Nothing says a warm welcome like a wreath on the front door. Or even as décor in the house. It adds texture and interest. So for this month’s Monthly Crafty Destash project, I decided to unbury the grape vine wreath I bought ages ago. So welcome your guests with a handcrafted wreath.
I gathered up some items I thought would work. My thought was to do it in a monochromatic color scheme and work with texture. I even used up a small piece of ribbon left over from a decoupage project I did along with fabric from a bench I reupholstered. I love the idea that this group makes me create from things I bought and never used or have left over. We are only allowed to spend up to $10.00 if we need to buy something to complete the project.
Obviously cleaning the dust off the wreath was my first step. I pondered my options and decided to use the white wash stain to lighten up the wreath. I literally slapped it on and wiped back with a paper towel. Flip it over and repeat. After the stain dries, spray both sides with a clear coat for protection.
Now I have the Cuddle Bug and the flower die so I decided I would make fabric flowers instead of using silk ones. I got scrap pieces of burlap and drop cloth and coated both sides of the pieces with the Mod Podge for fabric. If it is too thick, water it down a bit. Let it dry completely before cutting on the Cuddle Bug.
The leftover materials from the bench project is actually a quilted pillow sham with a scalloped edge. Perfect for a flower that has more depth.
Burlap & Drop Cloth Flowers
Using the stiffened fabric, cut out the flowers in the various sizes and material.
Decide how you want to layer the material. I decided to tack them together and started with the large petal and then sewed the next size until I got to the smallest petai. As you can see I did a couple versions for interest.
Cut a length of fabric. You will need to judge it based on what you are using. The quilted material is thick so I didn’t need as much as if I used a thinner fabric. Iron one edge towards the other edge and then do a running stitch to gather the material.
Gather into a ruffle and then roll it into a flower. As you roll it, hot glue it together. You will need to play around to get it to look how you want it. I did two that looked awful so it isn’t an exact science. I made two regular size flowers and one bud.
You will have enough of the stiffened material to cut out extra petals. Use the size that fits the bottom of the rolled flower and hot glue it to the bottom
I just folded the ribbon to create two bows and tacked it together. Take one of the flat flowers and tack it the middle of the bow.
Putting It Together
I started by placing the ribbon off to the side. It is all a matter of preference but I decided on an asymmetrical look. Once the ribbon was where I wanted it, it was hot glued down. From there I played with the placement of the flowers and even made more to fill it out.
I tried to take a photo of the wreath on my front door. Since I got the glass door I prefer to leave it as it is. But the wreath looks good over the TV cabinet or anywhere else in the house. Wherever you decide to hang it you will welcome your guests with a handcrafted wreath.
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Drop Cloth(Suggested)) Quilted Fabric
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Be inspired and visit all of my blogger friends who created crafts from their stash. Remember we have to use up what we have in our craft stash. If we have to buy something we can only spend up to $10.00. Are we all up to the challenge? I definitely think so.