Easy DIY Crafts Projects

A Year of DIY Wreaths

The crafting experts at HGTV Magazine show you how to dress your door with a different easy-to-make wreath every month.

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July: Stripes and Stars

Wrap 1 1/2-inch red-and-white-stripe ribbon around a 14-inch foam wreath. Pin the ribbon ends to the back of the wreath with straight pins. Cut eight 10-inch pieces of 3/8-inch red ribbon. Wrap them at evenly spaced points around the wreath, tying them in the back. Trim 15 bamboo skewers to about five inches. Fold four-inch pieces of 1 1/2-inch blue-and-white-patterned ribbon around one end of each skewer, then hot-glue the ribbon together and cut a triangle out of the tip. Stick the skewers into the foam, securing them with hot glue.

Materials: Red stripe and red ribbons: For similar styles, try papermart.com; Wreath: 14" extruded foam, $5, hobbylobby.com; Stars ribbon: Stars 1 1/2" grosgrain ribbon in blue and white, $3 per yard, mjtrim.com; Blue pinstripe ribbon: For similar styles, try fabric.com; Blue strip ribbon: Jenna Striped 1 1/2" grosgrain ribbon in navy, $9 for 25 yards, papermart.com

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August: Pinwheels

Make 12 pinwheels out of double-sided scrapbook paper. Go to hgtv.com/diy-wreaths for pinwheel instructions. If you don't have double-sided paper, glue two pieces of paper together. Push a colorful scrapbook brad through the center of each pinwheel, bending the prongs in the back to secure. Hot-glue the pinwheels to a 14-inch embroidery hoop.

Materials: Paper: For similar styles, try scrapbook.com; Brads: Elements brads in medium, $3.50 for a set of 48, americancrafts.com; Embroidery hoop: 14" Darice wood hoop, $4, createforless.com

September: Back to School

Cut a four-inch circle from a piece of cardboard. Hot-glue about 50 unsharpened yellow pencils on top of it in a starburst formation. Center a cork trivet over the cardboard and hot-glue it to the pencils. Paint a, b, and c chipboard letters with crafts paint. Let dry, then glue the letters onto the cork.

Materials: Trivet: Heat 7" trivet, $3 for a set of 3, ikea.com; Chipboard letters: Kids Play 3" lowercase chipboard letters in white, $6, hobbylobby.com; Paint: Apple Barrel acrylic crafts paint in crimson, $1 for 2 ounces, plaidonline.com

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