I’ve always been a big fan of the Wizard of Oz and could not even tell you how many times I’ve watch the movie over the years! Even as a little girl, I loved the part where Dorothy taps her sparkly red heels together and says “There’s no place like home.” Home is our refuge, our place of comfort and security, the place that we always come back to with a happy sigh after a tough day or we’ve been on vacation. Using a little Valentine heart inspiration, this Home Sweet Home Foam & Paper Heart Wreath can be a year-long welcome to the place where our heart and the hearts of those we love are – our home!
Here are the supplies I used to put this happy and heartfelt wreath together; replace any optional supplies with your own, personal favorites!
- One 7” Make It: Fun® Foam Disc
- 2 pieces of heavy 12” x 12” heavy white cardstock
- 8 wooden bamboo skewers
- Cardstock in your choice of colors; I used red and white polka dots and white
- One piece of heavy gauge floral wire, for hanger
- ½ inch double-faced satin ribbon, in color to match your project
- 4” and 3 and 1/2” heart shaped cookies cutters (to trace hearts)
- Styroglue, Tacky glue and low-temp hot glue gun and glue
- Rick rack – I used red
- Red Stickles
- Red/White baker’s twine and eight 1” white buttons
- Layered, felt hearts – I found them at The Dollar Spot at Target!
- Letters to spell Home Sweet Home
- Additional embellishments of your choice!
Here’s how I put this together!
First, I traced the foam circle on two sheets of white cardstock and cut out the circles. Next, I glued one circle with tacky glue to the front of the foam disc; once dry, the second cardstock circle was glued over the first. I used two pieces to make sure I had a nice, smooth, unwrinkled surface! The red rick rack trim was glued around the perimeter.
Don’t have a Circut or other die cutting machine? You can still get perfect hearts! I used plastic, nesting cookies cutters to trace my hearts. I actually find tracing and cutting to be very relaxing – ok, maybe I’m weird! I traced and cut 8 red polka-dotted hearts and 8 hearts from textured, bright white cardstock.
Yes, I embellished the hearts – you aren’t surprised, I know! I used red Stickles to “dot” around the outside of the white hearts and added a layered, felt heart to the centers. I threaded red & white baker’s twine through the holes in white buttons, tied a bow and glued the buttons to the centers of the polka-dotted hearts.
I DID use my Cricut to cut the Home Sweet Home from the sophisticated cartridge, but you can totally use ready-made letters of your choice! I cut saying from black cardstock and added the Sweet in red. I glued on a silver heart charm and cute little wooden house shape, from Michael’s Recollection collection, filling in the heart with a bit of red Stickles.
Now, for the bamboo skewers! I added them to the foam in a pattern to roughly follow the numbers on a clock at 12, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 10. I might be off a tiny bit, but I’m pretty close! From the flat end of the skewer, (pointed end down) I made small mark on each one, 8 and ½ from the top. This is so I would know how far to push the skewer into the foam disc. I dipped the bamboo skewer into Styroglue, scraping off the excess glue and pushed the skewers into the foam disc. Now, for the hearts! I hot glued the 4” polka-dotted hearts at the bottom of each skewer, right up against the foam disc. The white hearts were hot glued toward the top of each skewer; I left a small piece of wooden skewer showing at the top of each heart. If for any reason there is too much wood at the top, use wire snips to snip off a bit! I made 8 bows from 1/2” satin ribbon and hot glued each bow to the very top of each skewer. Last, I dabbed a little red chalk on the wooden skewers to give them a bit of color.
Add a piece of heavy gauge floral wire, twisted into a loop for hanging. This welcome home wreath is ready to hang!
How do you like this? I like that it has a Valentine’s feel but is not just for Valentine’s Day! I put it on the front door for now and then might move it into my hallway. Mr. Smarty Pants cracked that pretty soon, we’re going to need to rent a storage facility just for wreaths. He did add, though, that this is exactly what he thinks every day when turns onto our street at the end of the day. Good sentiment, then, right? If you make one for your front door, make sure your door is protected from the wrath of Mother Nature! What welcomes you home when you reach your front door?
Thank you so much for visiting! Have a happy Monday and enjoy your Home Sweet Home today!
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