Early Summer Wreath
As I sit here and listen to the rain from Tropical Storm Debby, I thought I would share a fun summer wreath project with you.
I just love teal-y blues with red. Don’t you? I think it is just so fresh looking. So, for my early summer wreath I wanted to use those colors.
I love the ease of doing a yarn wrapped wreath, but felt like yarn wasn’t quite right for summer. Then I saw this on Pinterest and I knew it was “the one.” Fabric wrapping!
I don’t have a full tutorial for you, but this would be VERY easy for you to put together. Here is what I did:
1. I got one of those straw wreaths from the craft store. Somewhere online I read a tip to use these instead of the foam ones if you are planning on just wrapping the wreath. They are WAY cheaper and just as easy to use. Simply leave the plastic wrapping on the wreath so you don’t have to deal with the pokey straw.
2. I bought a 1/2 yard of the blue fabric, washed it and then tore it into strips. I love the softly frayed look the edges have with tearing versus cutting. And believe me, you don’t need to be the Incredible Hulk to be able to tear your fabric. All I did was clip a slit (to get the tear started) about two inches from the edge on the shorter side of the fabric and then pulled and tore. It tore very easily and made the perfect strips. A 1/2 yard of fabric was the perfect amount to get to wrap the whole wreath and to have a little bit left over for hanging and to add accents to your flowers.
3. After that I wrapped and wrapped. I actually didn’t have to glue or anything. I just overlapped the ends when I needed to add a new strip. I also did all my overlapping on the backside of the wreath so it wasn’t as noticeable from the front. When I got to the very end I did use one small drop of hot glue on the back to secure the final end.
4. I made rolled roses of various sizes from torn strips of a couple fat quarters and leftover scraps from the wrapping the wreath. There are a ton of tutorials out there on how to do this, but the short of it is: tie a knot on one end, wrap the fabric around the knot a couple times, twist the fabric and wrap again. Hold the rose firmly and keep twisting and wrapping until you have the desired shape or size. Hot glue the tail on the bottom and put a few dots of hot glue between your “petals” to keep the rose together.
5. I used pins to secure the roses to the wreath while I was determining their placement. Once I finalized the design I hot glued the flowers to the wreath and removed the pins.
6. For the hanger I created a loop with one of my leftover strips by securing the ends with a dab of hot glue. I determined how far down I wanted it to hang and then I tied it in a knot. I did not glue the hanger to the wreath because I wanted options for how high or low the flowers would be situated.
And that is it! A perfectly lovely summer wreath to adorn the door to even the messiest home. (Gotta whitewash those tombs, eh?)
I hope all of you here in Florida can stay dry! (and your children don’t go too crazy being cooped up!) I wish we could some of this to some of my family out in Colorado!