UncategorizedSpring Wreath Tutorial June 8, 2012How is it already Friday??? I know that I promised a summer mantle and I am so sorry I’m behind on this! Everything for it is ready to go, but I’m waiting on my carpenter (the husband 🙂 ). The word art that I made needs some carpentry work and I didn’t put together how busy my husband’s schedule has been these past few days. He’s had a couple stressful days at work and we’ve been booked every night. So, me being off during the days hasn’t helped me on this one. Thankfully, we’re going to finish this up this weekend and I’ll have it for you with lots of details and a tutorial next week. I’ve definitely learned from this that I need to not just plan ahead, which I’ve gotten much better about, but also thinking through the project ahead of time and coordinating with Chris for what I need his help for. I’m getting more comfortable with power tools, but I’m not totally independent on them yet. But I did want to show you some progress on the word art. I’ve gotten the quote painted onto the boards and I’m loving it. I think the finished product will be great. I think word art is one of my favorite things to make. It’s easy and is personal! So Monday, finally, I’ll have our finished mantel 🙂 * * * Today, on the other hand, I have a project from a friend of mine. I am so excited to share this guest tutorial and so thankful that she agreed! I first met Kristen several years ago while we were both working for a Baptist summer camp in North Carolina. Since then, she’s married her love Chris and I love seeing her home projects and other fun things they have going on through Instagram! Here the cute couple: Aren’t they the sweetest? And what a great picture! Here’s one I loved from their wedding: So cute! Okay, I know these pictures are pretty awesome, but let’s move on to her tutorial. I saw this wreath she made for their front door and loved the pretty seasonal feel of it. I asked if I could post a tutorial here and am so glad she agreed! So, here it is, in her words: Spring Flower Wreath Hi everyone! I was so excited when Lindsay asked me to share how I made my front wreath! I have loved following the projects Lindsay and her husband are doing over at Life of Splendor to make their house a home and she definitely inspires me to follow through and complete my own projects! So thanks Lindsay for allowing me to stop by! 🙂 Because my husband and I live in an apartment and cannot do much structurally to our home, I love gaining ideas from Pinterest (click the link to follow her on Pinterest) to spruce up our little home. This wreath idea was one of those and I love how it gives the first impression of your home before you even walk through the door! If you would rather not use numbers, you can also use your last initial! Here’s what you’ll need: **grapevine wreath** (I found mine at Michael’s and used a coupon!) **wooden numbers** (also from Michael’s but any font you find works) **paint (not shown)** **your choice of flowers** **hot glue gun and several glue sticks (not shown)** **pair of pliers (make sure they are pretty sturdy)** STEP ONE: Paint the numbers the color of your choice and give them time to dry. You may want to paint them several coats or use a primer such as Martha Stewart’s primer. STEP TWO: While waiting for your letters to dry, cut the flowers with a pair of really good pliers! I have actually gone through a few of these because I did not originally get a pair that were strong enough! Cut the stems of the flower so that just a little bit is still left. STEP THREE: After placing the flowers how you like them, put a strip of hot glue around the edge of the stem to help the flower stay put. STEP FOUR: Push them firmly down into the wreath. It helps that the pieces of the grapevine grab onto the stem of the flower for stability. STEP FIVE: Glue the numbers down on the opposite side of the wreath. This can be difficult sometimes because of the curves of the wreath. It took me several tries to get the numbers to stay put! STEP SIX: All finished…find a pretty place to hang it! I love how pretty it looks from the road and it still lets the mailman know where to leave your packages! Thank you, Kristen! What a cute wreath and a great tutorial! I think this wreath would be great for spring or summer. It feels fresh and cheery! I have to say, I love sharing projects that other people are doing. If you have anything you’d like me to potentially share, shoot me an e-mail with some photos and the details: firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope you all have a great weekend!