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XOXO Valentine’s Day Craft

XOXO
Welcome to the DIY Playbook! Thanks so much for stopping by; we’re so glad you’re here! If you’re searching for big league decorating dreams on a rookie salary…. we have your back!  Today’s XO  blocks are just the first of many vday craft ideas this lovely season. To stay up-to-date with DIY Playbook’s rookie DIY, make sure to follow us on Bloglovin’, Facebook, or Pinterest. Enjoy & thanks again for stopping by! Xo, Bridget & Casey (best friends & DIY Rookies)
Can you believe it’s almost February?! As in almost time to celebrate Cupid’s claim to fame? Although Casey and I aren’t head over heels obsessed with Valentine’s Day, we ARE pretty excited to turn up the heat and celebrate love for the next two weeks. We have two amazing +1’s, and we also have amazing families, wonderful friends, supportive DIY Playbook fans, and a whole lot of love surrounding us each and everyday. For ALL of that, we’re beyond thankful and excited to celebrate 02-14-14. To kick it off….
… an XOXO project that can have two different outcomes. Whether you use the final product as a wreath or as shelf decor, you’ll start with the same supplies.
Either way you will need:
-Cardboard Letters (XOXO)
-Acrylic Paint
-Mini Paintbrush or sponge brush
-Multi color yarn
-Hot glue gun
-Ribbon
-Washi tape
-Embellishments (button/broach)
You can paint your cardboard letters any color you want. To try my hand at a non-traditional Valentine’s day color scheme, I went with….
Aqua Blue!
After the XO’s were painted, it was time to dress them up. (My favorite part!) The embellishment is totally up to you and can look very different depending on what materials you have. I used yarn, a button, an old broach, washi tape, and some old string, but you should use what you have around.
I started with the multi colored yarn. I hot glued the yarn on the back of the letters and started to wrap it tightly around and around the letter.
After quite a bit of wrapping, I added more hot glue on the back of the letter and glued down the piece of yarn  to conclude that “section” of yarn.
I repeated that process on each of the letters, switching off where I put the yarn on each of the letters. I also used the hot glue gun to glue down some extra embellishments (like the button) and other types of string/washi tape.
My XO’s ended up looking like this.
You could call it quits there and style or “stage” them as bookshelf decor… kinda like this:
XO Decor
XOXO shelf decor
Xoxo
Ooorrrr… you can take it a step further. I took it one step further and hot glued these letters to a long burlap ribbon to create an XOXO wreath. Kinda like this…
This light weight wreath is unique, colorful and welcomes all of our guests with a warm x and o.
I love the wreath and especially love the happy POP of blue and orange on the clean white door. It seems festive without screaming…. I’M A TYPICAL VALENTINE’S DAY DECORATION DRIPPING IN HEARTS & PINK LEOPARD PRINT.
Whether you use these X & O’s as tabletop decor or a hanging wreath, all this DIY takes is a coat of paint and a little creativity with colorful embellishments. In no time, your home will be ready to greet February with a big hug and kiss!!

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Glittery Glam Bachelorette Wreath Tutorial

bachelorette wreath
Calling all fellow bridesmaids: here’s a classy & glamorous alternative to the sometimes not-so classy world of bachelorette decor.
Bachelorette Party Decor
Gold, glamorous, and full of sparkle – check, check, double check! Let’s get this party started!!
Wreath Supplies
Here’s what you’ll need:
– Foam pipe protector – one of these can be picked up for under a buck @ your local Home Depot or
Lowe’s. It’s a great alternative to your typical wreath forms that can be upward of ten bucks.
-Gold Garland (bought this strand for a dollar @ the local $1 store)
-White Boa
-Strand of pearls (or any ribbon to help hold your flag letters)
-Hot Glue
-Scissors
-Painter’s Tape
-Fabric
-Fabric Marker
-Wreath Hanger
Scissors and tape
You’ll start by measuring the tubing to create a wreath size that fits your needs.
Cutting Tubing
Once you’ve identified the size of the wreath, go ahead and cut the foam protector and remove the plastic within the foam to stick the pipe together. It’s almost like making the foam pipe protector into a fun noodle.
Wreath Form
Go ahead and bend the foam piping to the wreath form you want and tape the ends together using your painter’s tape. Notice my tape job was far from perfect… that’s okay!! I wasn’t too concerned because I knew the ugly blue tape will be covered by something far more pretty. (no offense to the painter’s tape, I still love you)
Boa on wreath
Now to the fun part! Using my handy dandy hot glue gun, I scribbled glue on each section of the foam and wrapped the boa around and around and around. I repeated this step until the boa was completely glued onto the wreath form.
Gluing onto wreath
Repeat that same process, this time using the gold and glamorous garland rather than the boa.
Making a gold wreath
To finish off the wrapping, I took my strand of pearls and glued those babies on the last remaining part of the wreath. As far as I’m concerned, the pearls are the perfect buffer between the sparkling garland and the wild and crazy boa. Pearls always add a little class, even when they’re surrounded by crazy. (Make sure you remember than next time you’re rocking some pearls!)
Future Mrs. Bachelorette Party Decorations
Now, the remaining part of the pearls are used to hang our “future Mrs.” banner flags. I simply cut some triangles out of some leftover fabric and used a gold fabric marker to free-hand each letter. Thread those flags through the pearl strand & wrap the rest of the strand around the wreath.
Future Mrs. Banner
My wreath reads “future Mrs.” but any message could be a fun way to address the bride-to-be. Her future last name, all you need is love, last fling… whatever fits your bachelorette “theme” would fit the ticket. 
Bachelorette Wreath
Hang your new wreath on the door as your guests arrive for the bachelorette party or bring it to the place where all of the ladies will be primping the morning of the big day, and we can assure you that the bride-to-be will be feel a little bit more glamorous- and what bride wouldn’t love that? Stay classy fellow bridesmaids… and always remember, pearls add class- even amongst the craziness.
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Using an Embroidery Hoop to Create a Fall Wreath

My goal: to create a cheap and easy fall wreath that doesn’t scream gaudy Halloween. I knew black and orange were probably not an option (not yet that is). I do love me some gaudy Halloween-its just a little too soon for me to go in that direction, especially on my door. Coming home to happy Halloween for over a month is not my idea of a happy Halloween. A few weeks, absolutely.. more than that- no. Plus, I wanted to create a fall theme that could stay up far beyond those adorable trick-or-treaters. 
That’s when I decided on this: 
Embroidery Hoop Wreath
A fall wreath that is cheap, easy, not-so gaudy, and available to welcome our guests on turkey day.  
Fall Wreath Supplies

What you’ll need:
Embroidery Hoop: you can buy these at your local craft stores in all sizes
2 Fabrics: one fabric must be large enough to cover the hoop and the other, contrasting fabric can be much smaller, only big enough for your design. (in my case the monogram)
Double sided sticky interfacing: You can buy this by the yard at JoAnn fabrics, make sure it’s big enough to cover the hoop and the back of the letter.
Spool of Wired Ribbon
Iron
Hot Glue Gun
Scissors

Embroidery hoop fall wreath

To kick off this super simple wreath, unscrew the embroidery hoop and fish through the large piece of fabric. Tighten the hoop back up and cut the excess fabric.

How to create a fall wreath for less

You’ll be left with something like this.

Rookie Tip: Because you’ll eventually fold over the excess fabric and hot glue this to the hoop, the cutting can be far, far from precise- just make sure you leave enough to fold over. #myfavorite

cheap and easy fall wreath
fabric liner wreath

Repeat those first steps with another layer of fabric. This layer is just to add a backing; I didn’t want my front door peeking through the yellow polka dots.

fold over edges

Fold the fabrics together and hot glue them to the embroidery hoop. Just like the cutting, this does not have to be super precise as this will be hidden in the back of the wreath.

embroidery hoop wreath tutorial
Before long, this is what you’ll be seeing. Almost done!! 
wreath with an embroidery hoop

Notice how far from perfect this fold/glue job is. No worries, because when you flip it over…

wreath with a hoop

… you won’t even see it! So, now to the front of our new wreath.

yellow polka dot wreath
chevron interfacing

Using the directions on the interfacing, iron the fabric to the interfacing (making sure not to put the iron directly on the interfacing).

iron on interfacing
wreath tutorial

Trace whatever letter or shape you want to use lightly with a pencil.

cut a monogram

Cut along that pencil line… very carefully.

embroidery hoop wreath for fall

Peel away the interfacing layer (check the directions first) and iron on your monogram! Seriously, it’s that easy.. as long as you don’t directly touch the iron with the interfacing.

polka dot and chevron mix
embroidery hoop with monogram
And now for my favorite part… adding embellishments. Thanks to this simple tutorial, I used some of the leftover chevron fabric and some other fabric I had laying around the house to make these fabric flowers. With a little more hot glue… 
fabric flowers
… I attached the flowers,
burlap bow

…added a burlap bow,

fall wreath for less

… and admired my new fall wreath that didn’t break the bank!

hoop wreath
Not only was this a super easy DIY, but it was cheap, adds some serious color to our front door, and can carry us all the way through November. Can’t ask for much more than that.
monogrammed wreath with embroidery hoop
So there you have it- my not so gaudy fall wreath on the cheap… goal achieved!
PS. This wreath idea could be perfect for a Christmas inspired ornament wreath or with an oval embroidery hoop, the perfect Easter inspired wreath.  
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A Wreath for the Everyday

everyday wreath

We live in a building with 8 floors of condos.  Every floor looks the same. Every door looks the same.

Well we’re not really into blending in around here. That’s why we have a little welcome mat and I’ve accumulated a few seasonal wreaths to make our door really pop!

I have a nice Christmas wreath, a fall one, and even a summer one with flowers. But…I need one for the EVERYDAY! Why not showcase your style before anyone even walks into your home?

This wreath on Pinterest acted as my inspiration for my everyday wreath.

Grapevine Wreath with Address Bow Hydrangeas

Now, some wreaths can be very pricey! I mean like $50-$60 pricey! Dang! That was not going to happen here…

Supplies:
-Grapevine Wreath ($4)
– 4 Hydrangeas ($12)
– Ribbon (already owned)
-Wood Numbers ($6)
-Paint (already owned)
-Hot Glue Gun (already owned)

TOTAL COST: $20

Painting letters with blue paint and paintbrushes

First step was to paint my numbers a light blue color.

I often use wax paper when I paint something like this. I used to be a newspaper girl, but sometimes the paint sticks to the paper and it becomes a big mess! With wax paper, the dry numbers will slide right off.

Blue checkered ribbon for bow

While the paint dried, I used my ribbon to make a big bow.

Now, I’m terrible when it comes to making bows. My mom however…well she is an ALL STAR! I somehow got by and made an adequate one for this project, but one of these days she will need to guest post on making the perfect bow. Your mind will be blown.

Blue Bow on Grapevine Wreath

I used my hot glue gun to attach the bow, hydrangeas, and numbers onto the grapevine wreath.

Hot Glue Gun Zebra Pattern

Yes, my hot glue gun is pink and zebra. You’re jealous.

Wreath on Front door opening door
I think my roomie was excited with the upgrade to our front door.

This project took me no time at all people. Like 30 minutes tops!

You really could do anything to personalize it to your home. Change up the colors, use your favorite flower, maybe even use a large monogrammed initial instead of your address?

So many options to really welcome visitors into your home and make their first impression of your place….a good one!

Wreath on front door opening door
We hope all of our PEEPS have a wonderful weekend! Can’t wait to see you back on Monday… lots & lots to share next week!
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