December 10, 2010

recycled mini~wreath...

...how about this for a cute environmentally and budget friendly Christmas decoration...


the base of this mini~wreath decoration is the plastic ring left~over when you've finished a roll of that super sticky red tape...i couldn't bear to waste them...so i've been collecting them...and now i've made a start turning them into little Christmas gifts to tie onto presents, hang from the tree...or above the fire place...
very simple to do...i've wrapped the plastic in some wool left over from an old tapestry kit, using the wool to make a loop for hanging, and tying two lengths to form a cross through the middle to which i've glued {or you could sew} the poinsettia in the middle...add a bow from a scrap of ribbon {this one came from a gift box last Christmas} and either glue or sew this just below the hanging loop...

...to create the poinsettia...i've simply die~cut 2 sets of red petals and one of green from some felt scraps {you could easily do this by hand...simply cute a 5 pointed star and then slightly shape the petals}
i've stamped Tim's dotty stamp onto the red petals using VersaCraft ink and then embossed them in Adirondack matte embossing powder in cranberry...i've tried to show in the photo above that when you look really closely...you can see that the spots are not perfect...but from a normal distance they look great! i used another scrap of the wool to sew the petals together and added a button into the middle...then glued it onto the wreath!
et voila...a simply adorable decoration that you can whip up in a few minutes, from whatever you have to hand :0)
go on...have a go!

5 comments:

Steph said...

These are so cute Alix...and guess what I threw in the bin today- a empty DST roll..lol...might have to fish it back out! Thanks for the inspiration, xx

Tess said...

Stunning, beautiful and simply awesome. Love it!

misteejay said...

What a lovely idea...I'm coming to the end of some redline tape so will have to hang on to the rings. Thanks for sharing - so pretty.

Toni :o)

Scrappy~Sarah said...

very cute, love it :)

ScrappyDandyDoo said...

fantastic idea - well done :D
Julie xx