I’m thrilled to be kicking off the One Item Project Challenge today. If you recall, I started this series two years ago as motivation to get a few projects done before the busy Christmas season, as well as the opportunity to collaborate with some of my blogger friends. Working by myself from a home studio can feel isolating at times, you know?
This go-around, I have a very talented bunch joining me, including Shannon from AKA Design, Lucy from Craftberry Bush, Virginia from Fynes Designs, Krista from The Happy Housie, and Jamie from So Much Better With Age.
For this series, each blogger was given a specific craft or decor item to work with per week and was challenged to create or decorate something with it. To kick off this 3-week series, we started with TWIGS.
I had all kinds ideas running through my head for this first challenge, but I kept going back to the same thing. I decided to stick with it and created a simple WOODLAND WREATH that works with our decor now, as well as into the Christmas season. The same idea as the Book Page Wreath I created last year (hopefully this one wouldn’t make my fingers so sore!).
Projects using elements from nature are some of my favorites because they’re usually free and readily accessible. For my project, I took a trip down to the wooded river valley near our house and gathered up most of the materials I required for this project.
Twigs/branches (10 or more)
Pine Cones (various types)
14″ Embroidery Hoop
Florist wire (26 gauge)
To allow the branches to bend around your embroidery hoop, make sure they are freshly cut. I stored mine in our garage for a week or so and they worked fine.
For the pine cones, gather what you can. I ended up buying a large bag of western white pine cones from a local greenhouse for $2 (and only used half the bag).
I picked up the bamboo embroidery hoop from Michaels for around $2 with a 50% off coupon.
I had the florist wire left over from my jingle bell ornament project.
Total cost for this project- Under $5
To make this woodland wreath, I started by wrapping one of the branches around the embroidery hoop, securing it with wire at the back.
Then, I continued working around, overlapping the end of the next branch just after the previous one until the entire embroidery hoop was covered and it looked full and fairly even. I left a few branch ends unattached as I went along to give it a rustic feel.
For the bare spots, I cut some of the twigs from the branches and wired them in place (I tried a glue gun, but it didn’t seem to want to hold).
Finally, I placed the large pine cones where I wanted them and wired them to the wreath, followed by the smaller ones. So simple!
I found it best to get the large pine cones in place, hang the wreath up and then add the smaller ones after playing around a bit.
Time consuming, yes. But the cost of this project made it so worth it!
Like this project? Pin it for later.
And now for my favorite part of the One Item Project Challenge series…
Here’s a peek at what the other participants created with twigs:
Driftwood Deer Head Taxidermy by Craftberry Bush
Woodland Wreath by Satori Design for Living (that’s me!)
DIY Twig Monogram by The Happy Housie
Twig Christmas Tree Art by AKA Design
Snowy Twig Ornament by Fynes Designs
Twig Heart Art by So Much Better With Age
Be sure to stop by and check out their full tutorials (and maybe even go old school and leave a comment. We love comments!).
Wondering what the other craft items will be? Check back next Wednesday to get the scoop. Can’t wait!
Week One (today)- Twigs
Week Two (Nov. 12)- ?
Week Three (Nov. 19)- ?