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I hope everyone has a safe and happy Fourth of July! This is a little embarrassing to admit, but I planned to post these yarn-wrapped letters last year and never finished them in time. I just finished them today! It’s a good feeling because I hate having unfinished craft projects sitting around for a long time. These would be great to sit on a shelf or hang for a decoration. If you are a fan of the summer Olympics, you could make them to show your support. Below are my instructions to make them if you are interested. Feel free to embellish them any way you wish! You may also want to refer to my Christmas yarn-wrapped letters or Halloween yarn-wrapped letters for further instructions.

Materials:

– Wood craft letters: U, S, A (I found mine at Wal-Mart)

– Hot glue gun/glue***

– Scissors

– Red sparkle yarn

– Blue sparkle yarn (I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Glamour yarn in Sapphire)

– White sparkle yarn

– Embellishments of your choice (I used glittery stars I found at Michaels)

***You will need a lot of glue for this! I did not expect to use as much glue as I did.

Directions:

1. Wrap the letter U with red yarn. Use hot glue to help hold the yarn in place as you wrap.  It may even help to cut small strips to fill in areas that are missed by wrapping.  USAyarnwrapped2

2. Wrap the letter S with white yarn. Use hot glue to help hold the yarn in place as you wrap.  It may even help to cut small strips to fill in areas that are missed by wrapping.

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3. Wrap the letter A with blue yarn. Use hot glue to help hold the yarn in place as you wrap.  It may even help to cut small strips to fill in areas that are missed by wrapping. The A was a little tricky since it has a hole. I vertically wrapped the bottom to make it easier and then later went back over it by wrapping the yarn in a horizontal direction.

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4. If you choose, add some embellishments to your letters. I used my hot glue gun to glue red, white, and blue glittery stars to my letters.

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Yarn Wrapped Letters Joy

Yarn Wrapped Letters Joy

Yarn Wrapped Letters Joy

Merry Christmas Eve! Similar to my Halloween Yarn-Wrapped Letters, I made Christmas yarn-wrapped letters into objects related to Christmas.  I made two different variations for the word “JOY”.  Read below if you are interested in making some of your own!

 

General Materials:

– Wood Craft Letters J, O, Y

– Hot glue gun/glue***

– Scissors

– Yarn in various colors

***You will need a lot of glue for this! I did not expect to use as much glue as I did.

For the letters shown in the top picture, I started with the wooden letters below that I picked up from Michaels.

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For the letters shown in the second picture, I started with the wooden letters below that I picked up from Michaels.  The only difference is the J which I picked to look like a candy cane.

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“Stocking” J Letter

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Materials:

– White yarn (I used Loops & Threads Impeccable Glitter yarn in Ice Queen)

– Red yarn (I used Caron Simply Soft yarn in Red)

Directions:

1. Wrap the top of the J with white yarn. Use hot glue to help hold the yarn in place as you wrap.  It may even help to cut small strips to fill in areas that are missed by wrapping.

2. Wrap the rest of the J in the red yarn.

“Candy Cane” J Letter

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Materials:

– White yarn (I used Loops & Threads Impeccable Glitter yarn in Ice Queen)

– Red yarn (I used Caron Simply Soft yarn in Red)

Directions:

1. Use a pencil to draw candy cane stripes on the J.

2. Alternate wrapping the stripes with the white and red yarn.  Use hot glue to help keep the yarn in place.  It may even help to cut small strips to fill in areas that are missed by wrapping.

“Wreath” O Letter

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Materials:

– Green yarn (I used Loops & Threads Impeccable yarn in Kelly Green)

– Red felt

– Thin red ribbon

– Optional: Mini decorative lights

Directions:

1. Wrap the O with the green yarn.  You may need to use hot glue to help keep the yarn in place in certain areas.  It may even help to cut small strips to fill in areas that are missed by wrapping.

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2. In order to make the bow, cut three rectangular strips from red felt like shown in the picture below.

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3. Hot glue the ends of two of the rectangular strips together as shown in the picture below.

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4. Take the thin red ribbon and wrap it tightly around the middle of the three pieces of felt so it pinches them together as shown in the picture below.

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5. Tie the ribbon tightly in the back of the bow to keep it together and cut off the loose ends.  Then cut the ends of the bottom piece of felt at a diagonal to resemble the ends of a real ribbon.

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6. Hot glue the bow to the top of the O.

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7. If you want to add the red “berries” to your wreath (as shown in the top main picture of this post), simply cut small circles from the red felt and hot glue them onto the O.  I also found a cute necklace with small Christmas lights that looked neat wrapped around the O.  The wreath is also nice when left plain as well.  The first picture below shows the wreath with the light necklace and the second picture shows it plain.

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“Ornament” O Letter

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Materials:

– Silver yarn (I used Loops & Threads Impeccable Glitter yarn in Sterling)

– Pipe cleaner

Directions:

1. Wrap the O with the silver yarn.  You may need to use hot glue to hold the yarn in place in some areas.  It may even help to cut small strips to fill in areas that are missed by wrapping.

2. Cut and bend a pipe cleaner to form a loop to represent the top of the ornament.

3. Wrap the pipe cleaner with the silver yarn and hot glue the ends in place.

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4. Hot glue the pipe cleaner to the top of the O.

“Reindeer” Y Letter

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Materials:

– Brown yarn (I used Red Heart Super Saver yarn in Coffee)

– Beige yarn (I used Red Heart Super Saver yarn in Buff)

– Two googly eyes

– Red pom pom (medium size)

Directions:

1. Wrap the two top short sections of the Y with the beige yarn.  Wrap the bottom long portion of the Y with the dark brown yarn.  Use hot glue to hold the yarn in place when needed.  It may even help to cut small strips to fill in areas that are missed by wrapping.

2. Glue two googly eyes about two-thirds of the way up on the dark brown section.

3. Glue the red pom pom at the bottom of the Y.

 

“Holly” Y Letter

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Materials:

– Green yarn (I used Loops & Threads Impeccable yarn in Kelly Green)

– Three red pom poms (small & medium size)

 

Directions:

1. Wrap the Y with the green yarn.  Use hot glue to hold the yarn in place when needed.  It may even help to cut small strips to fill in areas that are missed by wrapping.

2. Glue the three red pom poms in place where the top two sections of the Y meet the long bottom section of the Y to form the holly berries.

 

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This is the reason I have been MIA lately! We just had our baby girl right before Thanksgiving! Once things settle down again, I plan to post more regularly. I thought I would share our pregnancy announcement photo with you. I tried to come up with something clever for a third baby. I ordered the   sombreros from Amazon. You can also order the mustache pacifier from Amazon that my son has too.

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fathersdayframe

If you are trying to find a last-minute gift to make for Father’s Day this weekend, try this simple idea! Take a picture of your kiddo(s) holding a letter to spell out “DAD” (or whatever name they use for their father). You can buy fancy letters from a craft store (if you are spelling out “DAD”, you only need to buy the letters D and A), or simply make them yourself by cutting them from cardstock. Buy or make a frame with enough picture spaces for each letter of the name. This is a great way to even get babies involved in making their own Father’s Day present.   I did this with my two little ones last year and my husband has it displayed on his desk at work. I used a cute little film roll frame with three picture spaces that I found at Michaels.

Materials

– Letters (I used white wooden letters I bought at Michaels)

– Camera

– Picture frame with enough picture spaces for each letter of the name (I found mine at Michaels)

Directions

  1. Take one picture for each letter of the name you are spelling (if it is a long name, you might want to put more than one letter in the pictures so you don’t have to find a really big frame). Get creative and have fun putting your kids in silly poses.
  2. Develop or print the pictures. We needed square pictures for our frame so we were able to get them at Wal-Mart.
  3. Place the pictures in the frame in the order that the name is spelled.
  4. That’s it! The frame is ready to be gifted. It is sure to be a special gift for the lucky dad that receives it 🙂

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Teacherwipeoff

I’m really sorry I haven’t posted in a long time but I think I have a pretty good excuse!  We are unexpectedly expecting our third baby (due at the end of November) and I have been having pretty intense morning sickness.  It has definitely hindered my creativity and energy so my blog has gone a bit neglected.  I am about out of the first trimester now so I’m hoping the morning sickness subsides soon.

It is approaching the end of the school year here so if anyone is looking for a creative end-of-year gift for their child’s teacher, make a cute wipe-off board!  Better yet, have your child make one!  It is very simple to make and easy to personalize.  Read below on how to make one.  I also plan to sell a few of these on my Etsy site.

Materials

– 12″ x 12″ scrapbook paper (I found an apple print at Michaels)

– 12″ x 12″ frame

– Plain scrapbook paper for lettering (I used black)

– Clear glue (preferably a kind meant for scrapbooking – I used Elmer’s Craft Bond clear dual tip glue pen)

– Scissors

– Wet or dry erase marker

 

Directions

1. Decide on the phrase/name you would like on your board.  Either use letter stencils or a font on your computer to trace the letters onto your plain scrapbook paper.  I used the font Comic Sans to type my phrase (A+ Teacher) and then traced the letters onto black scrapbook paper.  Then cut the letters out with your scissors.

2. Arrange your letters on top of your decorative 12″ x 12″ scrapbook paper and once you are satisfied, glue them down with the clear glue.  I used a toothpick to help me neatly apply the glue to the backs of the letters.

3. Feel free to add any other embellishments to your paper.

4. Place your decorated scrapbook paper in the picture frame.

5. Write a nice message to your teacher using your dry or wet erase marker.

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6. You are ready to give the wipe-off board to your teacher!

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