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Cardboard Wreath and Candle Ring

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Ok, I guess I’ve put this off long enough.  I’ve been dragging my feet, debating whether or not I wanted to share my last two projects.  I’ve kind of put myself on a spending freeze, mostly because I’ve been feeling guilty about spending too much on a couple purses (see here).  So I’ve been trying to be creative and use what I have around the house.  I’ve been really wanting to make a fall wreath but didn’t have a wreath form in my stash.  What’s a girl to do?  What can I use that’s round and mimics a wreath without really being a wreath?  The answer is cardboard. But ya already knew that from the title, didn’t you?

I (for whatever reason) have a ton, no literally, a ton of cardboard boxes.  Moving boxes that have been emptied, soda boxes, beer boxes, boxes, boxes, boxes…. I even have a big sturdy box that my carpet cleaner came in.  Which is exactly what I used for these two projects.  Mostly because it gave me a large area to cut out a circle and it was very sturdy (double thickness).

I started out by breaking open the box so I could lay it out flat.  Found a couple bowls from the kitchen to trace around.  Then spent 10 minutes searching high and low for the utility knife, to no avail.  Ever feel like your tools grow legs and run away to hide just exactly when you need them?  Mine do, I swear it.  Guess I’ll have to use an exacto knife.  Just a note…the utility knife would have been a LOT easier. Unfortunately I tried scissors and they didn’t work either, too thick.

ANYway…the first bowl I used was 12″ across.  The smaller bowl for the inside was 6.5″.  Use whatever works for you.  Once you’ve cut out the circle…

Cardboard Wreath shape

Now cut out the center.

At this point I was so frustrated I forgot to take pictures.  Basically I started with some yarn and wrapped about a third of the way around.  I liked it but was losing patience….FAST.

Then I switched to felt cut in about 2″ wide strips.  That went a lot faster.  At this point I started cutting leaves off a garland I got last year at Dollar Tree and fired up the glue gun.

Leaf Garland

Leaves

I found it was easier to cut the stems pretty short so they wouldn’t stick out. Burnt myself a couple times with the glue gun. Said a couple (ok…more than two) bad words. And here is the final product.

Cardboard Fall WreathIs it a fail?  I’m not sure but I wasn’t about to let it defeat me.

Moving right on to the piece I had cut out of the center.  Since I have plenty of brown felt left, I cut a piece the same size as the circle and one a little larger so I could wrap up and over to hide the edges.

Cardboard Candle Ring

I just folded it over and hot glued.  Once I had that done, I glued on the piece that was the same size as the circle.  This gave me a pretty good base and no one will ever see it.  I sat an orange candle (a leftover from Dollar Tree, again) in the center and pulled out a large jar of cinnamon sticks that had been in the cupboard longer than I care to admit. They were only $1 from Dollar General.

Cinnamon SticksSorry, every time I take a picture of something with writing it comes out blurry.  Hhhmmm.  Nothing says fall more than cinnamon, right?

Cinnamon Stick Candle

I tried to glue the sticks to each other but ended up gluing them right to the candle instead.  Since I’m not going to burn the candle I didn’t worry about it.  If you want to burn yours, I would suggest gluing your sticks to a candle cup/holder.  Then I glued the remaining leaves around the bottom.  I finished it of with a bit of raffia tied around it.

Cardboard Candle Ring

I think this turned out much nicer than the wreath but maybe I’m just being critical.  It’s hard to tell.  I even tried sitting the candle ring on top of the wreath.  It looks nice but it’s way too big {in my opinion} and takes up too much table space.  So I think it will sit by itself…next to the sweater jack-o-lanterns.

Cardboard Crafts

I read two posts today that helped push me to get my post written.

First was Gina of The Shabby Creek Cottage and her book page wreath on a cardboard circle.

Second was Smallgood Hearth and her crafting manifesto “you don’t have to be perfect, and you don’t have to create perfect things.  You craft because you enjoy it and love the process.  Mistakes serve two purposes: to teach us and to show our loved ones we really did create it by hand.”

Thank you ladies.  I really needed your help today.

So….Do you ever make yourself try to use up what you already have?  Are you self-critical of the things you make?

 

Please take a minute to scroll down and leave a comment.  I would love to know what you think.  Did this inspire you?  Will you use this as a jumping off point for your own project? Or just to say Hi I was here.  Comments are the only way to let me know what you are thinking.  If you enjoyed, please share with your friends or followers.  Thanks =)

 

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the cape on the corner
the cape on the corner
September 19, 2011 at 9:49 am

that wreath is perfect-i love the leaves, and what a great idea with those cinnamon sticks. if only i had some-as it is, i’d have to go buy them, and that would defeat the whole thrifty purpose, lol!

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Roeshel
Roeshel
September 17, 2011 at 8:52 am

These are so cute!!! Definitely keeping my eyes open for sweaters at the next thrift store trip!

Thanks so much for sharing in the Fall Festival and for the shout out! :)

Looking forward to seeing more!

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Mindie
Mindie
September 13, 2011 at 9:15 pm

Thank you for linking up. I am going to feature you on Thursday afternoon at Bacon Time.

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ingrid@morestylethancash
ingrid@morestylethancash
September 12, 2011 at 3:39 pm

I think you could actually burn the candle because the flame would be so far away from the cinnamon but of course you would have to keep an eye on it.

As for being critical of the things I make the answer is YES! I am always second guessing myself whether things are good enough. Months latter when I look back on things I’ve made I usually am quite proud of them. I guess I need the distance.

I am now off to check out your sweater jack o lanterns. They are Great!

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Ann vonBehrens
Ann vonBehrens
September 12, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Great Job! I have also been considering the cardboard ring for my wreaths.
I really love how this candle wreath looks with your pumpkins! Thanks for joining my Restyled Sunday’s party.

Ann

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Terry
Terry
September 10, 2011 at 12:18 am

I love the cinnamon sticks and raffia. I bet it smells great too. Very nice.

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Amy@One Artsy Mama
Amy@One Artsy Mama
September 9, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Cute! I love how the cinnamon sticks look around the candle…definitely going to have to try that! I’m hosting a Fall Craft Challenge on my blog and this week’s theme is centerpieces. I would be thrilled if you’d stop by and link this project up so my readers can see it too. :)

http://oneartmama.blogspot.com/2011/09/falling-for-crafts-challenge-1.html

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Carol
Carol
September 9, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Oh perfect! I can’t keep up with all the cardboard in my life. What a great upcycle / repurpose and cute cute project!

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Ruth
Ruth
September 9, 2011 at 3:51 pm

I love your thrifty fall decor. It all looks great! Wonderful ideas.

Ruth

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Mindie
Mindie
September 9, 2011 at 1:33 pm

I love your candle ring! I love fall, in fact I already switched my blog colors to some fall halloween designs. I would love for you to share this at my anything goes linky that runs Friday through Monday.

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Smallgood
Smallgood
September 9, 2011 at 12:12 pm

I’m being very sincere when I say that I think you did a terrific job! I’m sure that candle is going to smell amazing. And your little pumpkin display is oh so cute. I think it’s neat that you did both the felt and the yarn on the wreath because they give very different textures. If you’ve got some chipboard or a cutter, I might suggest adding some letters to spell out (oh I don’t know…something clever) and place them on that yarn gap. It would highlight the letters so well.

And now I’m seriously off to pin those sweater pumpkins. Adorable!

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jennifer
jennifer
September 9, 2011 at 7:10 am

LOVE the candle and the sweater pumpkins. Love them. You need to sell these! I would be very interested in purchasing some!

Andrea Clem

Hi, my name is Andrea. I’m a Designer and decor junkie. My emphasis is on do-it-yourself projects, making trash into treasure, recycled/re-purposed materials and seeing things outside the box. [ Read More... ]

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