DIY/Crafts

Getting pinspired: Holiday wreath for mom

Pinterest is a great place for stay at home moms to post their ridiculous crafts and for sorority girls to drool over them. Many Pinterest-inspired crafts do not end up looking the way they were intended.

Sometimes you just don’t have the time, money or patience as a stay at home mom. But thanks to my lack of activities and lack of any of my friends being home from school as early as me, I successfully got Pinspired for (part of) my mom’s Christmas gift.

Here was the original pin:

From Pinterest

From Pinterest

Literally the directions were: “Start with a foam wreath, wrap in white ribbon, and cover with craft store pearls”

Little do they know that a pack of about 30 craft store pearls is $5.99 and you need about 300. So I used these things that are supposed to go in vases or something. They looked like pearls on branches so I thought that might work. I bought myself a styrofoam wreath and about six pearl branches. Then I had to go back for another six. This project requires a lot of balls (pun intended).

My version

My version

I also decided to use gold along with my standard pearl and silver pearls. I think it turned out pretty well. Especially since the pearls were attached to little branches I just stuck them into the styrofoam and saved a lot of time and burns from the hot glue gun!

Also, you could interchange the ribbon for any time of year! (Think: light pink or yellow for Easter)

Love it? Let me know! Post a comment!

xx

Always,

Allie

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DIY/Crafts

Little gets what little wants

Last semester I finally got the little sister that I always wanted while growing up. Getting a little sister was easily one of the most rewarding and happy moments of my life – but buying all the gifts they deserve and Initiation turning into another Chirstmas definitely isn’t easy on the college girl’s wallet. So I decided to learn how to hand sew letters for my lovely little so that not only did she know they were given to her from the hear – they also cost about $6 per shirt (instead of upwards of $20)

This is the basket full of goodies I gave her on Initiation

My little spoiled brat got a full basket (as you can see). Only one pair of letters inside was not hand made. Those would be our family letters – the vertical ones. Other than those, here’s the inventory:

  • 1 dark heather gray hooded sweatshirt with green patterned letters & white background
  • 2 t-shirt letters:
    • neon green shirt with light pink patterned foreground & dark pink background letters
    • kelly green shirt with dark pink foreground & white background letters
  • 1 light heather gray long sleeve shirt with orange foreground letters & white background
  • 1 white pillow with pink patterned foreground & dark pink background letters (with puff paint for our names)
  • 1 neon green blanket (underneath everything) without letters
  • pink flip flop slippers
  • Delta Zeta bumper sticker
  • pink picture frame with family photo
  • notepad with roses on it
  • pink & green make up bags
  • Delta Zeta reusable tote

All of this didn’t really take as much time to put together as you may think. I spent my Thanksgving break sewing letters, but it was well worth it. I love seeing my little rock my handmade letters on campus. For the Delta Zeta tote, Vistaprint usually has deals for free tees and totes – if you upload a Delta Zeta design then all you have to pay for is shipping!

Check out my letter-making tips or a how-to on sewing a blanket/pillow!

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