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Teddy Bear Hug

Send a bear hug to a new arrival by making him or her this cute heart-shaped wreath to hang on the door or bedroom wall.

The Gift of Knowledge

It is thought that the teddy bear got its name from the American president Theodore Roosevelt. In 1902, Teddy Roosevelt participated in a hunting trip in Mississippi and refused to kill a bear that was caught in a trap. The incident was illustrated by a Washington Post cartoonist who dubbed the cartoon “Drawing the line in Mississippi.” People started calling toy bears “teddy bears” in affection for the president.

Time frame: Two to three hours

Level: Moderately easy

What you need:

  • Wire
  • 12-inch extruded foam heart
  • Tacky glue or fabric glue
  • 10 yards of pink or blue satin ribbon (depending on the sex of the baby)
  • Glue gun
  • Spray of silk or plastic baby's breath
  • White or pastel colored silk roses or flowers
  • Small stuffed animal (I used a teddy bear made out of chenille fabric that I found in a fabric store.)
  • Straight pins or anchoring pins
  1. Take a piece of wire and wrap it around the top of the heart. Form a loop out of the ends of the wire for hanging purposes.
  2. Place a line of tacky or fabric glue on the back right side of the heart. Glue one end of the ribbon down and wrap the pink or blue satin ribbon in and out of the heart until the entire wreath is covered with ribbon. Glue the other end of the ribbon to the back of the heart, overlapping the first end. Be sure to keep the ribbon tight as you wrap it to avoid gaps. Make a homemade bow out of the remainder of the ribbon.
  3. Using a glue gun, glue a spray of baby's breath onto the right side of the heart. Glue a sprig of flowers on top of the baby's breath. You may have to use fine wire to hold the flowers in place, depending on the size of your flowers. Wire the bow onto the bottom of the wreath.
  4. Using the straight pins, anchor the stuffed animal onto the bottom of the heart.

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Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Making Great Gifts © 2001 by Marilee LeBon. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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