An All-Season Wreath

Some of you may remember me mentioning this wreath project here recently and how much I was dreading doing it.  Well I finally sucked it up and got going on it and while I’m not going to tell you that it wasn’t tedious and time consuming, it wasn’t actually as bad as I thought.  And once the circles were traced, it was the perfect way to sit on the couch and catch up on Real Housewives and Top Chef and be productive at the same time.  It’s white so I can add things to it as the seasons change and dress it up a little, as you see here for Valentine’s Day, or just leave it plain.

I’ve decided that I’m just going to stop kidding myself into thinking I’m a holiday decorator (except Christmas, when I go crazy).  I always have lofty goals for cute stuff throughout the house for holidays and either the projects don’t turn out to be what I envisioned, or I spend so much time trying to get it perfect, that by the time I get the stuff finished, the holiday is over (or so close it’s not worth putting it up).  Not to mention, I’d really rather spend the money on the other, more permanent things I want to do to the house. So I decided to get realistic and just add some touches of Valentine’s day around the house (mostly with stuff I already had around)–and by around the house, I mean my entry table is as far as the V-Day stuff goes. A nice greeting when you walk in and I’m done.

But, onto the wreath.  I’ve seen this method around for quite a while, mostly for lights or pom-poms, and when I picked up a couple of scraps of white canvas out of the remnant bin at Hobby Lobby the other day (I cannot pass up the remnant bin), it was almost the perfect kick to get me going (again, I refer you to my post about laziness).

So here’s what you’ll need:

Wreath (mine is wicker from the $1 store) I prefer the wicker, I’ll explain in a minute.
Fabric (I think I used about 1.5 yds)
Something round to trace (I used a narrow-mouth mason jar lid)
Hot Glue–LOTS OF IT!

Using your round object, trace the circles onto the fabric.  I used 180 circles (I believe my wreath was 16-18 inches).

Pop in a movie (or Real Housewives), pack it in and cut out all of those circles.  And make sure you cut inside the lines.  Any line left on the fabric will show when you’re done, no matter which side it’s on.

All that work ends up looking like this.  A tiny little stack of circles.

 Now get out the glue gun and get comfortable again.

1. Glue.

2.  Fold in half.

3. Glue

4.  Fold in half again.  Now repeat 179 more times…

…until you have a giant pile of these.

Wrap your wreath in two strips of the same fabric you’re using for the “flowers” and glue the ends to the wreath.

 Start gluing the flowers down in all different directions.  You can see here why I liked the wicker wreath.  The different “branches” provided an uneven surface so that when I glued down the pieces, it gave some height and depth and allowed me to lay some down, stand other ones right on their point, etc.  With a flat wreath form, they would all just have to stand on end or it will just look like there are holes.

And that’s it. You now have a wreath you can decorate (or not) as the holidays/seasons change, and a look at my very minimal Valentine’s decor.

And may I just say, how cute are my grandparents?  I had to include this picture in the Valentine’s theme because it’s just so, well, picture perfect!

Linking at:
{Primp} / Lil’ Luna / The 36th Avenue / French Country Cottage / Whipperberry / Home Stories A to Z / Funky Junk SNS / My Repurposed Life / I Heart Naptime / The Grant Life / Thrifty Decorating

Comments

  1. says

    I just found your blog through Natty By Design, and I’m so glad I did! I love your tutorials, and your pictures are stunning. What camera do you use?

    Thanks for such a beautiful blog!

  2. says

    Thank you, thank you! I actually use (and I shudder to tell you this) just a little Nikon point and shoot camera and Picnik for editing (which I found out is closing, so I guess I’ll be learning to navigate Photoshop now). Thanks for stopping by!

  3. says

    Wow! I got all sorts of ideas from you! And thanks for the wreath tutorial…I’m thinking I would like to do that maybe in all different fabric scraps I have. And I agree about having one spot and done! I used to have a corner hutch in my kitchen and everyone came in that door and that was always my “themed” corner. Of course, unless it was Christmas, like you said. I also love your, what looks like a board covered in fabric on top of your furniture piece there? I have been using dresser scarves but there’s times when I would like to have a pop of color or a print and that is the perfect answer to changing your look without great expense or effort! I can see doing that for all sorts of things! I would not call you lazy at all…smart, yes! You go girl! Thank you for all the great ideas!

    • says

      Thanks! It took me a second to figure out what you were talking about with the board covered in fabric because my method was actually even less complicated than that. It’s a piece of remnant fabric I got at Hobby Lobby the other day folded in thirds. I didn’t even bother to iron down the fold :D So I guess I’d call it a half a**ed runner ;)

  4. says

    Hi! Visiting from sundae scoop! I love your wreath.. so simple and pretty! I love that you used fabric too. Very pretty. Im your newest follower!

    If you get a chance I would love for you to share this at my Friday link party going on now :)

  5. says

    Stopping by from French Country Cottage! I love this cute little wreath- and I love your minimal V.day decorating. Sometimes minimal is best if you ask me! Especially if you don’t use lots of red in your home, like myself. :)

  6. says

    Hi Jenn,

    I love your blog! I have awarded you a Liebster Blog Award. Check out my blog myserendipityhome.blogspot.com for more details on the award, and keep up the good work. :)

    Karla

  7. says

    Hey! I just found you thru My Serendipity Home. Your blog is amazing! I was giggling while reading thru some of your past posts because some of them sounded just like me, lol! I also like to think I have BIG plans for holiday decorating, but it ends up being more pinning on Pinterest than getting them done. Great blog and congrats on your Liebster Blog Award. :o)

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