It is Christmas in July! At least for my project this month for the Craft Room De-Stash Challenge. I enjoy making Christmas ornaments and every year there just doesn’t seem to be enough time to feature all of the ornament projects I want to try out for the blog. So this year I decided to start a little early – July for instance – and start featuring some of my projects now. This month for the Craft Room De-Stash Challenge. I created mini wreath Christmas ornaments out of mason jar lids.
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For my mini wreath ornament project I am using three mason jar lid rings, yarn, red bells, and some fresh sprigs of boxwood from my own yard.
The boxwood was an afterthought to be honest since my original idea for the mini wreaths didn’t work out.
For the first wreath, I wrapped the rim in multicolored green yarn I had in my stash. I purchased several rolls of yarn a couple of years ago when I thought I was going to become a crocheting master. Still don’t know how to crochet but I have been using up the yarn for many other projects.
Using a hot glue gun and glue, I attached the end of the yarn underneath the rim and wrapped the yarn around and around the rim until it was fully covered. Every few loops around the rim, I would add another bead of glue to help keep the yarn in place.
Use chop sticks to keep from burning your fingers.
Want to know a good safety tip to keep from burning your fingers while working with hot glue on such a small project – chop sticks! I use a chop stick or bamboo skewer to push the end of the yarn in to the hot glue. So much less painful.
To make the hanger for the ornament, I cut a generous length of yarn, put the two ends together and tied a knot. Then I wrapped the loop within itself around the rim of the mason jar lid and pulled it tight. A bead of hot glue helps to hold it in place.
Originally, I had wanted to make the design of the wreath completely out of yarn but that didn’t work out very well. The yarn was just too soft and flimsy to hold the loop shape to mimic leaves. So of course like any seasoned crafter, I turned to Pinterest for more ideas.
Searching for mini wreath ideas I saw a post about using branches from a boxwood bush to make a fresh wreath. Fortunately I have several small and young boxwood bushes in my front yard that the growth would be small enough for a mini wreath. A quick trip outside with some clippers and I was ready to work again.
Don’t you just love finding solutions on Pinterest when you need it!
The second wreath I covered in white yarn and added two red bells.
I hadn’t planned on making a third wreath but I had enough cut boxwood left over to have fun with it and made a mini boxwood wreath.
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