The summer is quickly coming to a close and I had been promising Abby that I would make a shell wreath with her for a long time. My hubby and I were at the Savannah Hobby Lobby and I bought 3 wreaths. Two medium ones and a large one. They were straw wreaths. If Abby and I were going to make a wreath I knew that Matthew would want to participate.
I had two long strips of wide ribbon. One white and one blue. Matthew chose blue. I pulled out the hot glue gun and wrapped and glued and found that I didn’t have near enough ribbon. I had an idea that it might be a little short but not as much as it was. I had a flower arrangement that I broke a few months ago. (I posted about it in “other crafts”). It had a lot of burlap picks around the edges. I took the pics and poked and glued them into the wreath. I think it made the wreath more masculine, too. Win, win. I then decided to go all out burlap and wrapped burlap ribbon around the blue ribbon. Finally I glued on the shells. I used the brown (tan) shells to go with the burlap theme – and Matthew like them a lot. I was pleased and so was Matthew.
Abby got the white ribbon but she really wanted pink. I wrapped and wrapped just like I did with Matthew’s wreath and with the same results. It was too short (which by this time I knew it would be). I used the flowers (that were pink) from the same broken arrangement and cut down the stems, poked them, and glued them into the wreath. I put the large ones on top and surrounded them with the smaller ones. I even added the three butterflies that were on the broken arrangement. I then wrapped a dark pink ribbon and a light pink ribbon on top of the white ribbon. Finally, I glued on the shells. She was very happy with the wreath.
As you have probably noticed, I did most of the work. They did a lot of picking out of ribbons, shells, and accessories. I was too afraid to let them help much past that because almost everything involved hot glue. My fingers suffered. 🙁
Finally, my wreath:
I had bought two rolls of extra wide ribbon so I knew that I would have enough for my wreath. I did, but just barely. I wrapped and glued. I then wrapped the burlap ribbon and glued. Finally, I wrapped some aqua rope and glued. I then glued on shells and a bow. Mine was the easiest. That was because I didn’t run out of supplies that I was counting on. That being said, I think the kids’ wreaths were more creative since I ran out of the wide ribbon. Improvise!
Years ago I made a shell wreath and covered the entire wreath with shells. They were layered and layered on. I added pearls and ribbon after layering the shells. I loved it! It lasted for years and many moves. I wish that I had a picture of it. The only problem with it was it was VERY heavy. On this wreath I decided to use shells that I found that were bigger. I decided to showcase them and not just pile and pile. I was hoping to make it lighter, too. A totally different wreath resulted. I love this new one, too.
That is all for today!
God bless all of you!