By General Crafts Contributor Michelle
Make a splash of fun with this cute summer wreath! Use the provided pattern pieces to customize your swimming suits, and make the suits on the line represent your family, if you desire.
Here’s what you’ll need to dive right in and make your own wreath:
- Swimming Suits 1 PDF, and/or Swimming Suits 2 PDF. (The suits in 1 are larger sizes, and the suits in 2 are much smaller. All my suits were from 1. If you are doing a lot of suits, you may want to use the smaller sizes in 2, so they all fit on your line.)
- A foam pool noodle.
- A piece of cardboard.
- Baker’s twine.
- Sheets of fun foam.
- Woodsies Tiny Spring Clothespins.
- Acrylic craft paint, various colors of your choice.
- Small round detail paintbrush.
- Small buttons.
- Tacky craft glue.
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks.
- Clear packing tape.
To begin your wreath, take a piece of cardboard about 6-inches long and 4-inches wide, and roll it the long way so it fits snugly in the hole in the end of your pool noodle. Glue it so it is sticking halfway out of the end of the noodle. Bend the noodle into a circle, add hot glue all over the cardboard roll, and insert it into the other end of the pool noodle. Hold in place until cool, and then wrap with a piece of clear packing tape to secure it.
Tie a piece of baker’s twine across the middle of your wreath to be the clothesline.
Choose which suits you want to use as patterns from the PDF print-outs, and cut them out. Using your pen, trace them onto the fun foam sheets, and then cut the suits out.
Using your acrylic craft paint, paint details onto your swimming suits. Let dry. Glue a button to the back, near the bottom, of each suit; this will weight them down and help them to hang straight on the line.
To make tiny flip flops, cut 2 small, elongated bean shapes out of fun foam. Or cut ovals, and then cut one end of each more narrow.
Cut two fat raindrop shapes that are as wide as the widest part of the shoe bottoms you just cut. Cut as shown in the picture to form the top straps.
Use tacky glue to glue the shoes together. Do not use hot glue to glue your flip flops together, or you will melt the fun foam and your flip flops will curl. They’re too tiny to hold their shape with the hot glue.
To make a beach ball, cut 3 circles of fun foam the same size.
Cut a wedge off of the edge of two of the colors, and glue them onto the edges of the other circle with your tacky glue. Use your acrylic craft paint to add details.
Use the clothespins to clip your suits to the line.
Use small dabs of hot glue to attach the beach ball and flip flops to the bottom edge of the wreath.
Tie the ribbon onto your wreath to hide the taped seam, and tie a bow. Add a loop of twine to the back of your wreath so you can hang it.