Since our spring has been decidedly cooler than usual, I haven’t been able to get outside to work on painting projects. In a way that is great, since I am hoping we won’t have a year like last year. It was way too hot, for too long, over the summer. This has given me time to work on items that I have been meaning to start, but just haven’t gotten around to it.
I have wanted to make a wreath for spring since I saw this one over at Positively Splendid. One of my favorite flowers is the calla lily, and I even had them in my wedding.
I had bought some sheet moss for another project that I ended up not doing, and thought this would be perfect for spring. Because it was in sheets, I had to do some cutting, and layering so I could get it on the Styrofoam wreath. To attach the moss to the Styrofoam, I just used pins that you would sew with. It seemed to work, and the moss is staying in place.
The next step was making the calla lilies. I did that by creating a pattern out of paper and using that to trace along the burlap, which I had gotten for free. As you can tell, the pattern took me several tries to get right:) Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture of this step.
Once I had the burlap and fabric cut, I used some spray adhesive to join the two together. This was a messy, messy part, and I had adhesive all over my hands when I was done:) I made sure to lay down some wax paper before I had started, and was glad I did.
I had three different colors of flexible wire, and used all of them to make the stems. Since the wreath was Styrofoam, I made the stems longer so I could use them to push down into the wreath. I cut some twine, glued it on, and then wrapped the burlap\fabric cutouts around the metal pieces to create the lilies. I didn’t bend the fabric, like in the Positively Splendid tutorial, since I had added a point to my pattern. Here is a picture of the end result.
Making the leaves was pretty easy. I used the same paper pattern, but cut it differently to make it look more leaf like. I traced the back of the green fabric, and then cut them out. I think I made 14 altogether. I pinched the ends of them and put a dab of hot glue in between the fold.
Once the lilies were made, and the leaves were done, I also made two fabric roses out of a piece of binding from my quilt my grandmother had done. It was threadbare, but you can’t tell with them all rolled up. I am glad I saved it now. Then I just started laying them to make sure I liked the way it was all arranged. Once that was done, I used my glue gun to made sure they weren’t going anywhere.
And here is the final result. I love the simplicity and cleanness of it, and the fact that they actually do kind of look like calla lilies. I used a strip of drop cloth and attached it to the back to use as a hanger.
Be sure to check out the post from Positively Splendid. They give measurements, and detailed instructions for you to look at.
Thanks for looking!
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