Fall Lantern Centerpieces & More

Hi Everyone! Now that I’m back from my Canada & New England Cruise and have completed my Blog series of our awesome time aboard the Regal Princess and beyond, I’ve gotten back to my crafting.  I’ve had many people comment on my Lantern Centerpieces, so I took some time out today to deconstruct and then reconstruct three of the centerpieces that I had created for this Fall’s decorations.  I’ve made a video and will give you a link *below* to it on my new YouTube Channel “Arlynn’s Country Craft Corner“. 🙂  <~~That’s a link to my main YouTube Channel’s page…I’ll give you link for the specific video I created today below in this short post. 🙂

I will let my video show you everything that I did, but, here are the three centerpieces that I highlighted in the video and then at the end of the video I give a little house tour to show what other centerpieces I’ve created for my Fall decor. 🙂

 

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All right, here is a link to my YouTube video, I hope y’all enjoy it and think about giving a lantern (or other) centerpiece a try.   BTW, it is almost time for me to take all of my Fall stuff down, I’ll be starting to decorate for Christmas very soon–So I know I’ll be deconstructing these Fall centerpieces again and reconstructing them for Christmas…YaY!!

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

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

~Arlynn ❤

 

 

 

Video Home Tour: Family Room, Kitchen, & More

The back portion of our house is definitely the heart of our home, it is where most of the cooking is cooked, crafting is crafted, and chatting is chatted.  🙂  Memories are made here that will be cherished forever.  In this the 3rd installment of my home tour, I take you through the family room, kitchen, powder room, and laundry room.  I show you what I’ve created in each space and give you some details of how we came to make some of the choices that we made while building this home.  My hubby is mentioned *a lot* in this little film, he has done some very spiffy things–he is a jack of all trades as you will see.  I laugh at myself as well because I now know what words I use more than any others…”Love it” & “ANYway” are two phrases/words that come to mind…hahaha. 😉   I will not ramble along further here in the body of this blog post because, trust me, I chatter along enough in this video.  😉  I will leave you with links though just in case you want to check them out after you’ve watched my little tour.

~  The Pip Berry Barn – Where I get all things pip berries…

~  Paper Mart – Where I got the burlap and berry ribbon that you see in the family room. (Scroll down the linked page a bit to find my specific ribbon)

~ Kitchen Cabinet Kings – Where we got our Laundry Room cabinets

~ Kraftmaid Venetian Bronze Cabinet Pull – The handles that we have on our kitchen cabinets

~ Lighting Direct – Where we got all of our light fixtures for over the kitchen and dining room table, for in the living room, and also the foyer

Okie dokie, here’s that link…Until next time, y’all take good care! ❤

~Arlynn ❤

**Here is a link to the next installment**:

Video Home Tour: Mud Room, Garage, and Backyard Patio

Whimsical Summer Wreath: Burlap, Mermaid, Starfish, Metal, & Pip Berries

I was at my sweet cousin Stacey’s house a few weeks ago helping her prepare for her son’s Graduation party.  She had told me about some of her summer decor before I arrived, but, her words didn’t do her creations justice; I was in awe of how she had redecorated, her home looked amazing.  She has used mermaids, sea horses, shells, and all sorts of warm summery accent pieces all around her home, and they inspired me to try and make her a wreath that would blend in nicely with her creations.  Let me start by saying that I had made her a burlap summer wreath a couple of years ago and well, it didn’t quite fit in with her new theme (also, my wreath making skills have improved since I made that other one and honestly, I wasn’t happy with it…haha).

Here I am with Stacey (in the middle) and our other wonderful cousin Donita (left) when we were at the Grad party. 🙂

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Okie dokie…So first, let me show you the supplies that I collected to make this wreath:

  • 24″ Wreath Form
  • 2 1/2 Skeins of Burlap Runner
  • 1 Roll of Burlap and Polka Dot Ribbon
  • 2 Pip Berry Garlands
  • Scroll’y’ Accent Piece
  • 2 Metal Starfish
  • A Large Resin Mermaid
  • Sea Shells
  • 3 Large Cream Burlap Sunflowers
  • A Few Small Silk Flower Accents
  • Hot Glue Gun, Pipe Cleaners, & Floral Wire

Now to explain how I pulled all of those pieces together to make one pretty huge wreath…Here goes:

I attached the burlap to the wreath form by catching big tufts of the burlap into each chenille twist tie…I started on the outside ring and worked my way around, I transitioned to the inner ring and proceeded to work my way in the same way around the entire wreath form.  I went through 2 entire skeins and finished up with 1/2 of another skein.

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When I finished with one skein and started with a new roll, I simply started literally where I left off; I added the burlap right on top of where I had just finished and continued tufting on around.  I completed the entire outer ring finishing by again adding the last tuft right into the the same chenille tie as where I started, then the next tuft was in the inner ring.  I continued to add until I had completely finished both rings.

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The next thing that I did…Well, honestly, my hubby helped me with this part…I flipped the wreath over and centered the scroll’y’ accent piece (got it for half price at Hobby Lobby)…

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And my hubby attached it to the wreath form using floral wire…By the time he was finished, that scroll’y’ piece was rock steady.

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Now, I paused for a second and took some time to hot glue some pipe cleaners onto the back of the mermaid:

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The metal Starfish:

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And onto several Coral Starfish Shells:

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Then I took a moment to create one pretty huge bow out of the burlap and polka dotted ribbon (BTW, I have created a video of me doing a bow tutorial, if you’d like to try to make a bow for yourself, click here)  I used the entire roll to make this bow:

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My daughter mentioned that the tails of the bow actually matched the mermaid’s tail…I told her that that was by design <~~~ I fibbed…LOL…I always cut my bow tails that way, it just so happens that my bow tails look like a mermaid tail–who knew? 😉 😉

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Next, I started to add the pip berry garland to the outer ring (only) catching it in each chenille twist tie.  I worked my way around the entire wreath form–I used 2 garlands and I only had about 3 inches of length left.  Here is where I purchased this Light Teal and Vanilla Cream Berry Garland.

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Now, I was ready to start placing and adding all of my accent pieces. Of course I used the glued on pipe cleaners to attach the mermaid, metal starfish, and coral starfish.  I also used hot glue to anchor them in place.  I can’t really explain I how pull a wreath together, it is just a trial and error sort of approach.  I’ll place an item, stand back and look and decide if I like it there or if I want to move it.  I do this with each accent piece and eventually it all comes together and when I’m satisfied with how it looks, I anchor everything down with hot glue (well honestly, I don’t *always* use hot glue–I’d rather not really, but, with wreaths this size, I often need to add the hot glue to give it more stability). Sometimes this entire process happens quickly & and sometimes I will tweak for hours…haha…I really wanted this wreath to be special for Stacey, so I will admit that I did a bit of tweaking for a good amount of time. 🙂

By being able to see Stacey’s home decor in person, it made this wreath easy to create.  I ‘felt’ her house while I was there, it was warm, cozy, and whimsical in places–I *think* I managed to create the same ‘feel’ with this wreath…Here is the finished product–It measures every bit of 32+” around:

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Stacey squealed when she saw it…hahaha…Bless her heart, I just love that girl to pieces!! And this is where she hung it when she got it back to her gorgeous home–I LOVE it here, and I am reallllly happy to see that those sunflowers, creamy pip berry beads, and the coral starfish match that frame around that beautiful mirror…gosh, how pretty does that combination look?!!  YAY!! 🙂  GREAT place to display that wreath Stacey!! You go girl!!

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I cannot tell you how special my entire family is to me–I would do ANYTHING for them, and this particular wreath was made with tons of love and with Stacey on my mind while creating it. ❤

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

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

~Arlynn ❤

 

 

 

Burlap & Birdhouse Wreath & Room Decor (Soft Green and Cream)

As y’all know, our living and dining rooms sit on the front of our home <link to home tour> and are separated by our foyer & front door.  I have found that I really enjoy putting a wreath on the inside of the door.  I have a pretty large foyer and that wreath helps to carry the decor theme from one room to the next.  I use a pretty green color–I see it everywhere–along with cream & burlap as my accent colors in those rooms.  These colors lend themselves to a soft, pretty, warm and cozy design that I have fallen in love with since moving into this house. Also, using these softer colors while incorporating my other favorite design accents into these rooms presents me with a bit of a challenge being that they are not necessarily your typical country themed colors.  In this post, I will highlight a wreath that I made while on a ladies craft day last March; I made it especially to hang on the back of my front door.  I will also show you some other soft country design elements and techniques like I’ve used in my family room/kitchen area (that are decorated in the more typical country colors of burgundy, green, blue, etc…) and carried into these softer hued rooms.

Okie dokie…So, first, let me list some of my very favorite accent pieces that I usually will use to augment my decor:

  • Pip Berries (picks and garlands)
  • Lanterns
  • Burlap
  • Gerber Daisies
  • Dickens Houses
  • Candles
  • Family Pictures
  • Rod-Iron Accent Pieces

As you will see, I’ve tried my best to try and incorporate some of my favorite things into my room designs and into that huge wreath on the door.  Speaking of the wreath, let me describe how I made that real quick…

Here are the supplies that you’d need if you wanted to try to make this wreath, also here is a link showing you a bit more detailed directions as to how to make a burlap wreath:

  • 24″ Work Wreath
  • 2 Skeins of Burlap ‘Runner’
  • Pip Berry Garland
  • Accent burlap ribbon (or whatever accent you might want to use)
  • Wooden Birdhouse
  • Resin Flowers
  • Burlap Daisies
  • Rod Iron Flower & Accent flowers
  • Floral wire

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The first thing that I did was to glue pipe cleaners onto the back of the birdhouse and the wooden daisies:

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And the Birdhouse:

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Then I added the burlap to the work wreath:

Next I turned the wreath over and attached the rod-iron flower using floral wire:

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Then it was time to make it pretty, so I went about adding the pip berry garland simply by adding it in on top of the burlap, attaching it into each outer ring’s pipe cleaner…

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Then I added the bow, birdhouse, all of the daisies and other accent flowers…IMG_4568

And here is the finished wreath:

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Here I am at Karen’s house in the middle holding the wreath, I’m flanked by my sweet friends Karen and Katrina who worked on their lovely crafts on that nice day:

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Here are a few more pictures of that wreath in place:

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And of course, the pups always love to pose prettily for a picture–Left to Right–Gracie the Golden, and the Newfoundlands, Sophie and Samson. ❤IMG_4750IMG_4757

Here are some pictures of some of the other wreaths that I’ve made to go on that door at different times of the year:

And now to show you how these rooms are pulled together using that pretty green color, cream, and burlap.  I’ll start in the dining room with the tablecloth,  lantern centerpiece, flanked by rod-iron candle holders and green candles.  OH I also made that wreath hanging on the wall between the windows…

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The table runner on my Sideboard matches the tablecloth. I also was really happy when I found those sconces that are on either side of the mirror at Hobby Lobby for 1/2 price:

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And then a few decor elements in the living room:

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If you’d like to read more about these rooms, here is a link to my Living & Dining Rooms blog post describing them in more detail (like where we got those rugs from, and more about the living room furniture, that lamp on the side board, etc…<here is a link>.

I’ll tell y’all, I’ll just go into those rooms and drink in the softness of the design…I love it, truly.  It calms my very soul. 🙂

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

And remember!

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

 

 

 

Pick A Theme & Carry It From Room To Room

I’ve spent a ton of time here in my Blog showing you how I transition from one Season/Holiday to the next via my decor.  But, I have not shown you how I came up with my generic/every-day decor and how I made it work through-out our home.  When we were building our new retirement home…

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I spent the months that it was being built trying like heck to figure out how I was going to decorate.  In my other home, I admittedly went a smidge overboard with my decor–in other words, I filled every single wall/corner/shelf that was blank and available.  Don’t get me wrong, I think I did a good job, I just think I didn’t need to do quite as much…less is more and all of that you know?! 😉  SO, I knew that I loved “country” decor, but not the primitive everything looks really old kind of country–I do love that look too, but, I didn’t think it would be appropriate for this home.  Okay, so I was getting frustrated trying to hone in on exactly where to start, after all, I was going to have to recreate the wheel so to speak–start from scratch–pull my hair out and…well you get my drift.  One day, I finally sat myself down and listed the things that I love and things that I’d used throughout my many years of decorating that always turned out nicely.  My list included:

  • Pip berries (garlands and picks),
  • Lanterns
  • Gerber daisies
  • Fleur-de-lis
  • Baskets
  • Willow Tree Figurines
  • Dickens Houses
  • Wooden Plates
  • Mini-lights

That was rather an eclectic little list I had going, but, as you’ll see, my “theme” became all of those things rolled into one cohesive design that has worked out beautifully in this home.  I will highlight the back part of our home in this entry where I’ve used burgundy, khaki, & cream as my major color scheme.  The staircase separates the family room/kitchen/eating area from the living and dining rooms that sit on the front of our home.   I’ll do a separate post describing those rooms at another time; I use khakis and creams in there as well, but my main accent color in those rooms is a soft green.

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Instead of explaining each and every  decor element, I think I will just show you some pictures and give you links to my blog entries that will show you how I put certain things together.

Let’s start out with the kitchen, as you can see by the pictures below, I incorporated lanterns, baskets, wooden plates, and dickens houses among other things to create the Above The Kitchen Cabinet Decor

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I love to work with those kitchen windows; I’ve incorporated wooden plates, gerber daisies (wooden and silk), pip berry picks…Here is my The Ever Changing Kitchen Window Decor post:

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Moving on into the family room area, our staircase is such a focal point, and my daughter actually gave me the idea to hang pip berry garland wrapped in white lights onto the railing.  Talk about warming up a large space, adding that lit garland and then making bows to go at the swag points has become one of my favorite design elements in the house (we do switch it out for Christmas with pine garland); the entire idea started by me using burlap and swagging it onto the staircase).  Here is a link describing all of the different ways in which I’ve switched up the Staircase Railing…My most recent design is pictured below…

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I made all of those bows, and then I made a swag our of pip berry picks and gerber daisies to attach to the bullnose…IMG_3417IMG_3365

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The fireplace is another focal point; I typically decorate the mantel and hearth.  I have utilized, a pip berry garland, dickens houses, willow tree figurines, wooden plates, and a few other accent pieces to pull it all together.

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I made the wreath that is hanging on the mirror above the mantel…If you’d like to try one for yourself, here is a link as to how I created it…

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Creating Cozy Corners is another little design trick that I’ve honed over the years…I implemented my little trick on either side of the hearth as shown above, and also in the corners on either side of the credenza as shown below…

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IMG_3403 (1)As seen in the picture above, I have found that adding Rod-Iron Scroll’y’ Pieces and Accent Lighting to my space helps to pull everything together nicely…

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Lanterns are some of my most favorite things with which to work…I use them to create table centerpieces and have them scattered about throughout our home…

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I found that flour-de-lis candle holder in Hobby Lobby and I used it much like I do my lanterns…IMG_3394

Here is the Powder room, I have tried to decorate it in much the same way as I did the kitchen and family room areas as it is close by.  I just made this wreath right after Christmas, I tried to pull in all elements of my decor, i.e. gerber daisies, rod-iron (owls), pip berries (I used a pip berry garland)…OH goodness, why don’t I just give you a link, here is how I made that Burlap, Pip Berry, & Rod-Iron Wreath. 🙂

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Lastly, one other way that I pull all of my decor together is my incorporating some of the same accent elements into my little flower arrangements, for this decor theme, I’ve used pip berries, gerber daisies, and that same burlap ribbon that I used to make the staircase bows.

I made these little arrangements for the kitchen window decor:

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I made this basket arrangement to sit up on a shelf in the family room:

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And one more, I made this arrangement to sit on a table in the family room:

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My goal is to always create a warm, cozy, & welcoming space and I think I’ve accomplished that goal nicely–I sure stressed for a long time while trying to pull it all together in my head though.  It wasn’t until I got moved into this home and started to work with the different spaces that it finally all came together into one cohesive design.  I hope that I’ve helped to maybe give you an idea of how to incorporate your favorite things into your home decor and in turn how to make one cohesive design–You can do it, all you need to do is to start compiling a list of the things that you love. 🙂

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

~Arlynn ❤

 

Rebuilding My Lil’ Red Wagon Decor

Our weather has been crazy around here as of late.  One day it is 20 degrees and then the next day it is 60, no wonder everyone is sick!  We had an awful storm go through here last week and it decimated the decor that I had in my Little Red Wagon (<~~~Link to show you all of the different ways I’ve decorated up this wagon in the past).  This is what it looked like before the wind lifted everything out of the wagon and broke some lantern glass and carried some of the other accent pieces through the yard and beyond…sheesh!

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Regardless of the mess I found after the storm, I had already planned to redo the wagon decor for the rest of the winter months.  I wanted to get rid of the pine ‘Christmassy’ looking garland as well as create a new small wreath that would pair nicely with the front door wreath.

Here is a quick synopsis of how I put together that small grapevine wreath…

Supplies:

  • One small grapevine wreath form
  • One pip berry garland (it was one I had leftover from another project)
  • Gerber Daisies
  • Metal three tiered sign w/chain
  • Red and burlap chevron wired ribbon
  • Old Boyd’s Bear (that I literally just found while I was cleaning out some stuff in my basement)

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This little wreath went together very quickly…I started by hot gluing the pip berry garland onto the wreath form

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Then I used a pipe cleaner to attach the 3-tiered sign onto the form…

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I glued the bottom “Laugh Often” section to the wreath…

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After that was completed, I made a bow out of the ribbon and I tied the bear onto the wreath with floral wire (I didn’t want to glue him on just in case I might want to use him for something else in the future).  Then I placed the gerber daisies where I thought they looked nice and glued them into place.

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Here is the finished wreath…

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So, now, let’s move out onto the front porch and I’ll show you how I built that wagon decor…I started by collecting a few items that I thought I might use…

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Then I placed the blanket into the wagon…

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I put a large picture holder that would hold that little wreath into the left corner…

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Then as often happens to me, I totally got into the creative process and FORGOT to take more pictures of each step! Grrrr…As you can see though, I have a white crate sitting on top of a milk can sitting behind the wagon, I love to use that to add interest and a little bit of depth to the project.  Then I started building the rest of the decor starting inside the crate with that wooden heart, moving into the wagon and placing the bigger bear on a little stool in the right back corner and adding metal star stands and garland, metal butterflies, a solar lantern, and a tuft of reddish berries. 🙂 When creating these types of grouping, I usually build from left to right, back to forward, and then up and work my way down…to the ground this instance..I hope that made sense…lol. Here is a link to one of my posts that describes how I put together groupings like this, it is entitled How To Create Cozy Corners & More. 🙂

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

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And here it is paired with the front door wreath…

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I also wrapped a string of brown corded white lights around the wreath and wrapped a strand around that pip berry garland that I have draped over the white crate.  (If you are interested in purchasing brown corded white lights, here is a link to Factory Direct Craft, that is where I always get mine. 🙂

Here is the wagon in the evening hours…

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You can even see it from a distance, it just add a bit of warmth and coziness to the entranceway. 🙂  As y’all know by now, I’m all about warming up my spaces and trying to make them as welcoming as can be. 🙂

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

~Arlynn ❤

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.

 

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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

 

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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…

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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…

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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:

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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 ❤