Stop! Wreath Time

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Lately I've been on a major wreath kick. I don't know why; I've never been particularly wreath crazed before. But for some reason, I'm finding myself looking at wreath after wreath after wreath. A very interesting wreath caught my eye a little while ago; I'm sure you all know the one - it's from Williams-Sonoma; it's mossy, with fun mini pumpkins dotted throughout, finished with a luxurious brown grosgrain ribbon. And it's expensive. Way.Too.Expensive. I've seen many amazing knock-offs of this particular piece and I was even considering making one for myself. Until a trip to Michaels and a 90% off sale changed my life.

OK, so maybe it wasn't that dramatic... But I did come across a fantastic sale and scored a great deal on some mini pumpkin pods and thought they would look great on a wreath, perhaps inspired by the pumpkin wreath at Williams-Sonoma, but not an exact replica.

Actually, I thought they could save the wreath I had originally been slaving over - I had found some lovely copper satin ribbon on sale at Walmart and pikced up some shimmering copper and gold leaf picks from Michales earlier. I imagined I could create something glorious with these items by using some old pipe insulation my hubby had in the garage. Well, I worked so hard - and so obsessionally - wrapping the ribbon around the wreath form I fashioned, over, and over, and over again. I placed the sparkly picks here, and there, and every where. I re-did the wreath probably four times before... voila... it was done... and spectacular.... er... maybe? Something just wasn't right about it, so I brought it to my hubby. Well, there wasn't much he had to say because the sour look on his face said it all really. Promptly I tore the abomination apart. There are no photos of this monster. So consider yourselves lucky.

I did, however, redeem myself with my second design. In fact, I think turned out quite lovely, so I will share with you how I made it!

First you'll need a few supplies:

Supplies for a DIY mini pumpkin pod wreath
  1. Pipe insulation (or a wreath form, if you wanna be all fancy about it), $2 for 6 ft (good for two wreaths)
  2. Jute (for wrapping the wreath form), $2 for 0.5 lbs (uh, yeah, not too sure why jute is measured in pounds... but apparently 0.5 lbs can cover 6 ft of pipe insulation with some left over!)
  3. Pods (or anything you want on a wreath really: acorns, candy corn, pine cones, whatever your little heart desires), $0.74 for 110 grams (OH YEAH!!! Savings of $9.25!!!)
  4. Ribbon (for hanging your wreath), $1 for 15 ft
  5. Additional supplies - like a glue gun, glue, and duct tape
Initially I intended to use a yellow houndstooth ribbon to wrap around my DIY wreath form as a backing to glue my pumpkin pods to. The moment I saw the ribbon I thought, YUCK! So UGLY! I won't feel bad about gluing over that hot MESS! Yeah, well, then as I walked around the store with it, glaring at it disparagingly, ever so slowly it wore away at me until finally I started to think, huh... maybe this isn't such an ugly ribbon after all. So I had to think of another wrapping solution - and luckily jute caught my hubby's eye and he offered that up as an alternative. He's so clever sometimes!
LOVE my yellow houndstooth ribbon and mini pumpkin pods! Thank goodness for SALES!
To wrap the wreath:
Preparation of the wreath
  1. Remove the protective layer from the pipe insulation and carefully stick the ends together
  2. Join the two ends of the pipe insulation together to form a circle and use some duct tape to secure the form; don't worry if you aren't able to get a perfect join - this will be hidden by the jute
  3. Start wrapping jute around your wreath form; I took the jute, wrapped it around the form quick and loose about 10-20 times, then tightened up each wrap by hand, making sure to keep each row close (remember, you are trying to hide either your pipe insulation or your actual wreath form from showing through the jute)
  4. When you finally finish (I'd say it took me about an hour) gently pry apart a couple of rows of jute and put a tiny dollop of glue from your glue gun onto the pipe insulation (DO NOT touch the pipe insulation with your glue gun, the gun is HOT HOT HOT and will melt your insulation! Just squeeze out some glue and let that settle onto the insulation), then set your end piece of jute onto the glue and move your jute rows over top of that end to hide it
Just the ever so tiniest dab of glue, please!
Now you are ready to start gluing your embellishment onto your wreath form. Just use a very small drop of glue from your glue gun; seriously, don't coat these little buggers in glue, you're bound to end up getting hot glue on your fingers, and glue may just ooze out all around your embellishment, it's unnecessary - just a tiny dab will hold those suckers down!
Glue, stick, and repeeeeeeat.....
Once you have a bit of glue on your decoration, place it onto the jute and press it down for just a moment. Then repeat this a bazillion times over!
It might take some time, but it will all be worth it soon!
I'd say it took me about a good five hours to get all the pumpkin pods down. A big part of that was because each pod was not exaclty the same size or quality, so there was some sorting involved. I tried to select the nicest pods to run the center most visible portion of the wreath, with less attractive pods relegated to the top, insides, or back of the wreath. If you choose to use something like acorns you may not have this type of added concern. Or, if you're not weirdly obsessional like I am, you may be better able to appreciate the uniqueness and thus beauty of even the stranger looking pods.

At any rate, you will finally finish your wreath... and then you can spend 45 minutes fussing and primping over your ribbon in order to hang your wreath. Hmmmm, or maybe that's just another obsessional oddity of mine? No, no... you're all like that... this is completely normal. To hang the wreath I first cut my ribbon in half (I didn't need all 15 ft to hang it, and I actually made two of these wreaths so the other half of ribbon went to the second wreath). I then decided how low I wanted the wreath to hang on my window (eye level is usually a good bet), this meant about 19" of ribbon for me (i.e., on either side of a nail at the center fold). Next I tied a knot to sit at the top center of the wreath, I wrapped one side of the ribbon neatly around the back of the wreath and brought that up to the top of the wreath. I then tied another knot and began to construct the bow (that's where the obsessional primping began). Once you get the bow looking as you please (or in my case, once you're just sick of working on it and can't take it any longer, even despite your thinking it still looks all wrong) you may need to cut one end of ribbon to match the length of the other. And then you're done!!!
Top it all off with a beautiful bow
I would like to send out a very special


For featuring my wreath on their blogs:
Stephanie at {Under the Table and Dreaming}, post {here}
Desirée at {The 36th Avenue}, post {here}

Again, thank you both SO MUCH!

So what do you think?!

Do you have any amazing wreath ideas to share? I'd love to see what you all have done! Yeah, apparently I'm still not wreath satisfied and need some MORE inspirations!!!

I am linking this project up to the following blogs: Funky Junk Interiors, French Country Cottage, Under the Table and Dreaming, Tip Junkie, The Shabby Creek Cottage, The 36th Avenue, The DIY Showoff, and At The Picket Fence. As usual, there are a plethora of other crafty gems over on those wonderful blogs, so please do take a moment to pop by and explore some!


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