Friday, February 1, 2013

Crafting for a Cause

I love it when I get an excuse to make a good craft project.  Working in a school there are always lots of kids doing fundraisers.  Our Junior class does a class auction to raise money for prom, they ask people in the community to donate items to be auctioned off.  It's a silent auction during a home basketball game, no auctioneer, don't get too excited.  I do love real auctions though.

Anyway.  I can never say no to the kids.  So I ended up donating things for three different kids.  I did two crafts and then just threw together a bucket for the other item.  I love my bucket though.  I wish I had taken a picture of it.  I did a Family Movie Night theme.  I grabbed a couple of popcorn buckets from the Target Dollar Spot.  I added a box of microwave popcorn and a couple boxes of movie theater popcorn.  And then the movie Annie because it was one of my favorites when I was a kid and it was one of the best choices in the $5 movie section.  I put everything in a big popcorn bucket, one of those that has the microwave popcorn in the bottom.  I was really pleased with how it turned out.  It looks super cute.

And my crafts.  I knew I wanted to make a couple of wreaths.  I wanted to make another one of my favorite wreath just because I think it's gorgeous.
It's just a foam wreath wrapped with twine from the DG, a big flower wrapped around, and some yellow ribbon I had on hand to tie a bow.  So I knew I wanted something similar.  This time I went with a straw wreath because it was cheaper.  Yup, that was the only reason.  I bought 1/2 a yard of burlap and cut it into strips to wrap and hot glue to the wreath.  Helpful tip, if you try to push the burlap into the hot glue with your fingers you will end up covered in glue and with burned fingers.  I used the tip of my hot glue gun to press the burlap down.  I ended up doing two layers of burlap.  Then I just hot glued my flower on (it had a long stem that I was able to just pull out)
 I also wanted to make a school spirit wreath.  Our school colors are blue and red so I didn't want it to look too much like a 4th of July wreath.  I didn't really have a plan other than that so I headed to JoAnn's to look for inspiration.  I came home with red baseball fabric, red and blue felt, some wooden baseball cutouts, and some quilt binding.  And this is what I ended up with.
The whole time I was terrified that it would look like crap.  In the end I thought it turned out pretty well.  It's not necessarily my style but hopefully it will sell well, especially since it's almost baseball season.  I had originally thought I'd have to pull out my sewing machine to do the mini-buntings but I was able to just hot glue the felt in between the folds of the binding.  Perfect!

What craft projects are you working on?  Anybody else crafting for a cause?  It worked out perfect, I got to have fun working on a sweet craft project and help out kids at my school all at the same time.  I also worked on my dresser project last night.  Hopefully I'll be back Monday with pictures to share.


  1. I love your wreaths! The mini-bunting is so cute!

    I actually would love to do something for someone else related to all this house/diy/decorating that I love so much. Still need to figure that out!

    1. Thanks! I was so pleased with how they turned out. And you really just can't go wrong with miniature things.
      I just wildly offer to make things for people. Not sure everyone really appreciates it but, you know, I get to make stuff for other people.

  2. I love that burlap and floral wreath! Crafting wreaths was such a clever donation idea!

    1. Double thanks! And it was so easy to throw together.