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DIY Spring Wreath

If you are a fan of the House of Hydrangeas fan page on Facebook, then you might have seen that I was busy crafting this weekend.  I got the crafting itch on Friday and ran out to Hobby Lobby to pick up supplies for some projects I've been mulling over for awhile.  So Saturday, while Jon was watching one of his DVRed shows that I have no interest in, I started making a mess in the floor the project I'm going to show you today--a Spanish moss spring wreath.

Here's a list of the supplies you'll need:
Grapevine wreath-$4.99 (I think you can get them cheaper at Walmart)
Bag of Spanish moss-$5.99 (I got the 525 cubic in. bag and still had half of it left when I was done so you can always split it with a friend)
Miniature bird nest-$3.99
Wooden letter-$.99
Brown pipe cleaner-$.50 (optional)
Clear acrylic spray-already owned (optional)
Glue gun/glue sticks-already owned
Rope-already owned
Floral wire-already owned

So the total cost of the project was right around $15.00.

The first step is covering the front of the wreath with moss.  Going a couple of inches at a time, add lines of hot glue to the wreath and immediately cover with moss.  Press moss down into wreath to make sure you get it nice and adhered.  

Continue process until you work your way all around the wreath.

Remember, you only need to cover the front.  The back should look like this.

When you're done, you'll have some of the grapevine twigs still sticking out.  You can trim them or leave them for a more natural look.  I left mine to add more character.

Next, figure out what you want to place on your wreath.  I opted for a bow I made out of some rope I already owned, a wooden letter and miniature bird nest with three eggs in it--perfect for my little family of three :)  I was initially going to paint the letter, but decided I liked the natural look best, so I sprayed it with acrylic to help protect it from the elements outside.  This may not be necessary if you have an awning or recessed front door.  

Once you figure out where you want to place your adornments, you can attach them with floral wire.  Lace a piece of wire through or around the item you want to attach and then stick the wire ends through the front of the wreath.

Pull the floral wire through the back side until the adornment (in this case, my bow of rope) is nice and flush with the wreath.  Then, twist the wire to ensure it stays in place.  Trim the excess wire or tuck it into the back to hide.

As usual, my partner in crime was there helping me. :)

This is what mine looked like after attaching all of my adornments.  

Lastly, create a hook by inserting a pipe cleaner on the back of the wreath and twisting to make a loop. I'd make the loop a little smaller than the one shown so it doesn't stick out past the wreath.

Now it's ready to hang on your door!


We still have a long way to go in bringing some spring curb appeal, but this is a start!

Let me know if you have any questions!  Sometimes I'm not the best at explaining things :)
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