During football season, my husband is all about Clemson football! (Well, actually, it's all year long, but I digress....) Though I'm not quite as exuberant about football season as he is, I do pull for the Clemson Tigers! I have seen all the yarn wrapped wreaths on the internet, and I saw Kimberly's awesome team wreath on her blog Simply Living a while back.
|Kimberly's Boomer Sooner! Wreath|
I have made some different wreaths for friends and family, but I wanted to make one for myself. (I'm really bad about always making stuff for other people and never making anything for myself!) Kimberly inspired me to make a Clemson wreath. I started out with a straw wreath form and some purple yarn.
I took the plastic off of the wreath form, but I'm not so sure I should have done that. Every time I worked on wrapping the wreath, I had to get the vacuum out to clean up the mess. Not fun. Also, it took me a LONG TIME to wrap the wreath! I'm talking like four episodes of Law & Order! Maybe I just didn't have the right technique. I don't know. So my recommendation to you would be to get a styrofoam wreath form and wrap the wreath when there are some good tv shows on!
I had an oval wooden plaque and some small wooden letters I purchased from Wal-mart that I wanted to use on the wreath.
I painted the oval plaque orange and decoupaged an orange patterned piece of scrapbook paper to the top. I used my Silhouette to cut a tiger paw out of card stock. I decoupaged the "stencil" of the tiger paw to the top of the plaque. (If you have a Silhouette, you can use it to trace and cut image files you get off of the internet. That's how I got the actual Clemson Tiger paw.)
I painted the letters with plain purple and glittery purple paint. I glued them to little wooden rectangles I painted orange and glued a ribbon to the back of the rectangles to create a banner. I also made different types of flowers out of fabric and felt. And I covered a couple of silk flowers with Mod Podge and glittered them. Before I applied all the embellishments to the wreath, I wrapped orange yarn around the wreath in a crisscross pattern. Then I glued all the embellishments on with hot glue.
Here's a close up of the awesome paw. (Gosh, I love my Silhouette!)
Here are all my different flowers. I think it may need a few more....
I love how the wreath is all about the Tigers, but it's still a bit girly. I'm not completely sure that it goes with my bright green door, but one things for sure: the door makes the wreath pop! If you were to ask my husband, he would probably say this is his favorite craft I've made, even if it does have a couple of sparkly flowers on it! ;)