Doesn't that just scream fall?! The more I look at it, the happier it makes me. Ok fall, I am ready, come sprinkle some crisp weather down here in Southern California so I can make something hearty and warm for dinner. I'll even appreciate a windy day or gasp....rain! I just can't wait to fire up the oven and bake something without marinating in my own sweat. Anyway, more about wreaths.
Not only has Pinterest been an inspiration for recipes and toddler fun, it's given me the fuel to get crafty. Wreaths are fun and you can use them again and again. For Becker's first birthday I made this ballooon wreath I found on Pinterest:
It took me several nights of pinning balloons to the wreath in front of the tv after Becker was asleep, but it turned out awesome and we've used it for all three of our birthdays this year with many more to come. That first wreath got my wheels turning and I've pinned many more DIY wreath ideas since.
Our hot September weather has had me longing for for fall. I miss seasons. I've enjoyed the summer weather, but I need a change. Trader Joes has installed a pumpkin patch and Target is about to pull out the Christmas decortation meaning it is officially time for fall. We've got our Uggs and our jackets all ready to go and it's still 90 degrees every single day. Since it doesn't seem to be letting up any time soon and I won't get to FEEL fall weather, I can at least make my house LOOK like it's fall. I fell in love with this yarn wreath on, you guessed it, Pinterest! My sister also fell in love with it after seeing my pin and made an absolutely beautiful version:
When she texted this picture to me, I knew I wanted to make mine NOW. This one took her a couple of days to complete and she had sore arms from wrapping layers upon layers of yarn around the wreath form. It looks amazing, but I wasn't sure I had the patience or energy to tackle a multi-night project with a very busy toddler in the house to possibly find and destroy said project. I've also been liking the monogram wreaths and decorations I've found and instantly liked this DIY fall wreath project. Hot glue, a little paint, glitter and burlap. I can do that! When I bought my supplies, Michael's had leaves with a touch of gold glitter that was going to match my glittering B perfectly so I grabbed those up in lieu of the plain fake leaves. Once Becker was asleep last night I set to work. This is what the dining table looked like as I was about to get started with the hot glue.
After burning my fingers numerous times (burlap is full of holes) and also dropping a burlap loop covered in glue which hit the table and then landed on the floor, I did finish the wreath in one evening as hoped. The glue on the floor was a bit of an issue at first. When the loop fell, it smeared the glue so it wasn't as easy as waiting for that little hot glue bubble to dry, and then popping it off the floor. A little ice and butter knife scraping got the glue off the floor. Once it was done, I hung it up on the inside of our door to admire and Mark commented that it wasn't centered and needed more leaves on the right side. Originally I had wanted the B to be more off centered to the right, but once it was glued it was not coming off so I had to make do. Back to work, I added more burlap and leaves to even it out and called it a night. I really like the way it turned out, so here it is again. Ta dah!