I think I’ve mentioned I’m ready for Spring. A few times anyway.
So I’ve decided it’s time to decorate for Spring – whether Spring’s ready to show up or not!
The first place to start is my front door – the poor thing has been naked for several months.
I really loved my Fall Wreath – so I wanted to use some of the same elements like the pennant – just altered a bit for some fresh Spring flowers!
Here’s my Shabby Flowers Spring Wreath!
It has some pretty green moss and some sweet little felt and eyelet flowers to get us ready for those real spring flowers.
(Actually this is probably the closest I’ll get to real spring flowers – since I seem to have a black thumb.)
It also has a little pennant banner that shouts “SPRING”!!
Isn’t it fun? And Spring-y?
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own!
• Grapevine Wreath
• Green Moss
• White eyelet fabric
• White & Cream felt
• Fabric for pennant – light colors so the printing will show up
• Freezer Paper
• Hot glue
• Pennant Image Pattern
We’ll start with the felt flowers. To make these rolled felt flowers you’re going to cut out a spiral circle. To give them the little “petal” look – you want to cut out a wavy spiral like the one below.
If you want, you can draw out a spiral as a guide, or you can free hand it. It doesn’t have to be a perfect circle (obviously :). You just don’t want the spiral sections to be too wide – otherwise you’ll have really tall flowers.
You might want to have some “practice felt”. My first flowers were a little sad and chunky looking.
Once your spiral is cut, start rolling up the flower at the outside end. Roll it tightly into a spiral.
You want the center pretty tight – then you can start rolling it a little more loosely so the outer sections look more like open petals.
When you’ve rolled the whole flower, you’ll have the little center section left. Glue this down to the center of the flower, then cut a small felt circle to glue to the base. This will hold the flower in place.
So for the wreath I made a few different sizes – to make larger versions of this flower you’ll make a larger spiral circle, but you want the spiral strips about the same size.
For my wreath I made three medium-sized cream, 2 small-sized cream and 3 medium-sized white felt flowers.
Now let’s do the big shabby fabric flowers.
Cut two petal shapes out of paper, one longer than the other by about a 1/2″.
Cut 5 of the larger petals out of fabric and 7 of the smaller petals out of fabric.
Sew a gathering stitch along the bottom of the large petals, about 1/4″ from the straight end.
Sew the last petal to the first and pull up the gathering stitch. Knot the thread.
Repeat with the seven smaller petals.
Layer the smaller flower on top of the larger and glue together.
Glue a small felt circle to the back of the fabric flower and glue one of your small cream rolled flowers in the center.
You can also rough up the edges of the flower a bit to give it more of a frayed look.
Make two of these fabric flowers.
Glue a section of green moss to your grapevine wreath.
Glue your fabric and felt flowers onto the mossy section.
(Does the word “mossy” always make you think of the movie You’ve Got Mail? Me too.)
So cute!! Now we’re going to get the pennants ready. To get your fabric ready for printing, cut out a piece of fabric and a piece of freezer paper, a little larger than a sheet of paper.
Iron the shiny side of the freezer paper to the back of the fabric.
Trim the fabric/freezer paper to the size of a sheet of paper. This will even up all your edges and make everything nice and tidy. You don’t want to have frayed or uneven sides, it will be more likely to catch in your printer.
(Even so, I recommend you have enough fabric & freezer paper on hand in case you need to print it twice. Sometimes there are smudges from the ink.
Put the fabric in your printer so that it will print on the right side of the fabric. Print out your pennant letters and trim them just inside the pennant lines.
Peel off the freezer paper. Glue the pennants (check your spelling. . . ahem) to a long piece of twine.
Rough up the edges of your pennant pieces to give them a shabby look.
Tie the twine piece so the pennant is at an angle at the top of the wreath.
And your wreath is done!!
Hang it on your door – and hopefully Spring will get here soon!!
I’d love to hear what you think!
What about you? Have you started decorating for Spring??
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