Up-cycled Belt Wreath and Tutorial

Hey!  Hello and how are ya?!  It's been awhile!

We are just plugging away here in the heat and dry weather like so many of you.  4-H projects and our fair are a couple of things that have kept me from blogging.  I thought you all would enjoy one of my daughter's 4-H projects.

How fun is this?!  An upcycled belt wreath.

I picked up these belts at a thrift store for 50 cents each.  My daughter and I brainstormed and  came up with a wreath idea.  

I had a straw wreath from a garage sale.  It needed to be covered to hold in the straw and to hide it from any gaps in the belts.

So she covered it with strips of black fabric secured with hot glue here and there.

Already looking good.

But that table behind?  That's my sewing room table.  Over flowing with pieces from past projects.  We had to set up two folding tables in the basement to have space to work on.  What can I say?  That's how we roll. It will be cleaned up. Eventually. :)

I told her she could cut the belts and glue pieces of them on.  Well, she started wrapping the whole belt on before I could go and help her cut the belts, and I loved what she had done.  The whole belt wrapped around looked great!

It took some "futzing" with them to get them to lay nice with the belt buckles all toward the front.  Then she secured the loose ends of the belts with a dab of hot glue.  She had to punch another hole in a couple of them too. 

And the final touch?  A skinny belt to use as the hanger.  It's just looped around like a ribbon.

The wreath doesn't have a home yet as she's not sure it will go in her bedroom.  We hung it here just to take pictures of it.

What you'll need:
*Hot glue gun
*12" straw wreath
*strips of fabric that blend with the belts to cover the wreath
*10-15 belts in varying widths and textures to cover the wreath.  (She used 10 on hers)
*1 skinny belt to use as a hanger
*hole punch or nail and hammer to make additional holes in belts if needed

She used a combination of black and brown belts for this wreath.  I think one with all really worn brown leather belts is in order for our basement.  So, I'll be on the lookout for more belts!

And, this wreath is on it's way to our state fair! :)

I'm linking up with My Repurposed Life

Quilt Art

I picked up these quilts and drying rack at an auction a week or so ago.  The quilts are nothing spectacular but they have such a warm an homey feel to them.  So, I guess I'm wrong..."homey" is pretty spectacular.

I mentioned how I see quilts in this post, so now I'm having fun with it.

I hope you all have a wonderful 4th of July!

Thank you Lord for my freedom to worship You.
God bless the United States of America.

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