Goin’ ‘Round in Circles

For today I had glorious visions of putting together a post with a mini-tutorial of how I did what I was going to do with a wreath.  Well, between issues at my day-job and me getting sick (again), I just couldn’t muster the energy to tackle this project.  After all, the wreath that I have in mind could be an absolute disaster – which, in all fairness I would show y’all just so you would hopefully learn from my mistakes.  I still hope to give it a go this weekend.

So, instead, I decided to share with you two of my more successful wreath projects (I have two other…not quite failures, but incomplete wreaths hidden in my closet).

This first one I made for my sister-in-law who’s a Mizzou alumna – it took hours…and hours…and hours, but it turned out beautifully.  I think that I want to make one almost exactly the same for myself since Mizzou and The Saints share the same colors.

The flowers (made from wrapping paper) are attached to the wreath by gluing/inserting those pearl-headed boutonniere pins in the middle, trimming the needle (because of how small the wreath was), and then gluing/inserting the pin into the wreath foam.  If there were holes between the flowers, then I simply stuck in a boutonniere pin.

This second wreath I dubbed “Wreathzilla.”  I originally had made a smaller version of this for a dear friend and she claimed to love it.  So, when I saw that the Nebraska Library Association (NLA) was seeking crafty donations for a scholarship fundraiser I decided to make a wreath for them.  I kicked up the wreath’s base size a level, not realizing how friggin’ huge it’d end up being.  HUGE.  The NLA actually displayed it out front at their annual conference last year, which was a huge honor.

These particular wreaths are really rather easy to make, it just takes time and a willingness to get burned now and again with hot glue.  I used this tutorial from makelyhome.com to learn to make mine (and yes, the name of the post amused me to no end).  The one hint I’d love to give y’all is that on the first wreath I spent more time stuffing and filling holes because you could see glimpses of the foam through a lot of the pages.  I became paranoid about even the tiniest of gaps (“OMG YOU CAN SEE THE WHITE BASE!!! END OF WORLD COMMENCING!!!”  Or something).  On Wreathzilla I wrapped the entire wreath form with a layer of the paper that I was using.  That way it was impossible to see the wreath form through gaps in the paper – it just blended in with the pages.  It also kept me and my stuff from getting covered with that annoying white dust when handling the foam wreath.

Next Time:  Circling back again.