I could not wait for the flowers I planted to spring through the earth and start blooming. So, I made a spring wreath to hang on my door, and it makes me smile and think spring even when the weather isnt very spring-y.
The wreath is special, and much more elaborate, than the other wreaths Ive written about for Crafty Living. The reason is that I made this one with my sister, a pretty crafty lady herself.
My sister, Sharon, used to be a floral designer for a florist where I grew up, so she knows how to toss a bunch of stems and leaves and stuff onto grapevine and make it beautiful.
For this project, we went on the hunt in her basement for just the right wreath. I knew I wanted to use gerbera daisies in bright colors (pinks, yellows, purples), but that was about all I knew. Once we had the wreath selected (made of grapevine and with a little picket fence on the inside), we went to a craft center called Pat Catans, based in Ohio, with stores in Ohio and Pennsylvania. And, the deals there are fantastic. I probably spent half of what I would have at other places, even with sales and coupons, thanks in large part to a membership my sister has with them.
Anyway, we picked out some pink and purple gerberas, some babys breath, as well as a little purple bird to glue to the picket fence.
We took all that we bought and headed back to Sharons house to put this together, and I must admit, it came out better than I thought it would as I watched my sister keep adding details to it.
First, we glued the bird to the fencing. Then, I added the gerbera daisies where I wanted them, as well as some greenery. Then, my sister did her thing using the babys breath and some forsythia she had in her stash (see, having a stash is a good thing).
While I let her have at it with the arranging of the flowers on the wreath, I went through her spools of ribbon (see, more stash equals good) and found just the right pink ribbon to add.
As a final touch, we used some Spanish moss she had on hand and made a nest structure, then added some pearly off-white beads to mimic bird eggs.
When all was said and done, I was thrilled with my spring wreath.
It is not as whimsical as it would have been had I done it myself (I tend to like whimsy), but it is pretty, and it screams spring at me every time I approach my door.
Having had an opportunity to craft with my sister, I realized that two heads can be better than one when it comes to creativity.
An actual basket
So, I was looking at the papier mache basket I made for the April 10 Crafty Living column, and I got to thinking. If you were a patient person, it wouldnt take much to make that an actual basket with a handle. Simply cover your entire balloon with papier mache (remember at least three layers will make it sturdy) and then carve out the top-most sides leaving the bottom basket and handle intact. Voila, an actual basket instead of just half an egg to serve as a diorama-like decoration.