Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Sweater & Pool Noodle Valentine's Day Wreath

I wanted a Valentine's Day wreath that was snuggly-looking now that the weather is getting colder.  I had some old sweaters that just never looked good on me and a pool noodle.  I had seen the pool noodle wreaths around the blogosphere and I thought I might try wrestling that giant piece of foam into a heart.  After lots of wrestling, this is how it turned out


Wanna know how I did it?  You may have answered "no", but I'm going to tell you anyway!

I got all my supplies together

some old sweaters
a pool noodle
glue gun
serrated knife
*turns out you'll need some packaging tape too

I cut the noodle in half, on a 45 degree angle with a serrated knife

take the two cut ends and put them together to make a "v"

I hot glued it together, but it didn't stay.  So I tried screws.  They didn't stay.  Then I tried tape.  It worked!
Tape the heck out of it so it stays... you're going to be bending this thing and it's going to fight you.  A lot.  That is the top joint of the heart (where it dips down).

Now take your sweaters and cut off the sleeves.  Scary, I know.  I tried mine on one last time to make sure I really hated them before I cut.

I then cut each of the sleeves in half and in half again, so I had four pieces from each sleeve.  Start putting your sleeve pieces (I alternated colors) on your noodle form.  You're going to need to do this before you close up the other end!

Now cut the ends of the noodle on a 45 degree angle.  Make sure you try making your heart first to ensure you get the angle going the right way

Now close the whole thing up and tape it really well
Pull your sweater pieces around so all the noodle is covered and hot glue the pieces together.  I tucked the frayed edges under so it didn't look messy.

I put a ribbon on the back to hang it



What do you think?  Was it worth all the wrestling?  Let me know in the comments.  Thanks so much for stopping by!
Blessings,
Jamie
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37 comments:

  1. That's an impressive use of materials. Way to stick it to those noodles and get them in line :D It totally turned out in the end - Looks REALLY nice on the door! Good crafting!
    Jaimee @ craft-interrupted.blogspot.com

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  2. Super cute sweater wreath. I am hosting a Valentine contest, come link up for a chancehttp://bacontimewiththehungryhypo.blogspot.com/

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  3. co cute!! And I don't know why but the line where you said, "i had two old sweaters and a pool noodle" just cracked me up.

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  4. What a great idea! LOVE it! Get it? LOVE? And it's for Valentine's Day? :) Don't mind me...it's late!

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  5. Shirley; What a darling idea.

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  6. Jamie, I love it! You did a wonderful job.

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  7. You are too smart!
    Please come share this at:
    www.ladybugswithzoi.blogspot.com

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  8. This is fabulous! I hope you will link it to my Show-It-Off-Thursdays Party at:

    http://ornamentplace.com/?p=1400

    Thanks, Linda

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  9. Your wreath is so cute! I love that you made it with sweaters and a pool noodle!

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  10. so very smart!!! loving it... please share at the Handmade Valentine Party here:
    http://www.summitstreetjoy.com/2012/01/handmade-valentines-day-crafts-and.html
    we'd love to have you :)
    xo -lauren-

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  11. There is so much I love about this - besides the struggle that you had to have with the noodle. So worth it!!

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  12. Hi, Jamie

    I just love your wreath. Super cheap and it's lovely!
    Found your blog at the LollyJane Boutique link party. I am a new follower. Love for you to stop by www.homesweetbutterfly.com.
    Vanessa

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  13. Love the wreath!!

    I'd love to invite you to share this on my Thingamajig Thursday party going on now...http://radcrafter.com/2012/01/thingamajig-thursday-party-11/

    Alida
    radcrafter.com

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  14. Super cute and totally worth the noodle wrestling! I'd love it if you'd link your project up to my Pinned it, Made it party :) Its for all pinterest inspired projects! http://findingmywayintexas.blogspot.com/2012/01/pinned-it-made-it-2.html

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  15. Lurve it!! What a great "green" project!!

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  16. SO resourceful! What clever ideas! The wreath looks great! :)

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  17. Just saw you made a feature on TT&J with this. Definitely worth the effort, huh? Congrats!

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  18. I really like this one! It's different but not weird-different, cute and original-different :-)

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  19. How clever!? Great job. I hope you will link up to my I Heart Projects Party! www.itsybitsypaperblog.com

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  20. Very unique idea! Love that you included your struggle with this....so many times I try something and think "why did they imply this was easy?"!!! I am having a digital scrapbook software giveaway - if interested, stop by!

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  21. What a great idea, I love that you made it out of those materials! I would love for you to link up at my new Valentine Party at www.cheapcraftymama.com!

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  22. I love that you used a pool noodle for this! Genius. I featured this as part of my link party wrap up and features!

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  23. How super cute is that! Great use for old pool noodles and ugly sweaters alike! LOL.

    Stopping by from the hop

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  24. I am soooooo addicted to the sweater look! I've made several sweater projects! This is so cute... never thought about doing a 2-tone look...I really like it!

    I’m hosting a LOVE theme linky party. Would love it if you came by and linked up! http://serendipityandspice.blogspot.com/2012/01/manic-monday-linky-party-2.html
    -Melissa

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  25. Definitely worth the wrestling! Looks fabulous - I haven't seen any pool noodle wreaths yet - yours is my first!


    I would love if you came over and linked this project to my weekly Round Tuit party at:
    http://jembellish.blogspot.com/
    Have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

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  26. This is such a great idea! I would love to feature this on Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. Thanks!

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  27. I have seen pool noodle wreaths here and there but this is definitely one of the best that I've seen- great idea,very cute.

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  28. What a neat use for a pool noodle! The wreath looks so cute:) Thanks for sharing this!

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  29. Super cute!! Thx for sharing! Wish I had a great textured sweater like that to cute up! LOL!

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  30. It's adorable! And such a creative wreath form!

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

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  31. that is super cute and adorable and definitely something I haven't seen before! Thanks so much for linking up to Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings. www.ladybug-blesings.com

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  32. Wow, definitely original and super cute. I love the sweater idea! I had to feature this today! Have a great weekend!

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  33. This is so cute! I can't believe it started with a noodle! How creative!

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  34. Adorable. Totally worth the wrestling!

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  35. I'm featuring you this morning over on my blog. Loving your Valentine wreath! :)

    Ginger @ gingersnapcrafts.com

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