Project Makeover: Yarn Mum Wreath

Our first Project Makeover comes from frustrated (and newly broke) DIYer Mindy. Due to downsizing at both her and her fiance’s companies this summer Mindy is in a bit of a budget bind when it comes to her decor. Mindy adores bright green kermit mums and had hoped to make her own wreaths for pew and reception hall decoration. Her initial budget had been $30 per wreath. It is now $9.00 to 10.00 per wreath.


I wanted to give Mindy a kermit mum feel while using materials she could pick up at her local big box craft store. My solution? Kermit mums made out of yarn! Using modified yarn pom poms, pearl-headed pins, and a styrofoam wreath blank, I whipped up a super duper easy wreath that’s easy on the budget. Mindy happens to be an avid knitter so this was a fun surprise for her.



Yarn Mum Wreath

  • Blank foam wreath, about 12″ in diameter
  • 1 skein of green yarn, about 256 yards
  • 1 package of pearl-headed pins
  • Scissors – make sure they’re sharp!


1. On the middle three fingers of your non-dominant hand (if you’re right-handed, use your left), hold the end of your yarn down with your thumb and begin wrapping the yarn around and around your fingers,  about 32 – 35 times.

Yarn Mum Wreath

2. Cut the yarn when you’ve finished wrapping.

Yarn Mum Wreath

3. Cut a length of yarn about 3″ and tie it tightly around the middle of the yarn wrap you’ve created on your other hand. It sounds trickier than it is. I’m confident you’ll get the hang of it pretty quickly. You’re smart cookies.

Yarn Mum Wreath

4. Hold the pom-pom yarn bundle and use your scissors to cut through all of the loops on the pom pom – be careful not to cut through the piece of yard that’s holding all of the pieces together.

5. Fluff up your pom pom with your fingers.

Yarn Mum Wreath
6. Now, trim it up with your scissors, making it even and pretty.

Yarn Mum Wreath
7. The last step is to attach the “mums” to the foam wreath with the pins.x

Yarn Mum Wreath

Cost Breakdown: $10.00 (note you’ll have leftover supplies to get started on more wreaths)

  • Wreath: $5.00
  • Yarn: $3.50
  • Pins: $1.50


  • For a 12″ wreath, I used about 60 pom/mums of varying sizes. I did 2-finger and 3-finger mums to keep it interesting.
  • The lighter the weight of the yarn, the more wraps you’ll need.
  • The size of the mums will vary from person-to-person as our fingers are different sizes. I have chubby little fingers. Your digits may vary.
  • Mum-making took about 1.5 hours for this project.
  • I used about 3/4 of the skein of yarn.
  • If you’d like to make yarn pom poms, increase the number of wraps from 30-ish to 70-ish.

Library Card Save-The-Dates

I love, love, love incorporating everyday places into a wedding theme. Museums? Great. A favorite diner? Neat. A school cafeteria? Utterly adorable.

If you’re a book nerd like me, then you’ll get a kick out of using library cards as save-the-dates (or even invitations).

To get you started pop on over to the Catalog Card Generator, where I made this:


How cute is this? Very cute, I say! Keep playing with the generator and you’ll find different card styles and colors come up each time. Nifty!  Unfortunately, the generator only outputs files into low-res graphics. They’re 72 dpi which is great for online viewing but doesn’t work so well for printing (you need at least 150 dpi for a decent print; 300 dpi is preferred.)

Now, if you’re wanting something printable head over to Chia’s Rubber Stamp Art and snag these bare bones templates:



As an alternate, Ez at Creature Comforts has this lovely set available to you.

Library Card Save the Dates


You need fonts now, right?

I like MAILART font to mimic rubber stamps (great for the date).


One of my favorite typewriter fonts is Traveling Typewriter and it goes quite well with MAILART above.


ALL of these things are FREE, by the way. If you decide to download any of them, please give a big thanks to the creator(s) for their generosity and talent!

Cynthia + Christopher

Your first names: Cynthia & Christopher

Wedding date: May 9, 2009

Wedding location: Peppermill Hotel Spa & Resort in Reno Nevada US

What made your wedding creative: Going with a specific theme such as an Old Hollywood Glam look, from  the  attire to decor, music and more. No one in any of our family weddings ever had a theme.

What projects you DIY’ed: My DIY projects consisted of; my bouquet, all the boutonnieres, corsages, pomanders, center pieces, invitations (all included, rsvps, envelopes etc), programs, veil, ring bearer pillow, favors, memorial poems/decor

What obstacles did you face in planning a DIY wedding? How did you overcome them?: The only real obstacle was the volume of crepe paper flowers that I needed for everything through out the wedding but that was graciously over comed by the support and help I received from my parents and sister. I showed them how to make the flowers then they took supplies home with them and helped me out ALOT!

Any other details that made your wedding special: The fact that some people actually got in to the dress up mode of the 1940s Old Hollywood Glam look for the wedding and the thing that ment the most to me was having my grandparents there with me…that was my biggest wish and I am so blessed and thankful to have had them there with me. They are the couple I admire the MOST in my life….TRUE LOVE!

Shu Hsuan Tu + Siqin Ye

Please thank bride, Shu,  for sharing her beautiful wedding with us!

Bride and Groom: Shu and Siqin
Wedding Date: 05-31-08
Location: Metropolitan Building, Long Island City, NY.

What DIY elements were included: Shu designed, made and decorated everything in the wedding from interior set up, invitations, name cards, table cards, and the cake. Can we all say DIY Rock Star?