Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Winter Wreath. {Say That 5 Times Fast.}

Check me out...I totally just legitimized myself as a blogger.  Okay, not even close...BUT I definitely completed some sort of blogger “rite of passage”.  I made my own wreath!  Woot woot!

I was really trying to get this done as a holiday project...heck, I even bought two wreath forms because I was certain I’d have time to make one for me and one to bring up to my sister’s as a house warming gift.  HA!  It just didn’t happen.  I should have known that if I wanted one done for the holidays, I should have started well in advance.  Oh well, there is always next year, right?

So I was left with two blank forms, and lots of felt.  What was I to do?  Welp, make a wreath for a wintery mantel, of course!   Adding a little something to the mantel could help to combat the inevitable post-holiday-d├ęcor-blues!

I wanted a wreath that was grey and white, and well, wintery.  I wasn’t exactly sure what to do until I saw Mallory's wreath. 


It was a total inspiration for me.  So I headed over to Michael's, picked up some varying sized pearls and got to business.


I cut charcoal grey felt {that I already owned} into strips.  I wrapped them around the form in an overlapping pattern, hot gluing things in place as I moved along.

























Once the felt was done, I started gluing various sized pearls in a random pattern on the wreath.  I didn’t have a method, I just went with it and tried not to think.  When I formed a big enough cluster, I used a couple of the smaller sized pearls and glued them around the outskirts of the main cluster.


Then it was time to add a ribbon to the top so I could hang it from my mantel mirror.  I tried white ribbon first, but it was just too bleh.  I knew the tiffany blue ribbon I used to DIY a bunch of stuff for our wedding would be perfect, so I dug through some old supplies and found just what I was looking for.  The ribbon may be a little wrinkled, but it’s nothing a little ironing can’t fix.  {Clearly, I have been too lazy to bust out the iron to fix the ribbon...maybe I'll get to it one day.  For now, just ignore it in the picture. ;)}


I really like how my very first wreath turned out, although I'm not sure it stands up to the beauty that Mallory created! :)  Head on over to her and Savannah's blog to see more of the awesome things they do!

PS - In the last picture you can catch a glimpse of the other mirror that I was priming on the back porch.  Hopefully I can share that makeover, along with my winter-ish mantel, very soon!

28 comments:

  1. I love the gray with the pearls. Wreaths can be tricky to make... I've made a few and some are definitely time consuming! Wrapping them in yarn is a pain, this looks much easier!

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    1. Thanks Megan! I can see how yarn would take a long time to fill up the entire wreath, but it sure looks pretty! The felt was easy to work with too.

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  2. Heck yeah! The sprinkle of pearls is just perfection! Congratulations on your official passage into bloggerdom. :)

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  3. Oooooooooooo, wreaths are a big step.

    I seriously love it. It's pretty but not over the top. Very nice!!

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    1. Right?!?! I'm a pro now. {HAAAAAA. NOT.}

      Thanks Michelle! :)

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  4. I really like this a lot. I'm digging the grey with the pearls. And I love the ribbon, too. Very versatile.

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  5. It's simple and classy...I love it! I'm always a fan of pearls and of course grey so the two together is perfection. :)

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    1. Thanks Whitney...I really love the combo too! :)

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  6. I am in total love with this wreath. Like have to make one myself kind of love- haha. Great job!

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  7. Gorgeous! And wrapping the wreath in strips of felt is so much smarter than wrapping the whole dang thing with yarn!

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    1. Thanks Jess! Yea, I can't even imagine how long it'd take to do with yarn!

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  8. It's beautiful! I actually think I like it better than your inspiration pic. The contrast of the dark grey and the white pearls is perfect.

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    1. Aw, thanks so much, Jeanette! You are too kind! :) So glad you stopped by!

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  9. Cute wreath! & I agree with Jeanette, I love yours more than the inspiration picture.

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    1. Thank you so much, Melanie! Means a lot coming from the wreath master. ;)

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  10. Oh la la!! It is very pretty and very "you"!

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  11. Your wreath is gorgeous! I love the color combo.

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    1. Thank you so much, Geneva! I'm so glad you stopped by!! :)

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  12. Absolutely stunning! I love this wreath!

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  13. Pretty! I really like the pearls and it looks great hung on the mirror. Nice job on your first wreath =)

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