Sunday, March 29, 2015

Making a Burlap Wreath

I've had a wire wreath frame hanging in the basement craft area for quite some time.  I had bought one roll of white burlap ribbon 2 1/2" wide a while back on clearance in the fabric section at Wal Mart.  I decided I would use the two items to make a burlap wreath.  I've made several burlap wreaths using wider burlap, but I liked the look of the more narrow ribbon, and the ribbon being wired gives the wreath a much more "finished" appearance.  Of course, I had to purchase more ribbon as one roll only covered about 1/3 of the frame.  It took over 3 rolls to complete the wreath, so I'll be using this one alot.  Generally, I have far less money in the wreaths I make.

I used these items  to make this wreath:

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Begin anywhere on the frame that you wish.  Wrap the end of the ribbon on the innermost wire.  I placed mine near one of the cross wires, and wrapped it around two or three times.  Then flip your wire frame over, twist the ribbon, and pull it through the next opening between wires, keeping the loop the size you want.  I kept mine small.  Repeat by flipping the frame over again, twisting the ribbon, and pulling it through the next opening, again to the size you want the loop.  Continue doing this around the frame, pushing the 3 loops tight before starting the next row of loops.  They don't need to look exactly the same, and should not be "in a row".  

 The loops will look like the ones above.  Pull through from the back of the wreath, so the loops will be on the front.

The back of your wreath will look like this when you are through.

Front of wreath
The flowers are not glued in, just tucked.  That way, I can change as needed.

I hope this is easy to understand, so you can make your own wreath.  If not, there are many tutorials on You Tube with videos of how to make the wreath.  Just go to You Tube and type in "video for making burlap wreath on wire frame".  That should bring up many videos.

 Hanging on the mirror in the family room.



Here it works well with the Easter mantel, and it can easily be changed by switching the color of flowers, placing the flowers singly around the wreath (as shown below), adding a bow, or lots of other options.




Here is one of my burlap wreaths made with the wide ribbon.  You will see how much looser the burlap loops look.

Below is the same burlap wreath, decorated with burlap roses I made.

You can see how versatile these wreaths are.

Which do you like best, the loose weave burlap, or the wired  burlap ribbon?

I hope this has inspired you to make a burlap wreath.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

The Easter Mantel

I kept the Easter mantel very simple this year.  I kept my shutters up (love using them),  added 2 distressed Mason jars with babies breath, faux lillies and carnations. Next I added the old sewing drawer that I painted and distressed long ago, and two sweet bunnies from the Dollar Tree.




I am really getting the mileage out of the shabby mason jars.  They are so much fun to decorate and use.

These paper roses are from the $1.50 bin at Michaels.  Six of these in pastel colors are on each card. 


Love this little girl bunny.  She's all decked out in her Easter bonnet.



I like the light, airy look of the Easter mantel.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Easter in the House

Easter décor is out in our home. I'm using mostly items I have used before.  I do have a couple of new additions though,
like this sweet little sheep.



I found the larger sheep, and the butter dish the same time I bought the table for the powder room, here.



 I spray painted this 2 tiered basket green.  It was originally black.

 Little bunny in a cloche.

This pink rabbit came from Wal Mart.



Love these two little bunnies.


This wreath (above) is an old one that I removed everything from, and hot glued plastic eggs and a peat flower pot on and added some pastel curly ribbon.  I am happy with how it turned out, and it cost nothing as I already had everything.


I found this butterfly shaped sign at the DT.

Wal Mart has some of the prettiest speckled eggs this year.  Here are some in this wooden box. 


Tweaked the display on this table.

Here, I placed the distressed mason jars in a rack from an old canner which I spray painted white.  They remind me of the colors of Easter eggs.


Have you decorated for Easter?

It's less than 2 weeks away.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Temporary Spring Mantel

After the wedding, I decided to use some of the shabby jars I had made for rehearsal dinner, to decorate the mantel for spring.

I used flowers left from the rehearsal dinner and the wedding tables, to fill the jars.




Pink roses and pink & white carnations, with babies breath.  So delicate.


Once the flowers are spent, I will decorate the mantel for Easter.