I have been meaning to create a wreath with embroidery hoops for some time. Hoops are super effective and have such a contemporary edge. Thus making them the perfect base to create with. Today I want to share a quick tutorial How To Make A Hoop Wreath For Christmas using a burlap shopping bag, a hoop and The Christmas Craft Bundle.
I have never before explored images and text beyond the Cricut Design Space. Thus Design Bundles are new to me, and wow I love the versatility they give you. There is soooo much choice and are easy to download.
For this project I challenged myself to recycle where I could. There is so much around the home waiting to be recycled and reused. Hence before I created a shopping list I raided cupboards, the garden and the Christmas box to see what I could come up with.
How To Make A Hoop Wreath For Christmas With An Embroidery Hoop
To Make This Hoop Wreath You Will Need
- Cricut Machine
- Cricut Design Space
- Heat Press and mat
- The Christmas Craft Bundle, I choose the ‘Let It Snow’ Text and ‘Star’ images.
- Burlap, (I recycled a shopping bag)
- Iron On Vinyl ( I had scraps from an old project)
- Wire ( Found in the Christmas box)
- Eucalyptus and olive branches. ( or whatever you can find that works in the garden)
Firstly Lets Look At How To Download Your Image To The Cricut Design Space
Start by downloading your Christmas Craft Bundle and choosing your images. This was the hardest part there is sooooo much choice. Once you have decided on an image you need to load it onto the Cricut Design Space. Click on upload and choose the image from the folders.
When it appears you get several options of file types to choose from. I chose PNG, however many file types are supported.
Now click how complex the file is. Then you get the option to choose a print and cut, or cut image, make your choice and click save. The image is now ready to use in design space.
Cutting Your Images Onto Vinyl
Once you have you images you can prepare to cut, but first I needed to choose my stars. The bundle has a sheet of starts with lots of options. To choose the stars for the project simply pull a square over the chosen star and slice the image. Thus resulting in a sliced out star to copy and use.
You can now send your project to cut, ensure you mirror the text before cutting. Once the image is cut, weed and prepare to iron on the text.
Cut The Burlap To Shape Around The Hoop
Using the hoop as a guide cut the burlap with a few inches to spare all the way round. You can trim this off later. Now cut a long strip of burlap to make a bow and remove one of the bag handles for the hanger.
Position the vinyl using the hoop as a guide, remove the hoop, and use the heat press to heat the burlap then heat transfer the vinyl to the burlap. Ensure you use the correct heat settings for burlap. With glitter vinyl it is 305° for 30 seconds.
Do the same with your bow, ensuring you consider where you want the stars to be positioned on the finished bow. I cut my stars out individually to place and iron on.
To Make The Bow
Firstly fray the edges of the burlap, now tie string around both of hanging parts of the bow, just above where you have positioned your vinyl. Secondly pull the middle together and tie together. Lastly create a centre piece, I added a star onto mine to finish the look. Wrap this around the centre of the bow and use a glue gun to secure the back.
Now Construct The Hoop Wreath
Stretch the burlap over the inner ring of the hoop and slide the hanger through the top. Now slide the top hoop over and tighten ensuring the burlap is tight. Glue the bow into position, but ensure it ‘s well secured.
Finally bundle together the greenery, use the wire to secure it and wrap around the handle to attach to the wreath. It can therefore be removed at the end of the festive season, before storing away and re-using next year.
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