Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Can I call this a wreath?

Recently while browsing around blogland I happened onto one of my favorite blogs and instantly fell in love! Amy at Positively Splendid has one of those blogs that I could stare at for hours. She has created the cutest little flowers and I had been making plans to make a wreath but didn't have all the details worked out, well that was until I saw her flowers! Here is what I created....
She is the best at putting together a tutorial so I am not going to show you how to do what she has already done so well. You must go and check out how to make these, they couldn't be easier or more fun! In the picture above the blue one at the top and pink at the bottom are a different kind of flower. I'll show you how I made those.
I cut out a simple flower shape and traced it onto some off white burlap.
I then took this Maya Mist paint and sprayed the burlap. If you don't have this stuff I really think you could water down some acrylic and make it work. What you can't see is this has a bit of sparkle to it.
Put a blob of hot glue in the center of the flower, or somewhat center, this doesn't look too centered!
And then from the back side of the flower just squish it all together so that the flower now has depth like a real flower.
I should have told you this first! Whenever I am working with hot glue I ALWAYS HAVE A BOWL OF ICE WATER NEAR ME!!! When you get burned, notice I didn't say "if" you just stick your finger in the ice water pronto and the glue will freeze and you don't have to sit and wait for the glue to cool so that you can peel off your burning flesh! It is a glue gun girls best friend. Especially when working with burlap that has a loose weave and lets the glue ooze out all over the place! Back to the tutorial...

I did the centers of my flowers all different but on this one, I rolled the the folded burlap in the middle and then glued the yellow beads all around the edge.
As I said I made all different styles and colors using burlap and felt. I also changed up the sizes from the original directions Amy gave. And I glued them on a Goodwill frame, added some leaves out of this cool ribbon I found.
Isn't it fun? So what do you think, can I call this a wreath?
I found some printed felt and made one out of it, I think it's my favorite.
The center of this one is a little different. I used the same idea as Amy's but didn't fold, just made cuts.
Another one I painted and made a tiny flower for the center.
More printed felt.
I can see these in red and white on my Christmas tree!
But as pretty as all of these are, I still wasn't happy with my final product, so I had an idea!
I cut out 2 butterflies, made his body and antennae, then glued them together.
I actually ended up adding some of the same ribbon as the green leaves but in pink to the wings.
I found this adorable little quote that I just love!
And then I hung my wreath around it!
Sorry for these pictures. I decided to hang it in my entry hallway and it is difficult to get a good shot of it.
Anyway, I love how it turned out and I am addicted to making these flowers! Yes one MUST have a little sunshine, freedom and a little flower, even if you have to make it!


An Oasis in the Desert said...

I hope this isn't a repeat comment. I just tried to leave one & my system had a hiccup. Anyway, I think this is adorable. I think you have a lovely wall vignette!

Kelly said...

Too too too stunning! Those colors you used are fantastic!!

Alison said...

Very cute!!!

Jennifer said...

This is so cute and fun! I love it! Did it take you forever to make? It has so many pretty pieces!! Visiting from Freckled Laundry.
Scissors & Spatulas

Jennifer said...

I've decided to feature this today! So cute!
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Amy @ Positively Splendid said...

This turned out so lovely! I am so glad you enjoyed my tutorial and found it useful!

Amy at Ameroonie Designs said...

This turned out so wonderful! I love all the colors and textures! Great job!

Just Jaime said...

Love the flowers!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

This is just darling~ I love how your frame looks with your sweet little burlap flowers! Thanks for sharing at FNF :)

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Lura - your frame looks amazing - the colorful flowers on the white is simply gorgeous. I would definitly use it as a wreath! Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase - I greatly appreciate it. I have featured this {sunday}. Hope you are enjoying your week ~ Stephanie Lynn

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