October 25, 2010

Make Your Front Door Smile

Oh, how I love wreaths. Really, to me a wreath hung on a front door is akin to a smiling face to greet each and every one of your visitors.


In case you haven’t heard, we are trying to sell our house right now. (Stick around here long enough, and you’ll undoubtedly know more about the current [dismal] state of the housing market than you ever cared to.  I am so glad I can count on y’all to bear with me through this process!) Before our open house yesterday, I had in mind to create a new fallish wreath to adorn our front entry. This beauty is what I put together: a somewhat shabby-chic, funky creation. It has a loosey-goosey, light-hearted feel to it. I love it!

I kicked things off by creating a Simple Ruffled Wreath by following the steps in the tutorial. Then, I set to work finding just the right embellishments.

The jelly roll I used for my Ruffled Autumn Leaf Tee still had some life left in it, so I went ahead and used the rest of the strips for this project. The moment I determined myself to use those jelly roll strips, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them. Earlier this year, I was absolutely charmed by these gorgeous Jersey Knit Flowers at A Little LovelyI assembled the flowers for this wreath using this technique, but with one notable difference: instead of cutting the slits in each of the strips with scissors, I tore them to achieve a less-polished look. These flowers were so easy and fun to put together! I made as many flowers as I had jelly roll strips left in my stash (which wound up being around 15). Then, I set to work assembling my wreath.

For this project, you will need:

Fabric flowers, as described above
A Simple Ruffled Wreath
Burlap
Raffia
Ribbon
Hot glue
Shears

step 1) Wind your ribbon around your wreath, securing with hot glue as you work.


step 2) Cut leaf shapes of varying sizes from your burlap. Apply a dab of hot glue to the bottom point of each leaf, and pinch the sides together to give it dimension, as shown. 

step 3) Arrange your flowers and leaves as desired on your wreath, moving and adjusting your design until you are satisfied with the overall effect. At this point, I highly recommend taking a picture of your wreath to refer to later on, just in case your flowers become misplaced as you are adhering them in place. I have found this to be a real sanity-saver!

step 4) Secure your flowers and leaves to your wreath using hot glue.

step 5) Create raffia sprigs by cutting 8-inch bundles of raffia (with about 4-5 strips of raffia each). Fold each bundle in half, and secure at the folded end with a tied piece of raffia. Tuck these pieces into place randomly on your wreath; secure with hot glue.


step 6) Loop a long piece of ribbon through the top of your wreath, and tie it in a bow. Your wreath is now ready to adorn your front door!

Thanks so much for reading!
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P.S. I have a luscious fall recipe lined up for tomorrow that you won’t want to miss! :)
 
Linking to…

Today’s Creative Blog
Sugar Bee – Craft Edition
Blue Cricket Design
Someday Crafts
Tatertots and Jello

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