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Happy Thanksgiving | Fall Wreath DIY

Fixing up a house is expensive and we try to save money wherever we can. One thing I love about having a house is the ability to have a different wreath for every season/holiday/event. Being the crafty person that I am, I decided not to buy any supplies, but instead work with what I had lying around.

So, here is my Dirt Cheap Fall Wreath DIY Tutorial:

Step 1: Build the wreath framework. I did this using newspaper and masking tape. Start by making a rough circle at the size you want your final wreath. Next, fold up additional newspaper pages into strips and coil those around the circle, taping the ends as you go so they stay in place, until you end up with a nice thick circular wreath frame.

This is the hardest part of the whole project. You want to squeeze and form the frame as you go until you get the shape you’re looking for, but make sure that you add enough layers to make it sturdy…otherwise it will droop over time and you’ll end up with an oval. I ended up using about 3 or 4 of the free pennysaver mini newspapers that come regularly in the mail.

Step 2: Wrap your wreath framework with something pretty. I had a long strip of fabric already cut, leftover from the edging for the quilt I did a few months ago, so I wrapped that around the wreath and taped it off at the end with more masking tape. I kept the exposed masking tape in one area so I could easily cover it up with my decorative elements.

Step 3: Add decorative elements. I had a container of bowl filler that I bought from Target a while back and some random pine cones. I didn’t have enough to completely fill the entire wreath, so I arranged them nicely along the bottom. I finished it off with some paper flowers I folded and never turned into earrings and some dried flowers from a Fall flower arrangement I bought last year. Each element I adhered in place with hot glue.

Step 4: Hang and enjoy!


TOTAL TIME: About 2 hours

Note: Due to the fact that the framework is made from newspaper I wouldn’t hang the wreath in a place where it will be directly exposed to the elements. Hang it on a porch with a roof or inside a storm door. Or…because it cost nothing you can always just let it do its thing and take it apart to reuse for something else afterwards.


Shop | Szozda Gallery

WRKDesigns’ original artwork and handmade items can be found at the Szozda Gallery. They currently carry: lucky star earrings (eco friendly) , flower orb earring (eco friendly), kusudama earrings (eco friendly), pin back buttons with original hand drawn/painted designs (original), daily aceos (original), and a few paintings.

Stop by to check out the selection of work by WRKDesigns and other amazing local artists.

WRKDesigns’ Workshop at the Everson Museum

March 31, 2012: 10.30am – 1.30pm

Eco Friendly Wearables

Members $15, Non-Members $20
To register, contact Kimberly Griffiths, kgriffiths@everson.org or (315) 474 6064 x310.

Have fun and be creative in this informal one-day workshop. Transform everyday items such as recycled, vintage, and found objects into unique wearable art. Make pins using zippers and fabric, necklaces made from T-shirts, magazine beads in a variety of styles, and more. Taught by Whitney Daniels of WRKDesigns. No experience necessary. Materials provided, but feel free to bring some of your own special objects to upcycle!

Custom Yellow Paper Stars Order

This is what 350 paper stars look like! All were made for a custom order through my Etsy shop. I just thought they looked really neat all together and thought I’d share. =)

The stars are displayed in a paper bowl work in progress. I’m currently in the process of trying new magazine bowl styles. Haven’t decided what I like best yet, but once I do they will be available in my shop.

Featured Handmade Item

My handmade eco friendly magazine remnant ornaments were featured on the Green Gourd Creations blog. Check out the post here.

“I think this is a great piece.
Whitney has many beautiful pieces made from paper and fabric.
From garland to earrings.”

Thanks again for the feature Debbie!

Handmade Holidays | Last Day to Get 15% OFF!

Last day to get 15% OFF your entire purchase of handmade goods from WRKDesigns.

Head over to our Etsy Shop to get started!

Use coupon code: WRKDSAVE15 at checkout.

WRKDesigns Handmade offers a variety of original and eco friendly items, such as: ornaments, earrings, garlands, and more.

Handmade Holidays | Paper Flower Ornaments

These kusudama hand folded origami paper flower ornaments are light weight, eco friendly, and will be a wonderful addition to any holiday tree or just for decor around your home.

Listing: Set of 4

Material: Upcycled magazine pages from Domino Magazine – Featuring images of patterned home interiors and wallpaper.

Size: 3″ wide, petal point to petal point

Hangs: White Ribbon 4″ length loop

Each set is one of a kind – OOAK

Get a set now over on my Etsy Shop.

Handmade Holidays | Lucky Star Earrings – Wholesale Deal

Get 5 pairs of lucky star paper bead earrings for $5 each. That’s $2 OFF each pair! These are my most popular earring style and this listing allows you to buy more for less and spread the love to family and friends.

These earrings are eco friendly, light weight, and super cute. The lucky star paper beads are hand folded from magazine pages, making each set one of a kind (OOAK)

Each star measures .5″. Full earrings measure approx. 2″ long and are embellished with small glass beads in coordinating colors.

Head over to my Etsy Shop to browse the entire selection.

Local | CarrieDee Handcrafted – Ornaments

These are the super cute felt ornaments currently hanging on my tree, handmade by my friend Carrie, from CarrieDee Handcrafted and Ink and Dot Studio.

  1. Felt birds
  2. Felt balls
  3. Felt wreaths

The birds and balls feature cut out fabric windows (the ones shown use vintage fabrics) and hand embroidered details. The wreaths feature handmade and found (eco friendly) wool. All ornaments are finished with twine for easy hanging and come in a variety of colors.

Check out the selection over on her Etsy shop!

Handmade Holidays | WRKDesigns Sale

Only 1 week left to take advantage of the Holiday Sale on all of the handmade items on my Etsy Shop.

Some available original and eco friendly items include: paper bead star garlands, paper flower ornaments, magazine remnant ornaments, pins, magnets, fabric stud earrings, monogram iron ons, and more!

Start Shopping Now! Use Coupon Code: WRKDSAVE15 at checkout.