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Floral Crown

Festive Floral: Craft Your Own Crown

Floral crowns have become one of the hottest accessories for the modern girl.  Often seen at concerts and art fairs, these accents are perfectly simple and simply perfect.  With festival season quickly approaching, let’s add some floral to your fashion!
Floral Crowns

Start with the following supplies: floral wire, a few of your favorite spring bush stems from Ashland®, a glue gun, glue sticks and wire cutters.

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Use the floral wire to measure your head for the perfect fit.

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Cut the wire so that you can make two loops. Leave a bit extra so you can twist together.

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Loosely twist the two wires together. To close them, twist tightly.

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Cut flowers off the stems. Leave approximately ½” of stem to glue to the wire headband.

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Hot glue the flowers to the headband.

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A crown fit for a rock princess!

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For a little more flower power, try this version.

Floral Crowns
Supplies include: floral wire, felt, several of your favorite spring bush stems from Ashland®, a glue gun, glue sticks, scissors and wire cutters.

Use floral wire to measure your head. Make three loops and cut with a wire cutter. Twist the ends together.

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Cut felt strip 1½”x 9” and hot glue this around the floral wire.

Floral CrownsPull flower blossoms off the stems of the bushes.Floral CrownsGlue the blossoms to the felt headband. Get creative with different types of flowers and color!

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 If you’d rather your flower not share the spotlight, this sweet statement-maker is for you.

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You’ll need these supplies for your finished look: felt from Creatology™, elastic lace headband, a floral stem of your choosing, scissors, a low heat glue gun, glue sticks, and wire cutter.

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Cut two circles out of the felt, each about 1½” in diameter.

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Once your flower location has been decided, hot glue felt circles on each side of that spot.

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Cut the flower from the stem; leave ½” of the stem. Hot glue the bloom to the outside felt circle.

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Delicately Daring!

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The key is to have fun and be original!! Your floral crown will be as rare and radiant as its creator.

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Maker Spotlight

One thing I’ve learned during my time at Michaels is that this place is filled to the brim with creative folk.  Just for starters, we have amazing designers who are responsible for creating the inspiration you see in stores and on our site.  But, that’s only the beginning.  Michaels is a mecca for those who love to make things, whether it’s party invitations, crocheted amigurumi or Rainbow Loom Christmas ornaments.  Almost everyone I’ve met here has some kind of special talent or crafting ability they pursue on the side.  So, let’s take a look at some of the action going on behind the scenes with our new series, Maker Spotlight.

For our first installment, we’re sticking close to home.  Joanna is a member of the web content team, and one of our blog contributors.  As you can probably tell, when she’s not working or making things, Joanna likes to monkey around with the fam.

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Name:  Joanna H.

Title:  Web Content Specialist

What I Make:    Drawings, illustrations, slightly wobbly crochet creations

How long have you been working at Michaels? 

I’ve been working as a specialist on the web content team since April of this year.  I love it!

 What’s your job like?  What does a web content specialist do?

My job is to showcase content – usually products and inspirational projects – on the Michaels website.  This may mean writing descriptive copy, selecting appropriate images, and managing certain landing pages for our categories.  My categories at the moment are Art Supplies, Apparel, Beads & Jewelry, General Crafts and Craft Painting.  When I’m lucky, I get to write for the blog, too.

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What is it that you make?

Ever since I learned to read, I’ve been drawing silly pictures to go along with the stories.  We all thought I’d grow out of it but, no.  Instead, I got a fine arts degree and worked as a designer for several years before coming to Michaels.  However, I also learned to crochet when I was in sixth grade, and am still busy making scarves, blankets and little baby leggings when I can.  I’m so lucky, because I get a first-hand look at all the fantastic crochet projects on our site.  My current favorite:  the Turkey Tissue Box Cozy by Twinkie Chan.  The baby potatoes just kill me!

Do you have a current craft obsession?

Yes, I cannot stop making pom-poms.  I’d been making them using just my fingers, but Sara’s recent blog post sent me over the edge, and I finally had to go out and buy a set of the Clover pom-pom makers.  So much faster!

Are you also a customer of Michaels?  What do you look for in the store?

I usually have to be physically removed from the yarn section, or I’ll come home with a double-armful of skeins, every time!  I love stalking the fine arts section, and am almost always on the lookout for a new sketchbook.  I may or may not be obsessed with the Artist’s Loft™ Octopus Journal because, octopus!

 

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Tell us something about your creative work that almost no one knows.

Once upon a time, I worked as a women’s shoe designer in NYC.  You can tell always tell a shoe designer because they’ll be staring at your feet during a conversation, trying to figure out who designed your shoes.

 

Do you want to learn more about a particular role or crafter at Michaels?  Reply in the comments and let us know!

Jillian

Pompoms

November Trend // Pom Pom Party

November Trend Pom Poms

From the craft room to the runway, pom-poms are having a moment.

As winter approaches and we pull out our sweaters and scarves, don’t forget to have a little fun and add a whimsical detail with pom-poms! Using the Clover Pom-pom maker and some yarn or tulle, DIY pom poms are quick and simple. For some temporary flair, tie a tulle pom pom to your party heels or attach an over-sized pom pom to the top of your favorite beanie. Enlist your friends to help create a plethora of pom-poms to string together and create an eye-catching chandelier.

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1. Pom Pom Chandelier

2. Pom Pom Party Heels

3. Pom Pom Hair Clips

4. Pom Pom Cardigan

5. Over-sized Pom Beanie

These fluffy friends can come to life in a variety of size, color and texture. Play with different types of yarn to add a handmade touch that reflects your unique style.

– Sara, Trend Expert

 

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October Trend // Back in Black … and White

Trend Alert Banner black and white

Black and White has taken over the fashion world this fall. I was initially inspired by a bold B&W striped woman’s suit that I saw in a magazine; it instantly caught my eye.

October is a colorful month in which we typically associate with hues like candy apple green, pumpkin orange, and purple (think everyone’s favorite dinosaur). While these are staple Halloween colors, black and white is the thread throughout this oh-so-spooky month of Glitter and Ghouls.

Using a variety of Michael’s product, I have created projects that reflect the simple, stylish nature of this contrasting duo. From a rich velvet and lace wreath to a metal cuff wrapped in baker’s twine, this trend offers endless possibilities for your home, apparel, jewelry, holiday décor and more.

Trend Alert October Black and White

 

1. Striped Pumpkin

2. Ribbon Bow Shoes

3. Baker’s Twine Cuff

4. Color Blocked Clutch

5. Velvet & Lace Wreath

6. Silhouette Plaque

– Sara, Trend Expert