I know, I know - the season of hearts is over. But, I feel like this project isn't too pink - and could really be used all year long - just change out the bling. And, as any of you who already follow me know, I kind of have a lot of burlap – so this project will utilize just a little bit of that!
I did make my own wreath form – I thought it would be easier than it turned out to be! I did find some hot tips . . . after I was done. So, use a serrated knife instead of scissors and it won’t look like someone chewed through your noodle/pipe insulation!
OK, to make your own wreath form, choose which kind of foam you want to wrestle – pool noodle or pipe insulation. I chose pipe insulation because it is January, and there are not a lot of pool noodles for sale at this time. . . also, it’s a little thinner, and I wanted to make a small wreath. Pipe insulation comes in 6’ lengths from our local hardware store for a couple bucks, so it’s a pretty good deal, too. I cut a 32” piece off – to come up with this magic number, I kind of free-formed my wreath to see how much of the pipe insulation I needed to make the size of wreath I wanted. . .precise, I know. I started with the bottom of my wreath – hold the two ends of the pip insulation together and decide how sharp of angle you want to cut for the base of the heart. The further from 90 degrees you cut, the narrower your heart will be.
To make the curves of the heart, you’ll need to cut several crescent notches out of the INTERIOR of each curve – I just eyeballed these (again with that precision!) so I actually cut one more than I need on my first side – whoops! I knew my awesome and forgiving burlap would cover this glitch, so I wasn’t too sad that I’d already messed up. The serrated knife would have really come in handy at this point. Next time, I’ll do my research BEFORE I sit down to do a project!
The last cut you need to make is for the top of the heart – cut a v-shaped piece out of the center of your pipe insulation on the EXTERIOR of the curve. The narrower the v-shape, the narrower your heart will be.
When I got to the middle, I folded my burlap so that both sides were folded under to make the center of the heart’s top look nice and neat.
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