This Spring wreath is very easy to make and can be adapted in
so many ways in just a few minutes after you get the base made.
To make the base wreath, you will need a grapevine wreath
form (readily available in craft stores) and the most
real-looking artificial greenery that you can afford. In my
opinion, the best greenery for this wreath is the type that
is specifically made as greenery...not attached to flowers.
You can use one type of greenery or mix different types of
greenery. To get the most greenery for your money a "bush"
form of greenery or a garland of greenery is the best buy.
Of course, use a coupon if available for the store to help
with the cost also. Use a wire cutter to cut the stems from
the bush or garland leaving as much stem as possible.
Push the stems into the grapevine wreath. If the stems are
short and won't stay in the vines, you can add glue to the
end of the stems to attach them permanently. If you use
glue on the stems, let the wreath lie flat until the glue dries.
Make the wreath as full of greenery as you like.
The wreath is beautiful and classy all by itself.
If you want to add embellishments to the wreath after you get
the base made, it is easy to attach them on top of the greenery.
For Saint Patrick's Day artificial shamrocks were pushed
into the grapevine wreath just like the original greenery was.
A cross (from Jo Ann's last year I think) was tied on the top
of the wreath with fishing line. I like to use fishing line to
attach items to wreaths because it becomes almost invisible.
Artificial Spring flowers can also be added to the wreath.
The greenery on these daffodils did not look real to me so I cut it off of the flowers before adding it to the wreath.
The daffodil's wire stems were cut into clumps and the
wire stems were pushed into the grapevine wreath.
For Easter all kinds of cute embellishments can be added.
These carrots are from Michael's (on sale they were only about $1 each).
The stems on the carrots were pushed through the greenery
into the grapevines and a bow added with thin wire.
A look that can take your wreath from Spring and on into
Summer is adding your initial to the greenery wreath.
Right now, I have the Saint Patrick's Day version of the
wreath on my front door. Want to see the Saint Pat's
decorations beyond the front door? Come on in...
...in my dining room just inside the front door I've put
out decorations I have made in the past few years.
On the dining room table are the green bottles that I made
toppers for that (are supposed to ) look like soldered
bottles. The bottle toppers have shamrocks.
If you want to make your own faux soldered bottles
you can click on this link for the instructions.
This cute little plaque (from Jo Ann's) was attached to
the scale to tie it in more to the St. Patrick's theme.
A table runner can also helps to emphasize whatever theme
or holiday you are decorating for. Here's how to make a
no-sew table runner easily...
1. Purchase fabric that goes with your theme that will
be as long as you want your runner to be.
Cut the fabric the width that you want the runner
to be plus enough to fold under hems on either side.
2. Iron a hem along the long sides of your fabric.
Starch helps hold the folded hem in place.
3. Fold the ends into a point. Iron and starch into place.
After ironing the point use clear tape to keep it in place.
4. Enjoy! For more details on making table runners
I love that the cabinet has old wavy glass in it but it is hard
to take good photos through the glass. I'm going to open
the doors for you so you can read the papers and feel blessed.
Some of the Irish blessings/wishes were printed on scrapbook
papers that look old-ish and some were printed on papers
that were aged at home with tea or coffee.
You can download these blessings/wishes and print
them out for yourself by clicking on this post.
Moving visually around the room to the left...
...you will see the faux stained glass with a depiction
of Saint Patrick.
He was made with stained glass paints on a sheet of
acrylic from the craft store. Click here if you want to
see how he was made.
Since I change out the images in the frame seasonally,
St. Patrick lives most of the year attached to a piece
of foam core to keep the acrylic from bending. Then he is
put in the frame with painter's tape this time of year.
To give a touch of St. Patrick's Day to the living room
I just added a few purchased items to the display that
was already there.
I keep the framed chicken wire out all year and change
what is on it seasonally. Right now they have the
fake wood signs on them.
The kitchen table has shamrocks (left over from making the
wreath) in green glass bottles and a funny saying I saw
on a plastic cup and made into a printable.
I'm going to enjoy changing out my new versatile wreath
this Spring and Summer...I hope you will make one too!
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