Monday, September 19, 2011

a musical wreath

Hello Friends!
I hope you had a marvelous weekend!
I had a pretty productive one myself and wanted to share something I made today. Since I'm still working on a few cool projects for my classroom,
and since I was so inspired by all of the crazy, funky wreaths that were linked to Nester's "You made a wreath out of WHAT?" party,
I made a piece of musical wreath whimsy,
yes, whimsy,
of my own.

I present to you, the kazoo wreath:

I wanted something super fun to hang on the door of my music room, so I pulled out a bag of kazoos I had left from a concert several years ago.
The only thing I had to purchase was this wreath ring thingy for about 2 bucks at Michaels. I also used my trusty glue gun.
Cute little girl watching is optional but highly recommended.

I placed the kazoos on the wreath form and played around with patterns/colors until...

I came up with a pattern I liked.
Time for glue.

I placed a tiny dab on the back of each kazoo and placed them all on the wreath form ringy thing.

Once they were in place, I grabbed my super-cool ribbon storage tins and picked out some ribbon to tie onto the top.

For the center of the wreath, I wanted to add a couple of fun words that would tell those outside the room what was going on inside the room.
"A Dictionary For Boys and Girls" circa 1935

I wanted to make some small pennant banners using dictionary pages,
so I opened the book and decided whatever page I turned to would be the one I ripped out. Now, before anyone gets sore at me for ripping up an old book,
I just so happened to have turned to the 'R' section and 'ranculous' was at the top of the page.
I don't really ever use that word, nor do I even know what it means,
so I'm not feeling too bad about it, despite the fact that I love vintage books.

Also, on a side note, my son saw me rip the page out and said,
"Mom! What are you doing? You're not supposed to tear books!"
I replied, "It's ok. We don't really use this one".

His response?

"Oh. Is it a cookbook?"

moving on...

I folded the page at the top and the bottom,
like in the pic above,
and then cut triangles on the folds,
like this:

placed a dab of glue in the center,
along with some twine-

and folded the triangle over-

until I had a couple of these:

Next, I pulled out some stamps and

Not only did this come together super quick,
but my 3 kiddos became experts on the kazoo while I was gluing and stamping.
Even MM plays pretty well.
Wish I'd snapped a pic.
Ah well...

Can't wait to hang this in my classroom,
and I'm thinking this would also be super cute in a playroom.
Whatcha think?
Would you hand kazoos on your wall?
Would you hand each of your kids a kazoo, set them free in your house, and then deal with the consequences?
Did you count how many times I added 'super' to an adjective in this post?
(it was a lot)

Happy Monday friends!
I'll be sharing a super-cool new arts & crafts studio with you tomorrow, so don't miss it!

I've linked this post to:
Craftomaniac Monday at Craftomaniac,

Get Your Craft On at Today's Creative Blog,
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday at Home Stories A 2 Z,
Tip Junkie handmade projects
Tutorial Tuesday at Hope Studios,
Create and Share at The Trendy Treehouse,
Lil' Luna link party,
Anything Goes at Type A Decorating,
Show and Tell at Blue Cricket Design,
Whatever Goes Wednesday at Someday Crafts,
What I Whipped Up Wednesday at Sugar and Dots,
What I Made Wednesday at Sweet Peas and Bumblebees,
Sizzle into Summer at DIY By Design,
Frugalicious Friday at Finding Fabulous,
Friday Flair at Whipperberry,
Do Something Crafty at The Crafty Nest,

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