D.I.Y. Summer Wreath made from Pool Noodle

Good evening everybody!

Soooo, I chose the coldest day in May to make a cutesy summer wreath. I’m serious. It freakin’ snowed today. IN MAY.

I’ve been meaning to take on this project for quite some time. The door to our apartment is pretty blah, and since we are renters, there isn’t too much we can do about it. If I had it my way (and owned the apartment), I would paint the door a bright, happy colour. Take that condo board! You can’t control me. That’s what I’d say. (ya, right).

But before I show you my take on the summer wreath, allow me to dazzle you… to explode your crafty senses… get ready… I hope you have a couple of hours to kill, because after seeing these beauties, you’re going to want to make your own. But have no fear, I think it’s a very doable DIY. πŸ™‚

Andrea Ehret (an etsy shop owner), has produced these lovelies:

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I love the use of pattern and bright colour schemes. So perfect.

Annie Farber’s paper flower wreaths are so intricate and cheerful. They totally blow the senses.

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I adore this neutral wreath that Brooke Halas created. What an understated gem.

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I think it would look absolutely stunning on the right door.

Ella Bella Mac Designs makes some incredibly beautiful and whimsical pieces. I love the incorporation of hemp, twine, and faux birds.

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Absolutely stunning. The small details such as the use of gems, and intricate flowers are pure perfection. My hats off to you!

I love how Shannon Tinstman used complimentary colours in this wreath. Stunning! I think it would look darling in fall.

Shannon Tinstman

And last, but not least, Nancy Andrews. I love the punches of colours in that cluster of flowers. It reminds me of jelly beans… lovely!

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So precious. I would love it on a door leading into a little girls room.

Does anyone else get this excited over wreaths? Haha, I hope so! So, out of the whole bunch, I loved this one the most. And unfortunately, I’m not sure who made it. I found it on etsy awhile back and the colours blew me away. You know how I love turquoise and pink.

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I love everything about it. So I decided to try my hand at it. I hope mine doesn’t look like child’s play compared to those ones!

Naturally, I hit up my local Dollar Store for supplies. I had the essentials… like a glue gun, an assortment of buttons, duct tape, etc.

My main purchases were:

  • Β A pool noodle ($1.50)

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(Which I taped the ends together with duct tape)

  • Felt (an assortment of colours in one package for $1.00 a piece. I bought 3 packages)
  • Yarn. I bought three small bundles of different colours ($1.99 each) and one large bundle ($3.99)

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  • Felt flowers ($2.00)

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Wooden letters (although I only needed two specific letters, it was cheaper to buy the whole alphabet. Go figure. $2.00)

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  • Miscellaneous decorative little treasures. I bought some fake birds, ribbons, fake fruit (what was I thinking?), fake flowers, etc. (total: $6.00)

And then I got to work wrapping the yarn around the noodle. This took a pretty large amount of time, I won’t lie to you. I was visiting with my mom, so I spent most of the time gabbing. I recommend you do the same.. or watch tv. If so, I recommend True Blood. πŸ™‚ Anyone else so excited for season 6?!

Here’s a shot of the back-side. Basically, I glued one end down, wrapped, and then stuck a line of hot glue across the back to secure it.

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I used twine as well.

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Not so pretty yet eh? I know… I was getting kind of frustrated at this point.

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I spray painted a “J” and a “K” (for mine and my boyfriend’s initials) chrome. I wanted the wreath to have a personal, monogramed touch to it :).

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I glue gunned a toothpick on the back of the letters so that I could stick them into the noodle, and that they would stand upright.

And here’s where it gets hazy. I got so into decorating it, that I didn’t take too many pictures. Basically, I glued, glued, glued! And then glued some more. I also tried my hand at making my own flowers… I think it takes practice.

Here is the finished product:

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Alright, alright, it’s not as great as the others but not bad for my first try! πŸ™‚ I think the lighting kind of sucks. Anyway, I still love it. Even though it kind of turned out sort of easter egg shaped. My goal is to do a wreath for every season and holiday. I’ll keep you posted.

So which wreath was your favourite? Have you made any amazing wreaths lately? Do share. I salute you masters of felt.

Pssssst: I found a two great tutorials on how to make felt flowers. Please don’t burn yourselves on the hot glue! I know I did!

http://www.lifeafterlaundry.com/felt-flower-tutorial/

http://papernstitchblog.com/2011/12/14/diy-felt-flowers-five-ways/

Enjoy!

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