While we were back visiting family in Missouri for Christmas, Jared and I started watching the first season of Once Upon a Time on Netflix. Only a few episodes in, I began to develop a mega-size obsession with all things Mary Margaret (Snow White’s “real world” self in the town of Storybrooke, Maine). I loved all of it: her clothes, apartment, hair (I’ve never been so tempted in my life to try rocking a pixie cut). As the season continued and my obsession grew, so began my quest to Mary Margaretize my life. Yep, I verbed it. That’s how serious this was.
Mary Margaret’s clothes and apartment fall in a pretty similar vein: sweet, eclectic, shabby chic finds paired with tried and true staples. On the clothes front, I did find an adorable cream-colored eyelet top on final sale at J.Crew right before we came back to North Carolina that I happily purchased and dubbed my Mary Margaret shirt. It’s my favorite shirt on the planet, and every time I wear it, I feel awesome — and terrified I might spill something.
As for the apartment, our indoor décor is already built around neutrals, so switching out accessories or changing colors works fairly easily. We picked out a few textured throw pillows in varying shades of off-white (MM digs a pretty mix of layered neutrals) and went to Anthropologie for some fun teal-flecked knobs and coasters. My favorite finds, though, came from an antique shop stop with my mom. Hobnail and jade plates. Swoon!
So far, our little piece of Storybrooke is feeling pretty quaint and cozy, but one can’t ignore the call to Mary Margaretize when inspiration strikes! This easy DIY wreath fits right into the look du jour. And even better? It cost a whopping $7 in supplies (less if you already have yarn on hand). Just grab a foam wreath form, yarn and an old T-shirt, and get ready to get crafty.
Yarn Wreath with Fabric Flowers
What you’ll need:
• foam wreath form (or you can cut a pool noodle, loop it into a circle and tape it in place)
• yarn (my wreath took about half a skein)
• an old T-shirt
• double-sided tape
• hot glue gun and glue
What you do:
1. Stick a piece of double-sided tape (about 2 or 3 inches long) lengthwise on the outside of the wreath form. Then, start looping around your yarn. The tape will help secure it a bit, but once you get enough loops going around the form, the yarn should hold itself in place. Keep wrapping the yarn tightly around the form, and add extra pieces of tape every so often for extra hold. Make sure you’re wrapping tightly and pushing the yarn together as you go so the foam form doesn’t peek through the yarn. Once the form is wrapped completely, tie off the yarn in a small discreet knot on the back of the wreath.
2. To make the fabric flowers, cut a strip of fabric off the bottom of an old T-shirt (make your cut about 2 inches from the bottom, and go through the front and back of the shirt). You should have one continuous loop of fabric at this point; cut one end of the loop at the shirt’s side seam so you have one long strip of fabric instead.
3. Fold the fabric strip in half width-wise. Working out from the center of the flower, twist the folded fabric as you wrap it around in a circle. Add a dot of hot glue every so often to help hold the fabric in place. Continue wrapping until you reach the end of the fabric strip, and glue the end to the back of the flower. For extra hold, cut out a circle of fabric (slightly smaller than the size of the finished flower) to glue on the backside of the flower. Repeat with more strips of fabric, depending on how many flowers you need for your wreath.
4. Use hot glue to attach the finished fabric flowers to the yarn-wrapped wreath. Apply a bit of pressure as they dry to make sure they stick in place.
5. Call your gal pal Mary Margaret, and tell her you’ve got a wreath with her name on it (er, wait, maybe that’s just me).
I’m super happy with how the finished wreath turned out, and I’m pretty sure my door is happy about it, too. Sometimes it’s the little things, you know?