It’s time for the 4th edition of the Thrift Store Swap! How cool is that?!
If you haven’t checked out a swap before here’s all the cool details: 14 crafty bloggers commit to buying and repurposing 2 thrift store items for under $10! For the fourth swap our fearless leader (Lyn at MidMichiganMom) though of a super cool twist: one of our two items must be a wreath! That means you’ll see 14 amazing spring wreath reveals… and next week you’ll see 14 amazing thrift store transformations as we each make-over our second item!
Sounds easy right? There’s a catch… each blogger is buying for a different blogger on the list! That means each blogger gets a little bit of a surprise in their mailbox! It’s like Christmas but with thrift store items… it’s pretty awesome. So what happens when the unknown challenges 14 crafty ladies?
You get some out of the box tutorials!
Here are the geniuses behind these DIY Tutorials. Make sure to check out each one!
Happily Ever After, Etc.
What Treasures Await
Made in a Day
Sequins in the South
C’Mon Get Crafty
ReDo It Yourself Inspirations
DIY Just Cuz
5 Kids, a Dog and a Blog
The Small Stuff Counts
Mid Michigan Mom
One Crazy Ride
I was lucky enough to receive two amazing items from the lovely gal over at Kreativ K! She lives all the way across the ocean in Spain so these thrift store goodies traveled a long way to reach me in lower Alabama!
The first item she sent me was this adorable little rope wreath… look how cute it is!
I really liked the way the rope looked (& it was in great condition) so I almost played off the rope to go for a nautical feel… but that’s not really my style! So instead I decided to go with my gut and make this cute little wreath into a pom pom special!
Anthropologie makes the cutest pom pom’s… I love their wreaths, garland, just about anything with their adorable wood tufted pom poms! Of course they’re way too pricey for me so I’ve been dying to DIY my own version for months now!
Well y’all I’m finally doing it… and I’m sharing the easy tutorial with you!
Small piece of cardboard
Alright y’all go ahead and pick a good movie ’cause it’s time to get comfy… I mean get crafty! We’ve been on a marvel kick around here so the hubs and I rocked Captain America: The First Avenger while I made a boatload of these little puffs!
After you pick your movie go ahead and grab your little piece of cardboard… it’s time to cut your template. You’ll want the entire piece to be about two and a half inches tall (see where the pink yarn is below? That is the height so if I were to measure the length of that first bit of pink yarn it should be about 2.5 inches). The width isn’t such a big deal… although I wanted a fairly long piece so that I had something sturdy to hold onto!
Once you cut out your rectangle go ahead and cut a large slit out of the center… this is for tying off your pom pom at the end so make it generous!
Now it’s time to wrap! go ahead and wind the yarn around and around until you feel like your pom pom is fairly thick…. if you think you have too much yarn do a little bit more! You don’t want a limp pom pom!
Once you feel like you’ve wound enough yarn onto your cardboard template go ahead and cut the end off flush with the edge… just like in the picture above!
Now it’s time to wrap your pom pom… take a piece of yarn about 9 inches long and wrap it around the middle of your yarn… right into the little channel you made in step 1. This is the easiest step… just wrap your yarn and then pull it tight! Tie a knot and you’re on to the next step!
Now it’s time to make your pom pom! Go ahead and cut each little bit of yarn along the edge of your cardboard… that’s it! Do both sides and you have a pom pom!
Now if your pom pom’s are anything like mine they’re a little lopsided… some of my strands were longer than others so I gave those a haircut. Just a little trim to take the little lopsided pom you see below to a pretty little round pom! Take a look!
That’s it! Your first pom pom is done! Now you just need to make about a dozen more… this is where that really great movie comes into play!
Now if you’re only doing a section of your pom like I am you might not need as many pom’s… I made 6 normal size poms and 3 little tiny ones! The tiny ones use the same method but with a slightly smaller cardboard template!
It’s time to go ahead and attach your poms to your wreath form… simply tie them on and cut the long ends of your yarn off the back! If you’re looking for the rope look go ahead and wrap your wreath form with rope first but if you want the full monty go ahead and fill that baby up with pom’s!
Ready for the final reveal?
I don’t know about y’all but I absolutely love my new wreath courtesy of Kreativ K! Of course the best part of the Thrift Swap is that there’s still 13 wreaths left to look through! I sent my two items to Kim over at Made in a Day… I can’t wait to see what she did with them!
Go ahead and check out the other projects and don’t forget to check in next Thursday for our second Thrift Store item!
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