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Monday, August 12, 2013

A Late Summer Wreath I Made from Trash in 10 Minutes

Happy end of summer seashell wreath.

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To begin we have to go back to last spring when I made a burlap wreath with fresh flowers.

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Then it got boiling hot so I switched the flowers for faux succulents.

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Slowly but surely the blistering Arizona sun has transformed the lovely burlap into a rather orange mesh mess that wasn’t very pretty. I needed to take it down but wasn’t quite ready for a fall wreath.

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Going back even further, four years ago, in our old house, I had made a shower curtain with a fabric garland topper for Sweet Boy’s bathroom.

About two years ago I took that curtain down and shoved the fabric garland in a plastic bag, placed it in my sewing closet and forgot about it. Last week I started cleaning out that closet, came across the garland and threw it in the trash. About 5 minutes later I had an “ah ha” moment. After dumpster diving in my own home I took off all the curtain rings and seashell twine ties. Then I took the burlap off of the old wreath form.

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I laid the fabric garland on top of the wire wreath form.

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I then secured the garland by attaching it to the wreath with the seashell twine ties.

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I took a hot glue gun and glued on a few more seashells here and there.

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As well as creating a starfish topper.

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While it’s not going to win any awards, and will probably soon fade too, it will see me through until fall. So for a bit of trash and 10 minutes I am pretty happy.

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I’d like to take a moment to say “thank you” to my father in law, Landen, who repainted my front door in May.  I am thinking about placing a white graphic “Welcome” a wee bit below where it says “D├ęcor To Adore” in the above image.

What do you think?

Laura

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28 comments :

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love the wreath, it is so pretty and that is a very creative idea. The welcome would look wonderful. Hugs, Marty

Debra Oliver said...

great save, and looks like it was meant to be from the beginning!!

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

What a clever idea! Your creativity never ceases to amaze me. Love all of the colors!

Blackberry Lane said...

I love it! You have great creativity!

Denise said...

I really enjoyed the transformation. Wonderful fun.Denise

Auntie Em said...

Love your freshened up wreath! Your wreaths have been so amazing and a lovely greeting for anyone coming into your home. I usually only think of wreaths for the holidays but I may have to spruce up the doorway and see what I can come up with for fall.
Thanks for sharing! :)

Vel Criste said...

Perfect! Although I hate to think summer's ending soon!

Rita C. said...

Looks great! Is this the brainstorm you had after I posted that crochet lace over the shower curtain, lol?

ImagiMeri said...

As usual you are the #1 crafty diva at a remarkable price......you and I are so alike......my sistah from another mother!

Love ya'
Meri

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

I love it! I hate how our wreaths fade or if things are glued, they fall off....oh well, guess a good reason to fix up new ones!

20 North Ora said...

What a cute wreath made out of items you already had (and were about to throw away). Cute!

I am your newest follower.

Judy

Jen said...

Perfect wreath! What a great way to use something you already have. It takes talent to do that and you definitely have the talent!

Kit said...

Treasures from the Sea, wreath! Lovely! Kit

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

The wreath looks AMAZING!!! I loveeeeeeeee it!!

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

That's pretty cool Laura - way to reuse and be thrifty! And cute to boot!

Something Nice and Pretty said...

I love sea shells, they look so pretty on your wreath!

Dawna Motz said...

Very pretty!! and you sure can create in a hurry!! Love it!

Maureen Wyatt said...

It's too bad the other wreath faded. I really liked it but this one is really cute, too! It's just enough colour against the mellow door. Do you think I can entice your father in law to have a little vacay in Canada and repaint my door?

Debbie said...

Quick, clever, and cute! I love that combination.

The Boston Lady said...

I actually think that would look great on the door. I like the new wreath too! You crafty, crafter. Ann

SheilaG @ Plum Doodles said...

The new wreath turned out great, you clever lady. :)

Susan Nowell @ My Place to Yours said...

Trash to treasure! As for adding a vinyl cling to your door... It would look good, but I wonder if the extreme heat would cause it to peel - or melt. Not sure what kind of temps even the outdoor clings can take.

Lady Dorothy said...

I think the "Welcome" would look just great there....I have one in the exact same place!

SWEET HAUTE for Sweet Haute said...

Excellent idea….I wanted to invite you to share this at my linky party going on now. Add as many projects as you like. Hope to see you there…
http://sweethaute.blogspot.com/2013/08/thursday-sweet-haute-share-linky-party_13.html

Christina at
SWEET HAUTE
Thursday SWEET HAUTE Share Linky Party

Becca Diestelkamp-Woodham said...

Great idea! I have so many shells I don't know what to do with all of them! Stop by my Friday's Five Features and link up this post (and others)! http://diy-vintage-chic.blogspot.com/2013/08/fridays-five-features-no-4.html

Jil~Say It With Roses said...

Love the idea of the stenciled Welcome on the door! It would be perfect with any of your lovely wreaths!
♥ Jil

Ornate Splendor said...

Oh my!!! This wreath made me say "Wow!" Really great idea, and love the trim on the top of the shower curtain too. Well done! : ) Catherine (newest follower of your blogging adventures)

Debby Ray said...

This is so adorable! And I love the burlap one with the little flower pots....SO cute!