Spring is on its way (I hope, I hope, I hope) and what better way to get in the mood than by making your very own Spring Tulip Wreath?
I posted this tutorial last year right after I make this quick and easy wreath for my Mom, but the post seems to have been lost when switching blog hosts. Just in case it looks familiar too anyone 😉
Making decorative items for spring is one of my favorite things to do. There are just so many options and color combinations and ideas. I have a soft spot for wreaths, so when my Mom asked me to put together a wreath for her similar to one she has spotted at Pier One, I was happy to accept the challenge.
Want to know my favorite place to buy afforadable silk flowers? The dollar store. You can’t guarantee the selection, but often I get lucky and find some great options.
In this case, I picked up the flowers shortly after Valentines Day so they still had a selection of roses as well as other spring flowers. I noticed that a lot of the roses were kind of tulip-looking and when I was only able to find a few bunches of tulips I decided to improvise.
It is a pretty simple to turn a silk rose into a pretty good imitation of a tulip. I just remove a few of the petals, dicard the leaves, and cut the plastic around the base of the flower into a more compact rounded shape.
Once I had a nice stack of flowers with their stems trimmed to only a few inches long, out came the trusty glue gun. I started glueing the flowers onto the grapevine wreath base, all facing the same direction and alternating colors and styles of flowers as I went. I also added a few sprigs of silk grass here and there to give the wreath a little more texture.
In under an hour and with less than $20 invested in materials…
I’ve said it before (and will probably say it a hundred times again): making something pretty does not have to be hard or expensive. A little time, a little creativity, and a few tips along the way and you can make something beautiful.
I would love to hear about your favorite wreaths or other ideas for spring decorations. Please feel free to share!
Let’s go create something great, shall we?
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It’s a soggy, foggy Sunday morning here. The yellowing leaves and grasses, the bare branches of trees outlined against the fog that the sunrise is having a hard time penetrating while a couple of black birds streak through the sky on this chilly October morning…the atmosphere practically screams Halloween, doesn’t it? It makes me want to curl up with a blanket and a nice mug of hot cocoa or (even better) blog about Halloween decorations!
I will be the first to admit that when it comes to Halloween I have developed a bit of an obsession with all things Witchy. I don’t think I’ve met a single idea using a witch hat or boots that I didn’t like. This is probably in part because I shy away from the scary/gory aspects of Halloween. In life – and in my decorations – I lean toward things that are bright, whimsical, and fun and my front porch is no exception, especially this time of year.
The newest additions (and when I say new, I mean as of two years ago) were the great Boo swags for the sidelights on the front door. I put these together during (yet another fun) craft day with friends – or at least started them and managed to finish them on my own later (yay!). I actually used a wire hanger for the base of these, stretched it out vertically then covered it with deco mesh.
There’s just something about those pointed hats and funky black boots. I was delighted to find the glittered-up witches hats and the sparkly ornaments and spiders in the fun bright purple, green, and orange. Halloween is the perfect time to go a little over-the-top, right?
The witch wreath in the middle is something I made a few years back. I got a lot of compliments on it and ended up making a slightly modified version for a few craft shows and the Etsy shop a couple of years back.
I had some fun with the vinyl lettering on the wooden sign. It reads “Come in and Sit a Spell.” And I am in love with all the great black and white patterns available lately, especially in contrast with a few bright, fun pops of color like purple, pink, and green. Oh – and don’t forget the jaunty black feathers!
The skirt, stockings, and boots are entirely handmade. I even drew up the boot pattern myself then used felt and batting to give the feet, legs and hat a 3-dimensional feel.
There’s one more look at the front porch. You can find tutorials for the rustic Wood Pallet Pumpkins (HERE) and the “Home of the wicked witch” Wooden Sign, which is actually double-sided and can be used to Thanksgiving as well, (HERE) in previous posts.
There. Now that I’ve done a little bit of show and tell I think it’s time to go hunt up some of that hot cocoa and a blanket, don’t you? Happy October!