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Rustic Mossy Bunny Wreath

Posted in HOLIDAYS, spring, SPRING: SEASONAL DECOR AND CRAFTS, wreaths
on March 18, 2016

Bring Spring to your front entry with this cute grapevine bunny wreath, all dressed in his best! 

grapevine bunny wreath
I don’t know what I have about Spring Wreaths. Maybe it starts with the winter being over and needing something fresh and new. However it starts, it was time for a new Spring wreath, just perfect for Easter!

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Rustic Mossy Bunny Wreath

You may have seen examples of this guy hanging (see what I did there..) around your town. I love the rustic simplicity and country look in a wreath.

HOW TO MAKE A GRAPEVINE BUNNY WREATH

This one was a snap to put together, and the supplies readily found at your local craft store.

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Begin by attaching your small wreath; I used an 8″ and a 12″ wreath,  to your larger wreath using floral wire. Mine was 20 gauge. It was easy to thread the flower stems through the grape vines, creating a head and a body.

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Next, attach the ears at the top and on each side of the small wreath by winding the wire through the grapevine. Excuse the shadow-puppet show – it was towards the end of the day. And no, that is not a horsetail.

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For my next step, I added the ribbon around the neck.  I could’ve added later on in the process I had a limited amount of flowers, and I wanted to make sure that they would be spaced correctly once the ribbon was on – the ribbon was important for that reason. Use your discretion for your project.

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ADD THE RIBBON

Cut a piece of ribbon about twice the diameter of the neck, then fold this piece in half, and glue it in place on the front side of the wreath using hot glue. To attach the ends and cover the wires, be sure to overlap one and over the other.

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ADD MOSS

Apply a small amount of glue to the ear, and an equally small amount of moss at a time, working your way around each ear. Continue in this fashion until both ears are covered.

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Add moss to the body in small sections. It isn’t necessary to cover the whole wreath as it looks quite pretty to have the grapevine showing through the moss.

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PRETTY IT UP WITH FLOWERS

Apply flowers using hot glue. I like to place them first and then go back and glue them afterward.

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ADD A BOW

To complete, attach a bow at the neck of the bunny with hot glue.

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Now for the best part.. hang it and enjoy your Easter!

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For more Easter/Spring ideas go here. For a look at all of my wreaths go here.

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Pottery Barn Kids inspired Easter Crafty Wreath

Posted in SPRING: SEASONAL DECOR AND CRAFTS
on March 24, 2015

Hi Friends! Happy Tuesday! This past few weeks has just been so busy. I am so looking forward to Summer Break. Listen to me?! It’s barely even Spring and I’m already looking forward to Summer.. one thing at a time, Girl! What is right around the corner though.. Easter!

Easter Wreath
Besides burning the candle at all ends, including the middle, I have been struggling something fierce with projects this past week. Everything I touch seems to end up as a big, fat, blogger fail. I just hate weeks days like that. I’m thinking of writing a blogger bloopers post – it’s that bad. Obviously in desperate need of some inspiration, I headed over to Pottery Barn.. then, drifted over to PB Teen and Kids. I just love their seasonal decor. It’s so simple and understated and non-failing. Kind of like I aspire to be!Anyway, while there, I came across this cute little guy:
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PB Kids Easter Crafty Wreath

Simple. Understated. Perfect. Except for the issue of being a little steep in the price department. Especially since my boy will probably steal the rabbit and hoard him upstairs when Easter is over. I love their seasonal decor, but there isn’t any way I’m paying $39 for what will essentially end up as a grapevine wreath sans bunny.

I can, however, make one for not even half the cost. Here’s what my checklist looked like:

Have grapevine wreath – check!
Have glitter glue – check!
Have rustic little handsewn bunny – check! But, even if I didn’t, I could pick one up for under $5!
Have little blue egg –  Okay, I had to buy the egg.

Then, the fun began. I had purchased the wreath in the Target dollar bin area at the start of the year. It had a nice little twine accent around it that I thought was literally that; an accent. Nope. I came to find out quickly, when I went to remove the twine, that it was actually holding the grape vines together. So.. we had to modify.
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Years and years ago, I went through a tutu making stage. At that time, I ordered lots and lots of tulle. Like.. 70 spools of tulle. Shortly after receiving my shipment, my fascination with tutus ended. This was a short story that explains why I have a crafting blog.. among other loads of other crafting materials purchased during the various obsessions fascinations I’ve gone through, I have a lot of tulle. All the better to make wreaths, and anything else I can think of, with!

A length of tulle seemed like a better idea than the twine, so, I gathered the various hoops of grapevine together and wound the tulle around it, tying it off with a double ribbon.

I put a few coats of glitter glue over the wreath and the tulle and sat back to wait for it to dry – that stuff takes forever!
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The bunny was a clearance find, the egg, a teeny egg originally intended for an egg tree. I added them both to the bottom of the wreath, along with a few sprigs of colorful, Spring flowers, and that, my friend, was it.
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Well, that was it, except for hanging it on the door! Thanks for stopping by!

For more Easter fun, check these out!

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How to make a Delightful Deco-Mesh Carrot Wreath

Posted in HOLIDAYS, SPRING: SEASONAL DECOR AND CRAFTS, WALL ART
on March 3, 2014

Looking to brighten up your door this Easter? You’ve come to the right place! Learn how to make a Carrot deco mesh wreath and frame this spring! 

How to make this Carrot deco mesh wreath

Although I don’t decorate for every holiday, Easter is one of those times that I love to do something fun around the house, both inside and out. Maybe the arrival of Spring gets my creative juices going, and thinking that it’s time for all things new, or perhaps I just love bunnies! Either way, I have created more wreaths around Easter than at any time other time of year! This carrot wreath will forever be a favorite creation, though, as a timeless design that will always garner compliments and bring a smile to my face.

HOW TO MAKE A CARROT DECO MESH WREATH

None of my materials are exact amounts. The wreath was a figure-it-out-as-you-go kind of project that luckily turned out pretty great!

You’ll Need

Use these simple materials - ribbon, pipecleaners and floral wire - to make this Carrot deco mesh wreath

 

Prepare the form

Step 1: If using a ready-made form without ties, start out by adding orange pipe cleaners about every inch across and down your form. Don’t have a form? Make the DIY Deco mesh Carrot Wreath Form I used and created! The guide for making your own is available for free download to subscribers of my newsletter and can be accessed here!

Carrot Wreath - Printable Template

 

Add the Mesh

Step 2: Instructions show my DIY Carrot Wreath Form. To begin, use a 12″ strip to weave in the orange deco mesh strips starting from the bottom and working up. To do this, fold over the first inch of your strip and attach a piece of pipe cleaner to provide a tidy end.

Step 3: Beginning at the bottom, attach the strip to the framework by weaving the open ends of the pipe cleaner through the bottom section, then twist the pipe cleaner tightly to connect to the back. Attach a pipe cleaner 6″ down the length of deco mesh, then attach to the frame about 1/2″ past the first attached end, creating a loop.  Arrange the loop, twist the deco mesh if needed to follow the natural curl, and add a final pipe cleaner to the open end, again, tucking under the end and attaching to the frame.

Your wreath will look like this from the front.

And will look like this from the back.

The key is to twist your deco mesh very tightly into a loop and to keep your loops tight together and relatively small.

Step 4: Continue to weave deco mesh strips up the frame, working from side to side, in the same manner, starting with a piece of deco mesh when needed, and looping and tucking as you go, up to, but not including the hanging handle.

Step 5: When you have filled in the frame, you will have something that looks like this – hopefully, yours will be a little tighter than mine was.. see the gaps? You can eliminate most spaces with a tighter weave on your grid. See the messy counter behind me? Just ignore that.

Step 6: If you do have a few gaps, you can use the orange grosgrain ribbon to fill in and mask it. Just weave a strip of ribbon, the width of the form, in and out on the back side of the frame.

Step 7: Attach the carrot “stem” using the tulle. I chose to stiffen the tulle first, as this wreath was going to be displayed outside. The humidity causes the tulle to go limp, especially if you are using a relatively fine mesh tulle, which is what I had on hand. To stiffen the tulle, begin by cutting your lengths of tulle. I used eight lengths of tulle, approximately 20″ long. I then sprayed the lengths with heavy starch and allowed to dry. If you live in a particularly damp or humid area, you could also use a thin layer of mod-podge to stiffen the tulle as well – This is just not what I did.

Step 8: When they were dry, I used the dark green pipe cleaners, cut in half, to attach the tulle to the frame. I folded the tulle strip in half and connected the pipe cleaner through the fold. I then attached the end of the frame just under the hanger and fluffed the ends.

Step 9: Lastly, I slip-tied a coordinating, decorative, ribbon under the tulle, and added a few corkscrew curled pipe cleaners for a bit of whimsy.

Step 10: Hang it. And know, when Peter Cottontail comes hopping down the bunny trail, he’ll be making a stop at your house!

Please let me know if you have any other questions about this project or any other, or even if you just want to say “hey.” I love that!

For more wreath fun, check these out, for more Easter fun, take a look here, or, to just see what I’m up to today, click here!

 

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