“Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves
does it become common ground and a common bond and we cease to be alone.” - Wendell Berry
Monday, September 13, 2010
The tale of two wreaths
Sorry I couldn't think of a better title, but at least it's obvious what this post is about, even if there really is no tale. =0)
After getting this magazine in the mail last week I got to work making a halloween wreath. And please forgive the photos...I think Haley was messing with my camera and smudged up the lens. I didn't notice it until I loaded these so hopefully I can clean it without scratching the lens...it would be a shame to have to get a shiny brand new camera now wouldn't it? A crying shame actually. ;o)
All it takes is a Dollar Store foam wreath, crepe paper, and a hot glue gun. I had everything except for the black crepe paper.
The wreath in the magazine is a little crisper and formal looking; very cute, but this wreath is for Haley's door and I wanted it to be something we could both do together.
First I wrapped the entire wreath in one long strip of crepe paper so that any bare spots wouldn't be as noticeable.
Then, instead of folding each piece of crepe paper and pinning it like the instructions said, we just crumpled them up into flower-like shapes and hot glued the little bundles onto the wreath. I think it turned out ok. Plus if it gets smashed in the box while in storage it shouldn't be too hard to fluff it right back up.
Last year I wanted a fall wreath very badly. But even at half-off they were either more than I wanted to spend, or smushed, or just plain hideous.
So this year I got a big Willow wreath from the Dollar Tree, and two fall leaf garlands from Hobby Lobby. The garlands were $5 each. I got two different kinds so that it wouldn't look too uniform.
I spray painted it black because that's the only dark spray paint I had, and then just wrapped the garland around the wreath. I didn't use any glue because I tucked in the ends into the branches on the wreath, and just worked with it until it looked how I wanted. It's big and fluffy, and it was only 11 bucks!
Well, it looks bigger AND fluffier in real life. Promise! I would not lie to you!
I might tweak it a little bit...I'd like to add some cream in there somewhere.
Dang it for not looking fluffy on camera!!!
And now I kind of want to paint the door. It's looks so brown and boring! Maybe a shiny black? Or a grayish blue? Hmmm, something to think about.
Next up is the first sign I've ever painted! Hopefully I will write about that in the next few days.
Between working and everything that comes with having a family, I only have time to write once or twice a week. But as always, thanks for stopping by and taking time to read!