Posts tagged ‘diy wreath’

May 29, 2013

summer stripes

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Step 1:  rescue boring, sad, lonely, $1 oak frame from thrift store

Step 2:  paint it with Martha Stewart’s Multi-Surface High Gloss “POND” 32087

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Step 3:  choose a stripe plan & tape off (my plan = random).  It might look like a hot mess…

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Step 4:  paint selected stripes “SURF” 32088

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Step 5:  remove tape & touch-up

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“A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.”  ~ James Dent

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December 1, 2012

ornament wreath

Classy!

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Thrift store frame $1 & mini glass ornaments $2:

ornament wreath

  • paint frame with metallic paint (Folk Art 580 Taupe & 675 Champagne)
  • arrange & decide ornament placement – use 3M super strength adhesive (follow package directions) to glue in place one by one

(side note:  hot glue works….however, if the wreath is in between a south-facing front door & storm door….the heat generated may re-melt the glue…& leave the cute ornaments in a big, broken, gluey heap on the floor)

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  • attach wide velvet loop with thumb tacks on backside, hang on wreath holder
  • make a pretty bow & tape or pin in place

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Let the Christmas Season begin!

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“My precept to all who build is, that the owner should be an ornament to the house, & not the house to the owner”  ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

November 5, 2012

corn door

A cute candy corn freath:

The $3 thrift store frame before:

  • paint one coat primer
  • paint upper white & lower yellow colors
  • use painter’s tape for orange color boundaries
  • remove tape & touch-up

“People always ask me, ‘Were you funny as a child?’  Well, no, I was an accountant.”  ~ Ellen DeGeneres

October 10, 2012

square scare

Last year, the wreath rotator adorned the front door.  This year, the same feather boa attached to a wooden frame (25 cents, thrift store).

The word “attach” used very loosely…

Black thread + scotch tape + feather boa = new wreath

It’s suppose to be scary…

April 16, 2012

message wreath

A little welcome greeting…

$3 thrift shop frame, originally stained wood color.  Below, primed with Gliddon’s Gripper:

Next, two coats of Behr’s glossy Cottage White, followed by distressing on some edges.

Thanks to hubbie for cutting 2 1/2 inch chalkboard squares (material left-over from previous projects).  Originally, 5 squares were planned to be used…but they took more space than predicted…  so much for “hello”…

Less is more, right?  Loose leaf rings hold the squares in a dangly row:

A narrow ribbon secures the message within the frame.

Maybe we’ll go with “BOO” in October…”love” in February…or use text lingo any time of year…

January 4, 2012

ribbon runner

A $15 table runner using thrift store fabric finds & 50% off Hobby Lobby ribbon:

A charcoal grey background makes the ribbon colors pop, & the variety of sparkle, ric-rac, ribbon combos create interest.  Supplies:

  • fabric for 13 1/2″ wide x 6 1/2 foot long finished runner
  • eleven different, coordinating ribbons
  • 1/2″ wide iron-on adhesive
  • pins

The fabric was pieced together to make the length.  Seams were hidden by ribbon on the top surface.

 

  1. cut ribbon into 15 1/2″ strips & figure out placement
  2. use iron-on adhesive to secure placement, top-stitch
  3. once the top & back are finished, sew right sides together on both long sides & one end
  4. turn right side out, tuck ends inside & top-stitch all around

The best part, besides the completed project, is picking out the ribbon!  Have fun!

 

“Don’t think.  Thinking is the enemy of creativity.  It’s self-conscious, & anything self-conscious is lousy.  You can’t try to do things.  You simply must do things.”  ~ Ray Bradbury

November 2, 2011

cone wreath

Do you have sturdy cardboard?  Pinecones?  Glue gun?  Yarn?  Ribbon?  Then you are set to make a simple, elegant fall wreath for your front door:

  1. Cut cardboard to the size & shape desired
  2. Arrange & glue pinecones to cardboard
  3. Attach thick yarn to the inside & outside perimeters for a finished look
  4. Glue &/or tape ribbon to the upper backside corners to create a hook – wire edged ribbon makes nice curls to drape down

A similar idea using nuts from Martha Stewart:

For directions:  http://www.marthastewart.com/272661/nut-wreath  If a regular glue gun doesn’t work well, try wood glue sticks – & watch those fingers!

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