Saturday, December 4, 2010

Snowy Winter Blog Hop: Advent Wreath


Thanks for joining us on the Snowy Winter Blog Hop!! You should be coming from Blanca @ sweetscrappingwithhoneyb.blogspot.com. If not, please hop on over to Dorcas @ 4craftyangels.blogspot.com and start from the begining... you won't want to miss a single blog!


If you are a regular visitor to my blog, you'll know I love doing projects with my kiddos. I also love doing projects using recycled supplies!  Today, I'll share a project that includes BOTH! :)

This is a Recycled Puzzle Piece Advent Wreath!!

I am super excited to share this with you.  Do you have a puzzle that is missing a piece or two?  My kids love puzzles, but always seem to eventually loose a piece.  

The first step of this project is painting all the remaining pieces any green color you may have around.  You can combine a couple of puzzles if you like.  You can even paint the pieces a couple of colors. How ever you or your children wish!


Next make a wreath shape.  I used my Cricut and Gypsy to cut out this 12" wreath (11" center circle). We used this shape as our base and simply glued the puzzle pieces to the base.


As you can see, I had my kids glue one layer down and then topped the first row of puzzle pieces with a second layer of pieces, joining the seams of the first layer. That made our base layer rigid.


I hot-melt glued 6" lengths of green ribbon around the wreath... 24 ribbons, one for each day of the Christmas Countdown. I chose to use the ribbon so I can have my kiddos reuse this wreath each year, just by reloading the candy pieces. 


I used my Gypsy, Christmas Cheer (for the stockings, cut at 6") and my Cri-kit pens to first write out my son's names and cut the wonderful stockings,


Again, I used my Cri-kit pens to write out the numbers (Opposites Attract - 3/4") for each day and cut out the circles (1" from Plantin Schoolbook).  I have the  gypsy file to share, if you'd like it please email me or include a request in your comment.


Here you can see the puzzle pieces, the ribbons tied to the candies and how wonderful the numbers write out with the Cri-kit pens!

Tie a candy to each ribbon, hot glue the numbers to each candy, add a hanger and stocking and you are done!! I added a candy cane to the stocking for a Christmas treat!


I really hope you enjoyed my blog hop project.  It came out as a very cheap project too:
recycled puzzle pieces: free
ribbon: 2/$1.00 @ Joanns
starlight mint candies: $1 for 75 pieces @ Walmart
paper scraps for the cricut cuts: pennies
full sheet of card stock for the wreath base: .25 @ Joanns 
Crafting with your kids: pricless

Please take a half hour and craft with your kiddos today! 

Now, please leave a comment for your chance to win my blog candy. You can snag a second entry to win my blog candy by commenting on my blog candy post too.


http://cardsbycg.blogspot.com/2010/12/snowy-winter-blog-hop-blog-candy.html


 Please consider becoming a follower if you aren't already! :)  

Your next stop is:
I'm sure she'll have a wonderful project waiting for you... she always has such great projects!! I have loved her blog since the minute I found it!

Here is the Snowy Winter Blog Hop line up in case you got lost along the way:

114 comments:

Minta's Creations said...

What an awesome idea. I have made mini puzzle wreath ornaments before but this is such a perfect idea.
Minta

mintab@gmail.com

http://mintascreations.blogspot.com/

Coachfans said...

It sure looks like a project that the kids would love to do together.

Great Job,
Goergiana

Dee Troche said...

This is a great idea. My kids would love this. Great work!

Dorcas "Dee" Troche
deecanta@bellsouth.net

GiGi said...

OH HOW VERY CREATIVE! I love recycled projects! It looks fantastic! TFS!
booger1 at tds.net

~Amarilis~ said...

Wow this is a great project to do with the kids.
Amarilis
Amarilisperez at msn do com

Celeste B. said...

OH MY WORD!!!!! How adorable!!!!! I love crafting with my little ones and this is perfect!!!! Such a cute idea! I'm so glad I got to be part of this hop with you!! Thanks for sharing your amazing talents! :)

Nadia's World said...

Amazing project. I am sure your children had fun creating this! Thanks so much for sharing! Would love to get the gypsy cut file....thanks!

Nicole
niclax13@gmail.com

KSD Creations said...

I love your wreath. It is very creative.

Cathy said...

What a geat project, recyled, candy and kid do-able what else could you ask for a great crafting experience. Thanks for sharing.
Cathy S
seashore@telus.net

cricutalltime said...

thats right priceless when you are spending time with your kids.love it that your child is involved.cute love the stocking on the side.

GreenScrapinMachine said...

What a great way to reuse a puzzle! Thanks for sharing this awesome idea. I may have to make this with my 4th graders!!

Heather
greenscrapinmachine.blogspot.com

Raul said...

Very nice idea! I will do with my grandbabies soon. Have a great day!
nitza
raul.nitza (at)gmail (dot) com

Brenda said...

This rocks. We love countdown calendars and this is going into my idea book for next year

Burffrau @ aol dot com

Heather said...

This is such a great idea! Thanks for sharing!
ra6352 (at) gmail (dot) com

aud1inok said...

What a great way to use the puzzle!

Cathie w said...

how very cleaver... thansk for shairing


cathie
scraphappycat@gmail.com.

Lesley from WI said...

What a cute idea. I know I have puzzles that are missing pieces so this I have to try. Thanks for sharing!

TeresaK said...

A super cute idea! One kids could so easily help with! Thanks!

tytynniyasmom said...

I love projects that I can do with my kids. Thanks for the inspiration.




peaches581@hotmail.com

So I say...Living Life to the Fullest said...

Oh, it's another Christmas Countdown. I like it. :)

- Kathleen
so.i.say.living.life.to.the.fullest@gmail.com

HappyMom2010 said...

Clever idea...thanks for sharing!


Gina Lindsey
agsainz at gmail dot com

Paula said...

My son is all about crafts and we will have to try this one. Super cute!! Thanks

paulacraiglow@yahoo.com

Lisa J said...

What a wonderful way to use the puzzle pieces again! Such enjoyment out of something so little!

TFS!

tjsgal at gmail dot com

Cassandra said...

What a great craft to do with the kiddos. Thanks for sharing.

missyb22 at hotmail dot com

ɕαϐʏ cяuz said...

What a awesome idea ! Is really nice thank for show us!

Liset said...

thats an awesome idea, love to craft with my kiddos.
TFS,
Liset

disneynut4life said...

Such a great idea. I love it! Thank you for sharing. disneynut4life22@yahoo.com

Denise said...

How cute! I definitely have puzzles missing pieces, but I can't stand to thrown them out either. Love this idea.

Gina at Gigi's Creative Designs said...

YOU WON!!!!
You won Gigis Creative Designs Holiday Card Challenge...pls email me at raegina at gmail dot com and send me your address and also let me know which prize youd like, the stamps or the DVD, both are awesome.
Thank you for joining the challenge :) and congrats! Your card was beautiful! thanks again

Tabitha said...

What a great idea. I did the puzzle piece heart pin for valentine's day but never thought to use them for this kind of project. Thanks for sharing. Love to include the kiddos too. Hopping along....
tabitha4cm at yahoo dot com

craftaholic said...

I so beleive in doing things crafty and otherwise with the kiddos, mine are all grown up but now i have lots of grandchildren to do this with!! very cute project!! TFS!!!
ilovetonkinese2athotmaildotcom
http://ibecircled.blogspot.com
Rexann

~ Kendra ~ said...

What a neat idea!! Great way to recycle those old puzzles, especially the ones missing pieces! TFS!

Kendra
j_k_sand at yahoo dot com

Julie said...

Way to recycle!

Julie

stefeni said...

Great idea! And it would be a great project with kids! If I had any :) Sometimes I try with my dogs but it doesn't really work too well.

spunkycrayon at yahoo dot com

Jamie said...

great idea. love how it turned out.. thanks for sharing.
-jamie
babyblueangel_30@yahoo.com

DEBBIE ORR said...

Really great idea

Joanna said...

Wow - very creative idea. Thanks for sharing.

scrappy me jv @ gmail dot com

Cricut Chick said...

Very Creative...I love it!

Cricut Chick
www.cricutchick.com
cricutchick@rocketmail.com

PinkBlingCrafter said...

Hi Cheryl, OMG what a fantastic idea!!! I love it and it's something I can do with my son. It's been great doing the hop with you!!!
Hugs,
Norma

Simply AJ said...

What a great project to share with your children. I like that you can re-use each year and it's personalized. You are absolutely right, spending time with your kids making memories is priceless! Thank you for sharing with all of us! AJ - aj_822@yahoo.com

pattyk said...

your wreath is great.Kids will love it. thanks millierose651@aol.com

Renee said...

love the idea!! and you're right-crafting with the kids is priceless!

juelt said...

love your stuff- will keep my eye on you and your makings!

priscilla said...

great idea !!!

Marianne said...

Great project to make for and with kids. Thank you for sharing.

Marianne S.
sthquilter at gmail dot com
www.paperorfabric.blogspot.com

Elaine said...

How cute, I always loved making things with my sons (now 22 & 24) now I do things with my niece (6)I can't wait to share some of your ideas with her.
I really like the votive holder, just darling!

Thank your for your inspirations and the chance to win.

Elainer@cinci.rr.com
ExpressionsByElaine.blogspot.com

Celestine1686 said...

lovely project, Laura

Emily said...

Very fun idea :) TFS!

Emily (coolcricutcreations at yahoo dot com)

Samantha J Designs (Wife2TJ) said...

This is so cute and creative!!! Love it! TFS! :-)

-Sam :-)

SamanthaJDesigns @ hotmail.com
SamanthaJDesigns.blogspot.com

Alex said...

great idea ! TFS :)


the condes at gmail dot com

joni said...

I have never seen this project!!! Clever!!! What a fun project with the kiddos...especially with a puzzle that has missing pieces! When my kids were little we crafted all the time! When they come home from college at Christmas, they still make Gingerbread houses! TFS!
Hugs,
Joni
Arcocha@yahoo.com

The Purple Scrapbooker said...

What a clever idea!! I think this would make a great class room project too! Great job!!

Nikki T said...

I adore this, I love everything about it. Such a great idea..great inspiration.
Nikki
glamoroussideofscrapping@gmail.com
www.theglamoroussideofscrapping.blogspot.com

HappyPlaceJen said...

Super cute wreath!! Very creative!!

Dawn said...

how cool. love the idea. will have to try it for next year. thanks for sharing.

matilda425 at gmail dot com

Nicole said...

Love this idea! What a great way to use up those puzzles, my boys will love this. thanks for the inspiration.

Lillian Child said...

What a delightful project! And I'm sure the kids LOVE it. I have a 2-1/2 year old grandson and when we comes over I pull out the markers, and stamps and crayons and we have such fun together! So nice to meet you!

http://lillianchild.blogspot.com

Kadrisc said...

What a cute idea!, Karen
karens-kakes-krafts.blogspot.com

Ashley said...

That is a great idea!! Thank you for sharing!!

Ashley
ScrappinAsh at gmail dot com

Carol E. said...

What a clever idea for using up extra puzzle pieces. Thanks for sharing
cjtj1999 at hotmail dot com

kathlee said...

What a clever idea! TFS Happy Holidays!
kathlee154@gmail.com
http://kathleessnippitsncricuts.blogspot.com

My Lil' Bits said...

What an awesome idea, thanks for sharing. It's so cute.

Wendy said...

This is why I love this hops. Awesome creative crafters like you. Love your idea!

VeronicaA said...

What a cool project for you and your children to make together. It is very unique. Thanks for sharing and the opportunity to win.
Veronica
vballen@comcast.net

Sarah C said...

great recycling idea!! I love it!!
thanks for the wonderful ideas!
Sarah
Clemsonsbw@yahoo.com

nikkicreates said...

cute idea

tfs

nikkicreates at gmail dot com

Susan said...

that is an awesome project to do with your kids and like tou said cheap and priceless thanks for giveaway!

sloopysue2658@gmail.com

primpedinpaper said...

Your wreath is so cute! I love the recycling idea! Great way to use those puzzles that are missing pieces. Thanks for sharing this great project. Thank you for the chance to win. -Nicole primpedinpaper@gmail.com

The Crazy Life of a Navy Wife said...

What a fun way to recycle! Thanks for sharing!
cporter519 at yahoo dot com

Cristi said...

What a super cute idea! Love how it turned out. It was so fun to hop along with you!!! Thank you so much for the super sweet comment!!!!!
Big HUGS
Cristi
http://scrappin5littlecupcakes.blogspot.com/

Debican said...

Clever and very sweet. Hugs, Debi

Amy said...

Cute idea! I love crafting with my kiddos too (and all the other kids in my family, I'm the crazy crafty one, but they secretly love it i know!)

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Great project! Way to recycle! I am so glad I was part of this great hop today!

The Scrapbooking Queen said...

I just love your advent calendar project and the fact that you had your son help is priceless..
Thanks for both of you sharing your talent
The Scrapbooking Queen
thescrapbookingqueen1@gmail.com

Janice said...

I think this project is so neat. What a nice was to count down the days til Christmans.

janice.strage@windstream.net

Peggy said...

Such a lovely project. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

Peggy T.
timmermanp@bellsouth.net

Cindylu2u said...

Great idea!! Love to see items recycled, my kids are grown so now I love it, I craft with my Grandkids!! TFS this wonderful idea!
miller896042atbellsouth.net

sbmama said...

I love this puzzle idea. Thanks for sharing!
Merry Christmas.

vamtnmama@yahoo.com

sbmama said...

I love this puzzle idea. Thanks for sharing!
Merry Christmas.

vamtnmama@yahoo.com

Court said...

Love it! How fun! :)

A Scrap Above said...

Hi Cheryl

HOW ADORABLE!!! I love projects like this, and yes, crafting with your kids IS priceless...
I am a long time follower of your blog & fb
TFS and a chance to win
Bonnie C
http://ascrapabove.blogspot.com
ascrapabove at aol dot com

Carolyn said...

This is great and I love to recycle. tfs
cruella63703@yahoo.com

Pink Lady's Paradise said...

What an inventive project! I always love it when you can re-purpose something that is no longer useful.
Thanks for sharing,
Cindy :)
ca4260@hotmail.com

Darlene said...

Awesome! Great job! TFS

Darlene
desaucier at bellsouth dot net

Megan R. said...

I love this time of year...especially thanksful for crative people such as yourself who are so willing to share their ideas.

Megan R.
mtschaggeny@hotmail.com

Debra said...

Great Idea!TFS, Thanks for the hop and thanks for letting me play.

xdebrax@yahoo.com

Carrie's Corner said...

This is a great "green" project! Thanks for sharing the idea!
cau0617 at yahoo dot com

Ive_Boricua_Girl said...

Lovely project.. love how your kids get involved in your craft life..

Sorry Im visiting so late.. had a very busy day ...

Ive

Haidee said...

The puzzle pieces, the ribbons tied to the candies and the numbers write out with the Cri-kit pens were a re FANTASTIC IDEA!

new here & now following!!

TFS

created2bunique at ymail dot com

4kids4 said...

Great project for the kids...and how fun that you can reuse it next year!! I love crafting with my kiddos...we made glitter ornaments and 3-D snowflake ornaments this week. Gotta keep 'em busy! :-)

~Sharon C.
sconn0925 at yahoo dot com

swtdrm3 said...

What a great use for old puzzle pieces laying around. Very cute indeed.
perderg@q.com

Denise said...

What a clever idea to use puzzle pieces. So cute.
http://cricutmyway.blogspot.com/

Rileysgram said...

What a fun project! Love the stocking!

Anna said...

What awesome memories you made with your children. That is also priceless. :) Such a great project.
Thanks for the chance to win.
annadowdy at gmail dot com

Sandra 365 Days Of Cricut said...

WOW! What a great idea!! I can't believe you made something so creative out of a puzzle! Thanks for the awesome inspiration!

Linda said...

That is a great idea!

Peggy said...

Great project. I love ideas that recycle. {Hugs} Peggy
Stampnmore at aol dot com
Have not found the comment section for the blog candy but I think it is a very imaginative idea.

Kellee said...

What a really great idea. I love your blog...

Thanks for sharing..
kelgentry66@gmail.com

Evelyn said...

Cute project, crafting with kids is priceless! Thanks for sharing.
evl14512 at gmail.com

Honey B said...

Cheryl,
what a great way of making something new outta something old. A great way to recycle. I don't have that talent...Lord knows i TRy...lol...the Advent wreath is sucha a great project and great way to spend time with the kiddos. My lil monkeys too constantly loose pieces to their puzzles...I think i will try it with my lil ones...a great reminder and count down for XMAS....

Sweet scrappy hugs,
Blanca

sherri_braun said...

What a neat idea! I've never seen this done before.

sherri_braun@hotmail.com

maryanns said...

cute project! I love the idea of recycling the puzzle pieces to make a wreath. thanks for the opportunity to win the dvd!
vsturm@ec.rr.com

Kanzoe said...

I love this wreath, it's even cuter in person!!

Kids are dyin to make this one. Thanks Cheryl :)

Zoe
zoejfaulk@msn.com

Charlotte said...

Like you inspiration and yes the grandkids love to craft with us.

Anniebee said...

This would be a great project to do with the grandkids! Thanks for the inspiration!

Anne (lucyblueeyz at yahoo dot com)
Trinkets-n-Treasures.Artfire.com

Trisha said...

I am a follower and I love your family project. TFS and chance to win. patnbobcuddy@gmail.com

TR said...

This is a cute wreath!
I think I'd make add more puzzle so it would be wider. But that's me.
I have enjoyed the hop. Everyones projects have been great.

TR

2Bis2DO said...

What a cute idea for kids. i bet they had fun making it.
Thanks for sharing.
olsond_d at digis dot net

Jennifer said...

Cheryl,

I love crafting with my children! Thank you so much for sharing a great idea!!! :) This will be such a fun project to do together!

Yours turned out great!

Thank you so much for sharing and for the chance to win (such a fabulous prize),

Jennifer
partridgelu at yahoo dot com

Denine said...

Fantastic Idea. Oh boy do we have many puzzles with a missing piece or two, or simply has outgrown the subject of the puzzle.
Thanks for the great idea.

Melissa said...

What a brilliant idea!! Do you know how many puzzle pieces I throw away in a year!?! lol

Melissa
www.disneydreamerdesigns.blogspot.com

tt.scraps said...

Very, very creative!! I love it!

My Scrap Diary said...

What a great project to do with your children. Thanks for the idea.
Jess M

Sandy said...

What a great idea!!!! I love the recycled idea! TFS