I made the best decision ever when I put my daughter in early preschool. My slightly unruly yet still adorable kid was having trouble in different social situations.
Her current state of being an only child put her in a limbo – seeing kids she wanted so desperately to play with, but having those kids run away from her was painful for both of us. Sometimes it was because she didn’t know how to play. Others just because they didn’t know her. She didn’t know how to share everything, only what grown ups made her do. She wasn’t prepared for the rejection of kids not wanting to play with her, so it would result in heartbreaking tears. She was a smart, funny kid that couldn’t reach her potential.
We enrolled her in an early preschool program and I cannot express enough the world of change I saw in my kid! She was now forced into those social situations twice a week, surrounded by 2-3 loving adults to help them work through their problems with confidence. My beautiful, silly, crazy girl now shares, respects rules (when given reasons to help her understand), and knows how to better handle the unfortunate rejection situations.
On top of it all, that big, gorgeous brain in her head has been amplified! She will count something and then show me the number that corresponds with the total. She points out letters and can write her name. She’s 3! It’s amazing!
This sounds like a lot of bragging, and though it partially is, please know I don’t think my daughter is any better than the rest of the kids we know. Every kid brings something to the table, and I’m mostly just impressed with the human mind and it’s ability to adapt in general. Even specifically her class was full of brilliant little pipsqueaks that I’m sure made a lot of parents as proud as I am!
Now that preschool is over for the year, I don’t want her to lose what she’s learned. We have friends with kids and others that will be having babies soon to keep the sharing and social aspects in tact, but I needed something to exercise her brain. It needed to be fun for both of us, we can get bored pretty easy. It dawned on me at my grandparents house yesterday.
I’ve been drawing E coloring pages while I’m at work. I’m no Picasso, but I can draw a mean teapot. So I set to work thinking of three letter words that had something I could draw. Then I put three lines below the picture, one for each letter. Below each line I gave her two letters to pick from, one was right and one was wrong. It comes out looking something like this:
So we would then sound out the word, then name and sound out each letter. She had to pick and circle the right letter, then write it on the line above. She took to it so well! She made me draw six more while we were there, and more while I was at work later. She even woke up this morning and wanted to do some more right away.
Of course she ran into trouble every now and then, but ultimately breezed through them!
I kept seeing some amazing wreaths on Pinterest and, the ones that really caught my eye, were ones that were basically just wrapped in yarn.
I thought to myself, “There has to be a trick, or else everyone would do this. It can’t be as easy as it seems.”
So, I went through one of my Pins. That website told me to go to a link.
That link gave me another link.
And that link.. you guessed it. Gave me another link.
This went on for far longer than I cared and gave me a complete dead-end. So, I did what I normally do in that situation. Gave up, said “I can figure this out”, and prepped myself for failure. But, lo and behold, it really is that simple! Here, I’ll prove it to you:
The entire thing probably cost me $6 and it was fun to do. I may even add more flowers or something to it later.
And you get it (hopefully) in just one click and avoid the run-around!
Styrofoam wreath (at least 12″ and can be found at most craft stores – the one shown is 12 inches and came out pretty small) ~ yarn in your choice of colors ~ scissors ~ decorative items (in this case I used fake flowers from the dollar store, and started to use cardboard and glitter for numbers… you’ll see)
I began by making a mental pattern of what I wanted the wreath to turn out like. In my head I wanted four solid blocks of colors, off centered, with flowers in the bottom corner.
Since I wanted all of my color blocks the same size, I just quartered the wreath using a ruler to help me eye-ball it straight. However you prefer your pattern, make notches in your Styrofoam now to help keep you on track later.
Take the starting color of yarn and tie it around the wreath. Knot it.
I also, since I didn’t know what I was doing, Modge Podged that area of the wreath. I was thinking that something had to hold it down other than just wrapping it. The beauty of the Styrofoam? It clings to the yarn and does all the work for you.
Unravel a long piece of yarn, depending on the width of color block you desire.
The amount of yarn I pulled out the first time made a ridiculously small color block. I preferred that, since I could just tie more on in addition rather than wasting it by pulling out too much. You’ll get the feel of it after the first time or two.
Wrap the yarn around the wreath, closely to the first loop made with the knot.
As you wrap, you’ll notice there is still a small section of white in between the strands of yarn. Back track and wrap a round over that white patch, essentially making two layers.
Whenever you run out of yarn, just tie a knot to combine the wrapped strand and the new longer strand so the knot stays in the back of the wreath.
Your color block will begin to look like this in the front:
Keep wrapping until you’ve found your notch to switch colors. Combine the colors using the same knot as before, combining the new color to the previous wrapped color.
Keep wrapping, using the same back-track-over-lap method as the first color until you hit your next notch.
Keep going until the yarn is completely wrapped. Mine turned out like this:
On to the decorating! I started out by making “12th Man” numbers, but after glued…
… And glittered…
They didn’t turn out as I’d hoped and were vetoed by my husband. So, I may spray paint some to add later, but for now I just used flowers.
They’re just bundles from my local dollar store. Since I was going toward the “Fall season” the bright colors I’d hoped for were phased out. This is as close as I could get, but! – the beauty of these wreaths is the flowers will be completely interchangeable if I needed them to be!
Cut the plastic cover around the flower stems, being careful to not cut the wire too much if you’re using regular scissors. Cutting the wire can damage your scissors. Learn from my mistakes.
Once you’ve cut the plastic, you can bend and rotate the flower until the wire is fragile. The flower should snap leaving the flower in two.
Insert your flower into the wreath where you desire. Just wedge it between the wrapped yarn and into the styrofoam.
That’s it. No glue, no sew, no hassle.
Arrange your flowers how you please.
If you have any other decorations you would like to add that could not be inserted into the wreath, I would suggest hot glue to secure the item to the yarn. Though it’s not my favorite method, it would be the most secure considering how much other glues are absorbed into the yarn. Mine, for the meantime at least, is finished!
Not too shabby!
I plan on making a Dallas Cowboys one for a fine Southern Gal I know next, and then the glitter will come out again, but I think anyone around here knows the these colors when they see them. Go Hawks!
So I’m addicted to Pinterest…
Really, who isn’t? Any lady out there that says they don’t care, I call bullsh*t. It’s the only place you can go to feel pretty, accomplished, hungry, yet fully exercised all at the same time. It’s your own little map of heaven on earth, uniquely laid out in an organized fashion.
Anyway, I know I got this idea from looking at a Pin, but for the life of me I can’t find where I Pinned it (I guess I can take that “organized” part back…). Just know, that if I knew who to give credit to, credit would be given where credit is due!
Here is Cha-Cha’s belated birthday gift from me!
I love it! I almost don’t want to give it to her, but it’s so ridiculously inexpensive that I can just make one of my own and cross my fingers that she doesn’t care we have matching ones.
Supplies and their cost:
6 inch terracotta pot – $2
A pretty dress that I can cut up from the thrift store – $3 (And I probably used less than $1 worth)
Modge Podge and scissors (you probably have those on hand, and if not, I’ll say $5 and an infinite amount of happiness from it)
That’s it. It’s a great gift, fun to do, and you can make it so perfectly individualized for whoever will have it. You can do this one of two ways: A) you can measure the fabric around the planter giving a half of an inch to an inch on the top and bottom so it only makes one seam down the middle, or 2) you can do it how I will show you which is a little more work, but I was going for a specific rougher look and liked how it turned out!
Find a work space that gives you room to breathe and won’t be damaged by possible glue mishaps. Lay out a square of fabric big enough to fold into your planter when it’s placed in the center, then trace any holes at the bottom of the pot.
Cut out this hole. Modge Podge the bottom of the planter a little so it tacks to the fabric, then line it up with the hole and press. Cut from each of the corners of the square down to the planter, basically giving yourself four pieces to work with.
Modge Podge the living day lights out of the planter. Don’t be shy. Get a nice layer going, and don’t forget under the crease under the top ring in the planter. You’ll also want a thin layer on the top rim and a small ring on the inside to secure the ends of the fabric.
Start pressing each side, one by one, to the planter. Go from bottom to top and smooth out any bubbles or wrinkles in between, and make sure to define the crease as you go. Proceed with all four sides, folding the fabric into the planter each time.
Press the fabric to the top rim and inner layer to secure.
Trim the excess fabric from the inside.
Let the Modge Podge dry, and step back and admire while it does!
After the planter has dried, I put another outer layer of Modge Podge to make it all look even. After that dried, I had the finished product!
I hope you like it, Chanel!