Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tool Time Tuesday...Snowman Wreath

It's Tuesday...so that means Tool Time! Where are we going this week? The electrical department of the hardware store. Why?...for these little lovelies. Cable ties. I LOVE them. I use them for so many things: controlling the wire nightmare behind the computer, keeping electrical cords gathered together when storing them, holding evergreen garland to the railing and so much more. Today I'll be using these cable ties to make a snowman wreath for the front door.







The ties come in many different sizes, colors and also come in multi packs.



One side of the tie is smooth and the other has little tiny teeth. Once you insert the pointy end into the little opening in the box, the teeth will start to click. It will stay put where ever you stop the tie.


You can cinch it right up nice and tight to the item and it will not come undone until you cut it off.


Here is a quick idea for a different style wreath for your front door. Just take 3 wreaths in graduated sizes (this picture is of the backs of the wreaths). I used 2-3 ties to secure one wreath to the other.



Here is a close up. Once you have it cinched up to the tightness you'd like, you can snip the ends of the ties with wire cutters.




Quick and easy snowman wreath! Just add a scarf, hat and twigs for the arms!





I didn't have a black top hat so I took an old hat of my moms that had a rim on it, added a stretchy ski hat that I stuffed with plastic bags to keep it standing up. Added a ribbon, some berries and a little red cardinal!







I also secured the twigs to the back with the cable ties.



Too cute!


I hope you have a great Tuesday,
~Karen~
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50 comments:

  1. SO cute. (Hubby uses those cable ties for everything, too!)

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  2. Oh my gosh! LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!
    I just adore snowman decorations and this is genious!

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  3. Ha! That is SO CUTE! I am a lover of snowmen - we call my house Snowman-a-palooza around Christmas time because they're everywhere! This would be a great addition to the collection :)

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  4. I did one similar, but found some WHITE wreaths to make the snowman out of - I'll have to add a cute hat with bird and some twig arms like you did - thanks for sharing!

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  5. That is just tooooooooo cute!!!

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  6. Haha, that's just great ^.^
    Best regards
    Jo&cats

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  7. Karen, otra idea genial como todas las que nos enseñas. Yo tengo en mi casa de estas bridas para las plantas de mi jardín. El muñeco está precioso y fácil de hacer. un beso

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  8. hahaha!!!! I love it!!! What a beautiful idea!!! Thanks!!

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  9. What a cute idea. I also use those ties a lot.

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  10. Ohmy good grief...that is so sweet! I can't believe I never thought of that LOL!

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  11. That is the most adorable door decoration I've seen in a long time! I'm afraid that my husband will make a copycat version if I show him the picture... he doesn't need any more inspiration. He gets carried away all on his own!

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  12. How stinking cute is that!? :o)

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  13. That is adorable! My mom (the snowman freak) would love it. I made a similar one a few years ago, one big wreath, two same-size smaller ones at the 10 and 2 o'clock positions... Mickey Mouse! :) Secured with cable ties, of course.

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  14. Hey Karen, that's MY front door! Why don't I see a cute snowman on it? What a clever idea! I love zip ties. They are so versatile, not to mention fun to use! That sound they make is so satisfying. Love the hat and the little bird too!

    MGM

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  15. Absolutely LOVE your snowman!! Very cute and creative!
    Paulette

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  16. That is such a wonderful. Very creative!!

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  17. Oh my goodness! I absolutely love it. What a fabulous idea. You are so creative!

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  18. Very, Very cute! And you can take it apart for storage. I am always looking at big decorations like reindeer or Santas but don't have anywhere to keep those things so I never buy them. This is a workable idea! Thanks Karen.

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  19. How super creative and adorable!! I love it! I'm making me one!!

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  20. This is just soooo cute. I love the way you have dressed him up with hat, twigs etc. Very clever.

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  21. What a clever idea! Thank you!

    SheilaC

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  22. Ok, really? How do you do this? You are brilliant!

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  23. fabulous...You are so clever Karen..you should write a book..
    Thanks o much.
    Julia ♥

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  24. Karen, thanks for stopping by means alot the nice comment you left since your the one who inspired me, no the top hat is not real I made it out of cardboard & felt I love all your ideas
    Hugz

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  25. OMG, you are so smart and brilliant.

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  26. so adorable! featured you on crazydomestic.com today. feel free to grab an "I was featured" button!

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  27. Wow! Saw your post on "Show and Tell Saturday" what a unique and fresh idea! I love it. This really takes the wreath to the next level.

    www.theelephantstrunk42.blogspot.com

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  28. This is adorable! Love how cute this turned out!

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  29. I have some nice little tea tins. They are round and have a clear top so you can see what is inside. I just know you would be able to come up with some good ideas to reuse those! I'm kinda stuck. I have thought of the usual - storage for buttons, other small items, small quilt pieces (think Grandmothers Flower Garden hexagons), etc. I know there are other ideas out there, but haven't found anything that really strikes my fancy.
    Cindy K in Illinois

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  30. This is unbelievably adorable! Another thing to add to my "to do" list! I came over from Be Different....Act Normal and am your newest follower! www.lifeontheridgeside.blogspot.com

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  31. This is so simple and yet such a big statement for the front door. It's pretty cool, I think that I will have to get some clearance wreaths after Christmas to do this for next year. Time for this year just keeps slipping away.

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  32. Wanted you to know that you provided inspiration. Needed a bag for Santa to put candy canes into for the Christmas Festival tomorrow. I had some Christmas flannel left over from making PJs for my boys. But how do I get the opening of the bag to stay stiff …. I remember Tool Time Tuesday and Karen’s favorite hardware store item … zip tie wraps! I linked several tighter to form a square and then sewed it into a casing at the top of the bag. Viola! Now the bag can hang next to Santa and he won’t have to fight to get his hand in the bag to get a candy canes. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  33. That hat is killing me. So adorable! Add this to my list (that I swore I wouldn't make) of Christmas crafts for this week.

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  34. I love how it takes up the entire door! come on over and link up to MMM :_

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  35. I love this...Karen, this is amazing..I am heading out first thing this morning for 3 wreaths...I have the perfect hat too...actually a fur head muff...mine will be a girl...you just make me smile...love this intensely lol thank you for the spirit of YOU

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  36. oHHH Hello again Karen..you sew inspired me...I made one too...she is already up on my blog with links back to you...maybe others will make some too....
    http://sewdollswhosnext.blogspot.com/2010/12/i-am-snow-woman-here-me-brrrrrrr.html

    loved making her...wink...

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  37. OMG!!!!you must stay awake all night to come up with such amazing ideas. In my next life my wish would be to be super creative like you and Madame Samm and be able to dance like my granddaughters. This is another "must follow" blog..full of inspiration. Thanks for sharing. Happy sewing, happy crafting!!!

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  38. I am coming in from Madame Samms blog to see your Tut..OMG this is the cutest thing ever! LOve it!

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  39. saw this on Pinterest and getting ready to do this to my front door! Thx for such a cute idea!

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  40. this is such a great idea thank you for sharing!

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  41. This is so cute. I adore how different it is from most wreaths. Hoped over from TipJunkie. Thanks for sharing.

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  42. So lovely... Very pleased I have found this wreath in June I'll definitely be using this idea for Christmas 2014! X

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