Saturday, April 16, 2011

Spring Decor: Burlap and Birdies Wreath

I made a spring wreath today for my front door.  Want to see?
It was pretty easy, once I worked out a few details.  These were the basic supplies:

1 large styrofoam wreath form
Fabric Quarters

I started by cutting out strips of burlap, roughly 1-1/2 inches wide.  There was no need to be precise, so I just eyeballed it as I cut.
 Then, I wrapped my burlap strips tightly around the wreath form.  Since I had been warned that hot glue would melt the styrofoam, I just used small pins to pin my burlap on, at the beginning and end of each strip.
 When I was done wrapping the strips of burlap around the form, my wreath looked like this:
 Next, I made a pattern for my birds.  I wanted to have a fairly stiff pattern for easy tracing, so I just did a little recycler's trick and opened up an empty box from my pantry.
 I drew the little birdy shape that I wanted on the other side of the cracker box, and cut it out.  (Sorry, I free-handed this shape, so I can't tell you where to find one like it online.  I can tell you if you do a search on "bird crafts" you will find some printable patterns.)
 At this point, I used my pattern to cut out a bunch of fabric birds, which I fully intended to sew together and stuff.  Um, that was a lot harder than I thought it would be.  My first attempt was so pathetic that I went back to the drawing board, and found an easier way to make the 3-dimmensional birds I was trying for.  The second attempt was much, much better.  Here is what I did:

I cut out several cardboard birds and flipped them over, so the colorful side of the cardboard was facing up.
 Then, I squiggled a little hot glue across the birds, and spread some batting on top.
 The birdies looked like this, when I turned them over.
I put each bird on a scrap of fabric, and trimmed the fabric so it was a similar shape, but still had plenty of fabric around the edges.
Then, using my glue gun, I pulled the fabric around onto the back of the cardboard, and glued it down.
I basically upholstered those cardboard birds.  Crazy, huh?  Here's what they looked like, all glued up:
(Note: before I glued the entire bird, I made sure there was enough stuffing inside, so that it would be generously puffed.  If necessary, I pushed additional stuffing in with a pencil, before I glued the last bit.)

The final touch on each bird was gluing on a small burlap wing.
Next, I hot glued the birds onto the burlap wreath.
Along with this little nest, which I found on the ground near my mailbox, last fall.  It's the real deal!
I didn't want the nest to be empty, so I scrunched up some fabric scraps to make little "eggs" inside of it.

I used some burlap ribbon to tie my wreath onto the wreath hanger on my door.
At that point, I was pretty pleased with what I'd made...but it did seem like something was missing.

So I added a few small buttons with my trusty glue gun.
Buttons seemed to do the trick.
For this project, I specifically looked for fabrics that would be bright and cheerful for Spring, but would not be pastel.  There isn't anything pastel in my house, but there is lots of red.  I like the bright pops of color against the earthy burlap.

What do you think?  Do the birds make it feel springy, even without the traditional spring pastels?
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  1. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving such a sweet comment <3

    This is soooo cute!! My hubbs even liked it :) I love the idea of the fabric covered cardboard birds. Super easy - no sew!

  2. So cute! I LOVE the little birdies! You could do so many fun things with them!

  3. Ooh!! I love this one! I am always in awe of the creative genius that you are!! I for sure want to try this!

  4. very very cute! love the birds and natural nest! wow!

  5. I love this wreath, and the clever way you made the birds! It's so great!

  6. I don't always like burlap, but this is one of those times when I really, really, really do. It's the perfect backdrop for those birds, which are awesome. I featured you today on my favorite things :)

  7. This is such an adorable wreath! I love the fabric you used for the birds. You would never known they started from a craker box!

  8. Adorable wreath Ruth! I have featured this today. Thanks so much for stopping by and linking up to the Sunday Showcase - I greatly appreciate it. Hope you have a wonderful holiday! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  9. I love your blog, Stephanie! Thanks so much for the feature--I feel like such a proud mama--what an honor!

  10. This is so sweet and I loved that you used some things that you already had.. Love the birds and burlap.. I love anything with Birds :) Happy Easter!

  11. oh my gosh!! this is so gorgeous.. I love how you've made the cute little birdies.. *sigh* I'm going to try this for sure!!

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