I’ve been meaning to make a new wreath for my door since Christmas. (It’s possible that I’m just a little behind on my craft projects.)
During a Mom’s Day Out with two of my really good friends, we visited a local discount store that has started stocking lots and lots of craft supplies. I had to refrain from spending a fortune, but I did leave with some burlap ribbon at a really good price. And we all three left with the intention of making something beautiful! Unfortunately, I sometimes let life get in the way and put off the things I enjoy until “later.”
I got tired of waiting though and decided that “later” was going to be now! Seeing that burlap ribbon just sitting there was really gnawing at me. So I dug through some Christmas decorations until I found an old wreath that needed to be revamped. The glue was pretty brittle, so it wasn’t very hard to pull off all of the greenery, ribbons, and berries. Then I wiped it off and spray painted it with white satin paint. I put three coats on the front, but only two on the back. I love quick-dry spray paint, by the way! I had bought the big letter H a while back. It’s just chipboard and it took the paint really well. I put two coats on just to be sure and I had to go back and touch it up when the wind blew the sheet I was painting on over on top of it.
The bow on top is just burlap that I tied with some leftover fabric (because I didn’t have pipe cleaners). I have a Pinterest board that has all kinds of bows, but I actually followed the instructions at http://restoreinteriors.com/tutorials/burlap-bow-tutorial/. I did, however, only make three loops (instead of five) and I didn’t make mine nearly as big. The instructions for the fabric flowers were courtesy of Jessica over at http://cherrystreetcottage.blogspot.com/2011/03/fabric-flower-tutorial-at-last.html. My flowers aren’t nearly as good as hers, but for a first effort, I think I did alright!!
I just laid the wreath flat and arranged and rearranged everything until I found the right combination. Then I glued it all on with a glue gun and put a little piece of wire around the H, just in case the glue didn’t hold. It was so easy, I’m not sure why I didn’t make the time to do it sooner. : )
To say my crafts don’t always turn out well is a total understatement, but I was soooo very pleased with this wreath. Unfortunately, I can’t hang it on the front door until I either (A.) find the hook I used at Christmas or (B.) go buy a new one. Until then, I’m just going to leave it propped up in the living room for the family to enjoy!