Sunday, April 14, 2013

A summertime wreath


I've been around the interwebs long enough to know that people love wreaths.  A friend said "I feel like I am watching Zoolander "wreaths, they're so IN right now."  I have seen them made out of burlap, flip flops, jello molds, hell I made one at Christmas with the twigs of a branch that fell from a tree in my front yard.  I have been trying to come up with a wreath idea for sometime now, something that represents summer to me.  

Thinking long and hard, I decided that the one thing that was always in my life during the summer was jump ropes.  I used to love jump roping, before I got boobs that is.  I could even double dutch.  Once jump ropes were on my brain, I then had to get some.  Fortunately for me, I found these in the dollar bins at Target (isn't everything in the dollar bins at Target??)
 Trying to figure out how to turn them into a wreath was the hard part for me.  First, I tried wrapping them around a pool noodle that I had taped into a circle.  That didn't work because I didn't have enough rope.  Then I tried wrapping them around a metal wreath frame I had laying around, and again, I came up short.

Finally, I discussed my frustration with my friend Beth, and she suggested I braid them.  How simple an idea.  The best part about the braid was that all the handles ended up at the same place.  Since I had four jump ropes, I decided to wrap one around the braid since I couldn't make an even braid with four ropes.







My final product is pretty awesome if you ask me.  I wasn't sure how much I was going to like it, but I do.  I love it actually.  And you know who else loves it?  Lucy.  She even went so far as to say she wanted it on her bedroom door.  So to oblige her, that's where it lives now.  

What make you think of summer?

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26 comments:

  1. What makes me think of summer?.....COLD BEER

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  2. Maybe I should make a beer wreath huh dad? :)

    Thanks for stopping by Anastasia!

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  3. I love the jumprope wreath! Such a neat idea. Going to use that for a summer birthday party :)

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  4. Great idea, Randi, I love it! Pinning ASAP.

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  5. Very Funny Randi, everyone knows U can't make a beer wreath, but if U make a Pretzel wreath, then it will go with the beer!!!

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  6. Cute wreath and a unique idea!!! Love the colors!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party
    http://www.usscrafty.blogspot.com/2013/04/submarine-sunday-27_14.html

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  8. This is one of the coolest ideas I have ever seen! I make wreaths for my Etsy shop, but now I want a jump rope wreath for my front door! Thanks for sharing! (Linked up from Somewhat Simple)

    http://hotcommodityhome.blog.com

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  9. This is the 1st I'm seeing a jump rope wreath! Looks great!

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  10. Isn't this cute?! Love it! This would be an adorable thing to hang on the door for a child's birthday party. Thanks for sharing the idea :)

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  11. This is soooo creative Randi! Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Pretty Things party this week. I hope to see you back tonight for another fun party!

    xo, Tanya
    http://twelveoeight.blogspot.com/

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  12. I saw this on Making the World Cuter and I just LOVE it! So bright and colorful and fun! Totally want to make one! : )

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist

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  13. Saw this in I'm Crafty Party! What a fun idea. It's so colorful!

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  14. Very creative! Bug sounds make me think of summer :) Thank you for sharing this at Rustic Restorations Weekend!

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  15. This is such a fun wreath - perfect for Summer! Love this idea.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Suzanne
    Pieced Pastimes
    PS-Would love to have you link this up to Saturday Sparks

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  16. ...just finished browsing the web for flip flop wreath ideas for a summer camp that I am helping with. This is a fab idea!!! Hope you have out this on Pinterest!! May have to do one for each of my three girls!!!

    threedavisdivas.blogspot.com

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  17. Thanks everyone for the kind words! This one is still on my daughter's door, she said it has to stay there forever!

    Timeka, I do have this pinned, but feel free to pin it again :)

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  18. Just Awesome! I love that the jump ropes come in such pretty colors, then you put them to good use ;)

    Ashley
    applesbyashley.com

    I would love to have you link this up to our Summer Wreath Challenge at http://www.applesbyashley.com/2013/06/make-along-monday-link-up.html

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  19. This is seriously the cutest summer wreath that I have seen so far!

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  20. Did you fold the jump ropes in half before braiding them? What did you use to hold the ropes together before you braided them and when you finished?

    Thank you. This is so cute. Can't wait to make it.
    Christa

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  21. Did you fold the ropes in half before braiding? What did you use to hold the ropes together?

    Thank you,
    Christa

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  22. Ashley, I am checking out your link up!

    Stephanie, thanks! I had fun making it!

    Christa, I folded the ropes in half and hung them over a hook, then I braided them. Once braided, I used the purple rope to wrap around the braid also holding it to a small foam wreath shape that was wrapped in purple duct tape. I see that I don't have much detail posted about the foam shape, I will update my post soon to include that.

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  23. I would love to make this for my daughters new apartment. I look forward to more details on the steps to make it. Great idea and thanks.

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