When I started looking at decor blogs I talked to my mom about the ideas I saw and so she started reading them too and it wasn't long until she was hooked too. Now she is making trips to thrift stores and GW every couple days and doing all sorts of decor projects around the house.They have one of thsoe amazing GWs that I talked about here. I'm sure my dad is just loving that I introduced her to the decor blogland as he gets dragged into projects :)
My mom doesn't have a blog so I am sharing one of her projects on mine. She made a beautiful (and thrifty) burlap wreath. Here is her tutorial...
Burlap Wreath Tutorial
Emily asked me to write about how I made my burlap wreath. It’s a fun, cheap, and easy project. I purchased a 14-inch straw wreath from Jo-Ann Fabrics for $2.49. I also bought a burlap garland for $3.99 from Michael’s. With coupons, these items would cost even less. The garland came in a roll of 10 yards and was found on the same aisle with the wreath forms. The nice thing about the garland is not having to cut strips to wrap the wreath and make the flowers. As you probably already know, burlap is messy. I did have to vacuum afterwards from the trimmings and straw.
I first wrapped my wreath with the burlap carefully overlapping so the straw wouldn’t show through. Then I began to form the flowers by twisting the strip and gluing a center with my glue gun.
Then I turned the center and twisted and glued every half inch or so until I got a flower the size I wanted. Then I cut the garland and started over.
Once I had made enough flowers to fill the wreath, I used the glue gun to attach them. Actually, only small amounts of glue are needed. Too much glue can result in burned fingers! I then tied a strip of jute between two of the flowers and around the wreath. I tied the ends to my door knocker.
I looked at my wreath for a day or so. It was cute, but it needed “something”. I finally decided to make a raffia bow. I tied it to the wreath with another piece of jute threaded through the back of the bow. It was definitely better. A little while later, I happened to pass by my craft closet and saw a basket of shells, from the Dollar Tree, on the floor. Eureka! I sat on the floor and played around with the shells, finally settling on an arrangement of three. I pulled out my trusty glue gun and glued those suckers together. I threaded another piece of jute through the openings between the shells and tied it to the top of the bow. And voila! A wreath was born!
Obviously you could glue the bow and shells to the wreath, but by tying them on, I can easily change the wreath this way. Sunflowers, daisies, or any seasonal item would look great on it. Just use your imagination.
Fabulous right? My mom has always been so crafty so I would expect nothing less. I can't wait to make one of these myself!