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Thursday, April 3, 2014

A Cheerful Spring Wreath for our Nest

Up until last Monday there was still a Valentine themed wreath hanging on our front door. It has high time for an update.

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I had transformed our entry on Monday using shades of turquoise, yellow and purple plants so I wanted something that would coordinate.

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I also didn’t want to have to buy anything so I shopped the house.

Keep reading to see what I came up with.

This wreath puts a song in my heart.

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Around the house I collected a round wicker charger I had purchased in Germany over 10 years ago. It has seen many a transformation. Then I cut out some triangles on my Silhouette machine and found just a smidge of leftover brown and white baker’s twine.

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I stamped out the word “SPRING” with alphabet stampin’ up letters I have had for years on a Tim Holtz brown stamp pad.

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Wanting to create a banner I used my Martha Stewart tiny hole punch. I think they still sell these at Michael’s.

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I then wove some raffia strips and old seam binding ribbon in and out on the wicker charger, then tucked in a bit of moss here and there. If you have ever had the privilege of watching a bird build a nest then you understand the technique I was using. An old faux nest and a few eggs were hot glued on. The final touch was a clip on bird I have had for several years.

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I think it works quite well with my newly potted plants.

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With my busy school schedule there is a very good chance that this wreath will be up thru the entire summer so I prepared for that by creating another banner to use once spring has ended.

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Happily this wreath didn’t cost me anything since I already had the supplies on hand. You could purchase a grapevine wreath, one sheet of scrapbook paper, a bit of ribbon and a bird for under $10 if you buy the supplies on sale or use a coupon.

I hope the birds are singing in your neck of the woods.

Laura

30 comments :

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Just GORGEOUS!! Spring!!

GSGreatEscaper said...

Beautiful and inspirational! I loved that you shopped the house.

The robins were busy on the lawn yesterday and temps reached the 50s! Yeah!

Stacey said...

Laura, I love it! You've got the little bluebird of happiness on your front door. :)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Very pretty, Laura! Love the use of the wicker charger.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love the touches of turquoise in Spring decor. And your new banner is very pretty! Sweet hugs!

Mari said...

Your spring wreath turned out gorgeous, I love the sweet bird your added ;-)

Smiles~
Mari

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I love it, what a fun and creative idea. Your porch looks fabulous. Hugs, Marty

Jacqueline said...

Don't feel bad! My daughter still has her Christmas tree up!
The wreath turned out beautifully. Who would have thought to use the woven charger like that? I definitely need the Silhouette machine.
Yes, I agree with others, your porch is so adorable. Mine needs an after winter clean up!

Dawna Motz said...

Love your spring creation! Not much happening in southern Alberta for spring yet! Soon,,, it has to come soon! Enjoy those lovely potted plants!

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

It looks so cute!

Lorrie said...

It's looking fresh and pretty, Laura. Isn't it great to create with what one already has on hand? So satisfying.

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Very pretty Laura....all you need now is a little bunny peeking out from the ladder!! Birds and bunnies!! It is that time of year!

Rita C. said...

Very cute & creative wreath, Laura. If you hung something like that on my door, wrens or finches would be moving in top of that little blue bird, trying to sublease!

Life Between Potato and Rice said...

Oh my....that little blue bird such a cutie ! Your wreath tell it all about the season ! Pretty !!

Karena Albert said...

Laura your creativity always brings us a new and exciting find. Your front door looks so cheerful!

xoxo
Karena
The Arts by Karena

Linda said...

That is so adorable, Laura!
To show how I don't have the right tools - I had never heard of a silhouette machine. What is that? I take it some sort of a cutter.

Until recently I didn't even own a sewing machine, but Jim elected me to make some arm covers for our worn leather sofa, and bought "himself" all of the supplies (including the sewing machine) while he and I were at JoAnne Fabrics over the weekend. I said to him - "Now look what you've done... I'll actually want to start sewing again" as my mind envisioned me making some cute simple summer skirts. I don't need anymore ideas right now, LOL>

Love, Linda

Bonnie said...

Your wreath is too cute!!!! Now your porch is finished in style. Time for a party!

Happy Spring.

Fairhope Supply Co. said...

Hey . . . that is so adorable, and it uses turquoise, which I wrote about today as being the "color of the year!" You are so hip!

lynn cockrell said...

Your front entry looks so welcoming, Laura! I love the color of everything and the little bird on the wreath is wonderful. Thanks for showing us how it is done!

Debra Phillips said...

hi laura
so bright and cheery, clever you!
love the banner so original
happy spring
debra

Kelley said...

Hi, Laura. I've been playing catch-up here at D2A. We had our air cons cleaned yesterday and-- AGAIN-- a nest was pulled from mine in the Inspiration Station/Guest Suite! This time, however, a teensy bird's egg was in there, too! I felt awful about that. The poor mum and dad birds came back and we're quite upset. It's always amazing to me how the construct their intricately designed nests. What a God we serve.

Prayers for you, and I LOVE Jenny's blog, too AND your springy front door welcome!

On the way to the airport again tonight. Teaching on marriage and family this weekend on Koror in Palau. *Prayers, please!"

Hugs,
Kelley~

Maria Elena said...

Oh, I just love your Spring wreath and porch decor. How beautiful, Laura! Enjoy your weekend. Maria

Auntie Em said...

Love your sweet spring wreath! The little blue bird clipped on by the nest is so sweet.
Your doorway is perfect for greeting spring and guests!
Thanks for sharing your lovely inspiration! Once I get the ice and snow cleared away from our front doorway, I might have to decorate a wreath too. :)

Heather said...

The little bluebird is so cute and I really like your welcome banner. Please consider joining my Light It Up Blue link-up for Autism Awareness: http://notjustbrides.blogspot.com/2014/04/light-it-up-blue.html

Thanks!

Gammy Tammy said...

Oh, so sweet. Who wouldn't feel the beauty of spring with a sweet little bluebird to welcome them at your door. Love it Laura!

Marie Blackburn said...

Laura, your pretty Spring Wreath caught my eye over at the Show Me What Ya Got Party. I love the mini flag banner idea inside the wreath. Thanks for the inspiration! You are definitely on my MUST follow list.
Marie @ The Interior Frugalista

The Charm of Home said...

Pretty wreath.
Thanks for sharing.
Sherry

April Dunlap said...

Beautiful! The little bluebird is so happy!
~april

Ornate Splendor said...

Pretty and cheerful, Laura! Love the whimsical feel of this wreath. Hugs, Catherine

Artsy VaVa said...

I love your Spring wreath! Pinning to my wreath board.