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Monday, June 7, 2010

Birds Nest & Burlap Wreath Tutorial

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I am embarrassed to say that the wreath below has been hanging on our front door well past it’s expiration date. While at one time it held a profusion of blooms, like any beautiful garden the flowers had wilted and faded away blossom by blossom. The time had come for an extreme makeover.

 

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I thought about the various wreaths and themes I had seen around blogland. There were of course the wreaths enhanced by jute webbing or burlap…

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As well as wreaths made from coffee filters, which I believe originate from an Anthropologie store display first seen almost 3 years ago...

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I adored both elements. I wondered if I could use them both on the same wreath. I decided it couldn’t hurt to try.

A previous post covered the huge roll of jute webbing I bought for a song and the various uses that I found in which to use it. Trying to use things I already had, I thought about other ways to create paper blossoms as I am not a coffee drinker. The thought popped up that several months ago I had purchased two Martha Stewart crepe paper bridal bouquets at Wal Mart on clearance for $2.00.

 

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I threw the brightly colored bouquets out into the hot Arizona sun for a few days so that the color would fade to just a whisper of pink. Afterwards each flower was clipped off to a single bud. I made some strong sun tea and dipped the tips of the blossoms into the tea and let them dry. This added another layer of color. I collected the jute webbing and flowers I had on hand and decided to really max out on favorite themes. The faux birds and eggs were purchased at Hobby Lobby for less than $3.00. The nests were an item I already had.

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Playing around with the webbing, I first continuously wrapped the wreath, then I made some bows and finally  decided I just wanted a few pieces of webbing. It was then I used a bit of black craft paint to add a French message of welcome.

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Here is a close up of the tacked ruffles. I did this on my heavy duty sewing machine. Do not try this unless you own a machine that can sew through burlap, canvas and denim.

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Then it was time to bust out the hot glue gun. There was no rhyme or reason, I just kept gluing on paper flowers, birds and silk flowers.

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I layered the webbing to create a show ribbon of sorts to high light a nest filled with dried Spanish moss.

 

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Around and around and around she goes, where she stops…honestly I am still adding to and fiddling with the wreath but needed to photograph it for today’s post.

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As we have a large covered walkway I thought my small bistro set could use a bit of French flair as well. In the 110+ heat not many plants can survive. I think it adds a bit of Ooh la la.

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Can a person go overboard with one too many themes?

Laura

60 comments :

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

gorgeous! it's a great blend of rustic, french, and just plain pretty!

The Tablescaper said...

Wonderful! Very creative blend of French and rustic.

I'm hosting a new meme called "Summer Sundays" and it's all about what summer means to YOU! It could be a beautiful new wreat! Hope you'll come and join us.

You really did such a creative job on that wreath.

- The Tablescaper

The Pennington Point said...

I love it! I always see that jute and think, "What can I do with that?" Now I know. :) And the best part is the use of tea and the sun....things we all have on hand everyday. I need a wreath for the front door. I'll give you credit if I copy.

Did you see my painted lockers? I gave you credit for that already. :) Lisa~

Whimsical Creations said...

How pretty!! I love how it turned out!

Jo - To a Pretty Life said...

That is a gorgeous wreath! I love how the paper flowers turned out. I just bought a grapevine wreath on sale and I don't know what to do with it yet. I am not very good at wreaths.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

First, I have to tell you that I am loving that turquoise header...gorgeous! I am also loving the wreath...very pretty and unique.

Southerncook said...

Your new wreath is gorgeous. What a change. LOVE it.

Carolyn/ A Southerners Notebook

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Love it, Laura! What a great idea and great use for the burlap webbing. It seems to be a versatile fabric/trim/notion to have around for crafting.

Sue Richardson said...

I'm so glad you jumped on my ruffle bandwagon! That way I discovered your WONDERFUL blog! I'm now a follower! Sue@awelllovedhome.com

Nancy said...

I do love burlap! Also, great tip on leaving the flowers out in the sun to age them.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Laura, both are so pretty. I love the use of the burlap in the arrangements. Gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

Karen said...

Laura! Great job! It's those "fly by the seat of your pants" projects that always turn out the best!
Love this!
Have a wonderful week!
Karen ~ Some days are diamonds

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Love it! Did you stencil on the burlap??

Nestled in Rosenberg said...

Just beautiful!

decdiva1 said...

i love your new wreath and your blog- the header w/ all the aqua is gorgeous! that is currently one of my fave colors! thanks for visiting my blog today~ i'm honored!
~decdiva1

Shellbelle said...

What an incredible wreath you created. I loved learning the technique you used on the roses, I'm going to try that. Simply a gorgeous piece!

And no, one can never go overboard with too many themes, keeps it exciting and a feast for the eyes.

fairfieldhousenj.com said...

Laura,

Your welcome wreath is gorgeous. The faded crepe paper flowers and jute give it a vintage look. Beautiful!

Your Friend,
Deborah

Marie said...

Laura - your wreath is delightful! I love the french theme combined with the more rustic burlap-look. It's just divine.

Have a great week!

Marie @ Sally Lee by the Sea
"Celebrating the Coastal Lifestyle"

Katie said...

Ooh! I REALLY love the webbing! Such a neat idea!

Melissa Miller said...

How precious Laura! You are creative and very talented.

Blessings, ~Melissa :)

Sherry said...

Very nice! Love the femininity of it! Romantic colors.
Have a great week.
Sherry

Donna said...

Hi Laura,
I literally gasped out loud as I saw your gorgeous wreath! It is stunning, and I have never seen one like it before! Of course, I adore anything French, little birds, nests and flowers, and your wreath has it all! Love, love, love it! Thanks so much for stopping by. I am your newest follower.

PS: I was so excited to read recently on your blog that you are a descendant of Laura Ingalls Wilder. I was an avid reader of all of her books when I was little!

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

So lovely! The flowers look like some vintage French millinery found at a flea market, so chic and evocative. Combined with the jute and nest they are wonderful. It sounds like you have the sewing machine I want.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Wow! Laura!
Like your wreath is over the top Gorgeous!
What a fabulous job you did, very creative and very original!
Hey, I've been to Mackinac Island twice and it's just a magical place!
Hugs, Cindy

FLOWERSHOPGURL said...

Ooh la la, it came out tres' chic!
Hugz,
Kim

Shelia said...

Oh, Laura! This is exactly why you're the most wonderful one! Your wreath is gorgeous! Who would have thought of dipping the blooms of the flowers in tea and then sitting them out in the sun to turn a bit? I love it! I just love it and your little table looks lovely also.
I'm honored that you would like my pillow, Most Wonderful One! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Love the wreath makeover!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Laura...

Ohhh...what a beautiful wreath, my friend! You have incorporated some really beautiful elements...love the burlap and your pretty "Welcome"! I have never seen the Martha Stewart crepe paper roses but they're aboslutely gorgeous and I really like how you faded them and added the tea stain! Just perfect! And...I can never resist a sweet bird, nest and eggs!!! Hehe! Your entryway looks gorgeous! Thank you for sharing it with us!

I also wanted to thank you for coming by and taking a peek at my master bedroom summer plans! I enjoyed your sweet note!

Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!! U are AMAZING!! I loveeeeeeeeeeeeee that wreath!!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

Oh Laura, you are so talented! I love what you've created.

Kelee said...

Hi Laura!

Love this! The burlap is so textural and the bird's nest just so sweet!

Thank-you for your wonderful e-mail note. And kind comments!

I have been on break--just now getting back to blogging!


Blessings dear one!

love, kelee @ www.katillacshack.com

Rosie@Journey to Charm said...

Wow, you are creative! I love it. The little sign in the middle is such a great touch.

Privet and Holly said...

I love how you can SEE things in your mind long before they become a reality with your hard work and talent. That is truly a gift! Love these projects ~ very inspiring!
xx Suzanne

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish said...

So beautiful! I love it!

Bonnie said...

I didn't think burlap could look that great!!! Awesome wreath and I love the banner on the basket!

Free Pretty Things For You said...

thank you SO much!!!
This is so beautiful! Awesome Job!

Linda said...

Laura,
It's so charming!! Beautiful job. :)

Jingle said...

SUPER SUPER FABULOUS!

Beth said...

That wreath is gorgeous! I am glad to have found your blog! I can tell I am going to enjoy reading it! Thanks for the comment on my blog (summer fun container)! I am your newest follower :)

French Basketeer said...

So pretty, Laura, I never thought to use the jute webbing; loved the tea stain too! You've motivated me to attempt to do something on our own door, though it has to be something that likes to bake in the sun...hmmm you've got me thinking!

Jenglamgirl said...

Totally dreamy totally in love. GORGEOUS, WELL DONE! Jenn

Alyssa said...

Its ALL gorgeous! love love love it!

Alyssa
http://lifeoflyssie.com

simpledaisy said...

That is so darn cute!!
Great job:)

Londen @ Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

I am loving this!! Beautiful!
Londen

Natalie said...

This is gorgeous! I've got go find some that burlap webbing stuff.

Steph said...

Beautiful!! I love the ribbon!
Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Prior said...

A great wreath. Thanks for the tutorial.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Burlap webbing...I would never have thought to use that. The wreath turned out wonderful. Love it!
xo, Sherry

Sandra said...

Very pretty wreath...I have the same hot 110-degree days that you have...but my porch is barely covered so everything I hang on the door is faded and whipped around by the wind in no time. You have a lovely porch and very welcoming. Thanks for stopping by to say hi.

Heather said...

Ahh! Love it. I need to make a wreath for our door, I am being so lazy right now, that's a lie, I'm really busy just not w DIY & housekeeping things like I should be...whoops! SOrry about the linky miscommunication. I put it up every Thurs around 10pm and it closes on Monday's from now on, just for you. :)
Heather @ www.savingmoneylivinglife.com

Mamarazzi said...

GORGEOUS!! love the different textures and the contrast between the new and "aged" so beautiful!!

LiLi M. said...

Love the faded colors, thanks for the tuto!

Rosemary said...

I love visiting your blog, I'm always inspired by your creativity. This is a fantastic project, what a beautiful wreath and you've made it look fun and a lot easier than I imagined.

Kim said...

I'm seriously envying the burlap webbing you found. Wonderful, thoughtful job. I can't believe you had the notion to snip, bleach, and dye your flowers :).

Kelli @ RTSM said...

Now this is fabulous~ Well done!

Amanda said...

Very cute! And great tutorial too! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! :)

Johanna said...

Love the new wreath, I need to do something on my front door!

susan said...

Laura-LOVE the video! You look darling and the delivery is natural and unaffected. I have voted...several times already. Call your local NBC affiliate radio station and get them on board!

Leslie, the Home Maker said...

I clicked on the green vote button!
SO proud of you!
You go, girl!!

MJ said...

What a gorgeous wreath, I love it! As soon as I have my own front door (which I really hope I'll have one day), I will also make one of these LOL
Thank you for your comment on my blog by the way!