gonna make this!! Stopping by from SITs. I love your blog!

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  120. Thanks so much for this idea. I made this with my daughter this week. It was so much fun. We used pink and white fabric. I posted pictures on my blog.

    Thanks again! I love your blog.

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  121. That's so cool! I am definitely going to have to try that! I love that you could do it for any holidays using different molds and fabrics!

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  122. Ohhhh!!!! I am so going to make this wreath soon! What a great idea! I came to your sight through Tip Junkie!

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  123. Found you through TipJunkie...this is absolutely adorable! Thanks for the great idea! Can't wait to make one!

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  124. That is the cutest thing I've ever seen! I'm not the least bit crafty, but I am SO going out tomorrow to buy the things to make several of these! Thank you for sharing~
    ♥ Lilly

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  125. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!! I'm headed to fabric store tomorrow to see what I can find. Thank you!

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  126. I love this and it truly looks like something my daughter would love doing.

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  127. such a cute and easy project. looks like a trip to the fabric store is in my future.

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  128. Thank you so much for this project! I made it and LOVE it! My husband loves it even more since I made it. You can check my blog to see how mine turned out.
    Also, I used Tacky Glue it seemed to hold the fabric a little better. Thanks again! :)

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  129. I linked your post to my blog www.kamibuchanan.blogspot.com
    I just love it! So cute!

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  130. This was harder to make than I thought it would be! It had me cussing a few times. lol. Pieces kept falling out and my heart piece cracked!! It turned out VERY cute though! I used tulle as well. I put a piece over the fabric and it looks great! Adds a little more fun to it.

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  131. I know that this post is like, a year old....but I found this on your site and my daughter and I made it together today! Ours is round, and white....check it out.

    www.aboutapeach.blogspot.com

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  132. Another question: Can we use Hod Podge instead of Elmer's glue to stick the fabric in the wreath? Also, do you cover the entire wreath, front and back?

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  133. Yes, you can use Modge Podge. You can also cover the back too. We didn't because we wanted it to lay really flat on our door. It may not lay flat against your wall if it is covered in the back too.

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  134. My daughter and I made one last night! Thanks so much for the tutorial. This was a fun project and it turned out SOOO cute!

    I linked to you blog. Hope that's okay.

    http://tmatthewsfineart.blogspot.com/2010/01/sweet-heart.html

    ---Tif

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  135. A year after your posting and it is still popular and I loved making these! I linked to your post and gave you credit on my blog www.getapursenality.com! Thank you for such darling ideas!

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  136. Thank you so much for giving me my FIRST EVER Valentine craft!!! Hopefully the first of many. I blogged about mine here:
    weist family
    Thinking I need to make one for Christmas for sure!

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  137. making one for fourth of july... thinking a star covered in red white & blue fabric :)

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  138. I just made one for me and a friend and they are adorable!!! Thank you so much for making this tutorial! Found you on Pinterest! :)

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  139. I made a number of round wreaths similar to this years ago. I made them a little differently. I used the straw wreaths, wrapped them first with ribbon so the backs would look finished, and I used straight pins in the center of the 2X2 squares of fabric to push into the ribbon wrapped wreaths. The squares were cut with pinking shears. Not quite as kid friendly, but if it is an adult project, it works really well!

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  140. thank you for sharing this awesome tutorial! i've shared it with my readers here: http://www.simplicity-interrupted.com/2013/01/valentines-day-wreath.html

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