Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Each season, I try to change out whatever is hanging on my front door, but this year, it’s been bare since December. B-O-R-I-N-G. I was lacking inspiration, but then I walked into my local “everything’s $1” store…
I brought home some simple treasures….
…but after ten minutes, I had come up with a wreath that I love!!
The base of the wreath is a pool noodle. I just put the ends together and taped the bejeezus out of it to make sure it holds for a good while. I picked a green wreath so if it peeked through the flowers, it would not be blaringly obvious.
The flowers are just flower leis. They come in packs of 3 for $1. I used 9 leis total, but I might end up adding another 3, just to fill it in a bit more.
To wrap the leis, I first attached one to the noodle with a straight pin, just to keep it in place, then began wrapping. when I got to the end of a lei, I use tiny safety pins to attach it to the next lei and kept wrapping. When I got to the end of the last lei, I removed the straight pin holding the first lei, pinned the first and last together, then moved the flowers around the noodle until I liked the way they were laying. I did not glue the leis for two reasons – so I can reuse the leis and so I can reuse the noodle.
The whirlygig came on a stick but I did not want that ugly black stick hanging down. So, I did the next best thing – I cut the stick off so there was a post sticking straight back out of the whirlygig. I picked the perfect spot on the wreath and stuck it straight into the foam. If I have problems with it staying in, I’ll put a bit of glue in the hold.
I decided the center needed some flair, so I added a simple metal piece I’d picked up at another local discount store for $1.75.
The noodle is a bit larger around than my wreath hanger is deep, so to keep it from falling off, I cut a slit in the underside of the foam, and pushed the bottom of the hanger into the hole.