Fall Appreciation Gifts

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This year I am serving on our MOPs leadership team and my primary job is to create appreciation gifts for the wonderful ladies that love on our children during our MOPs meetings. I’ve had so much fun scouring Pinterest and coming up with creative yet inexpensive ideas to say thanks each month. This is what I came up with for fall appreciation gifts.

These gifts were created for our nursery workers, but they would be perfect as teacher gifts, gifts for Sunday School teachers, classroom snacks, Halloween gifts, etc.

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This was our September gift. I found individual cartons of caramel dip and added an apple as a fun, healthy, and delicious treat! I was able to make 25 of these for less than $25, and that included the bag, ribbon, apples, and caramel.

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These were fun but were a little more labor intensive. I found Hershey bars (full size bars) on clearance at Walmart (check Sams and Costco as well!). You will need one roll of white streamer, googly eyes, black construction paper, and glue in addition to the candy bars. I used THIS template for the bats. For the mummies, I would tear off a strip, cut it in half lengthwise, and wrap messily around the candy bar. Cooper was able to help me with these! These mummies and bats would make great class treats. I made 24 treats for less than $20.

Are you sending in any special gifts or treats to your child’s classroom or teacher?

 

How to Make a Spiral Mesh Wreath

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I’m absolutely obsessed with mesh wreaths. I like big wreaths and I cannot lie; what can I say? I think mesh wreaths make such an impact on your door. I want people to see my wreath as they drive by my house!

I’ve been making traditional mesh wreaths for about 2 years, but recently I took a class at Carolina Pottery to learn how to make a spiral mesh wreath. It was so much easier than I thought, and I’m going to share a step by step tutorial with you today!

(In case you are a more visual person, I’ve got a quick video tutorial at the bottom of this post.)

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Step One: Gather your supplies. You’ll need mesh, a wreath form, and embellishments if you chose to add them. I added ribbon and some patriotic accessories to my wreath.

You can just do one color wreath, but you’ll need to make some adjustments in your technique if you choose just one color. I talk about this in the video.

All the supplies for this wreath were $60;however , you can make two wreaths out of what you see above. The ribbon was what really made my total so expensive. The burlap ribbon was $10!

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Step Two: Prepare your wreath form. Each grouping of wire is two pieces (keep that in mind for later). Right now you want to pinch the two pieces together and pull them straight up. Then, go around your wreath and count how many groups of wire you have. Most wreath forms have about 18 groups of wire.

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Step Three: Arrange your mesh for cutting. To make this much easier, you will want to layer your mesh on top of one another. The white is on the bottom, then the red, and then the blue. Just make sure they line up at the very end.

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Step Four: Cut your mesh. I use a piece of computer paper as my guide. Cut lengthwise. You can cut along the lines of the mesh if you are a perfectionist.

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Step Five: Once you finish cutting, the mesh will curl up naturally. Set it to the side and cut 18 more times – one strip of mesh for every grouping of wire on your wreath form.

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Step Six: Once you have all your strips of mesh cut, it is time to start putting your wreath together. Take one strip of mesh and fold it in half so that the ends meet. Cut the strip of mesh in half. Now you have two strips of mesh.

Step Seven: Take apart the three individual colors of mesh. Fold the mesh into a cylinder shape. Do this for all three colors.

Step Eight: Stack the three colors mesh on top of one another and pinch in the middle.

Step Nine: Remember how I told you to remember that each grouping of mesh was made up of two pieces of wire? Here’s where that comes into play. The mesh you have pinched together in Step Eight now will get secured on the wreath form with one piece of wire. Pull apart the two pieces of wire on the wreath form and secure the mesh using one piece of wire. Then you will go back and grab the other group of mesh – from the one strip you cut in half – and secure to the other piece of wire.

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Step Ten: Pull apart the wire and fluff. Continue this process with all the strips of mesh, moving around the wreath until you have used all the mesh and all the wire on the wreath form.

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Step Eleven: Here is your finished product, pre-embellishment! The whole process, from cutting to placing the mesh on the wreath, took about 2 hours.

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Here is the wreath after I added my embellishments. I talk a little more about how to cut the ribbon and add the accessories in the video.

Here’s the video! I look a hot mess since I filmed at the end of the day. I had dinner on the stove and the kids were fussing, so excuse my appearance and the mess of my kitchen.

Tips:

  • Wear casual clothes when you make the wreath. The mesh catches on your clothes.
  • Place a tablecloth or sheet on your table if it scratches easily.
  • This is a messy process! Do it somewhere that is easy to vacuum or sweep.
  • When you secure your mesh to your wreath, only wrap the wire one time. Leave the excess wire in case you want to add ribbon or accessories. You can use the excess wire for that purpose.

If you have any questions, please let me know!