Friday, April 30, 2010

A New Spring Wreath

I can honestly say that Spring time is my favorite time of year!
I was sad to take down my Cadbury Egg Wreath,
I needed something to replace it with.
I wanted something grassy,
something purple,
and something that would be able
to stay on my door till summer was through.....
or until Candace and I come up with another idea for a wreath!
I'm also pretty cheap so I wanted to make it for cheap
but I didn't want it to look cheap.
Does that make sense?
Ya see we have a ton of storage space (the land fill) stuffed with our
previous "cheap" projects that do look "cheap".
We've both gotten to a point in our lives that we don't want to "look cheap"
even though we may be.....:)

~~~So here's the breakdown~~~
Grapevine wreath (40% off coupon) $2.43
Clearance spring grass $2.49
Clearance Easter grass .15 cents!!!
Excelsior (40% off coupon from Hobby Lobby honored at Michael's) $2.43
Clearance spring bouquet $2.49
**Last minute butterflies from the dollar store added on $1.00
Grand Total.........$10.99 + Tax
So I started by mixing together my paper Easter grass and Excelsior,
fluffing it till I got what I wanted.
Then I formed it around the wreath and started hot gluing it in place.
For some extra stability I wrapped it a few times with some green thread
(a brilliant idea I got from Design Dump)
Already it was looking pretty good to me!
Then I started to completely dismantle all my spring grasses and bouquet.
Randomly I started gluing them around the wreath.
Then for some extra whimsy I curled the grasses!
Yes, I said curl!
Another fun tip I learned when I was working for Provo Craft!
By using a knife or a pair of scissors
(and being pretty careful so they don't break)
You can actually curl those plastic grasses as little or as much as you want!
After gluing all the little flowers on with my glue gun
I realized it was missing a little something.
I had picked up these butterflies at the Dollar Store but they weren't the right colors!
So using Candace's brilliant idea, I spay painted them white first.
Then just using some craft paint I got them the right color!
I "freckled" them with some green paint,
gave them some little eyes too....
ya know my little girl would notice that right off the bat
if they didn't have eyes!
And then I ran.....
Outside as fast as I could
before the light faded.....
So I could show you what I'm so happy about!
I did the butterflies each a shade lighter than the last.
You could say I'm "tickled pink"....
Well, purple that is.:)


~ Regan said...

Well, you know I'm a wreath freak by now... I just love yours! I have to try this- soon!! Thanks for the inspiration!

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

I love your wreath Nicole! It's soooo ummmm springy! :) I love spring too.
do you have it hanging on a little picket fence that is hanging on your door? It's so darn cute!
love the butterflies.


The Larsen Gang said...

Way cute amaze me with your creativty!

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

Nicole, I have the button code worked out for you. I will e-mail it to you

Morgan said...

It looks amazing! I just love it! I too have been in need of a springtime wreath. I am hooked on making one with lemons, but I haven't been brave enough to try it!

autumn said...

love the purple and the green together...can't wait too see this wreath in REAL life!

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