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Merriment :: Urban wreath for fall using Polaroids by Kathy Beymer and Heather Crosby

Merriment :: Urban wreath for fall using Polaroids by Kathy Beymer and Heather Crosby

My friend Heather Crosby and I have creative chemistry. Whenever we get together we build on each other’s ideas until it becomes something totally original.

Heather came over for dinner last week toting stacks of Polaroid pictures that she’d snapped that weekend – bright yellow mums, pumpkin patches, rows of individual pies, Indian corn, orange marigolds, gourds, colorful fall trees against blue skies, and other Midwestern fall finds.

I took a look and immediately thought of turning them into an urban wreath to perfectly accent our Chicago city apartment door.

Merriment :: Urban wreath for fall using Polaroids by Kathy Beymer and Heather Crosby

Merriment :: Urban wreath for fall using Polaroids by Kathy Beymer and Heather Crosby

You’re welcome to use these instructions and templates for free for your own personal use. Anyone using the template simply post a comment below or email me to track its usage.

Supplies:

Merriment :: Urban wreath for fall using Polaroids by Kathy Beymer and Heather Crosby

Measure 3 inches from the edge of the orange denim fabric and cut a small slit. Holding on each side of the slit, rip the fabric into a strip …just like they do at the fabric store. Repeat until you have three strips.

Merriment :: Urban wreath for fall using Polaroids by Kathy Beymer and Heather Crosby

Take one strip and pin it to the styrofoam. Wrap the strips around, overlapping as you go around. Secure the ends of the strips with straight pins.

Merriment :: Urban wreath for fall using Polaroids by Kathy Beymer and Heather Crosby

Select your Polaroid photos. We chose pumpkins, mums, gourds, Indian corn, mini-pies, marigolds and fall trees.

Merriment :: Urban wreath for fall using Polaroids by Kathy Beymer and Heather Crosby

Tie one piece of raffia around the top to make a hanger. Lay out your photos onto the covered wreath, overlapping and layering them.

Merriment :: Urban wreath for fall using Polaroids by Kathy Beymer and Heather Crosby

Cut the removable foam adhesive into smaller squares. Remove the backing from both sides and slip under the Polaroids to attach them to the wreath.

Merriment :: Urban wreath for fall using Polaroids by Kathy Beymer and Heather Crosby

And there you have it: The Urban Wreath. While intended for covered apartment or condo front doors, I couldn’t resist hanging it outside over the beautiful 70 degree (!!) November weekend we just had in Chicago.

And in true Heather fashion, I love the back of this wreath just as much as the front.

Merriment :: Urban wreath for fall using Polaroids by Kathy Beymer and Heather Crosby

COPYRIGHT NOTE: You’re more than welcome to use this project and pattern for your own personal use. Please post a comment below or email me if you use this project so I can smile when I see that it’s being used. Craft and pass it on!

 
 




12 Responses to “Urban wreath for fall using Polaroids”


  1. Corinna Says:

    This is completely AWESOME!

  2. Malita Says:

    I just came across your website and I am loving it and this project! I also thought this idea could be translated for a multitude of occasions. Thanks!

  3. Sally Says:

    Kathy,
    This is going to be my weekend project! I think that I can even do this one. Since I don’t have polaroid camera, I’m using card stock to back the pictures. I’m using pictures that are in a box from our trip to Disney this past summer. Finally I’m going to do something with these!

    Another idea just came to me: I’m thinking of making a ‘school picture’ wreath for each of my children. I’ll use their school pictures from each year (I think I even have ones from preschool!) and add to it each year. It will be a perfect, and inexpensive, keepsake.

    Wish me luck!
    Sally

  4. Kathy Beymer Says:

    Hi Casey, yes, you’re right, they no longer manufacture Polaroids but you can find both the cameras and the film on Amazon and ebay. Give this link a try and happy crafting! http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=polaroid&x=0&y=0

  5. Casey Says:

    I absolutely LOVE this idea!!
    Do they still sale polaroids? I cand find them anywhere!

  6. Merriment :: Kathy Beymer Says:

    I already want to make one for winter :)

  7. Heather Says:

    Cartwheels! This was sososo fun and easy to make. This is such a great way to showcase and honor the dying art of polaroids (for those who don’t know, Polaroid is not going to make film anymore. The horror.).

  8. Adrienne Says:

    Kathy and Heather,
    Love this idea and was thinking you could do something similar with last year’s christmas cards. :)
    Adrienne.


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