Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Take One Old Wreath...

     Today is another gray day in my part of the country. I really just had to do something to remind myself that spring was just around the corner. I headed to the storage room in the basement to dig out an old wreath to makeover for the front of my house.

     The wreath that was the size I wanted to use had been hanging down there for quite a while. All of the flowers had been stripped from it, all that was left was some old, faded fall ribbon.


     After pulling off all the old ribbon and globs of glue, I had a clean slate to start fresh. On my last visit to Hobby Lobby I had purchased 2 bushes of flowers when I fell in love with the colors. I happened to be there on the day that they were each half off the $24.99 price.


Ribbon was also half price that day.


     When I "build" a wreath, I like to start by tearing apart all of the bushes into blooms, leaves and whatever else happens to be on the stems. For this wreath, I started by placing the blooms randomly around the wreath.


Then I start adding the leaves. I don't glue anything until I have everything in place.


I added all the dark green leaves, then added the brown leaves with the tipped edges.


Next, I stuck in the little branches and twigs to add a little more interest to the shape.


I almost always put a bow on my wreaths.
I don't think they all have to have them, but I love making bows.
You can see my tutorial on bow making here.


I also like to tuck in little pieces of ribbon randomly through the wreath.


The finished product is ready to hang outside on the front of our house...
if the snow ever stops and the sun ever shines!

34 comments:

Holly said...

So Pretty! Makes me long for Spring. The colors are beautiful. You scored to with half price deals!

Jenglamgirl said...

SUE~ THIS IS STUNNING! you could make a fortune selling these on etsy. I am so glad you made this one for me, I look forward to getting it in the mail! HA, LOL, JUST KIDDING! I LOVE IT! way to go!!! JENN

Life Laugh Latte said...

So beautiful Sue! Well done. I'd love to have you over to make one for me:) Holly

Mimi said...

Oh, that is so pretty and spring-like.

Sherry said...

You did a fantastic job on that wreath. It is gorgeous!! I need something on my front door. You have inspired me.

susan said...

Sue-This is fabulous! I love the colors and the way you entertwined the ribbon!! Love it, love it! Send one this way :)

Glenda/MidSouth said...

How Pretty! I bought a couple of vine wreaths back in Jan. and have not done anything with them and you have given me some ideas. Thanks for sharing.

Jenny said...

Sue! This is absolutely delicious. OK, I am inspired. I need to change the cheesy wreath I have on my front door! I love the way you wove the ribbons through. Super neat!

Blondie's Journal said...

Your wreath is gorgeous, Sue!! It was very neat watching it come together! Now I am off to see how you make your beautiful bows!

xoxo
Janie

Karen said...

GREAT JOB! Love the colors and really love the ribbon!!!!
Thanks for sharing!
Karen

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Thanks for all the kind words. This is about the only "crafty" thing I do. I love playing with unexpected color combinations.

Debbie said...

I am always jealous over the pretty, expensive wreaths I see in the store. But you can make one just as pretty and at a reasonable price, thanks for the great ideas!

Jeanette said...

lovely and springy!

Pat said...

I LOVE these colors! You did an outstanding job on it ~ looks very professional. Now, when will you be here to do mine? :-)

xoxo
Pat

kim said...

You did a stupendous job. Just beautiful!

Sarah said...

Very, very nice. I'm normally not a silk flowers fan, but these a very pretty. It "works"!

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Sue!!
How clever you are!! the colours you have chosen are perfect.. compliment each other so nicely and neither are brash!! You should enjoy this everyday not just for it's beauty but clever you made it...!!

PS Thanks for you lovely comment.. you are too sweet! xx Julie

g said...

Oh, this is quite gorgeous!! I love that striped ribbon - very classy.

What a bright, brilliant wreath to get youthrough the doldrums of winter.

dee dee said...

Sue,this is so pretty! I have a blank wreath in my studio...hmmm ... I might have to "create" one too! Although I am positive mine would not be nearly as beautiful as yours! Love it!
Dee Dee

Anonymous said...

Great job, I love it.
Grems

Lyneen said...

Beautiful... I love the colors... THANKS for Stopping by.

jenjen said...

So pretty!!! I love the transformation! I still have my Valentines wreath up - lol!

XOXO
Jen

Torie Jayne said...

Oh wow! That is so beautiful! Have a sweet day!

Shellbelle said...

Beautiful! Appreciate how you showed how to build one of these, step-by-step. Now its waiting for the sun like the rest of us, lol.

Anita@Theycallmejammi said...

Absolutely beautiful wreath. Looks ready for spring and summer and will be a gorgeous standout when displayed.

honeysuckle said...

Your wreath is a much happier one after your added touches! You asked about my shoe polish lamp base. Because the paint on it was flat paint, the shoe polish adhered so fast. It doesn't come off at all when it is touched. Thanks for asking and for visiting me today. Have a wonderful week and Spring will arrive soon (I hope):0

My name means Wisdom said...

This is so pretty! We have a huge wreath just like this that I used to decorate and hang between the windows. I don't have any pretty flowers on hand though, so I will have to go shopping. *jumps up and down*

Patriotic Mom said...

This is a day brightener, very pretty color choices! Joan

Sandra said...

Hi Sue. What a pretty wreath! It looks so vibrant and full of spring. :) You did a great job!
Blessings,
Sandra

Relyn said...

You're good girl. You know that, right?

Anonymous said...

hi...
I love your wreath. Wow! What a difference it makes to view it on your blog spot, instead of the cell phone :) The colors are gorgeous and your bows... i wish we were still neighbors :( Keep up the great work!!!!

(Someone's bff)

koralee said...

Sooooo lovely...I need to get my Spring wreath up too. xoxo

Sonia said...

Beautiful wreath, Sue....Love the color combination!

Gloria said...

Oh my goodness, just found your blog... I LOVE WREATHS! I GO CRAZY over wreaths! You did an OUTSTANDING job on this one! LOVE IT! I am becoming a Follower! :)
Best regards,
Gloria