During the planning of my sister-in-law's baby shower (read more about that here), I discovered a new technique for decorating wreaths. I have had this Styrofoam wreath for about 2 years. I think I found it at a Good Will. I've only used it ONCE, that was last year when I stapled on silk leaves (another GW find). That was a complete fail. The staples were too short to keep the leaves attached to the wreath.
I found this technique at Infarrantly Creative with straight pins and thought I'd give it a try.
Step 1: Wrap the wreath form in yarn. Beckie says it took her 3 hours to do two of these wreaths. It took me three weeks to do ONE! In between laundry, meetings and let's face it - naps, I finally completed wrapping the wreath! It was very awkward to do and I tangled the yarn on multiple occasions, but in the end it was a simple task. As you can see, the Styrofoam shows through in some areas. That didn't bother me because I knew I would be covering up those parts. I could see how that would bother a perfectionist. But my new mantra from Lara Casey is "Done. Not perfect".
Step 2: Attach your decorations with straight pins. For some reason I bought white glass head straight pins. I should have just bought silver straight pins with no heads. The white heads were an eye sore on my first attempt at this application. I quickly realized I would need to layer the leaves so that the pins hid behind a neighboring leaf.
Step 3: Add ribbon and enjoy!
You can see I didn't put leaves on the sides of the wreath because it hangs on my front door between a wooden door and a glass door. You can't see the sides behind our glass door. And again, I'm not striving for perfection here, so that didn't bother me.
p.s. Do you like the editing and logos on each picture? It didn't take as long as I thought it would. Got it done, not perfect!
p.p.s. I am considering a logo for my blog so I can start advertising on other blogs...stay tuned. I might ask you to vote for your favorite.
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