Friday, April 8, 2011

Spring Wreath & Giveaway

My front door has been bare for quite a while now.  Longer than I want to admit actually.  This week I decided to take an old wreath and give it new life.  I had a grapevine wreath that I had spray painted white and used before.  I yanked away all the globs of hot glue and gave it a new life.
I started with this little bird house that I had purchased a long time ago. I painted it brown first so I could distress it later.

I mixed a couple of blue paints I had.
One was too light and the other was two bright so I mixed them.
 Here it is all painted.  I did this on my new granite counter tops so I made sure to use my shopping flier.  Would not want paint on the counter.
 An wooden oval that I painted white and then dry brushed it with brown.
 I wanted to add a small bird to this plaque and because I don't have a Cricut or Silhouette I did it the old fashioned way.  I printed the bird from a google image.  Turned it over and used a pencil to cover the back of the image.

 Then, I flipped over the paper, set it on the little plaque, and traced
 the image of the bird.  You can see it lightly.
 Once that was done I filled it in with a black paint pen.

I made some burlap rosettes and put it all together on the wreath.

Here it is at first.  I was not happy with the placement of the plaque.  I used hot glue and it slid down a bit more than I wanted.  At first, I left it.  
 But it was bugging me.  I ran out to do some errands but as soon as I came home...

I had to fix it.  I was able to pull it off, with the globs of glue, and not ruin the wreath.  Here is the final product.  Love the burlap rosettes and bow.

Visit 504 Main for a great giveaway:  Lifestyle Crafts Epic Six Letterpress Combo Kit.

Holly is giving away one of these great kits.  This great machine can letterpress, die cut and emboss.  Visit Holly at 504 Main for all the details.

This kit includes: 
Epic tool
Cutting platform
Cutting mat
Embossing platform
Letterpress platform
Ink base
Ink brayer
Black ink
Printing plates
Paper placement guides
A2 paper pack
Adhesive sheets
Nesting Circles cutting dies

Don't miss out on this great giveaway.

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Ladybird Ln said...

I just love the little birdie decoration, what a sweet spring wreath! Great colors!


Kim @ Too Much Time said...

Ruth, This is fabulous! I made a wreath 2 weeks ago with a fun little birdie, but I may like your even more than mine! Great Job!


Holly said...

Love the wreath...that sweet birdhouse makes me smile. Thanks for posting about the giveaway too!

stitching under oaks said...

you are so good at repurposing things..what a wonderful spring wreath!

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