Spring Wreath with Paper Flowers

 

 A while back, during one of my weekly trips to Hobby Lobby, I found these fun paper flowers.

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I just loved them! I didn’t really know what I would do with them, but I knew I had to have them! Eventually I decided I could use them for a wreath for the front porch. After all, they did match my yellow chair and other porch decor perfectly!
I decided to make this one pretty simple. I got one yard of brown burlap, the flowers and a straw wreath.

I cut the burlap into strips. I wasn’t too careful to make sure they were straight or even because it’s burlap, and it’s not supposed to look perfect!

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I used hot glue to secure the first strip to the wreath and wrapped the strips around the wreath.

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Each time I needed a new strip, I glued it to the back side of the wreath, close to where the previous piece ended.

wrap burlap wreath

I wrapped the wreath in two layers of burlap.

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I cut the stems off of the flowers.

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And used hot glue to attach them to the wreath.

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I arranged them in a cluster to hide the leftover stem pieces.

paper flowers

I didn’t like the bright green color of the leaves, so I spray painted them with a pretty avocado paint.

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Then glued the leaves to each end of the cluster.

And here is my new spring wreath! Complete with a yellow striped ribbon to match my fun yellow chair!

Fall Monogram Wreath

How can it possibly be that fall is here already? I feel like just yesterday I shared with you my summer  wreath! Well, the season has changed and so has my front door decor.
My summer wreath was cutesy, made from fabric and yarn. I love beauty of the leaves and pumpkins fall offers, so I took a different route with this wreath. On my weekly trip to Hobby Lobby, here is what I came home with. . .
Beautiful and bold orange sunflowers. Picks with pumpkins, gourds and purple berries. Yellow-orange feather-like picks. Several bunches of leaves and some pretty orange sparkly pumpkins.

 

I went back and forth about what I wanted to use as a base for the wreath. I contemplated using another yarn wreath, or possibly burlap, but in the end chose an old wreath I had stored in the attic.

 

 

I removed the existing foliage and started with a clean slate.
Starting with the leaves, I hot-glued pieces around the wreath, layering and filling in where necessary until it was full {except for one little bare spot, I had other plans for this space}.
Two shades of my favorite paint, DecoArt Americana,

 

I painted my wooden monogram with the Black Plum paint. Wait, I’m not finished yet.
I wanted polka dots. So I dipped a marker cap in the Persimmon paint and stamped open circles on my monogram. Perfect!

 

A little hot glue and the “M” filled in the little open space on my wreath. I did add a couple leaves under and around it after it was glued.

 

It’s full, it’s bright, it’s perfect!

 

 

Happy Fall y’all!
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My Fourth of July Porch

It’s a little late, but my to-do list is so long that I barely got my Fourth of July decor up this year! I don’t do much but decorate my doorstep for the Fourth, but this year I added a little bit of stars and stripes to my shelves as well. 

Here is my door. One thing I love about my navy blue door is that it matches my July 4th decor. I knew I wanted a frame for my 4th of July door this year so I went into the attic and dug for a few minutes and found it. I bought this frame from the Southern Living Catalog several years ago. I don’t think they even sell their products anymore. Anyway, the frame actually housed a mirror. I had no where to put it in this house so it’s been sitting in my attic. But it was perfect for the door!

I used Walnut Stain Distress Ink Pad to give the frame an aged look. I simply brushed the ink pad lightly across the wood making sure to apply more pressure around the edges.

I found this ribbon at Michael’s and wove it in and out of the holes and tied it into a bow at the corner. The roll was just the right length.
The star has been hanging on my door for the past couple years. I wasn’t ready to ditch it quite yet so I hung it in front of the frame.

I bought this chair from a garage sale back in early May for five bucks. {from my new buddy Mike who I keep running into around town!}. I planned on re-finishing it, but realized it would be perfect as-is for the 4th! So I put away my {pretty} yellow chair for now. I also got the basket at a garage sale {I think the same day} for $2. My plan was to put some red verbena with white Bacopa, but I didn’t get around to it. :(  So, I just stuck this pot in it. f
So there’s my Fourth of July porch decor.

For my shelves: I printed this adorable printout from Landee See, Landee Do and framed it in my ever-changing thrift store frame. Below the frame is a banner from Michael’s.
I found this adorable scrapbook paper at Michael’s and mounted the printable onto it. I trimmed the edges of the paper to fit the frame.

Decorating for Summer: Front Door Wreath

A couple of months ago I shared with you the baby girl wreath I made for my friend Cindi for her baby shower. Well since making the wreath for her, I’ve been wanting something similar for myself. And what better way to decorate my door for summer than with a summer rosette wreath?
Here’s how I did it. . .
You’ll need a straw wreath {I found mine at Hobby Lobby near the grapevine wreaths}, yarn, coordinating fabric, buttons and a hot glue gun.
To be honest with you, I don’t think I’ll EVER do the yarn part again. For my friend’s baby shower I wrapped the wreath with burlap fabric strips which was pretty simple. I like the way the yarn wreaths look but man, it was time consuming! I sat on my couch and wrapped the wreath for almost two hours! Seriously, it took the entire episode of American Idol to wrap this thing in yarn! Maybe it’s because I’m slow, maybe it’s because I’m a perfectionist, I don’t know. It took forever! Anyway, I taped the yarn to the plastic covering and started wrapping it around and around and around. I did three layers filling in the spaces as I went.

Next I made the flowers. I decided to use both rosettes and layered petal flowers for this wreath.Click here for photos and tutorials on making both these flowers. 
Once the flowers were finished I added the buttons to a few and arranged them around the wreath.

I used hot glue to secure the flowers and tied a grosgrain ribbon around the top to hang it.

And there ya go! My new summer wreath! 

"Baby Girl" Pennant Burlap Wreath

Last week I showed y’all the cute and yummy Ready to Pop white chocolate popcorn favors that I made for my friend’s baby shower.  I was also in charge of the decorations for this party. Of course I made pink and blue tissue pom poms to match the paper products I had bought. They had a pre-made banner to match also, but me being me was up for the challenge of a DIY banner, of course! But then I got to thinking, “If I’m going to put the effort into making this thing, why not make something she can use again?” And so I decided to make a wreath instead. Then she could hang it on her door when the baby arrives. 
So I made my weekly trip to Hobbly Lobby and walked the entire store and came home with burlap, pink linen, a hay wreath, scrapbook paper, and ribbon.

This is what I did with it. . .

{The pennant says “baby girl.”}
I heart it! 
Here is how I did it. . .

I cut the burlap into strips about 2-3 inches thick.
I wrapped the burlap strips around the wreath using hot glue to secure the fabric on the back side of the wreath.  
I used my Cricut to cut two different size triangles and letters for the banner. {I used the Basic Shapes cartridge for the triangles and the Cuttin’ Up font cartridge.}
I layered the cut pieces {large ivory triangle, smaller print triangle then letters} and used  an adhesive pen to stick them together. These are my pennants which read “baby girl.”

I measured and cut two pieces of grosgrain ribbon slightly larger than the diameter of the wreath. I stretched the ribbons across the wreath and wrapped the excess ribbon around the backside. 
I secured the ribbons with hot glue on the back side of the wreath.

I then used a hot glue gun to attach the pennants to the ribbon.
Next I made some rosettes out of burlap and pink linen. I started by cutting the fabric into three inch strips. Then I twisted the fabric somewhat tightly and began wrapping around and around in a spiral fashion, securing with hot glue on the under side every other circle.

Here is a finished rosette. I tucked the end of the fabric on the back side and secured with hot glue. 

For the center of the burlap flowers, I rolled thin blue silk ribbon tightly and secured the end with hot glue.
I placed the flowers around the wreath and added some triangles from the scrapbook paper to mimic the pennants. 

And here it is! The baby girl pennant burlap wreath.

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You Know You’re Old When. . .

you’re exited about crafting on St. Patty’s Day!
St. Patty’s Day is officially over and I did not drink one single green beer! I remember in our younger years {you know, the days before the kiddos} St. Patrick’s Day was one of our favorite holidays. Who doesn’t like to go out and enjoy several a few good beers? Well, instead of going out and celebrating, I stayed in and created a new spring wreath for my door. And you know what? I didn’t miss going out. I could have spent twice the money on green beers with nothing to show for but a headache and a beer gut! Instead, I got this. . .

Here is what I started with:
A large, oval-shaped grapevine wreath and ivory wire-edged ribbon.
{Hobby Lobby – $5.99 and $7.99 both at 50% off}

4 ivory and pink hydrangea stems.
{Dollar Tree – $4}

3 vine sprigs
{Hobby Lobby – $4.99 each at 50% off}
1 moss-like branch
{Hobby Lobby – $4.99 at 50% off}

A box of pink and green speckled eggs
{I bought these last year from Homegoods.}

I started by cutting the vine into smaller pieces. I divided the leafy stems into about 4 pieces and I cut the hydrangea blooms off, leaving about a two-inch stem. I also removed the leaves.

I arranged the vine evenly around the wreath. I secured it using a hot glue gun. The good thing about a grapevine wreath is that you can tuck added pieces inside the intertwined branches and they blend right in.

You can also hide the glue {which can tend to turn colors over time} under the intertwined branches.

Then I glued the hydrangeas in a cluster, leaving some space in between to add the leaves and the mossy pieces. First, I added the hydrangea leaves around the outside of the flowers as well as in between to fill in the empty spaces. Then I added small pieces of the moss branches just to add a little more green.

I created clusters of eggs in a few different spots around the wreath. I applied hot glue to the bottom and back of the eggs to attach them to the wreath.
Like so.

I wrapped the ribbon around the wreath and tied a pretty bow to hang it.
And my door is ready for spring! Now beer would have cost way more than this wreath did! It was just a hair over $20!

Valentine’s Ribbon Wreath

While walking the isles at the Dollar Tree I saw a variety of pretty V-day ribbon. I started thinking about what I could do with it, and for some reason a wreath popped into my head. I had no idea how exactly I would make this wreath, but I started buying materials to make it anyway. And the best part? All the materials came from the Dollar Tree. I take it back, the LOVE came from the Dollar Spot at Target. Point: nothing was more than $1.
4 spools of ribbon = $4
1 pkg. hearts on a stick = $1
LOVE = $1
wreath base – $1
A grand total of $7!!
Once I got home and looked at all my stuff, I figured out what I was going to do. 

I grabbed a can of red spray paint from the garage and went out in the frigid cold to spray my wreath base. It didn’t have to be perfect because it would be covered with ribbon, but it needed to be red.
While the paint dried I cut the ribbon into pieces about four to five inches long. I didn’t measure any cuts. I just eyeballed it.
After cutting the ribbon, I folded each piece in half and twisted the fold so it resembled a knot.

I used a hot glue gun to attach the ribbon to the wreath base. I put the glue in the crevices of the wreath then stuck the twisted end of the ribbon down in the crevice. 
There was no rhyme or reason for the placement of the ribbons other than alternating the two different ribbons. After I had gone all the way around, I filled in some bare spots around the inside and outside of the wreath.
Remember these pieces?

I pulled the sticks out of the hearts and used the hot glue right on the ribbon to attach them and LOVE to the wreath. 
When I was finished. . .
It turned out like this!

Happy Valentine’s Day!