Thursday, December 15, 2011

DIY wreath

I'm a little behind on decorating this year, but I figured I'd post this anyway.  I saw this wreath on ediTORIal and fell in love.  The style I love (though it's not always reflected in this space) is centered around simple country/antique looks.  Anyways, I deviated from every pattern I used for this so hang on tightly.

I started with the things below.  I ended up switching out that white ribbon for some silver stuff that I had from aerie (you know how they tie the bags? finally found a use).  I added more tools but I'll talk about that in a minute.

18 inch straw wreath (much cheaper than foam) $4.99 Hobby Lobby
Natural Jute 135 ft. $3.99 Hobby Lobby
Hot glue gun & glue
This definitely isn't a quick project.  I didn't expect that it'd take less than an hour but it's quite time consuming to wrap that whole wreath with a tiny strand at a time.  Also, I'm sure it's easier to use a foam wreath since they are not bumpy like the bound straw is, but I save like $5 doing it this way, so I'm not complaining.

When I was finally done wrapping the wreath, I started with the bow.  I was going to use this tutorial from My Girl Thursday's blog because Elycia made a similar wreath and tested the look of a felt bow as well.  I quickly realized that while the felt bows are adorable, I didn't want to go buy felt (I only had purple, black, yellow and pink) and then I found my aerie ribbon stash so it all worked out.

I started the bow with this tutorial.  Everything went smoothly until I couldn't find any tiny wire.  I tried safety pins and failed miserably.  I ended up using a scrapbooking tool, the Crop A Dile, to punch a hole in the center and inserted a square-head fastener (kind of like these).  Although I really didn't want to hot glue the bow because I plan to make different ones and planned to switch them for seasons, I ended up having to.

I think it turned out okay anyways.

That's all for today.  I have 48 more hours before I'll be at work again so I'm going to get a bunch of other projects done and try to get rid of this sinus infection business.


  1. That turned out great!
    Hope that sinus infection goes away soon, no fun.

  2. Cute! I wanna get together and have snacks and do crafts projects!

  3. Samesies! We shall do that and trade presents too!