Friday, May 20, 2016

Welcome Summer!

I was going to withhold this post for a "Make It Monday" edition... But I was too proud of this super cute and easy summer wreath to wait!

It's been a rainy few days here in the Sisterhood apartment, and we have a really bad habit of sitting at home eating in that sort of weather. Once finishing off five books, two family-sized bags of chips, and the rest of the girl scout cookies, we decided we'd better become a little more productive. And though it certainly didn't feel like summer, we were determined to celebrate it one way or another.

In my head, our summer wreath would have a lot of colors. Lime green, turquoise, hot pink, maybe deep purple. Flip flops. Beach balls. Sunshine clips. It would be cute and feminine and maybe hold our room number on it as well. But after roaming around Hobby Lobby in sweat pants and rain boots, we realized there was only one real place we wanted to be...

The beach.

Want to try it for yourself?

You Will Need...
1 Wreath Mold
2 rolls Sandy Ribbon
1 roll Blue Ribbon
1 Styrofoam Ball
1 sm pkg. Cocktail Umbrellas
Hot Glue Gun

Let's Get Started! 

We started by purchasing some tan glittered ribbon for sand, some blue metallic ribbon for ocean, and we improvised with the rest. We trimmed down a styrofoam ball for potted flowers and made our own beach arrangement out of cocktail umbrellas. We hot glued the umbrellas to ensure they wouldn't budge, and ran a string of the sandy ribbon through the base of the arrangement before setting it aside to dry.

Then we got the wreath started. Begin by standing up all the bristles from the wreath mold. (We know, we had Christmas tree flashbacks too...)

Now comes the easy part. Insert the edge of the sandy ribbon between one of the bristle pairs, and twist the bristles twice to secure the ribbon.

Gather a loose bunch of ribbon and secure the segment to the next pair of bristles, and repeat for 2/3 of the wreath. Use the same process to fill the remaining 1/3 of the wreath with the blue ribbon. I usually go over the same area about 3-4 times to make the wreath fuller. You can make it as full or thin as you like!

By now, your umbrella arrangement is probably dry. Choose where you'd like the umbrellas placed, and use the sandy ribbon to secure it. I knotted mine three times at the back of the wreath mold.

And viola! Told you it was easy!

Feel free to attempt other patterns and add any extras you choose! For extra beach embellishments, you might add flip flop clips, beach ball party favors, and more. Happy crafting!
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