After the holidays are over and the decorations have been put away for another year everything seems so dark and dreary and the winter blues set in. I know you all know what I mean. I wanted to find some things that can help chase way those dark and dreary days and brighten things up a bit. I settled on a theme and picked some fabric, buttons, and lace that coordinate well with the yarn I picked out. I decided to do a winter wreath blues for my front door. To me winter is a warm, cozy, soft sweater so I started with some thick and soft yarn that I wrapped around a straw wreath.
I leave the plastic on the wreath to minimize the mess and so the yarn doesn’t snag on the straw. Begin by tying the yarn around the wreath and then just start wrapping the wreath in the yarn, super easy and goes pretty fast. Depending on the size of your wreath and skein of yarn you may need more than one skein. I bought two just to make sure I had enough and I will use the leftovers for another project.
Just keep wrapping until the wreath is full. In some spots you will have to wrap more where the straw is uneven or dented. Once you are done you will hardly notice the imperfections.
Now comes the fun part, adding the trim. I chose some burlap and lace. I am going to also add some fabric roses made from a scrap of toile fabric. The fabric roses are super easy to make. Just take a strip of fabric about an inch wide, start rolling it tightly in the center and using a glue gun and small dabs of glue, glue the fabric together, wrapping it around the center twisting and gluing it as you go a long. It takes a bit of trial and error when you first start out but you will easily get the hang of it.
I wanted to embellish the largest roses for my wreath so I made a circle of fabric by cutting a thicker strip and sewing a gather stitch along one side and shaping it into a circle. I then hot glued some lace into the center of the circle before attaching my fabric rose.
I then added a pretty little button in the center of the rose and attached both pieces together and glued them securely on the wreath.
Continue to add embellishments as you like, I know some people like more and others like to keep it simple. I made a bow for mine and just wired it to a loop of burlap ribbon. I love pipe cleaners for stuff like this, easy to cut to the size you need, easy to work with, and they are pretty sturdy. When you are satisfied with it sit back and admire your creation. I am adding this one to my front door. My porch is so blah and boring after Christmas and I know this will cheer things up a bit by bringing a little brightness to an otherwise dull and grey month. What types of things do you guys do to make your home more cheerful after the holiday decorations have been put away?