How Many Trends Can I Fit Into One Wreath?

Happy April Fool’s Day, everyone!

Instead of pranking you all with a virtual bucket-o-water-above-the-door trick, the joke’s on me today.  And I’m letting you in on it!

Trend Fest 2014!  6 Projects...So Many Trends.  via thinkingcloset.com

The name of the game?  Trend-Fest 2014

The players?  Myself and five of my fab bloggy buddies!

The challenge?  To incorporate as many current trends as possible into one craft project without it being too over-the-top.  (Though in a way, I feel at a distinct disadvantage as most of my projects end up being over-the-top.  Oh well!)

Why are we doing this?  The better question is, “Why not?!”  I mean, we might be making “April Fools” of ourselves with these trend-laden creations, but life’s too short to take things too seriously, right?  Especially when it comes to crafting.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it….  We thought it could be fun to have y’all check out all six projects and vote on your favorite.  The winning blogger will be dubbed Queen Trendy and will don a monogrammed crown made of chevron burlap for an entire year.  Okay, I made that last part up, but still: that’d be pretty sweet, right?

Incentive?  Annnnnd, to thank y’all for voting, we have a prize of April Fool’s Day proportions to giveaway.  6 of them, in fact!  Read on to see what they are {she says, trying to muffle her laughter}.

And now, let the tom-foolery commence!

I give to you my “craft trend mash-up,” a Felt Flower Wreath for Spring to Summer!

Spring to Summer Felt Flower Wreath.  Step by step tutorial by thinkingcloset.com

Trend Count

I’m proud to say that this wreath boasts 11–get that?–11 trends.  Update: I’ve been informed in the comments of a 12th, so here’s the revised list:

Felt Flower Wreath!  Trend Count: 12!  Can you find them all?  via thinkingcloset.com

I have to give a huge thanks to everyone on Facebook who helped me brainstorm quite the epic list of craft trends.  That played a big role in inspiring this project!

Now, here’s the play-by-play, so y’all can make your own:

Tutorial

Step 1:  Wrap your wreath form with burlap ribbon.  Ahem, chevron burlap ribbon if you want to squeeze an extra trend in there!  And you will, I repeat, you WILL need two rolls of 15′ ribbon to complete this project.  Don’t just buy one roll like I did and then run out 2/3 of the way around the wreath form and have to make an extra trip to Hobby Lobby in the 15 minutes before they close on Saturday night.  {Slaps hand to forehead.}  Do bring a coupon (or download the Hobby Lobby app., which always has a 40% off coupon locked and loaded).

To secure the ribbon to the wreath form, I just used a few dabs of hot glue at the beginning and end.

Spring to Summer Felt Flower Wreath Tutorial by thinkingcloset.com

Step 2.  Create your rolled felt flowers.  Lots of them.  Plug in the glue gun and park yourself on the couch for several hours to catch up on Under the Gunn and transform your brightly colored felt into gorgeous felt flowers.

Here are the two types of felt flowers I included in my wreath:

Looped Mum Felt Flowers

How to Create Looped Mum Felt Flowers by thinkingcloset.com

{Thanks to my Central Florida blogger buddy Keri from Shaken Together for teaching me this method at her Pinterest Party this past weekend!}

Felt Flower Rosettes

How to Create Felt Flower Rosettes by thinkingcloset.com

{You  may remember my Fall Felt Flower Wreath was entirely made up of rosettes!}

Step 3.  Create some pom poms!  I was determined to work some trenderrific baker’s twine into this project and my answer was in some pom poms!  I just used a combination of light blue yarn and pink baker’s twine that I picked up at my local JoAnn’s and went to town.

Did you know that pom pom’s are super easy to make?  Check it:

How to Create Pom Poms via thinkingcloset.com

Step 4.  Glue your flowers and poms to the wreath!  This is the fun part, and I highly recommend laying out your flowers and poms on the wreath prior to gluing them down.  Stand back, squint your eyes, and come up with a configuration that pleases you most!  Then, secure the flowers and poms to the wreath using hot glue.

Spring to Summer Felt Flower Wreath Tutorial by thinkingcloset.com

Securing the felt flowers and pom poms to the wreath using hot glue.  Via thinkingcloset.com

Spring to Summer Felt Flower Wreath Tutorial by thinkingcloset.com

Step 5.  Add a wood slice banner.  I couldn’t resist the opportunity to incorporate a few more trends with a wood slice banner painted with none other than chalkboard paint!  And I have to thank Keri’s Christmas Pinterest Party for the wood slice banner supplies (she picked up the wood slices at a local teacher supply store, but if you have a branch from the backyard you can slice n’ dice yourself, grrrreat!).

Wood slices!  So hot right now.

After painting the slices with chalkboard paint, I used a very thin wire to attach the wood slices to some jute twine.

Chalkboard painted wood slices, prepped for a "Welcome" banner.

Then, I used my Bistro Chalk Markers to write out a “welcome” message, and secured the twine to the wreath using a few dabs of hot glue (affiliate link).

Wood Slice Welcome Banner!  Perfect for attaching to a front door wreath via thinkingcloset.com

annnnnd…

Here she is on our front door!

Spring to Summer Felt Flower Wreath.  Step by step tutorial by thinkingcloset.com

A much more season-appropriate wreath to the snowshoes I had hanging up there the day before (eeska!).

A bevy of beautiful felt flowers and pom poms really jazz up a spring to summer wreath!  via thinkingcloset.com

I dare say that with a mix of pastels and jewel tones, she will weather the transition between spring and summer quite well!  At least, that’s the plan, Stan.

The cutest mini woods slices you ever did see!  They make a fantastic "Welcome" banner on this spring felt flower wreath!  via thinkingcloset.com

What do you think, dear reader?  Did I cross the line from “just right” into “too much” territory with all these trends?  Or was I able to keep it somewhat tasteful?

Spring to Summer Felt Flower Wreath.  Step by step tutorial by thinkingcloset.com

Spring to Summer Felt Flower Wreath.  Step by step tutorial by thinkingcloset.com

An April Fool’s Giveaway

Now…in a moment you’re going to get to check out all the “trendy projects” in Trend Fest 2014 and vote on your favorite.  But first, I’ve gotta tell you about this April Fool’s Giveaway.

By casting your vote in the form below, you’ll also enter yourself into a giveaway to win…wait for it…6 trendy pencils my blogger buddies and I crafted!  It’s the perfect prize for an April Fool’s Giveaway, don’t you agree?  (Though as a teacher, I heart school supplies, and 6 decorated pencils would be like gold to me!)

Here’s my “trendy pencil,” decorated with chalkboard paint and neon chalk markers!  A bit of a nod to the 1980s….

Trendy Pencil decorated with chalkboard paint and neon chalk markers!  Via thinkingcloset.com

Trendy Pencil decorated with chalkboard paint and neon chalk markers!  Via thinkingcloset.com

Voting Time

Now, I’d love for you to take some time to explore the different crafts my blogger buddies created for Trend Fest 2014.  And then, from any of our blogs, you can use the form below to cast your vote and enter the giveaway.  I want you to be honest and vote for whichever “trendy” craft you like best!  Even if it’s not my wreath.  Because:

A) I’ll never know.
B) I’d be thrilled for any of these girls to claim the title of Queen Trendy.  Honestly.



Thanks for playing along with our silly little challenge! And I hope your April Fool’s Day is full of laughs and devoid of banana peels.

More Wreaths!

For more inspiration, check out my wreaths of seasons past….

{Linking up at these hoppin’ parties.}

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Lovely comments so far...

  1. Ok, the number of trend elements you were able to include in this is seriously impressive. And it doesn’t look even a bit silly! It’s so cheerful and fun! I think my favorite flowers are the pom poms. Way to squeeze in yet another trend in there by adding the baker’s twine!

  2. You know, Lauren, I think I see some “Radiant Orchid” in there as well. *wink* *wink*

    I love how it came out! And I’m definitely jealous of your handwriting. If I wrote “Welcome” it wouldn’t look half as nice.

    And I’m so jealous of your pencil! Want so bad!!!

  3. You girls are just soooo creative! I love all of them!!!

  4. What a fun little challenge! Great job, I think you knocked it out of the park! Plus, your wreath is so cute!

  5. Amazing! I love the colors! You could of totally including Radiant Orchid like Kristy said!!! This wreath just makes me happy and excited for spring!! Well done! I also love the chalkboard painted pencil! Amazing!

  6. I am so in love with this wreath!!

  7. Such a cool challenge! And they all look phenom without being overwhelming with all the trends :)

  8. what a fun project! and it came out super cute

  9. That wreath is SO CUTE! Not too over the top!

  10. Pretty sure this is the cutest competition I’ve ever seen! What a fun idea and such cute projects!! The wreath….AMAZING!! The wood slice banner with chalkboard paint sealed the deal for me….I was giggling and oohing and aahing all at the same time! May you wear that chevron-burlap-monogrammed crown with pride, sister! ;)

  11. I love your wreath!!!! Soooo many trends and you did them justice! love the whole idea Lauren, so much fun! (I voted for you of course!)

  12. I LOVE it! :)

  13. Love all the trends in this wreath!

  14. You packed an impressive number of trends into this wreath, and it is seriously super cute!! Also, I think you ladies need to seriously consider making a winner’s crown and making this an annual event! Love it :)

  15. Ohhh…. fun challenge! I love your uber-trendy wreath, Lauren! And your little wood slices are lovely. I heart the wood slice trend! :)

  16. que ideas tan originales y tan bonitas, me han encantado!!!!
    Besos.

    Te esperamos en http://ensembleavecstyle.blogspot.com.es/

  17. Oh Lauren!!! Woweeeee!! This wreath is so super cute and I love all the trends you have included. You have seriously knocked the ball out of the park with this, I love the other entries but my golly gosh you have excelled yourself! I would hang this on my door unashamedly all through the spring and summer and I am pretty sure it would brighten up Autumn and Winter too :)
    I love how your blog posts make me grin like a silly hen :D

  18. Fun game! And your wreath is awesome!

  19. Love the chevron burlap ribbon! And your pencil!? Genius!

  20. Oooh I love it Lauren, you crazy talented trendy gal!!

  21. Not too many people could pull off putting so many DIY trends together–but all of you did! Your wreathe shouts spring/summer and I just love the colors and all the variety of trendy-touches.

    This is quite the challenge! Yes, I agree, if there are NEW trends next year (and how couldn’t there be), it would be fun to see another trend fest!!

  22. This is awesome! I’m totally amazed at your ability to incorporate so many trends and still make it look gorgeous! Love! And what a perfect April Fool’s Day project– you ladies rock! Have a great week, my friend!

    ~Abby =)

  23. What a fun take on April Fools! All fooling aside, I totally dig that adorable little wood slice banner on your wreath (not to mention the whole thing!). Great work!

  24. I love all those little felt flowers. great color choice!

  25. I love the chalkboard wooden disks! I’ll have to try that sometime…

  26. Love, love, love this!

  27. Just the right amount of over the top! I’m amazed you made that many felt flowers. I had planned on a plethora for my last wreath but somehow it ended up with a grand total of 6 flowers. Well done, Lauren!

  28. Clearly you had as much fun making this..as everyone has had reading and oogling over the fab talent in this trend fest! So clever my friend! Love those felt flowers!

  29. This is so pretty. I am late in making a spring wreath, you have motivated me…unless you have an extra.

  30. Lauren!!You ROCK for linking up this week to Tip Me Tuesday. {high fives} Just a heads up, Tip Junkie can help you index your blog more effectively if you upload at least 2 images, 2 steps, and blog post URL into your Tip Junkie craft room! Simply login and click “add a project” on your profile page to get started. {yep I’ve got your back!} ~ Laurie {a.k.a. the Tip Junkie}
    Link ~ http://www.tipjunkie.com/how-to-add-a-craft-room-project-on-tip-junkie

  31. You know I love this incredible wreath, Queen Trendy! ;) Thank you so much for sharing it at Get Your DIY On: Thinking Spring! Happy Easter!

    ~Abby =)

  32. I LUH-VE this wreath. This might be my favorite you’ve done so far. The bright and many flowers, in addition to the banner just make it extra special! The pom poms are so fun with the multi-colored yarn, and they remind me of the book banner you made for me! Sorry I missed the chance to cast my vote, but I would’ve voted for you…amazing how you combined so many trends into one project! So…who one Queen Trendy?

  33. This is such an amazing project, I can hardly even stand it! I am so impressed that you got 12 trends together into 1 project. Way to go! Also, congrats on winning the crown!!!

  34. Your wreath is so beautiful!

  35. Does the chalk marker erase well off chalkboard paint? I have had a couple of experiences with the markers not erasing off cheap chalkboards….

    • I’m actually just going for the chalkboard look with this wreath, so I don’t plan on erasing them. But I have found that in general, the markers are harder to erase than regular chalk. Still, I just love how easy they are to write with. If I discover any magical ways to erase them, I’ll let you know!

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