Project Failure Turned Success – Spring Wreath

As mentioned before, I have spring fever. Coupled with insomnia and baby anxiety it’s a recipe for either productivity or sheer exhaustion. Last night productivity won – again! Sheer exhaustion wins about half the time too but you don’t hear much about that because I’m asleep at 9!

We are in the process of cleaning out the attic so our playroom soon-to-be nursery is a temporary storage facility. I’m not able to get that set up until we clean it out so my focus is on spring cleaning and crafts.

The last couple of weekend’s I’ve been working on wreaths for the front door. Typically, I’m not a wreath person, at least not in the traditional sense of big artificial flowers with a lofty price tag, but I found saw the ‘wreath’ below in a Michael’s tutorial and wanted to give it a shot.

Well, it failed with a big fat F. I wish I’d taken pictures so you could see how bad. My monogram was unrecognizable and I didn’t even finish it because it was going to take way to many flowers and be more expensive than I desired.

The second ‘wreath’ I attempted, I was really excited about {inspiration below}.

Via Delia Creates

I started this on Saturday using cheerful colors and after an hour, I’d only completed 5 flowers and I needed 15-20 more. As much as I hated to, I called this one quits too because I didn’t want to spend my few free weekend hours frustrated making fabric flowers.

Well, somehow I stumbled on this wreath by Made in a Day and just LOVED the bright and cheery colors.

I thought it was a great inspirational piece for my front porch makeover. I stopped by Michael’s on the way home and after everyone was asleep I whipped this together in about 30 minutes for less than $20! The good news is I was able to reuse some of the materials from my two failed projects.

Materials:

  • Straw Wreath (I used an 18 inch wreath)
  • Burlap
  • Artificial Flowers of your choice
  • Hot Glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Monogram Letter

Instructions:

Wrap the wreath with burlap.

Remove the stems from the flower. Play with the placement of the flowers and once you have decided how you want to place the flowers hot glue them to the wreath.

While my flowers are the same color as my inspiration, they are not the same types of flowers. I worked with what I could find at Michael’s and I incorporated the DIY flowers from my previous project failure. I wanted the turquoise flower to be my ‘main’ flower, but I didn’t want to have all daisies so I selected a larger, brighter yellow flower and made it my core flower. I made a last minute change and put a yellow fabric flower on top.

The last step was to hang the letter with a piece of ribbon. I’m still undecided on the letter. It’s something I had on hand from my Fall Mantel and I think it’s a little to white. I’m considering covering it with moss or yarn or paint but I didn’t want to wait to until I figured that out to hang it.

Links to the flower tutorials: light blue fabric flower, green/ivory fabric flower, orange felt flower.

I just love the colors!! Are you a fan of wreaths? Do you have one to share? If your looking for spring wreath inspirations, visit Southern Hospitality’s Spring Wreath Link Party or see Tatertots and Jello’s Spring Wreath Ideas.

 

Linking to: I Heart Naptime; Made in a Day
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