Monday, January 11, 2010

Valentine's Wreath

As soon as I saw this wreath at Living with Lindsey I knew I wanted to do it.

Unfortunately for me, while I had about a million yards of pink chambray fabric, Micheals didn't have the heart form that I needed for it, a few phone calls later, no one did. Bummer...

So I had to improvise, here is what I used:
Pictured are:
  • Foam wreath form, circular
  • Cardboard heart
  • TONS of pink chambray fabric, also some green - but I didn't use it. 
  • Scrapbook paper
  • School glue
  • Modge podge
  • A pencil and a foam brush.
I pretty much followed her instructions, so I'll leave the step by step to ladies at Little Birdie Secrets. But a few things about my wreath that I wanted to point out...

The Chambray Fabric - chambray fabric is really cool for this because while from a distance the fabric looks like 1 color, it is made up of 2 different threads. The warp threads are a bright raspberry color, the weft threads are white, so when it frays, you see the individual threads not just the finished color.

See:

In order to make the fraying easier, I didn't cut the squares of fabric, I snipped a bit, and then tore it... there ended up being threads everywhere. So when people in our neighborhood see birds nests in raspberry and white, that will be why.

I also used larger squares and packed them REALLY dense.


After I finished the wreath, which did take a lot longer than I expect... I tore up a bunch of the scrapbook paper and decoupaged the heart.

And here is the finished wreath!


What I really like about this solution, because it isn't a heart and it isn't red, on February 15th, I can just pull out the decoupaged heart and I've got a spring wreath... I can add whatever I want, whenever I want to change it up.

Here are a few more detail pictures:
 
And I'll admit, even though this is supposed to be on our front door, it is in the family room... I can't give it up yet and want to see more of it than I will on my front door.




22 comments:

  1. Love the wreath! I was going to do one soon and I'm so glad I got your suggestion of pink/white and chambray fabric. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment on my blog as well!

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  2. Oh now this is just too cute for words!

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  3. Very pretty! Love the fabric you used!

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  4. So pretty and fun! I just love making new decorations - it makes me happy!

    Love it!

    XOO
    Jen

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  5. I'm in love with it! I agree it will look great well into Spring. I wish I could get that look without the time involved poking in all those squares of fabric!

    Your little heart is darling too, and I think I will try that idea for my Valentine tree.

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  6. Will definitely be making one of these!

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  7. I have to comment for two reasons, one because my name is Chambrae :), and two because this wreath is amazing! Such a cute idea! Thanks!

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  8. This is so pretty! I LOVE the pink!!!
    -Mags

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  9. Wow! this look like it took a lot of time! Beautiful though, and I would for sure be keeping it in my living room too...it might get ruined outside. he he.

    Anne

    FloralShowers.com

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  10. That is beautiful! Thanks for sharing. I might have to give this a try. :)

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  11. Breathtaking! I'm in love! I featured this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my "featured" button.

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  12. So pretty!!! I love how the fabric has the two colors. Great job!

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  13. This wreath is awesome!! Can you tell me how you got the fabric to stay? Did you poke holes and glue in place? Thanks so much for sharing

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  14. I like that your wreath is a circle instead of a heart because like you said, just by changing out the little heart and replacing with something springy, it'll be good for a good while. The original directions call for 2"x2" squares of fabric. How much larger did you rip yours? Thanks for sharing.

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  15. To attach the fabric to the form I pretty much followed the original instructions exactly, wrapping the fabric around the tip of a pencil, dipping it in glue and then poking it into the form with the tip of the pencil.

    My squares were bigger than the original, I wanted it really puffy so I went with squares that were about 4" x 4".

    So happy you all like the wreath!!!

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  16. How much fabric did you end up using? I have been planning to make something similar out of felt but I really like the 2-color look of chambray. I'm going to make this for V-day!

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  17. I think I ended up using almost a yard and a half of the fabric... it is a little hard for me to tell. I had about 6 yards of it to begin with... (I bought it 4 years ago to make curtains for my daughter's room before deciding to just go with valences.)

    And I've got a little over 4 yards left over.

    I really packed this thing FULL of fabric. My squares were cut large and I really packed them in dense. I'd imagine you could go with anywhere between a yard with a smaller square and not so densely packed, to 3 yards for a HUGE square really tightly packed. It all depends on the look you are going for.

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  18. I love how it came out the fraying and different colored threads really add an extra bit of fabulousness to it. I think everyone being out of heart shaped wreaths really was for the best. Sounds like it took awhile to make and now you can leave it up a lot longer. Changing out the heart for something else will mean you really get a lot of use out of it. Great job.

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  19. Just wanted to let you know that I featured you in a Valentine's Round Up...

    I know this post is 2 years old, but I really love your wreath...Here's the link Valentine's Pinterest Round Up {crafts and recipes}.

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