I crafted our summer wreath! Wanting something different I decided on a no-flowers wreath. No flowers, no twigs, no moss. Polka dot ribbons and glass stones, instead. Predominantly blue with a touch of yellow because I have a lot of sun and sea in my mind.
It is a super simple and relatively low cost DIY. Here is the “how to” tutorial to make this whimsy and very summer-y wreath:
I had my husband drive me around to craft stores for supplies. He was supposed to keep The Cute (who recently turned two) occupied and free of whining. That didn’t exactly work as planned. It never does. On our way home, it was the usual picture. Me trying to be happy and funny in a gut wrenching effort to cheer everybody (I fail every time btw), The Cute complaining incessantly, the hubby was moody, brooding and silent.
Our typical outing to the craft stores – *sigh*. Anybody else having the same “fun” shopping or is it just me?
Things did improve vastly once home, with hot baths, reading time and – of course – food. With moods high and laughing once again, I set out to make our wreath inspired by these summer wreaths.
Foam wreath (white)
Ribbons (white burlap and polka dot ones)
Hot glue gun
Coffee (<- nothing happens without it)
I wrapped the foam ring with white burlap to serve as background. Then I added the polka dot ribbons (using glue every few turns to stabilize them).
Wrapped 3 ribbon cuts of darker polka dot blue ribbon, to stylize abstract sea layers.
Contemplated adding two dolphins (inspired by the ancient Greek Minoan civilization frescoes) to hang freely in the center of wreath but, after I painted them, I wasn’t much into them. So, I used colored glass pebbles instead, to represent splashing drops of water.
Finished with white ribbon loops on the top half of the wreath, glued in place.
I tried how it looked with an aqua colored glass in the center of the sun but I liked the darker blue better.
I secured the hanging loop with the help of my hubby, who noticed the black clouds gathering above my head and quickly came up with the solution: He screwed the loop in place. It is not visible at all and it is so sturdy I might do that to my next foam wreaths too.
Quite the departure from our spring wreath, isn’t it?
Have a Happy & Cool Summer!
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