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Monday, September 19, 2016

Copper Yarn-Wrapped Wreath

copper yarn wreath

Here we go with the first of my fall projects. I haven't done a lot of fall decorating yet - just a few things here and there. Why hasten it when our Keweenaw foliage is still mostly green? When we made our recent trip to Marquette, Steve said we should also hit up a few other stores, since Marquette has lots of stores we don't have in our area. Well, if I'm going to be within a hop, skip & a jump of a Michaels Craft Store, I'm not going to pass up the opportunity! Right? I had a list and admittedly took the time to look at everything. Needless to say, several items landed in my shopping cart. (OK, more than several.) One thing that caught my eye was a skein of gorgeous chunky copper yarn. I actually had "chunky yarn" written on my list with plans to make a fall wreath, so this yarn fit the bill perfectly. Dollar Tree was just down the road, so we made a quick stop there to pick up a foam wreath form and some faux maple leaves. (I'm sure the Dollar Tree items were also available in the Houghton store, but we had time for another stop in Marquette and it's a larger store.)

The yarn is made by Loops & Threads and the color is called Autumn Blend. It almost seems to have a metallic sheen to it - very pretty.

This project is fast and easy - good project words in my book. I simply wrapped & wrapped the yarn around the wreath - tucking in the ends of the yarn at the beginning and the end. I also left enough yarn at the end to make a knotted loop on the back to assist with hanging.

Now for some leaves. I purchased 2 bags of faux leaves - one being the typical fabric type - and this bag with leaves made with stiffened webbed threads sprinkled with a little glitter.

I snipped the stems on 3 leaves to make them shorter and tucked them under a few strands of yarn. I also reinforced their position on the wreath by adding a spot of hot glue to the back of each. Next came a simple rope hanger, and I thought I was done.

I tend to like wreaths that aren't overly fussy, but this one still looked a little too plain for me. I went to my craft stash and retrieved a small pinecone. That did the trick.

Now it was finished.

It's hanging in a window in our dining area. . .
but it's going to look much better when the trees outside are decked out in their full fall glory. That should take another 2-3 weeks up here. (Yes, I'll be posting some pictures!) 
copper yarn wreath

All is well in the Keweenaw.

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12 comments:

  1. I have seen these chunky yarns but never figured out how to use them since I don't crochet or knot. Love the copper color! It came out beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Thank you, Donna. Since we live in an area rich in copper mining history, I have a special fondness for the color. Your blog looks interesting. I'm going to spend some time checking it out!

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  3. Your wreath is beautiful and how easy to make. Lovely, I would love for you to share this lovely wreath at a link party I am co-hosting. I hope to see you there. Have a great week. http://diy180site.blogspot.com/2016/09/dishing-it-and-digging-it-link-party-115.html

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  4. Thank you, Vanessa. I'll add it to your party - and have a look around while I'm there!

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  5. Hello fellow Michigander! My dad grew up in Calumet so I've been up your way a few times in my life! It truly is a beautiful area and Lake Superior is fantastic! Your "copper" wreath turned out wonderful! How appropriate too for the region you live in!

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    1. How neat! We lived in Calumet for 3-1/2 years when we first moved to the U.P. back in 2011. The beauty of this area is what first attracted us. Thank you for your kind remarks.

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  6. Very cute, and so easy! Think I'll do one this weekend!

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    1. I would love to see it when you're finished. Feel free to email me a photo!

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    2. Fellow Yooper here, Menominee MI......love your site, keep creating and showing us what we can also do for the seasons. Thank you,
      Miss Jeano

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    3. Thank you, Miss Jeano. Nice to hear from Menominee! I have some simple projects coming up for Christmas beginning in early November.

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  7. Well ,I just wanted to look at your craft project that I had seen on HomeTalk ....and then when I saw your Blog photo and all the"Local Sites you like to Check"I naturally had to do this and what an absolutely beautiful area you live in . I live in Maine right and about a 10 minute ride from the ocean so looking at your website was a trip to another whole type of a visit to the water. Your "dream come true home" is just as beautiful as the photos you have shared about the area where you live. I will get back to some of your other posts of crafts ,but i am going to take another "trip to the local spots you like to check ". Thank you,Julie.

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    1. What a nice comment! Thank you so much, Kathy!

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