Friday, October 12, 2012

A 20 Minute Interchangeable Holiday Wreath

This wreath literally took me 20 minutes AND held up in my windy haven of a front porch last night (crazy wind, rain and hail weather)!  So.... I thought I'd quickly share while the baby is asleep (yup he's cute and sweet and lovely and I'll share more about my new bundle of joy very soon).  This wreath is also interchangeable!!!  Woohoo you know how I love that!

What you need:

A Styrofoam wreath base. ( I bought mine from Joann Fabrics for like 3 bucks with a coupon so it was cheaper than using one of those pipe insulator things that young hip folks are using nowadays ;))

4 or 5 different colored sheets of felt

1 yard of burlap

pearl head push pins

What to do:

First I cut strips of burlap about 3-4 inches in width, then wrapped them around the wreath, hot glue-ing the ends of each strip on the back until the styrofoam was completely covered.

Then I cut out 2 different colors of leaves (freehand) and sewed leafy patterns on them.  They are all different but I just used my straight stitch and free handed that as well.

Then I cut out random circles for the flowers.  Most of the flowers just have 3 layered circles.  I then put the flowers on with one pin in the middle per flower.  If you push the pins in really hard it makes the flowers ruffle and pop a little more.  The great thing about this is that nothing is permanent.  You can take the flowers out and mess with them until you get it just right.  Then I added the leaves the same way but I used regular small pins so that you couldn't see the heads. 

Here's the cool part....when the season is over just pop off those pins and felt store them in a plastic bag and start a new wreath using the same base!  I'm thinking felt snow flakes, or holly berries or just flowers and leaves again but in Christmas colors!  I'll post pics of that one too!

Here's how to hang it.  I have issues with my door because it's fiber glass with a wood paint job.  The last time I used a wreath hanger it scratched up my door and when the wind blew in the middle of the night I thought some monster was knocking on my door!  So... I simply hot glue-ed two felt strips on the back of the wreath (make sure they are perfectly parallel)

 And then put some of these command strips on my door.  If you haven't used these before they are great!!  They hold up well and when you're done with them you just pull the little tab at the bottom and they come off without leaving any gunk or taking any paint with them!

We had our windiest night yet last night and this baby held up like a champ.  I love it that I don't have to listen to it banging on my door!


Kristen and Judy said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This is fabulous! Can't wait to make one for the holidays. I recently found your blog, and am enjoying it. Congrats on your new little guy!

Dot said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

okaaaaaaaay Sund! Another fabulous idea of yours that I HAVE to copy. Genius. Just Genius.
And how are you doing this with a newborn?! You continue to amaze me!
Love you!

p.s. Green tootsies :)

Pam from Over the Big Moon said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

LOVE THIS idea! P.S. Your porch decor is beyond cute!!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Love this! I have some extra burlap and now I know what to do with it! :) Thanks

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Hi There! I saw your wreath over at Craft-O-Maniac and I think it is so pretty! The fall colors are some of my favorite and I think this is just simple enough but still has enough color. Very nice! I really enjoyed seeing your blog as well. I am a new follower of yours and cannot wait to see more.

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