Thursday, March 28, 2013

What To Do With a Giant Roll of Pipe Insulation

Recently my husband and I discovered the Habitat For Humanity ReStore. It's great. Google it and check it out. There's probably one near you. While we were there, I noticed this giant roll of pipe insulation and it got the crafting part of my brain moving.


I had seen some fabric covered wreaths recently that used styrofoam wreath forms as the base. I thought a little of this pipe insulation would be perfect. I asked the gentleman at the store how much for a yard or so and he told me I could have the whole roll for $10 but I had to take the WHOLE roll.  So I did. And now I have a LOT of wreaths to make.

This provided some inspiration for a get together I hosted recently with some crafting girlfriends over at Sugar & Bows. I thought it might be fun to do a little craft club, kind of like a book club, but without the books. I'll write more about the party soon, but I wanted to share the details about the wreath first and give a little tutorial in case you found yourself with a giant roll of pipe insulation.

Cut the desired length of foam. Tape the two ends together with duct tape.


Wrap the foam with yarn or with 1 to 2 inch wide strips of fabric. Put a little dot of glue every once in a while to hold the material/yarn in place. Secure the end with a good dot of glue from your hot glue gun.


Next, it's time to make the flowers. There are three different types we used. The first is a rose using fabric. Cut a piece of fabric about 2 inches wide. The longer the fabric, the larger the flower. I used about 18 inches or so. Next, fold the fabric in half and secure it with a strip of glue.


Then roll the fabric, putting a little dot of glue every few rolls to hold it in place. As you roll it, twist the fabric and "poof" the petals out a bit.



You don't want to roll it too tightly if you want to get the "open rose" look. I would recommend practicing the rolling once or twice before you actually use glue so you can see how to roll it to get your desired look. Finally, attach your fabric rose to the wreath with some glue on the bottom.







The second flower is a felt rose. This is created in a very similar way to the fabric rose.



Cut a piece of felt about 2 inches in width. The length I used is just the length of the piece of felt, or about 1 foot. Apply some glue and fold it in half. 


Cut a scalloped shape down the length of the felt. 


Once your scallop is cut, roll the felt, applying a dot of glue every few rolls to hold it in place




Finally, attach it to your wreath with a dollop of glue.
Finished felt rose

The third flower is a felt mum. This is created exactly the same way as the felt rose except for the cutting step. Cut a piece of felt about 2 inches in width
Felt mum
Use the length of the piece of felt, or about 1 foot in length. Apply some glue and fold it in half. Then use scissors to cut a notch about 2/3 of the way through the folded edge. 



Once your notches are cut, roll the felt, applying a bit of glue every few rolls to hold it in place. Finally attach it to your wreath with a dollop of glue.



The finished yarn and felt flower wreath


Click here to read about the party







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