Monday, November 22, 2010

Inspiring Poem "I Can"

This inspiring poem was shared by my friend Pam Jano from the website Homeschool Hop a wonderful community for spirit-led homeschool moms I found recently, these ladies are truly a blessing to me daily, so much info, freebies, fellowship and wisdom located here. We are working on the Thanksgiving unit studies, hand writing and memory verses this week. I love the groups on this site, so many women of all ages, races coming together for the greater good of educating their children and encouraging each other. Just what Jesus would want us to be doing, showing his love to all. Join us at the Homeschool Hop today!!

Thanks again Pam!!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Giving Thanks: Burlap Scrabble Wreath DIY

I just love this wreath idea that I found on the Living Locurto website from blogger Jen of the tatertotsandjello.blogspot.com blog. It is a Thanksgiving Scrabble Wreath and can be made from simple things you have left over at home, the kids can help out, plus you can add a little spelling lesson in at the same time (Ahhh mom!) You could even do a variation of this theme for other holidays coming up, Christmas with a " Jesus Saves"
New Years, Valentines etc. then coordinate the color of ribbon, interchange the burlap flowers and the tiles for each season and keep the wreath on your door.
Here is what the wreath looks like:

Here’s what you need:

  • A wreath form
  • Burlap — a 36″ square piece should do
  • A few fabric scraps
  • Some Scrabble tiles**
  • Hot glue and gun
  • Two types of coordinating ribbon
**FUN TIP — if you want to make one of these and don’t want to destroy your Scrabble game, you can buy “lots” of Scrabble pieces on eBay or etsy. Or, if you contact Hasbro, you can order a complete replacement set of tiles. It was around $6 for 100 pieces last year.

Here’s what you do:

1. Wrap the wreath with burlap.
Cut two pieces of burlap about 4 inches in width by 36 inches in length. Or, if you have a long piece of burlap you can use a 72 inch strip. Hot glue one end of the strip to the back of the wreath. Then wrap the burlap around your wreath. My wreath form was 12 inches wide, so if you are using a bigger form, you will need a longer piece of burlap. Once the form is wrapped in burlap, set it aside.

2. Make rolled burlap flowers.


I made 18 flowers in different sizes. For each flower, you will need a strip of material about 1 inch in width by either 32 inches, 24 inches or 18 inches, depending on how wide you want the flower to be.
Fold the material in half width-wise and then roll it tightly about 8 times. Then add a dab of hot glue and twist the material around the rolled center, adding glue as you roll. The flower will continue to get bigger until you reach the end of the material. Then add some hot glue to the back and glue down the end of the material underneath the flower.
For more in-depth instruction, check out my Rolled Flower Tutorial.

3. Glue Scrabble Tiles to Paper.

Now that you have the flowers made, lay out the scrabble pieces to whatever saying you want to display on your wreath. Then hot glue the tiles onto a piece of paper. Then cut out the tiles, trimming very close to the edges so no paper is showing.

4. Hot glue the Scrabble tiles to the wreath.

5. Hot glue the flowers to the wreath.

Now lay out the rolled flowers on the wreath. Once you are happy with the placement. Hot glue the flowers to the burlap wreath.

6. Cut the two coordinating ribbon for the top of the wreath.

Make a loop of ribbon for the top of the wreath to hang on the door or wall. Then cut another length of the two ribbon and make a bow. Attach the bow at the top of the wreath to the loop.

7. Hang up and enjoy your new wreath!

Thanks Jen! The wreath is fantastic!! Visit Tatertots and Jello for more amazing, crafty tutorials.

Thank you Amy for sharing this on your site, http://www.livinglocurto.com/ Visit for all sorts of fun crafty ideas and printable, I love the kids Thanksgiving party idea on the blog now, might have to share that one also soon. 

~Leslie~~ mommy blogger with 8 arms

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