DIY St. Patrick’s Day Burlap Wreath

You may or may not have seen my previous post on DIY Burlap Wreaths, where I showed you how to make a wreath, the costs, the supplies, and it ended up being a Valentine’s Day wreath.. If you didn’t see that post, go ahead and read that for the main instructions. I think I even linked a video that shows you a super easy way to weave your burlap!

The previous wreath looked like this:

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I used the same wreath, I just removed the Valentine’s Day ribbon, bow, hanging wall decor, and I replaced with green burlap, green ribbon, a new bow that I made the same way I made the velvet bow from the previous post, and a St. Patrick’s Day hanging wall decoration!

The new wreath now looks like this:

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To wrap the green ribbon around the top half of the wreath, I just fold at the end and make a small cut to make an opening to pull jute twine through to tie the ribbon to the wreath frame.. Then wrapped it around in wide turns {so it wasn’t too much ribbon} and tied it at the other end where the brown burlap met the green burlap.

The ribbon that I used to make this bow is a lot more flimsy and delicate than the thick velvet bow from the Valentine’s Day wreath.. SO instead of being able to just tie it to the burlap with jute twine like I did before, I used two small safety pins to pin the right and left loops to the burlap.

Super easy! This took me literally 10 minutes to transform!

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I Signed Up For BirchBox!

For Valentine’s Day, my husband got me a year subscription to BirchBox, and I’m SO excited to start receiving my surprise boxes in the mail each month! If you don’t know what BirchBox is, I highly suggest looking at the website and checking it out HERE. It’s $10 a month, which is 1-2 fast food stops.. 2 coffees.. Or the waste of buying a new product at the store and not liking it because you couldn’t try it first. Super cheap, if you think about it that way! You get 5 samples in each box, sometimes you’ll get lucky and have a full sized product thrown in. And they have a rewards point system! Every 100 points in $10 in your account towards your full sized product purchase OR towards subscription renewal. Every person you refer gets you 50 more points. Every product you review gets you 10 points. All of the products they send out in boxes are listed on he website for sale, and free shipping on full sized brands that are sent out in boxes. So they make it really easy to purchase full sized products directly from their website if you love the sample you receive! I could rave about this forever, and I haven’t even received my first box yet! You should definitely do yourself a favor and sign up for a surprise every month! Can’t wait to review my first box!

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DIY Burlap Wreaths

I have been in crafting mode recently, and at the top of my list… A Burlap Wreath! I love how rustic and homey they look. You can hang them on the front door, but they also fit just right inside the house on that empty wall that you’ve been wanting to fill. Plus, they are easy to make and super cheap!

Supplies:
My Exact 24″ Box Style Wreath Frame
2 Rolls of Burlap
Valentine’s Day Heart Ribbon
Velvet Ribbon 1″ to 1.5″
Jute Twine
My Exact Mini Glue Gun
A Valentine’s Day Decoration to Hang in the Center

These are all of the things I used to make mine. Some supplies you might already have – such as the jute, glue gun, velvet ribbon left over from Christmas, or a Valentin’s Day decoration to hang in the center. If you plan it right you can get everything 50% off at Hobby Lobby, and they have a printable coupon {or you can just show them the coupon from your smartphone} for 40% off one item that isn’t on sale. I got the 24″ wreath frame because it looked a lot smaller in the store, I could have went a size down and been just as happy.

My price break down:
24″ Wreath Frame – 40% coupon applied | $2.99
2 Rolls of 5.5″ Burlap – 50% off | $2.50 each for $5.00
Valentine’s Day Burlap Ribbon – 30% off | $2.79
90ft Velvet Ribbon – Christmas clearance section for 90% off | $0.80
Already had the jute twine | $0
Glue Gun – Didn’t have one, shame on me | $2.99
Hanging Valentine’s Day Decoration – Didn’t have ANY VDay decor, again.. shame on me. 30% off | $5.59

My total cost: $20.16

It would obviously be way cheaper if I would have just had the glue gun and a decoration hanging around the house {pun was so intended}. But the cool thing is this one wreath is completely transformable! Since burlap is so plain, it goes with everything. This wreath will turn into a St. Patrick’s wreath, followed by an Easter wreath, followed by a normal wreath with a monogram in the middle, and so on! You just have to buy the little things to change it up! One wreath to rule them all!!

Directions:
Just cut 3-4″ of jute, stick it through the burlap and tie it to one of the sections on the wreath {cut off extra jute}. Then start weaving the burlap through the wreath while making big loops. I actually watched THIS HELPFUL VIDEO to figure out how to do the weaving!! Watch it! 🙂 I did the same weaving with the Valentine’s Day burlap in two sections that were evenly across from each other.

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Then I made a velvet bow! Lay the bow like the picture and wrap that smaller piece that you’ll cut around the middle and hot glue it! So cute, and so simple. I can never tie a bow and make it look normal, so this worked for me! I’ll never make a bow by tying it ever again!

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Then I cut 3-4″ of jute and wrapped it around the back of the bow {through the center piece that you glued on} and tied it through holes in the burlap on the wreath. I hung the wreath on one of those 3M white plastic wall hangers that come off the wall easy. Then I tied enough jute to the Valentine’s Day hanging decoration to make it hang in the center and hung it from the 3M hook, as well. This Valentine’s hanging decoration was perfect to hang in the middle of the wreath because of its 3D effect from the different hearts turning! I found it in the VDay section at my local Hobby Lobby. There you have it! A Valentine’s Day wreath that will change with your holidays by just unweaving the burlap and adding different special touches.

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Home Made Sloppy Joes

Last night I made home made sloppy joes for the first time! This is a recipe that you can find in the Aldi Meal Plan – Meal 4 located HERE. I altered it a little bit for our family size. I used one pound of ground turkey instead of two, I used about 2 cups of ketchup instead of 1.5 cups, and I diced 1 clove of fresh garlic instead of garlic powder. I like to use fresh produce instead of frozen/canned/powders as much as I can! It tastes a lot better that way 😉

I set it in the crockpot for about 2 hours, 1 on high – 1 on low. I boiled carrots to go with the meal, and while those boiled {for about 5-10 minutes} I turned the crockpot down to warm. I coated the carrots in brown sugar to add some flavor. I toasted bread, we didn’t have buns :-/

Even though I sliced the serving size in half by only cooking 1 pound of ground turkey, it fit our family size perfect. I had 1 serving, my husband had 2, and our 2 year olds shared a sandwich cut in half. We had a large serving left over.

It turned out amazing! I will never buy a can of Manwich again!! Our 2 year olds devoured it even though there’s sliced green pepper in it! Hope you enjoy it, too!

Taco Soup

I cooked the most delicious recipe today, and I want to share! It’s a version of Taco Soup, which is also listed under the ‘Aldi Meal Plan’ tab under ‘Aldi Meal List {Set 1-1}’ up above next to the ‘Home’ tab.

I modified the listed recipe a little.. The chili beans that I had turned out to be expired in Dec 2012, so I went without the chili beans. I also only had one can of diced tomatoes, so I used a half of a jar of salsa instead. Next time that I make it {which will be very soon} I will substitute the second can of diced tomatoes again for salsa.. I think it made it that much better. Then we topped it off with shredded Mexican blend cheese, sour cream, and crushed a few tortilla chips. DELICIOUS! So scrumptious that our 2.5 year old girls even chowed down!

This is the recipe:

Taco Soup

1 pound ground turkey
1 can chili beans, with liquid
1 can kidney beans, with liquid
1 can whole kernel corn, with liquid
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 can tomato sauce
2 cups water
1 package of taco seasoning mix

In a medium skillet, cook the ground turkey until browned over medium heat. Drain & set aside. Place the ground turkey, chili beans, kidney beans, corn, tomato sauce, water, diced tomatoes, & taco seasoning mix in a slow cooker. Mix to blend and cook on Low setting for eight hours.

Serve alone or can be topped with shredded cheese & sour cream.
Enjoy!!