I blame it on the weather (it has been unusually wet and cold here in Utah) and the fact that I have not had a seasonal wreath on my door since March 1 (when I took down the Valentine’s Day wreath).
Anyway…I absolutely love the Fourth of July. It is seriously one of my favorite holidays. Follows right after Christmas for me (confession: I may or may not have a patriotic themed Christmas tree amongst my Christmas collection).
I have wanted to put together a new summer/patriotic wreath for sometime now.
I also thought it would be fun to try a fabric rosette wreath. I’ve seen them all over the web and had bookmarked this one posted on Jen’s blog last fall for inspiration.
I was looking for something with a few less rosettes (see: less time intense) and a little more variety in size, style and color.
The supplies for this project were easy to find around the house or inexpensively picked up at the craft store – a wreath from, some rough linen, a couple of patriotic fabric scraps and just a slip of left over ruffle…
I snipped and then ripped two lengths of fabric to cover the wreath form (I think I had about a yard and a half of this fabric on hand to work from). I loved using the rip method to rough up the linen a little bit, especially since I typically go for such a finished look.
As I wrapped the wreath form, I periodically secured it with my trusty hot glue gun. So that it remained nice and tight. Hmmm. Finished it sorta reminds me of a mummy…maybe I’ve got something going for Halloween here…
For the flatter, more tightly rolled version, start by folding the fabric in half and tying a quick knot in the end. Next dab a little fabric glue on the strip and start your initial roll. I usually roll my fabric five or six times before I begin twisting it. Periodically secure your rosette with the fabric glue and tuck the end underneath to finish off.
You can mix this up by rolling the fabric more loosely and/or changing up the width of your strips.
Once the rosettes were completed, I decided to finish them off with some buttons (I had most of them on hand from a collection I received at a Quilt Market event). A nice added layer of color and bling to dress the wreath up and finish it off.
Hopefully this wreath will pull me from my decorating rut. How often do you change the wreath on your front door? Monthly? Seasonally?