How to Make a Spring Wreath

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Spring is in the air! The weather is warming, the bulbs and flowers are starting to peak out. In this spirit, I made a spring wreath to welcome friends at the door.

Supplies:

  • 1 Grapevine wreath 12 or 18 inch
  • 3 Bunches pansies
  • Hot glue gun

Image copyright Lindsay Ann Loft.

 

Image copyright Lindsay Ann Loft.

Let’s get started!

Disconnect the flowers from the bunch, these easily pulled off with a little pressure. I separated my flowers by color.

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Start on one side of the wreath and apply a dab of hot glue to the back of a flower and attach it to the twine. Work your way around, alternating the complimenting colors, gluing and covering with the pieces. This step takes some time but be diligent and mindful of your fingertips.

If you would like to add a touch of green, pull the leaves from the flower bunch and glue it to the back of select blooms.

Enjoy!

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How to Recycle Candles

This project cleared up space in my cabinets and I was happy to reuse and repurpose my unusable candles. It takes time to allow the wax to cool, so be sure you have time to wait. I worked on different projects while going back to this one.

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Supplies:

  • Old Candles
  • Glass Jar (I used an old pasta sauce jar)
  • Wick
  • Large pot
  • Newspaper
  • Spoon or stick

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Image copyright Lindsay Ann Loft.

Wrap the wick around the spoon and position the metal tab in the center of the jar.

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In a large pot of boiling water, place the jars in the pot to melt the wax. If the water enters the jar it will ruin the wax, so keep an eye on the jars.

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After the wax has completely melted, gently pour it into the jar, keeping the wick in the center. If you spill the wax on the side of the container, like I did below, take a knife and scrape down the inside. You may want to fish out the wick from the old candle so that it doesn’t fall in.

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Allow the wax to cool and harden for 45-60 minutes and then repeat the process. You’ll layer the wax so that as it burns you’ll experience each scent.

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The candles I used above are Apple Cinnamon, Gingerbread, Farmer’s Market, Macintosh Spice, and Christmas Eve.

I’m saving the jars to reuse in other projects, one in particular being hanging lanterns for my patio. The cost of this project was relatively cheap I only purchased the wick from my local craft store for a few dollars.

Let me know if you try this and how well it works for you!

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How To Make A Winter Wreath

In the fall, I showed How to Make A Fall Wreath. Now that it’s time to take down the beautiful orange and gold fall colors and replace them with the deep red and greens that come with Christmas and winter. This time I ended up making four wreaths for each of the homes in my family.

The base for each wreath is the same. I started with a 19″ wreath. Each wreath has a medium sized bow. I chose two red, one silver, and one gold. I then picked matching ornaments to decorate three of the wreaths. I chose three blue sparkly ornaments and matching small silver bulbs to match. The two with the red bow are matching, each will have two red birds. I chose gold balls to match this ornament. With the fourth wreath, I chose a poinsettia with three flowers and a bunch of berry twigs.

First, I attached the bow. Try to place it over any empty patches in your wreath (they’re not symmetrical), use your eye and see what works best. The bows I purchased had twist ties already attached, I used these to fasten it to the right branch and location. Once I was sure that I had the spot that I liked, I applied hot glue to hold it into place.

Next, balance the weight of the bow with your ornaments or flowers. If you placed your bow at the upper right corner, I like did, try to balance the weight and color of the lower left corner. Place your focal ornaments where you feel they should go. Take a walk across the room and see how you feel about your set up, after all, this is how people will view your wreath. Once you’ve made a decision on the location of the ornaments, attach the ribbon to a branch with hot glue.

Third, add your accents. This could be the small ornament balls or the berry sprigs. Use these to visually connect your pieces. Don’t over do it, they are there to look like a casual addition, not the star of the show. The small plastic ornaments were built so that I could easily disconnect them and reconnect them with the hook around the branch. This method saved me a lot of time and frustration trying to glue 27 bulbs to branches. If you can do this way I say go for it.

The wreath base that I purchased came with a wire design that allows for easy hanging. If you don’t have this, use a spare piece of wire left over from your berry branch or flowers to create a loop to hang your beautiful winter wreath.

Mix up your ornaments and focal pieces. I used ornaments because I found them to be interesting, feel free to use fun ornaments or toys, attach cinnamon scented pine cones or search nature for additions.

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How To Make a Fall Wreath

I love fall – the warm golden yellows, pumpkins, and hot apple cider. My sister tells me that I love it because my birthday is in October. That might be, but I also have a lot of fun decorating. This fall wreath will welcome friends at your door.

Fall Wreath
How to make a Fall Wreath:

Step One: Gather your supplies. Look out for sales, I bought the following items at Michael’s when they were having a sale. This is a good base list for a wreath, feel free to add or subtract any items you like.

  • 1 Grapevine wreath
  • 3 Fall artificial flowers – I chose 1 yellow mum, 1 purple mum, and 1 red gerbera daisy, which will be the centerpiece. (you’ll notice poppies in the basket but I ended up liking my set up so much I didn’t use them).
  • Berry accent stem
  • Orange bow
  • Hot glue gun (I didn’t need to buy this since we already own one.)

Step Two: Disassemble the flowers. Be sure to keep the leaves too, they’re a great background to the bright colors.

Play with color combinations on a table top first. This way you don’t have to commit to a design before knowing if you like it or not.

This is the combination I came up with:

Step Three: Pick where you would like your flowers to sit. I positioned mine at the lower left corner of the grapevine wreath and chose to balance it out with an orange bow at the top right corner.

Step Four: Break out the hot glue gun and get to work! Glue everything into place. Be careful with your fingers, the glue can be hot.

Step Five: After the flowers are in place, add the accent. I extended the direction of the flowers with my berry sprig. To do this disassembled the sprig – it was very easy for me to peel and snip it apart. Weave the wire base through the wreath, this will require minimal glue to hold the pieces where you like them. I really like the berries, I think they make eyes continue around the circle shape of the wreath. Attached the bow. Mine came with a twist tie already attached which made for hassle-free bow application.

Flower Arrangement on WreathFor bonus points you can re-purposed a leftover wire from the flowers or accent berries to hang your wreath. Weave a loop through the back to make for easy hanging.

Step Six: Admire your finished product!

Fall Wreath
I really like this project. I think it took me all of 30 minutes from start to finish and the cost was less than $10.00!

Have a look at the price break down:

Red Gerbera Daisy = .99
Yellow Mums = .99
Purple Mums = .99
Berry Accent = .99
Grapevine Wreath = $2.50
Bow = $2.99
Total = $9.45

 

I think $9.45 is great when you compare the price of other wreaths in the store. They were selling for $30 or $40. This process is so simple and versatile. My Michaels store had an adorable little scarecrow that would fit nicely in a fall wreath, if you’re looking for more ideas.

How do you prepare for fall? Is it time to break out the pumpkins?

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