How to Make Christmas Place Cards with the Freestyle Pens

Happy December!  This is Rebecca and we’re just a couple of days from Christmas now!  It hardly seems possible and I’m sure you’ve got all of your cards sent out, wrapped gifts under the tree, and your holiday meal all planned out.  Just in case you’re in need of a pretty place holder for the guests you’re hosting, I have a quick idea to share, featuring the easy to use Freestyle Foil Quill Pens.

Holiday Place Cards with the Foil Quill Freestyle Pens by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Holiday Place Cards with the Foil Quill Freestyle Pens by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory KeepersOver the past couple of years, I’ve been buying up and hoarding these leafy garlands from the craft stores.  They come in handy for every kind of Christmas project you can think of!  They’re wired and cut apart easily (I like to use the wire cutters that come with the Happy Jig, though, to save my scissors).  I created some quick wreaths out of the garlands, but if you don’t have or can’t find them, any wreath–even a paper one or real greenery–will work just fine for this project.

Holiday Place Cards with the Foil Quill Freestyle Pens by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Personalizing your holders is so simple with the Freestyle Foil Quill Pens.  I used mine to write the names of my family members on a die cut label.  I chose the silver foil and held it in place over the label with magnet pieces, writing the names with the fine tip pen–that’s the pink one.  I find that when I’m writing, especially in cursive, I can be more precise with the finer tip.  If you have calligraphic experience, though, there is a pen for that, as well–it’s dark pink and has a special tip.

Holiday Place Cards with the Foil Quill Freestyle Pens by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Holiday Place Cards with the Foil Quill Freestyle Pens by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory KeepersI added a few little stars to decorate each name tag.  The silver foil contrasts so nice against the dark burgundy cardstock I used.  Set against the deep green of the wreath, it’s so Christmassy!

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The labels are attached with glue dots, which makes them easy to remove from the wreath so that my guests have something they can take home and use later, either as a holiday decoration, tree ornament or a gift topper.  When I make items like these, it’s always nice if they can be repurposed.  At the very least, I can reuse them next year!

Holiday Place Cards with the Foil Quill Freestyle Pens by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I thought it might be nice to add a few little silver berries dotted around each wreath to dress them up, so I cut up some faux berries I had and hot glued them within the leaves.

Holiday Place Cards with the Foil Quill Freestyle Pens by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

The final touch for my place card wreaths was the bow at the top, which I made with the Bow Loom and some glitter ribbon.  It’s a double bow that was super-easy to make with the loom and adds such a festive touch!

Holiday Place Cards with the Foil Quill Freestyle Pens by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Thanks for hanging out with me today during this busiest of season. Happy Holidays to you and yours!

 

WRMK Supplies:

Freestyle Foil Quill Pen (Fine Tip) & silver foil

USB Modular Storage

12×12 Magnetic Mat

Bow Loom

Mini Evolution

Wire Cutters

 

 

 

 

 

Ombre Glitter Favor Bags with the Glue Quill

Hello, and Happy Monday friends! Aly Dosdall here to get your week started off with a little sparkle and shine. I know we’re all still totally focused on Christmas, but I just had to share a fun party favor idea for New Year’s Eve using one of my favorite new tools, the Glue Quill along with my Silhouette Cameo 3.

Ombre Glitter New Year's Even Favor Bags with the Glue Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Ombre Glitter New Year's Even Favor Bags with the Glue Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

The Glue Quill is a glue pen attachment for you cutting machine. It doesn’t require power and can fit into your pen holder or blade holder depending on the type of cutting machine you have. I love how the Glue Quill creates a professional quality look on projects using SVG files from the Foil Quill Design Drives or from your own library of files. Check out the step-by-step video tutorial below!

While this project is for New Year’s Eve, you can create this same ombre glitter effect on projects for any theme–birthdays, Christmas, baby or bridal showers, anniversaries, etc.

Ombre Glitter New Year's Even Favor Bags with the Glue Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Simply switch out the artwork for something that fits with your celebration theme, and switch out glitter colors to coordinate. Just remember to choose one light color, one medium, and one dark.

Ombre Glitter New Year's Even Favor Bags with the Glue Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Ombre Glitter New Year's Even Favor Bags with the Glue Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to check out our YouTube channel for more video tutorials and overviews for all the Quill Kits! Happy crafting!

Supplies:
Glue Quill All In One Kit
Glue Quill Glitter Pack
Clear Cut Punch–2″ Tag
The Works All In One Tool

Holiday Ornament Roundup

Happy Friday We R fans! All week long we’ve been sharing some beautiful DIY Christmas Ornaments that our team has create with the new Spin It Ornament Arm Kit and the Spin It Motorized Rotary Drying Tool (sold separately). Today we’ve got a roundup of more handmade holiday ornaments created by our amazing in-house design team to share with you, so sit back and enjoy!

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The Ornament Arm Kit includes the Spin It arm that replaces the Tumbler Arm on the machine, plus some adhesive foam squares that hold your ornament in place while you decorate it.

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You can decorate your ornaments with alcohol inks, glitter, mica powder and epoxy. After your final layer of epoxy cures you can add custom vinyl decals or other details.

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We’re loving these, and we can’t wait to get started making ornaments. Remember, for beautiful custom ornaments this holiday season head to your local Michaels Store or shop online for the new Spin It Ornament Arm!

Make Custom Christmas Ornaments with the Spin It Ornament Arm Kit

Hello We R fans! It’s Eva on the blog today showing you how to customize your Christmas ornaments with the Spin it machine.

Custom Christmas Ornament with the Spin It Ornament Arm by We R Memory Keepers

The Spin it machine is perfect to customize tumblers and now it has a new accessory: an ornament attachment! It is very easy to use and the results are beautiful.

Prepare your Spin it machine by removing the cup attachment and inserting the ornament one. Screw the attachment all the way into the machine, so the ornament doesn’t fall while curing the epoxy.

Spin It Ornament Arm Kit by We R Memory Keepers

Hold the ornament with the foam included in the kit and start decorating your ornament. I decided to paint the ornament white because I had a bright green ball, but you don’t necessarily need to do this step.

Spin It Ornament Arm Kit by We R Memory Keepers

To decorate the ornament I used mica powders. Prepare some epoxy resin with the  We R Epoxy Kit, 30 ml of each color was more than enough to cover all the ornament.

I divided my resin in two cups and added a small spoon of mica powder to each one. Stir the powder until the mix is even.

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Now it is time for the fun part! I wanted my ornament to have different strips of color, so I turned on my Spin it machine and place the epoxy over my ball one line at a time. You don’t need to be very precise, the epoxy will move while the ornament is spinning and colors will blend beautifully.

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I also added a few drops here and there, that created fun circles in my ornament! When your ornament is finished you can add some glitter; I wanted to add some, but I finally decided not to, because I wanted you to be able to see the mica powder effect perfectly.

Make Custom Christmas Ornaments with the Spin It Ornament Arm Kit by We R Memory Keepers

Leave you ornament spinning 4 hours and work on your decorations in the meantime.

To decorate my ornament, I used my Bow Loom to create a fun and festive red bow. The 4 inch bow was the perfect size.

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Next, I used my electronic cutting machine and the Holiday USB drive with Foil Quill designs to cut a “noel” word with white vinyl.

Using the Weeding pick tool, weed the vinyl and get it ready to transfer to the ornament.

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Finally, use you USB Glue Gun to glue the ribbon to the ornament.

Make Custom Christmas Ornaments with the Spin It Ornament Arm Kit by We R Memory Keepers

This ornament was fun and easy to do, the mica powders give a very nice finish, my son told me the ornament looked like a planet and he is right! I love the effect!

Make Custom Christmas Ornaments with the Spin It Ornament Arm Kit by We R Memory Keepers

I hope you give this craft a go, you can include the family last name and give these as Christmas gifts, I am sure everyone will love them!

Thanks for joining me and have a great day!

 

 Eva

Supplies

Bow Loom

USB Glue Gun

USB drive – Holiday

Weeding Pick

Spin it Tool

Spin it Epoxy Kit

Spin it Prep kit

 

 

 

DIY Holiday Ornaments with the Spin It Ornament Arm Kit

Hey there We R friends, Laura here today. Making glitter ornaments is fun, but if you have ever made them, then you know what a mess they can be after you take them off the tree. Now, you can create epoxy ornaments using the Spin It tool and the ornament arm attachment. This fully seals in the glitter to create a hard-shiny coating.

DIY Ornaments with the Spin It Ornament Arm by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

To start with you will remove the Spin It arm by rotating it counterclockwise. Attach the ornament arm by rotating it clockwise until it is tight. Check the depth of your ornament and then wrap the arm with adhesive foam. You may need one or two pieces depending on the diameter of your opening.

DIY Ornaments with the Spin It Ornament Arm by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Apply glitter to your ornament by coating the ornament with adhesive and then sprinkling it on. Turning the Spin It to low while sprinkling the glitter on gives you a nice even coat. I did two different designs of glitter. On the teal ornament I used both chunky and fine glitter. On the red and green one, I did the top half in red and the bottom in green. Allow the glitter to dry.

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Mix your epoxy according to the package directions. Usually, you measure equal parts of A and B and then stir slowly to combine for about 2 minutes.

With the ornament rotating, slowly pour on your epoxy. Use your stir stick to spread the epoxy over the ornament. Allow the ornament to rotate on low for about 4 hours. The epoxy will still be slightly tacky at this time, so allow the ornament to cure completely for 24 hours.

DIY Ornaments with the Spin It Ornament Arm by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Do 2 – 3 coats of epoxy for the best coverage over the glitter. You can see on the red and green ornament below, I only did one coat of epoxy, and while the glitter is sealed, the epoxy looks a little lumpy. This can be fixed by doing additional coats. Lightly sand the ornament in between coats.

To embellish your ornament, you can use the Tassel Loom to create a cute little tassel to hang from your ornament. I made a yarn tassel for the teal ornament and baker’s twine tassel for the red and green ornament.

We R Memory Keepers Tassel Loom

I love that I can create beautiful glitter ornaments without all the mess. These ornaments will last for years to come.

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Supplies

Spit It Tool­­

Ornament Arm

Glitter

Ornament

Epoxy

Tassel Loom

 

 

November New Releases

Hello and Happy Friday crafters! We’ve got some exciting news to share with you today. Check out the new releases that will start shipping to retailers in the next few weeks. You’re going to love them!

USB Ribbon Cutter

Cut and seal your ribbon in a snap with the USB Ribbon Cutter. Enjoy a steady stream of power and craft on-the-go with this USB powered tool. The USB Ribbon Cutter starts shipping to retailers on December 13, so watch for it near the end of the year, or the beginning of January.

USB Ribbon Cutter by We R Memory Keepers

USB Ribbon Cutter by We R Memory Keepers

A La Cart: New Colors and Design

Enjoy our popular 3 tier storage cart in new colors and a sleek new design! Purchase accessories separately to make your cart the perfect storage solution for you. These new storage carts start shipping to retailers on December 13th, so watch for them in stores near the end of the year or in early January.

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Freestyle Pen Stencils

The Foil Quill Freestyle Pens just got even more fun! With five different sets of two stencils each, the creative possibilities are almost endless. Choose between pretty patterns, florals, phrases or letters. The Freestyle Pen Stencils start shipping to retailers on December 13, so watch for them in stores near the end of the year or in early January.

Foil Quill Freestyle Pen Stencils by We R Memory Keepers

Thanks for stopping by! We hope these new releases have you excited for what’s coming soon. Which new release are you most looking forward to?

How to Make Wood Napkin Rings for Thanksgiving

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here today with a great project that adds a touch of décor for your Thanksgiving table! In the crazy of all the preparations that lead to the feast, time is short. But, I still love to add special touches to the table.

Make your own wood napkin rings for Thanksgiving with the Freestyle Pens and the Singe Quill by We R Memory Keepers

Check out how I created these custom napkin rings with the We R Memory Keepers Singe Quill and the Freestyle Foil Quill Pen.

Make your own wood napkin rings for Thanksgiving with the Freestyle Pens and the Singe Quill by We R Memory Keepers

With hand-lettered and hand-drawn touches, these napkin rings are incredibly quick and easy to make!

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The Singe Quill Pen is meant to be placed into the pen tool slot of your digital die cutting machine. However, as my dining room table is currently set up for Thanksgiving dinner, and not crafting, I chose to use the Singe Quill Pen-Fine like a standard pen. I wrote the word thankful on a piece of the Singe Quill wood ephemera pieces. Now, the ink is translucent which means you can see it just barely as you work. It is enough though.

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Once the word was written, I used the Singe Quill Tool to apply heat to the surface of the wood piece. This will take a minute or two. As more heat is applied, the writing will become darker and darker.

Some safety tips:

  • Use the tool on a heat-safe surface.
  • Do NOT touch the wood piece during the heating process and after for a minute or two.
  • Do NOT touch the end of the heating tool.
  • Keep the Singe Quill Tool moving slowly around the surface of the wood piece.

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How lovely is this? Once I had created the banner with the word, I knew it needed something more substantial to hold it to a napkin. So, I chose to layer it on another piece of wood ephemera. (also note the hole at the top-easier for tying around a napkin)

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The wood surface is unfinished, allowing you to add color. I choose to add a mustard color of ink to mine. Set the piece aside for a while to allow the ink to dry.

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The wood circle needed a little something extra. Always being a fan of adding gold to pretty much everything, I grabbed my Freestyle Foil Quill Pen and a piece of gold foil.

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Securing the foil in place with a piece of washi, I drew a circle and leaves on the wood. I found the slower I drew through the foil, the better the transfer results were.

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I glued the two pieces together and tied them to a napkin. Simple. Easy. Quick. However, it’s a special touch because I made it. Those small touches are what add warmth and love to any celebration.

Make your own wood napkin rings for Thanksgiving with the Freestyle Pens and the Singe Quill by We R Memory Keepers

How do you decorate for Thanksgiving?

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers:

  • Singe Quill Pen-Fine
  • Singe Quill Tool
  • Singe Quill Ephemera
  • Freestyle Foil Quill Pen
  • Gold Foil

Make a Christmas Countdown House with Basic Craft Tools

Hi everyone! Soraya here today to share a merry DIY using the basic tools from We R Memory Keepers and the gorgeous DCWV Merry & Bright Christmas stack! I’m so excited to show you how I made this little house from A to Z thanks to the Supreme Ruler, the cutting knife and some white cardboard. You can find supplies for this project at Joann Stores or on their website.

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Christmas Countdown by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Christmas Countdown by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

This house is full of 24 little boxes I had fun to make with the 1-2-3 Punch Board! Here is how I made them : according to the chart of sizes you have on the board, I cut the papers to the right dimension before scoring them with the board. Just follow the instructions and you will see how fun and easy it is to create lots of pretty boxes!

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I basically created 2 boxes of each dimension (and 4 for the first size) following the chart!

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Once all the boxes were done, I placed them in a rectangle shape to see how I could fit them all in the future house. It’s like a Tetris game !

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Then on a piece of paper I drew all the contours and lines that would become the “shelves” of the house ! Here is a sneak of the measures I used:
 Christmas Countdown by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

With the Supreme Ruler and the cutting knife I started cutting all the pieces I needed for making the structure of the house and the first walls. I placed them with the hot glue gun which is perfectly strong for this kind of surface.

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Heres’s a tip for you: trace the lines with a pencil before using the hot glue gun to make sure everything fits well!

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Don’t hesitate to place all the boxes as you go so that you can easily estimate the dimensions of the walls !

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Finish the house by adding a roof out of white cardboard.

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Time to decorate! In the “Merry & Bright” stack, there are some papers where you can fussycut cute designs to make your own labels. I used the Word Punch Board to make all the numbers from 1 to 24 on a black cardstock and I love how it turned out!

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And here is the final Advent House ! I just loved making this project, the papers from DCWV are perfect and the We R Memory Keepers tools are always my best friends when I want to create !

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I hope you had fun joining me today with this merry and bright DIY ! Happy creating everyone !

Soraya.

Supplies :

Supreme Ruler

USB Power Hot Glue Gun

Cutting Knife

Scissors

DCWV papers

Word Punch Board

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill

Hello We R fans! It’s Aly here with you today and I’m extra excited to share this project with you. Have you heard of the new Quill Kits? They work with your electronic cutting machine to do all kinds of cool things to take your craft projects to the next level. Check out how I made a DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill and my Silhouette Cameo 3!DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

December is a fun and super busy month. I find keeping things organized with lists and specific plans helps me to enjoy the season more and stress less. So, I decided to make a special December planner where I can keep track of my shopping, baking, and to do lists.

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I divided my planner into four sections: to buy, to bake, to watch, to do. I included tabbed dividers that I made with patterned paper from the DCWV Inc Christmas Nutcracker paper stack. In between each divider is some blank white paper where I can take notes, write down ideas, record memories, or attach photos. Take a look at each divider inside the planner:

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I created the covers and some of the embellishments with the Singe Quill, some Singe Quill Wood Sheets, Singe Quill ephemera, my Cameo 3, and some artwork from the Holidays USB Design Drive. Here’s how I did it:

Place an 8×8 sheet of Singe Quill Wood in the center of your cutting mat. Be sure to check the clearance on your machine (how thick the material can be to fit in). Move the rollers out of the way, or place the wood sheet on your mat so it doesn’t go under the rollers.

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Prepare your design in your software. Select the Fine or Bold Tip Singe Quill, insert it into the appropriate adapter according to the included instruction booklet. Place your adapter and Singe Quill into your machine following the sketch or draw instructions for your machine.

Send your artwork to the machine and watch the Singe Quill do the work! You won’t be able to see the design that the quill is drawing. It’s applying a clear chemical that we will singe once it’s done.

Once your design is finished, remove your mat, take the wood sheet off the mat and singe the design with the Singe Quill Heat Gun. You can also follow the instructions to singe the wood in the oven.

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I bound the covers, dividers, and paper together with The Cinch binding tool. It went right through the wood covers, no problem. (Tip: be sure to leave about a 1 inch margine on the left side of your covers for binding.) I added these to the four tabbed divider pages, and the blank white paper and then cinched it all together with 1″ gold Cinch Wire.

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Then I used the Singe Quill to write custom words and phrases on some wood ephemera pieces that came in the kit. I wanted to include some of my own handwriting, but you can do this with your cutting machine as well.

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Here’s a closer look at the first tabbed divider:

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I made a coin envelope with The Works All In One Tool. This is where I’ll keep my receipts in case I need to return anything from my Christmas shopping list.

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Here’s a close up of the second tabbed divider:

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Baking is one of our family Christmas traditions, so I’ll keep our favorite recipes handy here in this pocket, and add new ones I collect as well. By the way, I made the folded tabs with The Works All In One Tool.

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

It’s so nice to have one tool that I can pull out to make all the things!

Take a look at the third tabbed divider:

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

The last two sections are for recording our favorite holiday movies and activities, and keeping track of which ones we’ve watched or done. I made two check lists with the All In One Journal Guide.

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Then I added them to the last two tabbed dividers along with some Singe Quill ephemera. We’ll write down our favorite holiday movies on one list, and our favorite holiday family activities on the other. Then, as we do them I’ll check them off and we can use the blank white paper to write what we liked/didn’t like about the activities. I can also store photos and stories from our holiday adventures. Here’s tabbed divider number 4:

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I added a few final touches to my planner. The first was a pom pom and tassel planner charm that I made with The Works All In One Tool. I’ve already said it, and I’ll say it again: I LOVE having one tool that can do SO many things. Less mess in my craft room!

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

The other final touches were some water color paint and some glitter that I added with the Glue Quill. I love the bit of holiday color and sparkle these details add!

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I love how it turned out! I think the singed wood covers are super cool, and they were so easy to make with the Singe Quill and my Cameo.

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram feeds for more Quill Kit projects this week. You can find these kits at select Joann Fabric and Craft Stores. Happy holiday crafting!

Supplies:

Singe Quill Kit
Singe Quill Board 8×8
Singe Quill Heat Gun
The Works All In One Tool
The Cinch
All In One Journal Guide

Make Mini Grapevine Pom Pom Wreaths for Thanksgiving

Mini Grapevine Pom Pom Wreaths for Thanksgiving by Rebecca Lumiarias for We R Memory Keepers

Happy November!  It’s Rebecca with you today with some Thanksgiving home decor that’s close to my heart.  I grew up in the middle of a vineyard; my dad was a grape farmer for the first several years of my life, with vineyards and wineries becoming a prominent staple of our community.  Harvest was most often complete by this time of year, but my mother always had grapevine wreaths hanging around the house year-round.  This is also the time of year that she passed away, so I get extra sentimental and nostalgic in November, especially as we enter the holiday season.  This year, I decided to put that nostalgia to use with a fun project centered around mini grapevine wreaths.

Mini Grapevine Pom Pom Wreaths for Thanksgiving by Rebecca Lumiarias for We R Memory Keepers

This is also my favorite time of year for yarn pom-poms–they’re so cozy!–and I knew they’d play a big role in this project.  Here are a few things you’ll need if you’d like to re-create these:

Mini grapevine wreaths (4″ – 6″ diameter in center; found in most craft stores)

Patterned paper (Mine is from the Faded Floral stack by DCWV)

Yarn of your choice

Glue gun

Glue Dots

The Works All-In-One Tool (or Pom-Pom Makers and Paper Cutter)

Circle Spin & Trim

Embellishments of your choice, including ribbon

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I began by choosing my paper background; as mentioned, the papers are from the Faded Floral paper pad from DCWV; I chose these for their fall patterns and colors.

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It’s easiest to trim the papers down a bit before cutting out the circles.  The Works All-In-One tool is pulling double duty on this project, acting as my paper trimmer and I also used it to create my pom-poms.  For the 6″ wreaths, I cut circles that were 5 1/2″ so I cut my paper down to a size of 6 1/2″ x 12″; this ensures that there is enough excess for the points of the Spin & Trim to hold so the paper doesn’t shift while you’re cutting the circle.  The smaller wreaths have circles that are 4″ so the paper length I chose was 4 1/2″ x 9″.

Mini Grapevine Pom Pom Wreaths for Thanksgiving by Rebecca Lumiarias for We R Memory Keepers

You’ll need to decide what (if anything) to put in the center of the wreath.  My wreaths focus on giving thanks and gratitude, and I was able to use a couple of sentiments and designs from a sheet of 3×4 cards in the Faded Floral stack.  I chose one that said ‘thank you’ in the center of another wreath–it was a perfect fit for this project!  It also makes a good gift or gift topper.  I trimmed ‘Grateful’ down from another of the cards to place in the center of my second small wreath.

Mini Grapevine Pom Pom Wreaths for Thanksgiving by Rebecca Lumiarias for We R Memory Keepers

Mini Grapevine Pom Pom Wreaths for Thanksgiving by Rebecca Lumiarias for We R Memory Keepers

I used more of the cards in the background for my larger wreaths, but I used a ‘blessed’ and ‘thankful’ die with my Mini Evolution for the sentiments.

Mini Grapevine Pom Pom Wreaths for Thanksgiving by Rebecca Lumiarias for We R Memory KeepersMini Grapevine Pom Pom Wreaths for Thanksgiving by Rebecca Lumiarias for We R Memory Keepers

After my general designs were set, it was time to make some pom-poms.  I already had The Works tool out so I just used that to whip them up, choosing fall colors that complemented the colors of the papers I used in the wreath interiors.  I made a couple different sizes of pom-pom; with The Works Tool, the further your 2 plastic straws are from each other, the larger your pom-pom will be, so if you want to make a small one, place them closer together.  Also, the more yarn you wind around the plastic straws, the fuller your pom-poms will be.

The Works All In One Tool by We R Memory Keepers

It was time to assemble the wreaths; I hot glued everything in place.  The paper is the trickiest part because the wreaths are not flat on the back.  In some spots, I had to use a few glue dots that I molded with my fingers to act as an adhesive bridge between the paper and wreath.  *If you’re adding ribbon, add the ribbon BEFORE you attach the paper!

Mini Grapevine Pom Pom Wreaths for Thanksgiving by Rebecca Lumiarias for We R Memory Keepers

Glue the pom-poms on with hot glue.  I added some wood leaves that I got at the craft store as an extra bit of embellishment, too.

Mini Grapevine Pom Pom Wreaths for Thanksgiving by Rebecca Lumiarias for We R Memory Keepers

These would make cute hostess or teacher gifts, or just hang one on each bedroom door in your home–my mom always hung something on the outside of our doors for each season; these would have been right up her alley!

 

Supplies:

WRMK:

The Works All-In-One Tool

Circle Spin ‘N Trim

Mini Evolution

Other:

Faded Floral Paper Stack (DCWV)