It was a nail biter but Alabama defeated Clemson. I am going to have to get out and purchase a championship tee shirt for number one son, Ben. And I am glad to do it.
Now on to the Christmas wreath I re purposed for my BFF, Susan. First I will say, I am not a professional but I enjoy being creative and helping out my friends. Susan had used the previous wreath for quite a few years and it was still looking pretty good but Susan was ready for a change. She is my Purple Friend....whenever I see anything purple, I think of Susan. The front door of her townhouse is a lovely aubergine. But the door has a lot of glass so a purple wreath does not disappear into the purple door.
Here is the blue wreath. It took quite a while to get all the bling off the greenery. I had wired some and I had also glue gunned some things. It is easy to take a pair of scissors to a wreath and cut out the left over glue. You can also use wire cutters to trim the wreath. As Susan's wreath had been well used, I did have to even up some spots.
Here is a close up of some of the wired ornaments. I must apologize for the picture quality as my craft room has NO natural light and taking photographs in there is tricky.
Here is the finished purple wreath. I am going to show some close ups so you can see what I used.
Susan had been collecting purple ornaments for over a year so I had lots to work with. In fact we had enought leftovers to do another wreath.
I wired these together and glued the small purple ornament on top. My favorite ornaments were the purple blingy ornaments on clear glass. They are filled with feathers. So pretty when you see them in person.
This pretty purple poinsettia was perfect for the botton of the wreath along with some silver eucalyptus picks.
The ribbon and all the bling at the top that is hard to see in the big photo. We are going to look for a few lime green pieces to tuck into the wreath come October when Hobby Lobby begins to put out their Christmas decorations. It need s a little pop of color for contrast.
Here are some things I have learned....
Scale is important in working with wreaths. The big purple poinsettia was great for this bigger wreath. Wiring ornaments together will always make an impact.
Don't be afraid to shape artificial wreaths. Take a wire cutter and snip off those limbs that are bothering you!
Know when to stop. Believe me, when Susan gave me a big shopping bag full of items, I wanted to use every one!!lol
Take pictures of your project along the way and look at it. That really helps you to see where you need to add or take away.
I find that using three colors is a good way to go. We used purple and silver but plan to add the lime green. I think it will look great when we get it totally finished.
So that is my unprofessional advice! Try your hand at making your own wreath. You will save some money and learn a new skill.