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Summer Craft Project: Sunflower Wreath

Summer Wreath Project: Sunflower

This is a design of my own that I came up with a few years back and have made every other year or so since. It is a really pretty wreath when finished and it brightens up any room. It doesn’t involve a lot of expensive ingredients and all of it is easy to find in craft stores and even Wal-Mart. Cheer up the sunroom this year with this lovely wreath.

What you will need:

Large Eucalyptus Leaves
Yarrow
Lemon Leaves
Floral Wire
Wire Wreath Base (the larger the better!)
Cattails or Bottlebrush Anthers
Spanish Moss
Floral Picks
Floral Glue

Simple Instructions:

Using floral glue or hot glue gun, grab handfuls of the Spanish Moss and attach it to the wire frame with the glue. Bunch it so that it does not stick out of the sides or straggle. Also pad it down (taking out extra if need be) to make it lay flat and not be “bumpy”. Wire it in if need be to make it lay flat. But also make sure it is thick and covers the wire frame completely. I have found that wrapping the bunches of moss and the wire frame over with the floral wire helps to make it even and tight.

Next, sort out the large Eucalyptus Leaves and bunch them together in a group of 4 of 5. Wire them together and then tack them to the wire frame. Tack bunches closely together all around the frame so that it covers the frame. Allow the leaves to point in different directions to give the wreath a full and fluffy look.

Group together the anthers in bunches of 5 and wire together as a group. Tie in two groups of 5 anthers on each side of the wreath, measuring on average 1/4 length from the top and the bottom of the wreath sides. Make them even to the eye. You should have two bunches of anthers on each side. See photo for clarity.

Plug in the large Yarrow heads at the very top and very bottom of the wreath. Make sure they are balanced and then wire them in. Push Lemon leaves in behind the Yarrow all the way around to make them look like Sunflowers. Glue them in with the glue gun or floral glue or use the floral picks.

The finished wreath smells fantastic and looks gorgeous when fresh. It dries gracefully as well, I have one that is several years old that is still hanging. This wreath loses its smell about every 2 years so it’s a good idea to make a new one every so often. Have fun!

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Spring Wreath Project: Birdsnest Wreath

This is a very simple, easy to make project that I created for Spring. I make this wreath up in a day and it brightens the wall until September, when it starts to brown a bit and look crispy. But it is cheap enough and easy enough to be made up every March or April. And it’s pretty enough to duplicate every year.


Wreath Materials:

8″ Grapevine Wreath

1 Bag of Natural German Statice

1 Bunch of Dried Yellow Wheat

1 Bunch of Natural Dried Strawflowers

1 Bunch of Dried Bunny Tails

1 Pkg of Wooden Birds w/ Feathers

1 Small Wooden Nest

1 Pkg Medium Floral Wire

Small Pkg of Floral Picks

Method:

Although it might be easier and faster to use a glue gun on a Wreath project like this, I don’t recommend it. I think it’s thrifty and wise to use picks so that you can just remove the dried stuff in a year, pull out the picks, buy new Dried Flowers and reuse the Wreath Base and the picks. If you don’t care about thrifty, just use a glue gun and toss the whole thing when the season ends. That’s your call.

Use an 8″ Wreath so that it’s really fluffy and full. A larger Wreath base spreads out the Statice and Wheat too much and makes it seem scrawnier. And a Wire Wreath base just doesn’t work at all. So take my advice and get an 8″ Grapevine Wreath.

As far as colors go, this wreath works best with natural colors. Strawflowers in natural, yellow, deep red and white work the very best. Birds should be natural beige or yellow. Light colors of Wheat blend perfectly and make the color scheme come together beautifully and resonate a lovely Spring “feel”.

Making the Wreath is really easy. Bunch the Wheat in small handfuls and tie with the picks and wire. Trim the ends of the Statice to a smooth tip and simply slip them into the twisted vines of the wreath. Make sure you push them in deep enough to remain firmly in place. Don’t skimp on the Statice. It’s cheap and it makes the Wreath really full and plush. Once the Statice is full around the Wreath, then you can pick in the Wheat bunches until it seems like the Wreath is really full.

Bunch up the Bunny Tails and wire them together in small handfuls. Push them in on top of the Statice in places between the Wheat. Shove them in firmly and use enough to fill in every single gap. The Wreath will look really full. It isn’t done until it looks fluffy and full.

Once it’s full and fluffy, wire in one bird along one outer side of the Wreath. Go to the center bottom of the Wreath, where you like the way it looks when it’s hung. Wire in the nest there at the dead center of the bottom inside. A few inches away, wire in the second bird. Refer to the photo for an idea of how I did it.

Your Wreath is done and really for a nice place on your wall! It won’t smell much but it’s really cute and it’s makes everybody who sees it think of Spring!

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May All Your Christmases be Green!

It’s almost that time of year again and this year is going to be hard. With the economy on a downward spiral, many of us out of work and the cost of goods rising daily, it does not seem to be a joyful time of year. But there are good ideas on how to get useful stuff for friends and family, keeping it green and save money at the same time. In fact, going green saves money no matter how you look at it. It’s our overly commercial, plasticized and technology driven lifestyle that costs a lot to maintain and robs the planet at the same time.

So let’s see if going green is feasible and affordable. I have done a previous post on how to give green gifts that will help you with the gifting choices. But a lot more goes into Christmas than just the presents. There is, of course, the tree and the decorations that go on it. There is the packaging for all those gifts; a pile of plastic store packages wrapped in gift wrap, all of which gets torn to shreds and tossed in the trash. Ouch. According to an article I saw on Associated Content, over 4.4 million tons of holiday gift wrap, shopping bags, and holiday catalogs are sent straight to the landfills each year. And then to all of this you have to add the gas you spend scooting through bumper to bumper traffic from store to store and mall to mall, searching for the right item at the right price. And don’t forget the extraneous stuff like the extra electricity it takes to power all those decorations, especially Rudolph and the Elves on the front lawn surrounded by 400 feet of flashing colored lights. So how do you stop spending and wasting? How do you do the planet the favor and go green? Here are some ideas.

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Spring Wreath Project

Birdnest Wreath

This is a very simple, easy to make project that I created for Spring. I make this wreath up in a day and it brightens the wall until September, when it starts to brown a bit and look crispy. But it is cheap enough and easy enough to be made up every March or April. And it’s pretty enough to duplicate every year.

Wreath Materials:

8″ Grapevine Wreath

1 Bag of Natural German Statice

1 Bunch of Dried Yellow Wheat

1 Bunch of Natural Dried Strawflowers

1 Bunch of Dried Bunny Tails

1 Pkg of Wooden Birds w/ Feathers

1 Small Wooden Nest

1 Pkg Medium Floral Wire

Small Pkg of Floral Picks

HOW TO INSTRUCTIONS:

Although it might be easier and faster to use a glue gun on a Wreath project like this, I don’t recommend it. I think it’s thrifty and wise to use picks so that you can just remove the dried stuff in a year, pull out the picks, buy new Dried Flowers and reuse the Wreath Base and the picks. If you don’t care about thrifty, just use a glue gun and toss the whole thing when the season ends. That’s your call.

Use an 8″ Wreath so that it’s really fluffy and full. A larger Wreath base spreads out the Statice and Wheat too much and makes it seem scrawnier. And a Wire Wreath base just doesn’t work at all. So take my advice and get an 8″ Grapevine Wreath.

As far as colors go, this wreath works best with natural colors. Strawflowers in natural, yellow, deep red and white work the very best. Birds should be natural beige or yellow. Light colors of Wheat blend perfectly and make the color scheme come together beautifully and resonate a lovely Spring “feel”.

Making the Wreath is really easy. Bunch the Wheat in small handfuls and tie with the picks and wire. Trim the ends of the Statice to a smooth tip and simply slip them into the twisted vines of the wreath. Make sure you push them in deep enough to remain firmly in place. Don’t skimp on the Statice. It’s cheap and it makes the Wreath really full and plush. Once the Statice is full around the Wreath, then you can pick in the Wheat bunches until it seems like the Wreath is really full.

Bunch up the Bunny Tails and wire them together in small handfuls. Push them in on top of the Statice in places between the Wheat. Shove them in firmly and use enough to fill in every single gap. The Wreath will look really full. It isn’t done until it looks fluffy and full.

Once it’s full and fluffy, wire in one bird along one outer side of the Wreath. Go to the center bottom of the Wreath, where you like the way it looks when it’s hung. Wire in the nest there at the dead center of the bottom inside. A few inches away, wire in the second bird. Refer to the photo for an idea of how I did it.

Your Wreath is done and really for a nice place on your wall! It won’t smell much but it’s really cute and it’s makes everybody who sees it think of Spring!


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DIY: How To Make a Herb Wreath

How To Make Your Own Gorgeous Eucalyptus Wreath!

This is one of my special DIY Projects. It is the perfect time of year to make and display a beautiful Eucalyptus and Flower Wreath. The gorgeous scent of fresh Eucalyptus combined with the color of dried flowers makes for a relaxing and warm addition to any cozy winter home. So get ready to go shopping at the Craft store or online at many popular suppliers to put together your fun new project!

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