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Winter Wreath Tutorial

What? Winter?  But it’s not even Halloween yet! Believe me, I’m as confused as you are. I don’t know why I’m already doing winter crafts, I don’t even like winter that much. Autumn is my favorite season. But I couldn’t get this feather wreath idea out of my head so, since Winter isn’t THAT far away, I decided to make it.

I started out by cutting foam pipe insulation down to about 50 inches. You can get this stuff at Home depot for a little over $1 in the plumbing section. I decided to get two since the price was so good, I’m bound to make another wreath soon.

Then I duct taped the ends together. This stuff might kink a little, and it might scare you, but if you play around with it a little you’ll get a nice wreath shape.  UPDATE: I found a good blog post on how to avoid the kink at Gail Made.

I had a couple of ideas for this  wreath, I didn’t know if I wanted a dense solid white feather wreath or if I wanted red fabric peeking underneath a loosely wrapped feather boa. So I decided to test the red fabric idea.

I thought it looked pretty good, but it wasn’t exactly what I envisioned.  However, it is the cheaper idea since you only need one boa (vs the three boas on my wreath).

After deciding I didn’t want the red, I went right to work on the dense white wreath.  I started out by wrapping a little more than four 3″ x 45″ strips around the wreath, overlapping them slightly until the whole thing was covered.  I taped the ends down on my wreath, since I plan on stripping it down another year to make a new wreath, but if you want yours to be more permanent than hot glue it.

Then I wrapped three feather boas around my wreath. I got these at Hancock Fabrics, and at 40% off they were still a little more than I would have liked to spend (around $15 total). But I do LOVE the way they look. I love the bigger feathers vs the little down feathers many boas have, and the sparkle strands.   I also secured these with tape, but hot glue would be more permanent.

You could stop right there if you wanted, it looks GREAT as is, BUT I had more ideas for this wreath.  I found these wooden ornaments from Michael’s Arts and Crafts for $1 each.

Then I hunted all over town looking for Krylon Glitter Blast. I finally found it at Hobby Lobby. The word on the streets is that this stuff is the greatest.

I’ll have to agree. It’s basically solid glitter, and it’s really easy to do. Just throw it on some cardboard (outside, of course) and spray it down in sweeping motions, and BAM insta-glitter snowflakes.

After letting them dry for a day, I hung them on my wreath at varying heights with invisible thread (which can be found at the fabric store).  I drew this super high quality picture for you to demonstrate what I found to be the easiest method for hanging these things.

I decided my mom was right when she said a white wreath doesn’t look good on a white door (and every door in the house is white), so I hung it up on the beige wall.  To do this I took down a mirror to make room, and to use the screws, for a frame I found in the garage.  Then I tied a cute blue polka dotted ribbon around the wreath and the frame and tied a bow. I thought about hanging it over the mirror, but the mirror frame clashed with my ribbon of choice. Even though a mirrored background would have been really cute, I LOVE the exposed wire of this frame.

Now I’m debating if I should take it down and put it back up when Winter starts, or just leave it up through Autumn. Hmmmmm

Linky Parties: Making Lemonade, My Romantic Home, The Shabby Nest, RoCa and Company, Tatertots & Jello , I Heart Nap Time , Momnivore’s Dilemma , I can’t stop crafting , Tatertots and Jello , Be Different Act Normal , I Heart Nap Time

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  1. Amanda

    Love it! The wreath looks wonderful, I’m also starting the winter crafts, seems the right thing to do!

  2. Jenny @ Simcoe Street

    This looks sooo great! Love this fluffy, pretty wreath

    Jenny
    http://simcoestreet.blogspot.com

  3. Carmen

    This is really cute…love the white feathers…heading down to Joanns tomorrow to get a boa… Would love it if you would link this up to our Rockin’ link party going on now at RoCa and Company. Here is the link: http://rocaandcompany.blogspot.com/2011/10/you-rock-7.html. Come and show off what you got. Hope to see you there…

    Remember…YOU ROCK!!

    Carmen @ RoCa and Company
    http://www.rocaandcompany.blogspot.com

    1. Alissa

      Thanks! And thanks for the invite, I just linked up.

  4. Buffie

    I’m so going to do this!
    Thanks for the inspiration.

    Buffie
    http://papercuts4u.blogspot.com/

  5. Al McLeary

    I just had my AC replaced an the workmen left a piece of this foam behind. I knew it was a craft project waiting to happen, and now I know what to do with it. Thanks for the idea.

  6. ANNALISA

    mi piace questa idea…….sei molto brava,per Natale è bellissima!!!

    1. Alissa

      I’m going to hope you just said something nice, because I don’t speak Spanish. haha.

  7. Carrie

    I’m SO featuring this project in this week’s Refresh Your Nest. It looks great! And I can’t wait to get my hands on that glitter, either…

    http://makinglemonadeblog.blogspot.com/2011/11/refresh-your-nest-friday-8.html

    1. Alissa

      ah! thank you so much!!!! You are officially one of my favorite people.

  8. Al

    Thanks for the inspiration. Check out my version of your project @ http://almcleary.com/blog/florida-fall-wreath/.

  9. Jen

    Now THAT is a wreath! What a fun, whimsical, perfectly wintery wreath! I’d be thrilled if you came and shared this at the Head to Head Showdown, going on right now at http://www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com ~Jen

  10. Jen

    Thanks for linking up! ~Jen @ http://www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com

  11. Denyse@Crazy Beautiful Life

    I just love the feather wreaths….I would love for you to share it at my “Anything Goes” Linky party…

    http://www.mydailyphotojourney.blogspot.com/2011/11/anything-goes-linky-party.html

  12. Kirsten Giles

    Hi! I found you at I heart naptime! This is ADORABLE! Love it! I have a linky party going on right now, and would love it if you wanted to stop by and link this up!

    http://www.mushkiloves.com

    Hope to see you there!
    Kirsten

  13. sam

    Thanks for the coment on my blog, your wreath is lovely, I need to get some of the foam pipe insulation you used, so that I can make more wreaths, I think the feather boa wreath can be left up all year round too, they are so beautiful, I think a black one would be beautiful too, great tutorial too.

  14. nicolette @ momnivore's dilemma

    Hi Alissa-

    Thank you for sharing your wreath at my holiday linky! I’m featuring you tonight at Creative Juice.

    Hope you have a good holiday.

    N

  15. Connie Duenez

    Would I be able to use the Krylon Glitter Blast to spray on a ostrich feather? I’m having a hard time finding a silver ostrich feather for a quill feather roller ball pen so I figured I would just make one myself. If I can’t use this, do you have any suggestions? Much appreciated.
    Connie

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