Burlap, Pip Berry, and Owl Wreath

It has become obvious that I have a real affinity for adding owls to my wreaths…after all they are cute little creatures. 🙂  Here are the wreaths that I’ve made in the last year that I’ve adorned with an owl…or two… 😉

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Of course, I don’t have all of these hanging up at one time, and the one on the bottom right was given as a gift to a dear friend.  BUT, as you can see, owls are often my choice with which to build an entire wreath. 🙂

That said, I did not surprise myself when I picked up these two wrought-iron *looking* owls (they are really resin, still pretty heavy though) and started formulating a plan for a wreath that I wanted to make for my powder room.



Here are the other supplies that I collected so that I could bring the wreath that was in my mind’s eye to fruition:

  • Work Wreath (90% off at Hobby Lobby)
  • Burlap ‘Runner’ (1 – 1/2 Skein)
  • Pip Berry Runner
  • 5″ Burlap Ribbon (for a bow)
  • Burgundy and Khaki colored daisies
  • Sparkly Butterflies






The first thing that I did was to hot glue pipe cleaners onto the back of those owls…they were pretty heavy and pretty big so I knew that glueing them onto the wreath was not going to be an option, the pipe cleaners provide a nice sturdy way with which to attach the owls to the wreath…


The next thing that I did was to make a bow out of the burlap ribbon…This was not wired ribbon, but it sure did make up into a pretty bow.  I just taught myself how to make this kind of bow at Christmas time, check out this link to see how I learned: Big Beautiful (Christmas) Bows…


I then started to build my wreath; so as not to bore you with the “how-to” details here, if you’d like to know how I put my burlap wreaths together here is a link to my Front Door Burlap Wreaths post, in there I describe my process…

As you see in the pictures of the wreaths that I’ve made, I usually will attach a contrasting colored burlap or ribbon to the wreath to add interest. But, I did a little something different with this wreath in that instead of a contrasting burlap or ribbon, I used a pip berry garland.  I attached the garland to each of chenille pipe cleaners on the outer ring of the wreath (I just added it right on top of the burlap that I had already attached)…

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After that, I tied the bow onto one side of the wreath and the owls onto the other side and I placed the flowers and butterflies where I thought they looked nice and hot glued them in place.  I took a moment to fluff out the pip berries and the burlap.  I pulled one of the bow tails up and around the top and caught it in a couple of pip berry twigs and I did the same thing under the bow and around the bottom of the wreath; I cut the tails of the ribbon into an inverted ‘v’.

In the end, this is what I came up with:


And here it is hung up in its spot in the Powder Room:


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I truly do love the creative process and am very happy with how this wreath turned out.  It fills up that wall nicely and it will be a lovely every-day wreath.  It will most likely hang there until next Fall.

Until next time, y’all take good care! ❤

**In crafting there are no mistakes, only unique creations**

~Arlynn ❤




Christmas Wreath: Ornament & Burlap Mesh (Burgundy & Gold)

Hi All,

I took a trip to Walmart with the intention of purchasing Christmas ornaments to be used to try and create one of those beautiful wreaths made completely out of Christmas ball ornaments.  I have never made one of those wreaths and I thought that I might like to give it a try, so I started perusing around looking for just the right color combination of ornaments.  Walmart does have very large containers of Christmas balls in a dizzying array of color combinations…just not the combination for which I was specifically looking.  I am going to be decorating my family room and surrounding rooms with burgundy and a light gold this year and all of the large containers of the gold ornaments were too dark in color and I was getting frustrated.  ANYway, my cousin Stacey had told me about some new and different burlap/meshy rolls that they have at Walmart  (y’all have met Stacey when she was my guest blogger and she told you about her Deco Mesh Halloween Wreath and her matching Deco Mesh Garland that she created when we got together for a craft weekend).  As I was wandering around continuing to search for what had become a very elusive color of gold ornament, I found the rolls that she was speaking about and gathered several and put them in my cart. I then looked to my left AND right across the aisle my eyes locked on an “ornament garland” in the *exact* colors that I’ve been tossing around as my theme colors for this Christmas!  My wheels started turning as I grabbed up that box of ornament garland–even though it was $20…yikes. Regardless, I was a happy girl because I had found burlap mesh *and* my envisioned color combination of ornaments; I was creating the wreath in my mind as I went around and gathered the other accents that I’d eventually add to the wreath.  This wreath cost me around $50 to make (a bit more than others that I’ve made because of the cost of the ornament garland)…

Here is what I came up with:

Here is the ornament garland:


I chose to use a 16″ work wreath with the gold metallic chenille twist ties already attached (picked that up at Hobby Lobby in the Christmas section for 40% off):


I used almost two entire rolls of that meshy burlap and most of the roll of the gold and cream accent ribbon:


I picked up some gold and pine decorative picks and a few little owls to add as my accent pieces:

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Here is how I put it all together:

I started with the meshy burlap…I attached it to the work wreath starting on the outer ring.  I made large loops between each twist tie (probably about 10″ long) and worked my way around the entire ring finishing by adding the last gathered tuft into the same twist tie that I started with. Then, I transitioned to the inner ring and did the same thing around the entire ring.


I then started to add the gold and cream ribbon. I started at one of the twist ties on the inner ring, attaching into the twist tie and right on top of the meshy burlap.  I continued around the entire wreath working from the inner to the outer twist ties.  I put the ribbon in every twist tie…

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I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to manipulate that ornament garland into place, but, it was much easier to accomplish than I feared. All I did was get it out of the box, spread it out, and then laid it around the wreath. The ornaments were attached to a rather sturdy, wrapped stem sort of stuff that I could bend and manipulate any way I chose.  I used all of the inner twist ties to secure it onto the wreath.

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Next, I made a bow (here is my Bow Tutorial video), chose a place to put it on the wreath and tied it on using the pipe cleaner that I had used to tie the bow shut:



The garland did overlap in one spot–to the right of the bow, but it filled out that part of the wreath nicely and actually worked out perfectly in the end. 🙂

I then started to place the gold and pine picks and the owls, being a symmetrical person, I admit that I did fiddle around with them a good bit before I got them where they looked good to my eye.  I did hot glue them into place, and I also hot glued some of the ornaments together, they were flipping and flopping around a little too much.  This wreath will be hanging on our family room door that heads out to the backyard, so it is constantly in use, I wanted to make sure everything would be nice and secure.

I tried it out on the door for a few minutes, and I think it is going to work out beautifully there in the family room…

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I’m so excited to decorate for Christmas this year because I’m going to be tweaking my decor a bit.  I have gotten a bit tired of the same decorations year in and year out.  Some traditional things will remain the same, like the family room Christmas tree will not be changed a whole lot because it holds all of our special, sentimental ornaments, and I have a few ceramic Christmas trees that my Grandma made for me, they will definitely still be incorporated into the mix. OH yeah, I have a plethora of snowmen as well, I’m sure they will be scattered about. But, I will be changing up my mantel and hearth and most likely I’ll make a spray that will go on my bullnose of my staircase– all three of those places will mimic this wreath…somewhat. 🙂  (I rushed back to Walmart today to gather a couple more boxes of that ornament garland to incorporate in the places that I just mentioned). 🙂  So, I am going to be trying to recreate the old wheel so to speak this year…wish me luck! And stay tuned, after Thanksgiving, the decorating frenzy will begin…haha. 😉

Until next time, y’all take good care! ❤

**In crafting there are no mistakes just unique creations**

Burlap “Woodlands” Wreath for Winter

Hi Y’all,

It is that time of the year when I start gearing up to make a few things to add to my Christmas decor and since we’ve only lived in this new house for a couple of years, I’m still gathering, creating, and building up choices with which to decorate for the Holidays.  I headed to my happy place Hobby Lobby today to gather materials to make a wreath for the inside of my front door to be used with my Christmas decorations.

As I was searching–really wandering around aimlessly– I came across these platinum gold’ish’ flowers that looked kind of like poinsettias, the same color beads, and a pick with leaves and sparkly beads. Every single thing that I bought was 40% off today…

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Then I found these really cute resin owls in the same color scheme:


I fell in love with all of that stuff so my entire plan for that wreath changed.   Instead of me making an ‘in your face’ Christmas wreath (using that pretty country green that I use as an accent color in that part of the house), it turned into kind of a “Woodlands” wintery wreath which I think will pair beautifully with all of my Christmas decor.  I can always incorporate some of the green color later if I want to do so, but for now, I’m completely pleased with how it turned out. 🙂

Here is how I made this wreath:

I used a 24″ wreath form with the pipe cleaners already attached:

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You’ll need 2 skeins of Burlap ‘runner’ for this sized wreath form…


I hot glued pipe cleaners on the back of both owls so that I could ‘tie’ them onto the wreath–I knew that they’d be too heavy to glue into place…


The first thing I did was to attach the burlap, I unrolled most of the skein, gathered the end and started placing it into one of the pipe cleaners on the outside of the wreath form. I then made a large loop (probably at least 10″ long) and caught it into the next pipe cleaner on the outer ring of the wreath form.  I continued making loops around the entire outer ring of the wreath form; I used an entire skein for this row…

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I then opened the other skein and started working in the same manner around the inner ring…


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This size wreath form makes a huge wreath, it literally is almost as wide as my front door and it measures 30″ around…


I then made a bow out of this chevron burlap ribbon…Here is a link to my “How to make a bow tutorial” video…


And then I proceeded to catch the remaining chevron ribbon in pipe cleaners.  I caught it in every other twist tie moving from the outer ring to the inner ring then back out to the outer ring’s pipe cleaners working my way around the entire wreath.

After I was finished adding in the chevron ribbon, I placed my bow where I wanted it on the wreath, then I tied the owls on, and started placing the flowers.  There is no rhyme or reason or pattern to this part of the wreath making process, you just need to let your creative juices flow and place the flowers where you think they look pretty.  I then hot-glued everything in place for security (sometimes I won’t do that, but those poinsettias were rather heavy and I didn’t want them to fall out)…

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After I was finished tweaking it–took me a few minutes to get it exactly how I wanted it, I hung it up on my foyer door.  I’m completely happy with how it turned out and I will probably leave it up there through Christmas and the Winter months.

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It just goes to show you that even my best laid plans can turn into something completely different.  I’m happy that I let myself step out of my original thought process regarding this wreath.  Go me! 😉

Until next time, y’all take good care! ❤

**In crafting there are no mistakes just unique creations**

Guest Bedroom #2 – The Turquoise Room

Hi All,

I debated about what I wanted this room to be for months and many options came to mind, how about making it into a craft room? Since it sits on the front of the house and has great light it would make a lovely place to be creative. Or, maybe it would make a great office, or possibly we could turn it into a nice upstairs rec room.  In the end I ended up making it a guest bedroom.  I don’t need that room to be any of those other things, but, now that it is a bedroom it has already been utilized several times to house visitors.  I decided to use turquoise as the accent color because, one, it is my daughter’s favorite color and she had claimed this room as hers when she comes to spend the night, and two, because I love how turquoise pairs with khaki; I had already chosen and hung the curtains in a khaki color (the same curtains that I used downstairs in the living and dining rooms and upstairs in the Happy Room).  In addition, I had found the bedding in Bed, Bath, & Beyond and I wanted to use something that would pop against that choice.


We didn’t have extra bedroom furniture left over from our other home to put in this room, so we needed to buy new, but, we decided not to spend a ton of money creating the wheel (so to speak).  So, one day while looking at the IKEA website, we stumbled across these turquoise bedside tables!


I knew it was meant to be, so off we went to do a little shopping at IKEA.  We ended up purchasing 2 bedside tables, a queen sized mattress, a white bed frame and headboard, a full length mirror, two white lamps, and a white table to be used as a tv stand.


After I had the furniture in place, the bed made up with the comforter, pillow shams, added the throw pillows, and hung mirror on the wall. I started searching for the accent pieces that would help to bring this room to life.

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Here are some of the turquoise and khaki colored accent pieces that I found one day when I was shopping specifically for this room. These items are from several different stores…World Market, Hobby Lobby, and Bed, Bath, and Beyond.
We already had that little table, we painted it white and I found that basket that is housing the towels at IKEA on the same day that we purchased the furniture.
I got the canvas picture that is over the bed at Bed, Bath, and Beyond for 80% off. What a deal!!

I found this sweet little chair at World Market and I used a $50 off coupon on the day I purchased it and the pillow.


My hubby painted parts of the ceiling fan in a turquoise color…spiffy! 🙂

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I made this burlap wreath, I absolutely love owls and had already found others to use as accents around the room!  So, when I found that owl in Hobby Lobby, I snatched it up to use in this wreath.



As I do in all of the bedrooms, I leave a little basket of goodies on the end of the bed for those who might forget to pack something.



In the end, this turned out to be a lovely room full of warmth and a bit of charm thrown in for good measure. My hope is that anyone who might to stop by to stay for a spell will lay their head down in this room and will feel the love with which it was created engulf them like a warm snuggly blanket.

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Until next time, y’all take good care! ❤