Thursday, August 20, 2009

Two wrongs make a right wreath

It's Thursday, so y'all know the drill - lots of linky fun with Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Chic Cottage and DIY Day at A Soft Place to Land. Head on over and check out all the creativity in action!

Way back in March I posted about making this wreath:

It's been a perfectly good wreath, but I've been itching to make something new to carry me from late summer into fall.
I started thinking about my twig framed bird art, and came up with the brilliant idea (not so much) to make a twig wreath.

I bought a trusty green foam wreath from the Dollar Store,

painted it a blue grey, and started hot gluing twigs all over it (super wrong big mistake number one). I don't know that I can fully articulate just how dumb this looked. It was as if an insane bird (a few tweets short of a song) started building the world's ugliest nest. Not a good thing at all. I quickly pulled all the twigs off the wreath, and started brainstorming a new way to tackle "operation late summer wreath." Then I remembered this fabric:

I really like the brown, blue, and muddy yellow honeycombs on the fabric on the far right. I even started to use this as the background for the bird art pictured above. However, I knew that little birdy was going to fly off to be a housewarming gift for my friend Tracy, and I felt like the fabric was too modern and busy to work with her soothing decor (this was big wrong mistake number two). I didn't have this revelation until I'd already assembled the frame and art, so I had to go back and start over.
I'd saved all the honeycomb fabric from the framing disaster, and decided to have a go at using it on my wreath. I cut long strips on the bias, and wrapped them around the wreath, stapling at each end. I used the same tan ribbon and vintage belt buckle from my first wreath to hang this one.
I think it looks pretty spiffy! If you take out all my false starts, this project only took about 5 minutes and only cost about $1.50. How's that for learning from your mistakes?
I know y'all must have some great DIY and crafting disaster stories. You know ya wanna share!


Tim and Tracy said...

It was meant to be that the fabric didn't work out for the bird art because this looks really sweet! I love the belt buckle at the top which reflects the shape of the honeycombs. And I do have a DIY disaster that I might have time to post about today if I ever get it fixed. It involves diamonds on closet walls- of the painted variety.

PS: Loving my artwork. I see it everyday as I sit to blog and it makes me smile and think of you!

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

How cute! Love that fabric, it's gorgeous!

MissyM said...

It turned out very good. That is pretty fabric.