My husband has been counting down to this time year since, well, last December. College football season is almost here and in my household, we’re pretty excited. Today’s DIY is inspired by this time of year and my husband’s love for his undergrad alma mater.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again—I’m all about the easy craft, and this one is simple! My husband and I earned our bachelor degrees from Brigham Young University, also known as “the Y”—and the man loves that school and roots for them year-round, but especially in football season. Here’s the good news: this craft can easily be made to work for your alma mater or school you root for—just switch out the ‘Y’ for a ‘U’ or even multiple letters. Change out the letter(s), color of paint and ribbon for those that match your alma mater, and everything else is the same!
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I got the paint, the brush and the letter from Michaels, and the ribbon from JoAnn Fabric & Craft. I had a glue gun at home. In total, this wreath cost me under $10 (make sure to use coupons when at Michaels and JoAnn!).
Quick tip: I opted for the Martha Stewart satin finish paint because of, well, the finish. It had some shine and didn’t even need a clear coat (like Modge Podge).
Step 1: Paint your letter.
I always start out any painting project by protecting the area where I’m working. I laid down some grocery bags prior to painting. I applied two coats of the Martha Stewart Satin Paint, allowing time for the first coat to dry overnight before applying the second. Tip: Make sure to paint in one direction the entire time. It looks a lot cleaner with the brushstrokes in one direction.
Note: BYU’s actual colors are a dark blue + white, but at one point were more of a royal blue + white. So, I tried to mix the old with the new by using a royal blue-color paint for the letter (and dark blue for the ribbon). It turned out just fine, but looking back, I might have opted for one blue rather than the old + the new blue.
Step 2: Affix ribbon to the top of the letter
I kept it simple and used a glue gun… and heck of a lot of glue… to attach the ribbon to the top back of letter, in an upside-down ‘U’ shape.
Step 3: Add a bow (optional)
This step is optional. I thought it added to the wreath, especially since we only have one letter (other schools, with more than one letter, may not need the bow to achieve the perfect finished look). This is where wired ribbon really comes in handy. It allows the bow to maintain its shape. I am, in no way, a professional bow maker. So, I turned to Pinterest and found some great bow-making tutorials, which only took about 5 minutes to make the bow I wanted. I glued it to the top center of the upside-down U ribbon, and voila! The wreath was done. I said it was simple!
Then, proudly display your wreath on your front door. College football seasons starts next week—so it’s the perfect time to display your team spirit and pride. Let’s get ready for some football!
I’d love to hear who you/your household will be rooting for this season! Tell me in the comments—and let me know, will you be making a wreath like this to show your spirit?
xo – Jane
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