DIY Summer Wreath

    About a month ago I shared on my personal FB that we had some unexpected guests show up at our front door.  And I mean that literally.  
    A mama robin decided that behind our little wreath was a great place to make a nest.  She then proceed to fill it, and I mean FILL IT, with eggs.

    After a bit of research, we found out that these birds typically only lay, at most, 3 eggs which means that the other two are likely from another bird laying their eggs in said nest.  Great, so we have TWO really stupid birds that think a wreath hanging on a highly trafficked door is a great place to nest.  But even though this was a bit of an inconvenience, and not so great for my mom since birds are her number one fear, we were kind of excited to get to witness this nature show up close and personal.  The nest was so intricate and nothing short of amazing.  You could even see bits of twine and grass woven in it!  Sadly, this doesn’t have a happy ending.

    Since the mama couldn’t stay on the nest for long enough periods of time, the eggs never hatched and she eventually abandoned the nest.  To make matters worse, we were advised not to keep the wreath, even if we bleached it, due to the diseases and parasites many birds carry.  Bye bye wreath!

    So, I had to make a new one and here’s how I sort of recreated the one I had made previously.  What I liked so much about the old wreath was that I could change out the flowers for each season making it pretty yet very cost effective.  Click these links to see the WINTER and SPRING ones!

    What You’ll Need:  Natural Wreath Form, Mini Chalkboard (or you can make one) Twine, Faux Flowers, Pinwheel

    I loved the chalkboard on the old wreath but they stopped selling them at Michael’s.  (UGH!  First world problems!)  I could have gone with a regular chalkboard but there was something about the gray one that I just couldn’t let go.  So I made one…

    DIY Chalkboard

    What You’ll Need: Frame, Wood Plaque, Paint, Chalkboard Paint Medium

    Paint the plaque and let dry completely.  Following the instructions, apply the chalkboard medium and cure for a full 24 hours.  Glue the plaque to the frame and you’re ready to attach it to the wreath.

    Staple even lengths of twine to the four corners of the chalkboard.  Weave them through the wreath and tie them tightly together.  Weave few, longer, lengths of twine through the top and tie the ends together.  This will be your hanger.

    Snip the flower stems and weave them into the wreath.  Slip in the pinwheel and write a seasonal message.  Now you’re good to go!

    To prevent any more avian guests, I stuck one of Gav’s mini plastic snakes in the back to deter nesting notions.

    Bring on the sunny days and vacation time!
    XO, Kelly

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    Dear Spring…Where are you?!

    This Georgia peach is dying for some spring weather to start sticking.  I realize with that change, the next season is literally around the corner with the sticky, humid hotness that is a Georgia summer.  But for now, Imma need it to not be so darn cold!

    In an effort to nudge the weather along, because that’s totally possible, I updated my wreath!  I figured, new month equals new season equals new wreath.  If you saw my last wreath update, I had added a lovely little gray washed chalkboard to the center and all of the florals were placed or woven into the natural wreath.  All of this made the change so simple and easy.  I feel like I get more bang for my buck this way.  I also added a twine hanger this time so that it would hang a bit further down than before.

    So come on spring!  We’re ready for ya!

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    Updating Your Wreath for Winter

    Gav + Ro: Updating your wreath for Winter

    I was recently introduced to BloomNation and wanted to share how I like to decorate for the seasons. BloomNation is a marketplace for people to list, find, and send beautiful bouquets handcrafted by florists in their area.    From the traditional long stem red roses to something unique to you and your loved one, they can help you find the perfect gift.  I love to decorate with floral accents but I’ll be honest with you, I can’t keep them alive!  But what I have for you today is a way to update your wreath with winter florals whether you like going with the real deal or going faux like me.

    My house has two entrances, a traditional front door and a carport door.  I can probably count the number of times we’ve opened our front door on one hand.  We just don’t use it, doesn’t make sense to with the way our house is laid out.  So our carport is the door that gets the most traffic.  All this being said, I like to have it look welcoming which is why I keep the same giant “G” on our front door year round, and change out the look of the mini one in our carport.

    After Christmas, the next holiday (if you don’t count my birthday…*wink*) is Valentine’s Day.  I’m not really big on decorating for EVERY holiday, mainly because I don’t really want to store all of the decorations to do so.  But I like seasonal decorations because you can get more use out of them.  Enter the winter wreath!  Christmas time, of course, gets it’s own special wreath but what to do until spring?

    What You’ll Need: Mini Natural Wreath, Mini Chalkboard, Faux Florals, Floral Wire Cutters, Hot Glue, Wire/Twine/Ribbon for hanging, Chalk

    I found a bunch of faux floral sprigs on 80% clearance after the holiday and knew exactly what I’d do!  The old wreath looked basically like a mini version of our front door, down to the choice of color and chevron pattern, and I was ready for a change.  Along with the floral arrangements, I snatched a mini, shabby chic chalkboard 50% at Micheal’s as well.

    After removing the mini “G”, I hot glued the chalkboard to the natural wreath frame.  I also removed the twine that was attached since it wasn’t going to be needed.

    Then, using the floral wire cutters, I separated the sprigs and arranged them around the chalkboard.  What’s great about these is that they don’t need to be glued since you can wrap the wire through the wreath and then, once the season is over and you’re ready to change them, they slide right out!

    I think my absolute favorite part is the chalkboard because a.) it’s pretty! and b.) you can change the message.  It’s getting chillier here in Georgia (Don’t laugh at me if you live in the north! Us southern folk can’t take the cold!) so I thought “warm wishes” would be an appropriate message*.  Add some write, twine, or ribbon for hanging and you’re all set for the new season!

    Gav + Ro: Updating your wreath for Winter

    *Have you tried chalk pencils?  Game changer!

    Gav + Ro: Updating your wreath for Winter
    Gav + Ro: Updating your wreath for Winter
    Gav + Ro: Updating your wreath for Winter

    XO, Kelly
    How do you like to decorate for the holidays/seasons?  Do you go all out or decorate sparingly?

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    Simple Fall Wreath Update

    If I could, I would have a giant tub (maybe more than one) of decorations for every season and holiday.  But that would require not only more money than I’m willing to spend, but a ton of storage space as well.  Space I do not have.  So I have to get creative with my seasonal decorating.  In addition to all of this, I’ve totally let this season sneak up on me and have nothing up for fall.  I’m pretty sad about it actually but, hey, what can you do?!  Luckily, yellow and orange can stretch into November and so can pumpkins so I still have time!

    Today’s DIY is my effort to remedy this siutation while saving money using what I already have.  We’ve had this giant “G” I bought on clearance at Hobby Lobby hanging on our door for quite sometime now.  I love it and I really wasn’t ready to take it off the front door to change it yet.  I wanted something for the season and I wanted my big “G” too.  So I came up with a way of incorporating both!

    What You’ll Need: Burlap, Paint (Yellow,Orange, and White), Twine

    Cut the burlap into as many triangles as you need to go across your exsisting wreath.  While our “G” is large, I only ended up needing three triangles.  Since burlap frays at unfinished edges, be sure to cut your triangles from the seam.  The Paint will help keep the other sides from fraying.

    Now paint the triangles like candy corn with yellow on the bottom, orange, then the white tip.  Once dry, glue them to your twine.  The twine I used is really thin so I took a few strands and tied them together at the ends before gluing the triangles on.

    Attach the candy corn bunting to your wreath and you’re all up to date with the season!

    Simple, sweet, and satisfies my need for some fall decor!  What’s your favorite way to decorate for the season?
    XO, Kelly
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    DIY // Stripes and Shooting Stars Wreath

    One of my favorite Fourth of July traditions is firecrackers and sparklers.  Pretty colors, sparkles and all that glittery goodness!  I thought this year I would add some sparkle to our front door with a firecracker inspired wreath.

    What You’ll Need: Straw Wreath Form, Red/White/and Blue Ribbon, Jewelry Wire,  Self Adhesive Foam Glitter Stars, Hot Glue 

    When I make a wreath using one of these straw forms, I like to leave the plastic wrapping on.  This keeps the straw from going everywhere and making a very large mess.  Start with the blue ribbon and wrap a little less than a quarter of the wreath, gluing as you go.  Then, to make the stripes, alternate wrapping the red and white ribbon around the remainder of the wreath.

    Set the wreath aside and cut small pieces of wire in varying lengths.  To make the wire more durable, I wrapped two pieces together. Now stick the stars along the wire pieces one on the front and one on the back, sandwich style.  Make sure you stagger the stars along the wire pieces as well as the sizes so that when it’s time to put them on the wreath, they will have a fuller effect.

    Take all of the wire pieces and glue them to the back of the wreath in the blue section.  This is not the pretty side so don’t worry how it looks.  Glue a piece of blue ribbon over the top of all the wire once you’re finished.  To finish, tie some extra ribbon in a loop for a hanger and you’re ready for the door!

    Want more stars and stripes?  Check out my TASSEL GARLAND from last year!
    Here’s to the red, white, and blue!

    XO, Kelly

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    DIY // Mini “JOY” Wreath

    It’s no secret that this is the season of JOY.  It’s also no secret that I love making wreaths! So in honor of celebrating an entire year of “Ten Little Things”, I have a DIY mini wreath to share with you today that actually says it.
    What You’ll Need: Mini Wreath, Wooden Letters “J” and “Y”, Floral Trimmings, White Paint, Twine or Ribbon (for hanging)
    Paint the wooden letters and while they are drying, glue the floral trimmings onto the front of the wreath.  
    Now glue one letter to each side of the mini wreath.  Be sure to check that you have them in the correct order.  Glue or tie your twine/ribbon to the back of the wreath and you’re all set!
    Also, don’t forget to check out Instagram for the “Ten Little Things” Giveaway!  The winner will be chosen tomorrow afternoon!

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    DIY // Candy Cane Wreath

    The decorating has begun (finally) here at our house!  To kick it off, I DIY-ed us a new wreath.  It’s simple, easy and, most importantly, festive!

    All you’ll need it some dyed burlap (I bought mine from Hobby Lobby), a wreath form, paint, and trimmings.  Head over to Pretty Providence to see the full tutorial!

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    DIY // Spring Wreath

    Down here in Georgia, we’re practically begging for spring weather.  Us southerns are not cold weather people, we didn’t sign up for this “winter in March” business!  In an effort to spring up the house, I made a wreath that is bright and cheerful and just maybe the weather will follow suit!  One can hope anyway…
    What You’ll Need: Wreath Form (foam or straw), Fabric, Faux Flowers, Wire/Faux Flower Cutters, Glue, Twine
    Cut your fabric into strips and begin wrapping and gluing it around the form.  I used an old table runner that my parents weren’t using anymore.  (aka FREE!) I went with the straw form simply because it was cheaper.  The foam will work just fine but I like the “plumpness” of the straw one. Beware, it is MESSY and you’re going to need a vacuum when you’re done!
    This is where you’ll need those wire/flower cutters.  Snip the flowers as close to the petals as possible.  The closer you are, the flatter the flower will be so it’s easier to glue to the form. Arrange the flowers until you reach your desired look.
    Wrap the twine around the top in a wide stripe and, once its wide enough, add a separate piece in the middle and tie it to form a loop for hanging.
    I’m in love with my wreath, and while it doesn’t quite feel like spring outside, at least it’s sunny!
    XO, Kelly

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