Yesterday my girls headed back to school and I am missing them terribly. Over the past few months we have enjoyed lazy summer days, sleeping in and lots of mother daughter time. It was so nice to get a break from the busy school year and all of the hectic running to after school activities. When school is in session time just seems to fly by so darn fast. For the first time in years we enjoyed a completely unscheduled summer and it was heavenly!
Now that the new school year has begun, I am ready to get back to work on all those unfinished projects around the house that I happily put on hold for the summer. Well, almost. I had planned to spend most of the day yesterday cleaning, which my house so desperately needed. Instead, I decided I needed to find something to distract myself with until my girls got home from school. It was their first day of high school and I was just so nervous and anxious all day!
It had been quite a while since I did anything crafty, so this seemed like the perfect day to get out the glue gun and dust off the creativity cobwebs. It was just what I needed to distract myself and make the day go by quickly.
Over the weekend I had made a quick stop into Micheal’s to look for some ribbon. No luck with the ribbon, but I ended up coming home with a wreath and some plastic apples. Seeing all the fall projects popping up on Pinterest I figured my front door was in need of something new for the coming season. I had all the supplies ready, I just had to make some burlap flowers. It was going to take a lot of flowers to cover the wreath and after making a few I realized being covered in glue and burlap fuzz wasn’t how I wanted to spend the entire day. I wondered if I could instead take the strips of burlap and braid them. Well, it took me a few times to get the length right to cover the wreath, but it worked! It was much quicker and easier than making tons of rolled flowers and I loved the way the burlap braid looked on the wreath!
1. Cut three equal length and width strips of burlap (My measurements were approx. 72″ x 3″)
2. Fold width over and then over again (ok not really sure how to word that, hopefully the picture helps)
3. Press with iron
4. Nice part should be facing you with the two folded edges facing down
5. Lay the three strips one on top of the other, hold with one hand and start braiding with the other (I used a safety pin to hold the strips together at the top)
6. Lay braided burlap on top of the wreath and use glue gun to attach. I cut off the extra length and then tucked under the beginning part and used a little glue to hold together. This also helped hide the frayed edges.
I finished up the wreath and even managed to get a little cleaning done. I could not wait to to hear all about my girls first day of school and give them big hugs. It was the best feeling ever to see them walk through the door with smiling faces, voices filled with laughter and to hear all of the funny first day of high school stories. All of my anxiety quickly disappeared, but I see lots of craft projects in my future, especially when my daughters start driving.
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