Seasonal Wreaths

Updated May 2018: For my final ‘quarterly’ wreath, I’ve made something to take my door from Memorial Day to Labor day. These are probably two of my top holidays, as I love how they bookend the summer. Also, it probably helps that the hubs’ birthday is right by Memorial Day and mine is right by Labor Day, so those are also a nice way to kick off and then finish a great summer.

My theme is red, white and blue (Americana, if you will). Most of my supplies were Dollar Tree acquisitions (the red/white/blue stars, the ribbon at the bottom, the silver star garland). Come to think of it, the wreath was the only thing I didn’t get there. Anyway, as always, I laid out the wreath first and then we back through to glue everything in place. Here’s the final product:

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Update March 2018: I hate overly long blog posts where there is endless scrolling, pictures and ads. So, I’ll be brief. If you haven’t read the below, I’m a (relatively) new homeowner and have decided I want to be a ‘door wreath person.’ To minimize the number of wreaths I need to store year round, I’ve identified 4 types of wreaths that will get me through all the seasons and holidays in a somewhat neutral way.

You can see my Fall and Winter wreaths below. Today Spring has sprung and I’m excited to share my March/April/early May Spring/Easter wreath. To start, I selected an oval shaped grapevine wreath. I was tickled to find this at Joann Fabrics as I thought it would lend well to the season and holiday.

I knew I wanted to go with pastels for the color scheme. I found the cat tails and green balls at the Dollar Tree, which is what ultimately led to me choosing a yellow base flower and white accents and finishing it off with a pale blue ribbon. Don’t be afraid to mix and match types and styles. Let’s be serious – if someone walks up to your door and thinks ‘This wreath is a real mashup of flowers from different terrains and seasons.” you probably shouldn’t worry too much about what they think. Clearly they don’t understand creative liberty.

Anyhow, here is the wreath. With all of my projects, I start by laying out my materials and staging the craft. I then like to take a photo of the final product before I pull it apart to build it. The left is my staging (sans ribbon) and the right is the wreath in action!

 

Original Post: I was never a fan of door wreaths – I think it’s because my mom never had them on our front door growing up, so I just always thought they were unnecessary (similarly to yard flags). Anyhow, now that I’m a homeowner, I decided to make 4 wreaths to hang year round:

  1. Fall (mid-September through end of November) – see below for my Fall wreath
  2. Winter / Christmas (December through mid-March) – see below for my Winter wreath, along with two other examples, one of which is more ‘Christmas’ than ‘Winter’ if you like a wreath for every holiday
  3. Spring (mid-March through mid-May) – to be created; I’m envisioning something that feels like Spring / Easter with pastels and some light-hearted decorations
  4. Summer / USA (mid-May through mid- September) – to be created; this wreath will be red, white and blue to honor the summer holidays of Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day

When creating any type of wreath, I would highly encourage to follow the below steps:

  • Figure out the ‘top’ of the wreath – place the bare wreath on your hanger (try Command Strips Wreath Hanger) and see how it naturally lays. Mark the top of the wreath so you know where to place your decorations in line with the way the wreath falls.
  • Lay your wreath on a flat surface and start the design process. Don’t get frustrated and try things in different places. I also find it helps to look at other wreaths on Pinterest to get an idea of how to lay it out. Make sure it feels balanced on both sides / top and bottom.
  • Start at the base of your decor and built up. It’s always easier to glue something on top than to try to dig down layers and glue something underneath something else. I would recommend hot glue for wreaths – it does a nice job of sticking to anything and is good at dripping in between the twigs of the wreath to create a strong bond.
  • Don’t overthink it! Sometimes, when I spend too much time staring at a project, I have to walk away because I start to obsess over the most ridiculous things. Take the time to make it right, but don’t go overboard. Otherwise, you could end up screwing up a really good thing!

For my Fall wreath, I started with a 12″ grapevine wreath. I used a big flower from Joann Fabrics (the cream), along with some little glittery pumpkins and spirals and fall colored ribbon I picked up on their Halloween clearance (which, oddly enough, was available BEFORE Halloween). I also snagged a bag of pine cones, which pulled double duty between my Fall and Winter wreaths. Finally, I purchased a wooden S (for my last name….I’ll never tell!), also from Joann Fabrics, and then used some glittery leaves I had left over from another project (these were from the Dollar Tree, my main spot).

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For my Winter / Christmas wreath (far left), I again started with a 12″ grapevine wreath and used some fluffy ball decorations and a hanging snowflake ornament from Dollar Tree. The rest flowers and silver balls are also Dollar Tree scores. The pine cones were leftover from my Fall wreath and the green leaves / brush came alongside the flowers I purchased. All in all, this wreath probably cost $10 tops. The middle and far right wreaths are products of my niece, who seems to have been bitten by the same creative bug as me. You’ll see more of her work popping up across the site soon. For the middle wreath, she kept it more simplistic and classic with a grapevine wreath base pre-built with tree brush and pine cones. She added a pretty, plaid ribbon, some small red berry picks, red flowers and a hand-painted white ‘K’ to round it out. The far left wreath, much more ‘Christmas’ than ‘Winter’ was a gift she made for her grandmother and is made entirely out of ribbons and various red and green picks. She used a foam circular base to build the fun ribbon creation.

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Check out the featured image for a easy, space saving way to store your extra wreaths when they aren’t adorning your door!

Brown Paper Packages: Tied Up With String

Christmas 2016, although technically my 2nd Christmas in our new home, was the first year I actually decorated and set out presents (we moved in 4 days before Christmas in 2015). Normally, I buy some cute / festive wrapping paper and just pick out a few patterns or designs that I like and go for it. This year, I decided to do something a little bit different. If you’ve read my post about Thanksgiving crafts, you’ve learned about my giant and mysterious roll of brown paper that I found in the attic of my old house. I used that same role for ALL of my Christmas gifts (and still have a huge amount of paper left – it’s crazy). Since this was my first year decorating, I wanted to have stylized wrapping for the gifts under my tree. And, since we have four kitties who LOVE to eat curling ribbon, I am a bit restricted in what I can put on gifts that I’m going to set out. Therefore, due to a combination of factors, I landed on the below wrapping design this year:

Materials:

  • Plain paper (you don’t have to use brown-¬†you could use any matte paper color you find – so long as you can find a complimentary ink color, of course!)
  • Stamp ink – I used a combination of red, green and black (I bought a multi-pack with these colors)
  • Letter Stamps – I got a great deal on my set by using a 40% off one item coupon
  • Ribbon – I used a variety of designs with the same general color scheme; see below for my thoughts on the best size/type to use

As I’ve said before, I find the most effective way of doing things to be the batch assembly (unless you have others involved and then the assembly line is my preference). So, to start, I would pick a group of gifts I wanted to wrap, go through and wrap them all in brown paper, and then choose what ribbon to use for each. Each ribbon has a coordinated stamp color that I liked to use, so I would batch the same type of ribbon and color of ink to avoid having to clean the stamps a bunch. In selecting ribbon, I found the following things to be true:

  1. 1/2″ thick satiny ribbon is probably the best, even with designs on it. It’s easy to tie and make pretty bows with. You will need to spend a little bit of time to get the bows right, but once you do, they’ll stay in place really well, which is helpful when you need to transport gifts to other places
  2. Glittery ribbon is a pain in the butt. You won’t see this in any of my photos because it was the hardest to work with and get it to look good. I would not buy this ribbon again for future projects.
  3. Really thick (2-3″) wired ribbon can also be a great choice, but use for smaller gifts because it takes a lot of ribbon and it can be more expensive than other thinner ribbons

I hope you’ll give this design a try!

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