Wednesday, April 10, 2013

It's finally starting to feel like spring!

So you know it's bad when your husband is complaining that the winter wreath is still on the front door. I knew I needed to replace that wreath but I just haven't felt motivated to do it.
For two reasons,
1 it didn't feel like spring and
2. My house has been such a stye I just didn't want to get out my craft supplies and make a bigger mess. That is, until I saw this post on babble, 25 DIY Spring Wreaths. Seriously? Those wreaths were so stinking cute! I loved a bunch of them but I especially loved this one. I knew I could easily re-make this wreath. I'm really good at copying other creative people's ideas ;)


So with this idea in mind, while Pax was at school today I went ahead and created this bad boy! 

LOVE IT!!!!  Let me tell you too, it was so easy to make! All you need is some burlap, a straw wreath, felt, a glue gun and whatever else you want to embellish it with. I decided to go pretty simple and just use a clip on butterfly and a little bunting banner. But you can get really creative and add a few sprigs of flowers or make a bow out of ribbon. Whatever floats your boat! 

There are a gazillion tutorials out there on how to make these adorable felt flowers. When I first wanted to make them I found this tutorial. I took that tutorial and tweaked it a bit. I didn't even want to get out a needle and a thread so I just used a glue gun to make the pieces stick together.



 First you will need to cut two 2" x 11" strips of your felt. Glue those pieces together to make one really long strip.  Then fold the strip in half and glue the ends together to make a tube of sorts.


Then you will cut little snips into the folded edge (not the glued edge) of the tube. 


Start rolling the strip and glue along the way to keep the roll tight. 


When you are done rolling you will have a flower looking like this! 

If you want a little different texture to this flower then after you have folded and glued your long strip of felt together, cut along the folded edge so basically it looks like you have just glued together to thin strips together and then cute your little snips. Then roll your flower out. Sorry I don't have a picture for that flower, but if you look closely at the wreath I made you can see them. 

Another flower you can make is what I call the squiggly flower. Start by cutting out one large circle (2") and then about 10 small circles (1.5") of felt.

Then fold the little circle in half and then glue together, and then make another fold and glue together. Then you glue the tip of the flower to the larger circle. Do this again and again until you have covered the large circle with little squiggles. It should look like this when you are done.


Sorry this explaination is not very good, but if you are confused check out this tutorial, she explains it much better.

When you have made enough flowers for your wreath, glue them on in whichever order you like. 

 Add whatever embelishments you want 

Then just wrap a co-coordinating ribbon around your wreath to create a nice hanger. 

Tada! You have yourself a fun and beautiful spring wreath! 

HELLO SPRING!

21 comments:

  1. Your wreath is beyond cute! I love pink and green! I'm pinning it!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party
    http://usscrafty.blogspot.com/2013/04/submarine-sunday-26.html

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    1. Thanks!!!!! I love coming home and being welcomed by such a happy colourful welcome!

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  2. This is so cute! I love the colors, you did a great job on it.

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  3. This wreath is so stinkin cute. I'm going to go make me one!! Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Hi AnnMarie,
    I am your new follower. :) I too am a mother of two little boys and love to craft and cook. I'd love for you to check out my blog @gloriouslymade.blogspot.com I hope you have a wonderful Sunday.
    Deanna

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    1. Sounds like we have a lot in common. I will definitely check out your blog! Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. It is gorgeous! I love how the bright flowers and ribbons pop against the texture and natural colour of the burlap. Thanks for the flower tutorial, I didn't know how to make those! And I LOVE the little bunting. You did a great job!
    Krista

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  6. I love your wreath! Glad I found you today. If you get a chance, please link this to my linky party: http://suburbsmama.blogspot.com/2013/04/sunday-linky-party-3.html

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    1. Awesome! I'm glad you stopped by! I will absolutely come visit your sight, thanks for the invite!

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  7. LOVE x 3!!! It is so cute, I might steal this idea!

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    1. Thank you! I hope you do! Please take a picture and send me a link, I would love to see what you come up with!

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  8. Ann Marie I love your wreath!! I would love for you to share it at the Pretty Things Link Party at: http://twelveoeight.blogspot.com/2013/04/pretty-things-16-link-party-and.html

    Hope to see you there!
    xo, Tanya

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  9. Love your wreath. And I agree with Tanya- share it!!! It is so cute, that I am thinking to copycat from you:)

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    1. Thank-you!!!!! That is so nice to hear! Oh and please do!!!! Your neighborhood will thank-you for all the cheeriness on your front door!

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  10. love the pretty colors!! what a great job. pinning from diana rambles. I REALLY need to update my wreathe too.. hmmmm

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