One 49-cent Embroidery Hoop = 2 Great Wreaths! Great Back to School Wreath Idea!

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July 23, 2014 by bridgitgillis

What to do when you have a sick child and can’t leave the house?  Raid your craft stash for a project!  I made both of these wreaths in a morning and used supplies I already had around the house!  The base of both of these wreaths is half of an embroidery hoop I bought at a local thrift store for 49 cents.

backtoschool owl


Use thrift store items or things you have at home.  I made this for less than $1.00!

School starts in less than a month, and while I was browsing Pinterest I saw some super cute wreaths made with crayons.  I decided to make my own version, pictured above.  Here are a couple of links to wreaths similar to the one I made:


1. Choose the foundation for your wreath.  If you are using an embroider hoop, you can split it apart and only use one piece or keep them together for more stability.  Since I split my hoop, I cut a piece of cardstock slightly larger than my hoop and hot glued it onto the hoop.  This gave the crayons more surface area to attach to.  NOTE: If you are going to use a fabric hanger like mine, you will want to attach it before you glue the cardstock onto the hoop.  I simply tied it around the hoop, then glued the cardstock over the top of it.

Here is the back of my completed wreath. You can see the card stock that I glued to the embroidery hoop.

Here is the back of my completed wreath. You can see the card stock that I glued to the embroidery hoop.

2. Paint or cover your foundation in a color that you want to show through.  In my wreath and the two inspiration wreaths, there is a gap between the crayons.  I painted my cardstock in a teal color.

3. Wait for your base to dry if necessary.  Choose your crayons and any pattern you may want to use and begin hot gluing them onto your base.  To avoid seeing extra glue on your base, apply your glue in a single line so that your crayon will cover the glue.  If you apply the glue in a large circle, you will see it since the crayons don’t cover the entire surface area.

4. Choose your embellishments.  The options are endless!  Check out the scrapbook section of your local stores, or make your own little decorations.  I chose to make mine out of cardstock, then colored them with marker and colored pencil.  To give my embellishments some added height, I glued a broken crayon onto the wreath then glued the embellishment to the broken crayon.

Fabric bow: I achieved the worn look to my fabric by ripping two strips.  It is easy to do- simply cut a quarter inch into your material where you want your rip to be, then use your muscles for the rest!

Here is the same wreath on a darker background.

Here is the same wreath on a darker background.


The owl wreath was super quick and easy!  I began the process the same way: I cut a cardstock circle slightly larger than the hoop and hot glued them together.  Instead of painting the cardstock, I wrapped the whole thing in fabric.  I ripped fabric strips and wrapped them around the hoop, hot gluing each end in place.  I used a spare fabric strip to use as a hanger.

The “Welcome” is a wooden cut out I had picked up at a thrift store and stashed in my craft supplies.  I painted it a teal color, then highlighted it in a pale blue.

The owl is actually a felt applique piece I picked up in the craft section of a store.  All I had to do was hot glue it in place!

This whole wreath cost about $4.00 in supplies.  The owl was the most expensive part at $3.50.

Super cute and easy wall accent!

Super cute and easy wall accent!


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