For years I’ve had a goal of having a wreath for our door for every season. About twelve years ago I made one for Thanksgiving and that’s as far as I made it with that goal. Well, about a month ago I made one for Canada Day, and today I made one for the summer.
I had fun making this wreath today. It’s fairly simple, but I took pictures of the process in case you want to duplicate it. The original idea came from here. However, I made quite a few of my own tweaks.
I’ve been looking for a Styrofoam wreath for a couple of weeks. Finally I decided I would have to make the base. I recently found out that my second son has been saving up toilet paper tube and has quite a stash so I asked if I could have a few. I started squeezing and twisting them together until I had a reasonable circle shape. I figured it didn’t have to be perfect since it’s not going to be seen much.
Next I needed to cover it with some fabric so that the parts that peek out here and there don’t look like a toilet paper tube. I went with a darker gray because of the colours in the paper that I had chosen. I cut the fabric into two inch strips using my pinking shears rotary cutting blade and started twisting it around the frame hot gluing the ends down.
Then I set to work making pinwheels. It would have been nicer if I had some double-sided paper, but I used what I had. I made one pinwheel from a ten by ten piece of paper and ten pinwheels from five by five papers. Then I glued a button in the middle of each – I love using buttons to decorate with.
Next it was just a matter of playing around with how I wanted to arrange them on the wreath. I hot glued them in place and added some ribbon for hanging it on the door.
Nice but it felt unfinished. So I went to the computer and designed a flower in my Creative Memories programme and put a verse on it. I printed it on scrapbook paper and made a stem and leaf. I attached it to the wreath – just what it needed.
What do you think? Do you decorate your front door?
Jennifer is the happily married wife of a pastor and the somewhat-tired-but-oh-so happy mum to eight beautiful children. She loves to try new healthy recipes, sew, read to her children, garden and play the piano.
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