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May 2012

    Guest Post: Michele from The Scrap Shoppe

    Hello, A Glimpse Inside friends! 
    I’m Michele, and I create at The Scrap Shoppe
    I’m so happy to be able to be here today to not only share a fun project with you, but to let Allison have some much needed time off to love on that precious new little girl of hers! Allison was sweet enough to guest post for me last year during my bloggy maternity leave, and I so pleased I can returned the favor! 
    So, let’s get crafty shall we?

    With Memorial Day just behind us and July 4th quickly approaching, my crafts lately seem to revolve around red, white, & blue. I love decorating my house for these patriotic holidays! 
    Last year I made a fun ruffled patriotic wreath for the front door, and I thought it would be fun to make something similar in a smaller version for me to carry around with me! 
    So I came up with the 
    Mini Patriotic Wreath Pin!
    I went with the same materials as my previous wreath: Cream burlap, red burlap (spray painted), and denim.

    Cut 2.5″ wide strips of the fabrics, then cut the strips into squares then each square into a circle approximately 2 inches in diameter. 

    You will need 6 cream, 5 red, and 4 blue circles.

    Place a drop of glue (I use Beacon’s Fabri-Tac but you can use hot glue) in the center of one of the circles of fabric. Fold the circle in half then place another drop of glue on the center edge of the half circle. Fold the fabric in half again and hold it closed with a clothespin until the glue has a chance to dry. Repeat with all of the circles of fabric. 

    To be sure that the backing of the mini wreath holds up to the weight of the burlap it needs to be made of something a little more substantial than felt which I would normally use for a small pin. So I grabbed some scrap cardboard and traced out a large circle 3″ in diameter and then a smaller circle inside the larger one 1.5″ in diameter.
    Cut out both circles.
    To make it more aesthetically pleasing, I wrapped the cardboard with thin strips of the denim. 

    Remove the clothespins from the folded circles of fabric and start gluing them to the denim ring. Start with the red and white pieces overlapping them slightly. Add in the denim pieces and you should now have filled the entire space. If you have any gaps just cut more circles of fabrics of the color that you need.

    We’re going for a flag look, and you can’t have a U.S. flag without some “stars!”
    I glued on a few small white buttons to the denim.

    Glue a pin to the top center of the back of the wreath. Cover the pin with a piece of scrap denim to help it blend in. 

    I think the mini wreath turned out super fun! 
    I love the mixture of the burlap with the denim.
    It feels very rustic!
    You could totally sport it as a brooch.
    Or not… 

    I think I’ll keep on my denim tote I carry to work! 
    I think it makes for a decent mini version of my ruffled patriotic wreath
    I do hope you will give this quick and simple mini wreath a try!
    And I would love for you all to come visit me sometime at my place.
    Thank you so much, Allison, for having me over!
    Give that little baby an extra snuggle from me!

      Thanks so much for sharing Michele!