Easy Come

With the passing of the holidays, it was time to take down my Christmas wreath and change it over to something new.  And that something new would be a Valentine’s Day wreath.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have anything on hand to aid the transformation.  A trip to the craft store was in order (oh, darn).  While there, I was also able to plan ahead for March and April.

For a quick reminder, here’s how the wreath last looked for Christmas.

The Christmas Wreath

The Christmas Wreath

Pretty simple.  For Valentine’s Day, I went a bit further and purchased some big fake flowers and red ribbon to create this monstrosity:

Valentine Wreath

Valentine Wreath

I’m quite proud of it.  I tried to take pictures of my process for you, but the lighting where I was working wasn’t too great and let’s be honest, I was snapping pictures with my phone.  The good news is, I don’t think it took me more than 30 minutes from start to finish and most of that time was engaged in trial and error.  If you’re interested, you can check out my steps below.

Step 1: I wrapped the wreath in tulle (which I had leftover from the wedding).  The tulle provided various folds through which I slid the flower stems.  Remember that my goal is to add decoration to the burlap-wrapped base without using glue.

Step 1

Step 1

Step 2: Securing the Flowers

After I arranged the flowers to my liking, I noticed some of them felt a little loose (see figure 1).  So, I devised a plan to secure them using an extra strip of tulle. Starting at one end of the flowers, I tied the tulle around the wreath base to secure it.  Then, I began to wrap the tulle around the wreath and through the flowers.  As I brought the tulle around to the backside of the wreath, I was careful to secure the flower stem beneath the tulle (see figure 2).  The flowers in the front are voluminous enough that this extra piece of tulle cannot be seen.

Figure 1

Figure 1

Figure 2

Figure 2

Step 3: Adding the Ribbon

I completed the wreath by wrapping a spool of Valentine ribbon around the wreath and tying it off in a bow at the bottom.  And the final product again:

Valentine Wreath

Valentine Wreath

So, what do you think?  What do you hang on your door?

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Switcheroo

I guess I really caught the craft bug from all the projects we did for the wedding, cause I’ve still been creating.  Sometimes to more successful outcomes than others.

A recent quick and easy project was creating a fall wreath for our front door.  I bought a foam ring from Michael’s for less than a few dollars and gathered the rest of the supplies at home.

First, I cut burlap (left over from the wedding) into long strips while my glue gun warmed up.  Then, I wrapped the burlap around the ring, stopping to glue it down every few inches.  The only tricky part I encountered was finishing the last strip.  If I had it to do all over again, I would have purchased some tacks or pins to tack down the end of the last strip.  Instead, I went a little glue-happy and ended up with quite a blob of glue.  I just have to be cautious that the blob is at the bottom of the wreath (something I didn’t do at first – you’ll see in the pictures).  When my husband first saw the wreath he said, “That’s nice.  Is there supposed to be so much glue?”  Thanks, babe.

Three fall pom-poms.

Three fall pom-poms.

A bundle of wheat to accent the wreath.

A bundle of wheat to accent the wreath.

After the base of the wreath was prepped and drying, I got to work on the decorative items.  I selected three fall shades of yarn and made pom-poms.  I also wrapped some wheat stalks in excess burlap.  Finally, I used bobby pins to attach the decorative items to the folds in the wreath.  I found that the bobby pins actually held everything securely in place.

The final product.

The final product.

Once Thanksgiving was over, it was time for a Christmas wreath.  Instead of creating a whole new wreath (I just don’t have the storage space for that) I decided to update the fall wreath.  So, I removed the decorative items and replaced them with new ones.  Once again, I dug through items at home to see what was available.

Securing the ornaments with bobby pins.

Securing the ornaments with bobby pins.

First, I found a beautiful silver bow in our gift-wrapping pile.  I think this was recycled from my bridal shower.  Then, I selected a few Christmas tree ornaments that complimented the bow.  I once again used bobby pins to secure these items to the wreath.

The Christmas Wreath

The Christmas Wreath

I’m so happy with how versatile this wreath is turning out to be!  I’ve even gotten a compliment from a neighbor.  I’m already starting to contemplate what I’ll do once Christmas is over.

What do you think?  Do you have any recent quick and easy projects you want to share?