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Thursday, March 3, 2011

A Few Polka Dots, A Lotta Pearls, Burlap, Flowers, and Some Luck!

I'm so excited to post this wreath tutorial. 
I had a lot of fun making it! 


Not into green or St. Patty's Day? It's cool, because this wreath is interchangeable. YESSS! 
I attached everything (except for the pearl sprig) with velcro or pins so you can switch it out with whatever you want!
(I did not come up with that idea. I've seen it in a few places. Here's one. This is just my version!)

But really, let's get serious. Who doesn't love St. Patrick's Day? 
Leprechauns, pots of gold, green (which is a super great color), red-heads, rainbows, and, of course, green beer. 

Can you tell I'm excited?

Now on to the wreath.

Step 1: Gather your materials

Materials Needed: Straw wreath (I got mine for half off at Hobby Lobby!), various fabrics (I used different patterns of green, some white knit, green felt, and white canvas), burlap, pearls, pearl sprigs, scissors, floral wire, fabric glue (like Liquid Stitch), wire cutters, pins, and a hot glue gun (not pictured).

Step 2: Wrap your straw wreath with burlap strips.
Cut burlap fabric into 4-6 inch strips. Hot glue each piece on, wrapping and layering them around the wreath. Be sure to layer the strips evenly.

Step 3: Make some great flowers
Here are some of the different types of flowers I used.
 The scrappy no-sew flower was an experiment that turned out kinda cute. I burned myself a few times, but I didn't have to get up from my seat (see below) to go to my sewing machine and sew it so score! Flower tutorials post to come.
My advice would be to have a trash can nearby to collect all scraps and straighten and clean as you go or else you'll get this mess with a tiny spot for your butt. :)

Step 4: Attach flowers to wreath.
I wanted to make the flowers interchangeable so I glued Velcro to the backs of all the flowers and to the burlap where the flowers were going to go. (I didn't realize until I was putting the bunting on that I could have pinned these on instead and it would have been faster. However, I think the Velcro will be more secure.) I hot glued my Velcro because sometimes the sticky isn't as sticky as needed. 
If you put the velcro on the backs of the flowers and then arrange them, they'll kinda stick to the burlap so you can get a good idea where you want all the flowers to fit. 
As you get towards the top, glue on your pearl sprig. I glued on scraps of burlap on top of the sprig for extra security. My sprigs came with two branches so I bought two of them and cut one branch off of one and wired it to a full sprig to make a 3 branch sprig.

Step 5: Create Lucky Bunting
Cut out needed pieces: 5 ovals of burlap, 5 ovals of fabric slightly smaller than burlap, 5 triangles for bunting flags, and letters. I free-hand cut my letters from green fabric. No Silhouette for this girl yet (boo).
Then glue your pieces together with fabric glue.
Yay. 

I used the ribbon I planned on hanging the wreath with for this part, too. Partly because it matched, and mostly because it's what I had. Press it in half. I just eyeballed how much ribbon I'd need by holding it up to where I wanted it to go on the wreath. 
Stick the bunting flags inside the folded ribbon and pin.
Sew along the edge of the ribbon's edge with a 1/8" seam. 
Done with that part!

Pin in place. 
Fold more ribbon in half and press. Use it to tie bows. Glue the tails together with fabric glue.
Stick a pin through the back of your bow and pin it to the wreath. 
Do this on both sides and your bunting is done!

Here's my wreath hanging! Sorry about the lighting (it was rainy that day so no outside pics). 

Step 6: Attach ribbon for hanging
So remember when I hung my framed yarn and lace heart wreath on my corner hutch because I couldn't figure out how to hang it with ribbon on my door. I thought of a great trick:
Put your wreath hanger on the wreath like normal. Wrap the ribbon around it like you would but over the hook of the hanger.
Just so the ribbon won't slip, I added a tiny dot of hot glue on the back of the hanger.
Voila. Beautiful.
I love it. I don't have any flowers to exchange yet, but I plan to make some and use it as a spring wreath! Two in one! 

Enjoy! 
And Happy St. Patty's Day!

Linking to these parties and to The CSI Project 
Visit thecsiproject.com
and






You can find my St. Pat's wreath here, too!



and here
Creative Carissa
and here!
Tatertots and Jello


Participating in:

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38 comments:

Ellie said...

I love that the flowers are interchangeable. Cute idea.

Rissa @ Hazel and Honeysuckle said...

Hehehe, that's what my lounge floor looks like when I'm crafting too. Very nice wreath! Loving the St Patty's green!

Staci J said...

This wreath is soooo darling! Great tut, I featured you on my blog today!! Cme grab a buttn if you'd like:)
http://justsewsassy.com/2011/03/04/feature-friday-green-is-in-the-air/

Robin said...

This wreath is SO CUTE! I love it!

Emily said...

that is an unbelievably cute wreath.

Karen said...

Oh, I love it! Love the fabric you used and the ribbon too:) So adorable!!

Carissa said...

This is genius. I love love LOVE the idea of using velcro. I featured your genius wreath on my blog in this post: http://creativecarissa.blogspot.com/2011/03/countdown-to-spring-front-door-decor.html

Thanks for shairng!

Vixen said...

super cute!! Great tutorial!

angie said...

it turned out great! thanks for sharing my link!

Sparta Savings said...

I really love the great idea to cover the hanger! This is so cute! Thanks for visiting my blog.

Doublej2 said...

i love how you covered your hanger!!!! i've contemplated throwing mine away but now i don't need to!!! i love this!

Jane@Little House of Projects said...

Hi! I love the wreath. I noticed that there is a spring decor party going on at Inspired by Charm. You should check it out. Here's the link http://www.inspiredbycharm.com/2011/03/welcome-to-my-little-party.html

Emily {WhipperBerry} said...

Great tutorial! Thanks for linking up!

Allison {A Glimpse Inside} said...

This is super cute! I love all the different flowers you created!
Visiting from TT&J and new follower. :)

Erin said...

I totally LOVE your wreath!! The scrappy no sew flower is my favorite!! And not just because I don't sew. LOL

Paula said...

This is such a cute wreath. I love that you made it interchangeable so that you can use it for more than one season.

Lei said...

I seriously think this is one of my favorite St. Patty's Day wreaths, yes there are a ton out there but I really like yours!!! So nice to meet you, thanks for stopping by and saying hello. :)

Megan said...

your flowers look great. I love the look of the burlap!

megan
craftycpa.blogspot.com

Trina said...

Great job on this wreath! I love it! I love any project with burlap!

Trina @ alove2create.blogspot.com

The Girl Creative said...

I had a problem with my linky party code. I thought it was set up as a thumbnail party but it wasn't. It's all fixed now but can you add your link again? I''m so sorry for the inconvenience. :( xoxo

Jen-CraftOManiac said...

Shared this on my CraftOManiac FB page!

Rachel said...

Very clever to use velcro to make the flowers interchangable! Love the wreath as a whole but your flowers are fantastic!

Stopping by from Night Owl Crafts!
Rachel@ cookscleansplayswithpaper.blogspot.com

Jocelyn Christensen said...

What an awesome Tutorial!

You are a kindergarten teacher? Then maybe you'll like some of what I do on my blog too! :)

Come see me over at: http://beinglds.blogspot.com/2011/03/leprechaun-service-adventure.html

I linked up at Tip Junkie Today too! :) - Jocelyn

Lauren @ YoungNester said...

I love the wreath! Thanks for a great tutorial!

Laurie Turk said...

This is gorgeous! I can't wait to feature this on the Tip Junkie St. Patrick's Day site. It's amazing.

Laurie
TipJunkie.com

Leslie said...

This is darling! I featured it oh Hoo's got talent! Thanks for linking up to the party!

Heather said...

So dang cute!!! It's hard to find cute St Patricks Day decorations and this is by far the best one yet!! Come visit me at http://www.craftycagirl.blogspot.com
I am your newest follower!!

Sarah @ Sarahndipities said...

This so cute and fun! Thanks for linking up at Make Something Mondays! Hope to see you again next week!

-Sarah

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Gillian Mohlman said...

um, HOLY CRAP woman! Thats amazing! I love it soooo soo very much. I think we need to be bloggy bff's. And I am SO going to blog about this wreath this week.. and make it too! So beautiful!

Maria-Isabel @ Agape Love Designs said...

That is such a gorgeous wreath!!! I LOVE it, I love all the different flowers you made, love the pennant banner! And everything, gorgeous! :)

BTW just found your blog through a link LUXE BOULEVARD left on FB, you have a great blog!!

Dominique @ Craft Couture said...

this is darling! Thanks for linking up to Craft Couture Monday. :)

Coley said...

I love your wreath. The bunting is just adorable. While I don't really decorate for St Patty's day your wreath helped me find inspiration for my spring wreath. http://coleybelle.blogspot.com/2011/03/spring-wreath.html So thanks for sharing it! :)

Sarah @ Sarahndipities said...

Hi! I've featured you this week on my blog! Come take a peek and grab a button!!

http://sarahndipities.blogspot.com/2011/03/make-something-monday-link-party-2.html

-Sarah

Fallan said...

Your wreath turned out awesome! I love all the green! But I love green anyway...haha. What I love the best about your wreath, is how it is interchangeable. I love making those kinds of projects. I am thinking about attempting one sometime soon. Thanks for posting!
Saw this on Sundae Scoop!

http://fallanstechnicolordreams.blogspot.com/

Kissy said...

I love your wreath, but I don't have enough patience for that! I will however steal your idea about how to cover the gold wreath hanger with ribbon. Love, love, love it!

Amy Kirchhoff said...

Love this wreath! I included it on my "A Peek at My Pinterest" St. Patrick's Board post.
http://www.amytriedit.com/2012/03/peek-at-my-pinterest-st-patricks-day.html

Maggie Roush said...

I love your St. Patty's Day Wreath and featured it in a Spring Wreath Pinterest Round Up on my blog! http://www.thelovenerds.com/2013/03/spring-wreaths-weekend-pinterest-round.html

Maggie @ thelovenerds.com

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