The Evolution of a Wreath

I’ve made a lot of wreaths, but one I made recently for my new sitting room might just be my favorite ever. I captured a SnapChat story of the process, and it seemed like a fun thing to share here on the blog, too.

Step one:

Wreath Evolution at BetweenWeekdays.com

Step Two:

Wreath Evolution at BetweenWeekdays.com

Step Three:

Wreath Evolution at BetweenWeekdays.com

All of the flowers came from a local trash to treasure sale a few months back. They were all together in a vase, and they just didn’t look appealing in their current state. However, the flowers themselves were great quality and very pretty, so I knew I’d find a use for them. I just kept adding flowers to my wreath form until I liked the way it looked, and then I wrapped the rest of the form with some burlap ribbon I had on hand. All in all, this was a great way to repurpose faux florals, and I love the way the new wreath looks in my sitting room.

(Linking up to TDC.)

Top 10 Most Pinned Posts

We are having a dreary, rainy day here in Tennessee, so naturally I’ve been wasting time on Pinterest. During a search for a housewarming gift, a project of mine popped up (See number 9 below)! This exciting find led me on a hunt to find my post popular posts on Pinterest.

1. Three Easy Kabob Recipes

Grilled Chicken Pineapple Kabobs at BetweenWeekdays.com

2. How to Can Spaghetti Sauce (Recipe Included!)

How to Can Spaghetti Sauce from BetweenWeekdays.com

3. Red Front Door

Red Front Door at BetweenWeekdays.com

4. Crafting a Hot Pink and Zebra Baby Shower Corsage

DIY Corsage at BetweenWeekdays.com

5. My Favorite Taco Seasoning Spice Blend

SpiceIngredients

6. Pinterest-Inspired Baby Shower Projects

Pinterest inspired baby shower projects at BetweenWeekdays.com

7. How to Make a Tutu Wreath

How to make a Tutu Wreath at BetweenWeekdays.com

8. DIY Paint Chip Art

DIY Paint Chip Art from BetweenWeekdays.com

9. DIY Keepsake Art

DIY Keepsake Art at BetweenWeekdays.com

10. How to Make a Clothespin Photo Wreath for the Laundry Room

DIY Clothespin Wreath at BetweenWeekdays.com

Honorable Mention:

Easy Strawberry Shortcake Trifle Recipe

Strawberry Shortcake Trifle Recipe at BetweenWeekdays.com

How to Make a Clothespin Photo Wreath for the Laundry Room

My laundry room is about 50 percent complete. We painted, bought a new washer and dryer, added some temporary storage, hung some art and called it done for now. Well, “done for now” is driving me crazy. As it turns out, I don’t like unfinished projects. So, I decided to tackle something I’ve had on the list for awhile: making the space more personal.

I toyed around with a lot of different ideas for making the space feel more like me. I knew I wanted to be able to add photos at random. At first, I considered a memo board, but I’ve been there, done that. Then, I thought about adding cork with push pins. But that didn’t seem like me. I thought about hanging a ribbon and pinning photos to that, but that seems like kitten bait.

One day I woke up and knew exactly what I was going to do. It was a true moment of clarity. I decided to make a clothespin wreath that could look pretty on its own, but also hold photos of friends and family. I know, it’s probably not a very original thought, but I’m in love with the final product.

DIY Clothespin Wreath at BetweenWeekdays.com

Here’s how I did it:

Supplies:

Clothespin Wreath Supplies from BetweenWeekdays.com

Clothespins (purchased at the Dollar Tree)
14″ Wire Wreath Form
Ribbon
Hot Glue

Happily, I had everything but the clothespins on hand, so this project cost me a grand total of $2.

Instructions:

1. Decide on a placement. I decided I wanted all but a few of my clothespins facing out in order to maximize the number of photographs that could be displayed. At the very top of my wreath, there are four clothespins that face inward so a photo or two can be located inside the wreath.

Clothespin Wreath Placement from BetweenWeekdays.com

 

2. Glue all of your clothespins into place. I found it best to place a line of glue on the highest two bars of the wreath from and then lay down the pins before the glue dried.

Gluing Clothespins at BetweenWeekdays.com

3. If you want, add some decorative elements to your wreath. I decided to make some ribbon rosettes following this tutorial. The wreath looked pretty enough on its own, but I think the addition of the ribbon rosettes are a pretty, final touch.

4. Add a ribbon to the top of your wreath for hanging purposes. I added a simple bow to the top, but a loop of ribbon would also look great.

5. Add photos and enjoy!

DIY Clothespin Wreath Tutorial at BetweenWeekdays.com

Our laundry room may still have a long way to go, but at least I’m feeling a little better about its appearance. This $2, 20-minute project goes a long way in making the laundry room a happier place to be. For now, I’ll be arranging and rearranging different photos on my new wreath!

I’m linking up to Thrifty Decor Chick.

Baby Shower Decor: How To Make A Tutu Wreath

I know tutu wreaths are nothing new in the blogosphere, but I still think they’re pretty cute. When I first started thinking about baby shower decor I knew I wanted some sort of wreath I could hang at my house for the shower that could then go home for the baby’s nursery, which is decorated in hot pink and zebra. A tutu wreath seemed like a perfect fit.

Between Weekdays: TuTu Wreath

Supplies:

Straw Wreath Form
Felt
Straight Pins
Tulle (I used 86 yards)

How to:

1. Cover the wreath form with felt. I like to cut the felt in strips and then wrap it around the form securing the pieces with straight pins. Be sure to cut the felt narrow enough so that it doesn’t bunch as you go around the wreath form.

2. Cut the tulle to size. I used a piece of a cardboard box to ensure all of my pieces were the same. I simply wrapped the tulle around the cardboard and then cut one end of it. This ensured all of the tulle strips were the same size, which happened to be double the length of cardboard since I only made one cut.

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3. After I had all of my pieces cut to size, I began adding them to my wreath form. I found that the simplest way to accomplish this was by finding the middle of the strip of tulle, folding it around the wreath form, then pulling the ends through tight and tying a knot to hold it in place. It sounds more complicated than it actually is.

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4. After you finish with one color, alternate to your next color. I chose to use two colors, but you could certainly use more or only one. Totally up to you. I decided to not try to keep all the bands of color the same exact length, but to, instead, make a somewhat random pattern. If you want to keep the bands of color the same, I would recommend using a ruler rather than counting knots. I found that nine knots in pink didn’t match nine knots in black, and even my next set of nine pink knots didn’t match the first. I like random.

WreathProgression

5. Finally, you’ll end up with a completely-covered wreath form! I decided to crinkle the tulle up a bit to make it look more like a little girl’s tutu, but you could totally straighten them out for longer tulle strips.

Between Weekdays: TuTu Wreath

I’m making a lot of progress on my baby shower to-do list! Here’s my progress so far:

  • Finish decorating, renovating, painting, unpacking, etc. our house. This is a priority No.1. Not all of the rooms have to be perfect, but the main areas of the house need to be presentable.
  • Plan a menu — See here.
  • Coordinate pet sitters for the day of.
  • Craft a corsage for the guest of honor.
  • Buy paper platescupsutensilsnapkins.
  • Purchase food. Ask mother-in-law to help.
  • Purchase balloons for outdoor decor and to alert friends and family where we live since this will be the first time most people have been to our house.
  • Rent or DIY table linens.
  • Rent/borrow extra tables.
  • Rent/Purchase ice bucket and scoop. Don’t forget to buy ice on the day of the shower!
  • DIY/Purchase decor. I’ve got some cute ideas! This is very nearly done.
  • Do I have enough serving dishes for food? Rent/borrow/purchase extras, if needed.
  • Order invitations. Ask grandparents to address and mail out.
  • Plan and coordinate games. I don’t want to do the typical baby shower games, so I’m thinking door prizes instead.
  • Purchase favors. This is done! I bought these cuties and can’t wait for them to arrive.
  • Decorate favor display stand.

Want to read more posts about the baby shower? Click any link below to read more!

Baby Shower Gifts

A Baby Shower Menu

Drop-In Baby Shower Games

Pretty in Pink [and zebra] Baby Shower

Baby Shower Entertainment for a 5 Year Old (I Hope)

Baby Shower: T-Minus 11 Days

Baby Shower Decor: How To Make A Tutu Wreath

Crafting a Hot Pink and Zebra Baby Shower Corsage

Getting the House Ready

Planning a Baby Shower

I’m linking up to TDC’s Before and After Party and to Creatively Tuesday. Join me!

Gemstone Wreath Re-Imagined

I fell in love with Centsational Girl’s Gemstone wreath awhile back. (Click here to see Centsational Girl’s version.) Last year, I decided to make this gorgeous wreath. Unfortunately, this project wasn’t as easy as I had hoped it would be.

Centsational Girl’s Wreath

First I bought all of my supplies: styrofoam wreath form, spray paint, glass marble gemstones and ribbon.

I began by spray-painting my Styrofoam wreath form a lovely, fall orange color. Then, in a surprising turn of events, the paint proceeded to eat the Styrofoam. Who knew spray paint would literally eat away at Styrofoam? Not this girl.

After Googling around a bit, I learned I needed to seal the Styrofoam before painting. So, I got my trusty Mod Podge and sealed the partially eaten Styrofoam. Luckily, I had only spray painted the back of the wreath form, so I didn’t have to purchase a new one.

After the Mod Podge dried, I was able to successfully spray paint my wreath. Score!

Spray Paint the Wreath After Sealing

(Let’s pretend the spray paint in the above photo is orange. K?)

Then, it was as simple as hot gluing the marble gemstones on the wreath.

Glue the Gemstones on the Wreath Form

I’ll admit this took a bit longer than anticipated, but totally easy. Especially if you’re watching TV.

Keep Gluing Gemstones on Wreath Form

Just like that my wreath was done.

It wasn’t until I tried to pick the wreath up that I noticed it weighed about 20 pounds. (I may be exaggerating the weight a bit, but it was HEAVY.) I trudged on and tested it on my wreath hanger on the door.

Gem Stone Wreath

“This could work,” I foolishly thought to myself. The husband wholeheartedly disagreed and said it would not work, but I persevered.

I had made this wreath for my ladies-only brunch last year. So, the night before the brunch, I hung the wreath on the door, said a little prayer and went to bed.

The next morning, I found my wreath in a million pieces all over the floor. My lovely, fall-inspired wreath didn’t make it. The husband was right again.

Did I let this deter me from making another wreath? Of course not.

In November, I made my mother a wreath like this for her birthday and cautioned her to absolutely not, not matter how sturdy you think your wreath hanger is, hang this on your door. This wreath is meant to simply look pretty leaning against something.

She appreciated the beauty of the wreath, but without a designated place to lean the wreath, it ended up on the floor leaning against a wall for the Christmas season. Not exactly what I had pictured. But, did I let that stop me from making another of these beauties? Of course not. In fact, I attempted another one this week.

However, I’m not calling it a wreath anymore. I’m calling it a centerpiece. Or a candle holder. Or a centerpiece candle holder. Or a tabletop wreath. You get the idea. Basically, I’ve re-imagined the concept of the gemstone wreath.

Re-Imaging the Vertical

This smaller version would look lovely on a table as a centerpiece or candle holder. I want to put a mirror under it and then put a candle inside. I see about a million possibilities for these smaller beauties, and I can’t wait to experiment with more colors and decorations.

And you better believe I’ll be experimenting with this “wreath” for my ladies-only brunch again this year. This time, though, I think I’ll take the vertical concept of this wreath and apply it to the horizontal. I’ll be sure to keep you posted!

Weekend Recap: Rag Wreath

I finally jumped on board and made a rag wreath this weekend. These have been all over the blogosphere for quite awhile, so I’m surprised it’s taken me this long to get on board. I created this rag wreath for the upcoming college football season and in honor of my Alma Mater. Go Vols!

This is a super simple craft any beginner can complete in an afternoon.

Materials:

  • Fabric (I used about 3 yards total, but you could use more or less depending on how full you want your wreath.)
  • Wire Wreath Form
  • Rotary Cutter or Scissors

I bought two different University of Tennessee patterned fabrics and cut each of those to the same size using the width of my ruler as a guideline. I used a half a yard of each of these fabrics.

Then, I cut those long strips of fabric in half to create smaller fabric strips.

From there, it was as simple as tying the strips of fabric on the wreath form.

After I added all of the patterned fabric, I felt like the wreath was missing that orange color the Vols are known for. We do bleed orange, after all. I used about a yard of the solid orange fabric.

This time, though, I cut the fabric differently. Instead of perfectly proportioned strips of fabric, this fabric was cut to various lengths and widths.

Once the orange fabric strips were tied on the wreath form, it was done!

What do you think? Go Vols!

I’m linking up to Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch.

Also linking up Debbiedoo’s. If you’re a newbie blogger, link up too!

Kitchen Lemon Wreath

On of my favorite wreaths is my kitchen lemon wreath. Hands down. Fave. Ever…. For now.

(Sorry for the poor picture quality. Hi, Shadow!)

This wreath is so so simple to make. I don’t have photos of each step, but I thought I’d do a breakdown anyway.

First, you’ll want to gather your supplies:

Grapevine Wreath
Faux Lemon
Wood Letters
Craft Paint
Embellishments (I’ve used two bumblebees and a butterfly)
Hot Glue

Next, you’ll want to paint your letters with the craft paint. I purchased my craft paint and letters at Joann’s. Be sure to paint both sides, because you’ll be able to see the backs of the letters from certain angles. I chose a light green color for my paint, but you could use yellow or another color used in your kitchen.

Then, lay out your lemons on your wreath where you think you’ll want them. I spaced mine in groups of threes, but this is totally up to you and what you like! I also left the leaves with the lemons, as I thought this gave the wreath a more organic feel. Also, place your letters and embellishments where you think you’ll want those.

The very last thing you do is secure your lemons, letters and embellishments. My lemons came from Michael’s and were held together like a bouquet. I cut them apart and pushed them into the wreath form. If your lemons are separate, just hot glue them into place. I used a couple strategic dots of glue to help secure some of my lemons. Attach you letters where you think they look best with hot glue. Then add your embellishments. If you’re using this wreath outside instead of indoors, firmly secure all elements with glue. I could totally see this wreath being adapted for a front door. Wouldn’t it be sweet if the letters spelled out “SPRING?”

That’s it! You now have a lovely kitchen wreath to hang.

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