Sep 6, 2012

Fine-feathered Friend



It's almost fall! And you know what that means? It's wreath-building time! There is something about leaves changing colour and pumpkins everywhere that makes me want to build wreaths. I don't get that urge any other time of the year. To paraphrase Courtenay at The Creek Line House, "Fall is textury."


I had been asked to make wreaths for some family members, but I missed out on getting them finished for summer. I don't even have one on my own door. Just some lovely scratches from the wreath that hung all last winter. When will that get touched up? I dunno. Probably around the same time I finish painting the trim in the front foyer.

While we were in Pennsylvania I stocked up on grapevine wreaths at Joann's (using my trusty coupons!) I even bought one at a yard sale. Is that crazy to go to a yard sale when you're on vacation in another country? Then this week I headed out to the dollar store to find the decorations. Since the soon-to-be-wreath-owning family members are all closely related and will see each other all the time, I had to make each one unique. I even managed to come up with ideas to make them personalized.

I started the first one with an 18" grapevine wreath, wooden numbers (also from Joann's) that I sprayed with Krylon "ivy leaf", and flowers and feathers from that ol' dollar store. I'm guessing that they're pheasant feathers. Anyone know for sure?



The building of this one was really straight-forward and easy to do. I tucked the feathers into the vines, facing upwards and downwards, and then added the red flowers into the centre. I salvaged some tiny green leaves from another wreath and slid them in behind the flowers to balance the green numbers on the other side.


Once I had an arrangement I liked I hot glued each feather to either the wreath or the feather below it. I only used a tiny dot of glue - just enough to keep them from falling or blowing out. Those Canadian winds can be menacing! 

The numbers were arranged along the opposite side of the circle. I had to slightly overlap them because they're so large, but glueing them to each other rather than only to the wreath gives them more stability anyway.


I used some wide brown satin ribbon (the same as I used on this gift) as a hanger and declared it complete!


Wasn't that simple? Of course now she can never move. Unless she only looks at houses numbered 1483. Can you imagine telling your real estate agent that? "No, I'm sorry, it's just not the right number."

I'm drawn to both the simplicity of the design and the different textures. 
Flowers, feathers, wood, grapevine. Oh, and satin. 


I hope you'll come back to see the other two!


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I'm linking up here this week!








37 comments:

Janel @nelliebellie said...

Cute cute!! You did a great job!

Margo said...

Love the idea of adding the house numbers!

Kathy Moody said...

I love your adorable wreath! The feathers look wonderful. Thank you for the inspiration. :)

Rae Gun said...

this turned out great I love it! cool idea adding the numbers

marissa
rae gun ramblings

JoAnn @ SweetPepperRose said...

I like the feathers for fall - I'm see them everywhere - very nice wreath!
JoAnn

Sarah Larsen said...

Another great post! I am so in love with this blog.

Sarah@
www.blissfulbucketlist.com

Helen's Decor said...

Hi Barb, I'm loving your wreath and what a clever idea for a wreath. Love the mix of feathers and numbers. I'm located at #261 on The Dedicated House party this week. Hope you visit. Thanks, Helen

Kathe said...

Oh my goodness I love this! I need to look for some feathers at our Dollar tree! Thanks for linking this up to my party! I have also featured this on my Facebook page ♥

SarahHulbertStyle said...

When I saw this wreath on "My Whims", I had to pop over and check out the tutorial. It did not disappoint! I ADORE the feathers and how cute to have the house numbers too. Thanks for posting, Barb!!! ~Sarah

Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes said...

What a great idea for Fall! I am hosting an "It's Fall Y'all ~ Linky Party" .... I would like to invite you to share this project, and other Fall related projects/recipes, you may have. All links will be pinned to a board dedicated to the party. You can find the party at Love Bakes Good Cakes. Hope to see you there!

Julia Kendrick said...

Thanks for sharing! I love the wreath and pinned it! Your newest follower from threekendrickblessings.blogspot.com

Liz @ Here's to Handy Andy said...

Very cute! I love the colors you chose! Thanks for sharing at our Pinteresting Link Party!

Bobi Jensen said...

Cute!


I started my very first "Weekend Warmth" Linky party...and there are no rules. Please join in!


http://westernwarmth.blogspot.com/2012/09/weekend-warmth.html

Jill said...

This is gorgeous! At first in the thumbnail I thought it was wheat! Love the feathers!

navywifeypeters said...

Lovely wreath! I love the feathers and the green numbers!


T'onna @ www.navywifeypeters.blogspot.com

Amie @ Pinkapotamus said...

This is sooo pretty! Love the feathers and letters! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party!
xoxo
Amie @ Pinkapotamus

BeColorful said...

What a great project and such a fun look. I especially like those green numerals. I will be pinning this for sure and I bet others are too. Thanks for sharing on BeColorful.
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Lauren @All Things Homie said...

Love the feathers! I'd better dig out my fall decor!

Christina at I Gotta Create! said...

Barb, I just love the feathers. You are a STAR tonight featured over at I Gotta Create! Thanks for linking up. :)
http://igottacreate.blogspot.com/2012/09/five-fabulous-fall-wreaths.html
<3 Christina

Britni @ Hubby Made Me said...

I absolutely love this wreath! The feathers are just awesome and I want to add some to my wreath {that doesn't exist yet}! Thanks for the inspiration, I'm featuring you at this week's party and pinning!

Kim~madeinaday said...

I featured you today! Love that wreath!
Kim`madeinaday

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks Kim - that's awesome!

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks Britni!

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks Christina - I appreciate it!

BarbSteadman said...

I know, me too! That wreath is for someone else!

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you!

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Thanks!

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Thanks!

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Thank you!

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Thanks!

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks Sarah!

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks Kathe!

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you!

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Thanks!

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Jerri said...

What a great wreath. I love feathers! Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites. I'm featuring you this week.

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks Jerri!

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