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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Rustic Wood Wreath

We had a great weekend!  Got a table saw, for one!  A worthwhile investment that will help save us a ton of money...since we're using it to build those good ole cabinets for my craft room.  I might have mentioned them once...or twice.... ;)
I also got to go to my first quarterly Stampin' Up! meeting.  It was a blast, I got to see some new techniques demonstrated, as well as a new product.  Not to mention 5 fabulous Make & Takes, treats and socializing!  I'll post some photos later this week.
And last (but definitely not least!!!), my brother-in-law announced that HE IS GETTING MARRIED!!!!!!  I'm giddy as a school girl over this one.  My husband and I are both the oldest, we've been married for coming up on seven years and between the two of us, we have six younger siblings.  Not one of them is married.  But that will change soon!  In addition to gaining a sister-in-law, I also get to help plan a luncheon or dinner AND throw a fabulous bridal shower.
I'm almost ridiculously excited.

Anyway, onto today's post!
I saw this wreath awhile ago over at Shabby Love and pinned it, thinking it would be a perfect post-holiday winter wreath for my front door.  I thought right!  :)
I did it a little differently than Melissa did, however.  I used an 18" raffia wreath as my base, didn't even take off the plastic!
Then I cut three inch wide strips of dark brown felt
and wrapped them all around the wreath, using good ole hot glue to hold them in place.  It took about 250 inches in length to wrap around the entire wreath, with plenty of overlap so none of the raffia showed through.
A couple months ago, I took all the limbs from my pruning adventures and sliced them into about a quarter to a half inch thick discs with the chop saw (make sure your branches are all dried out before you do this).  They've been sitting in a bag in my garage waiting for me to get around to this!  So I dug out that bag,
and started hot gluing away!  It really was like a puzzle, as Melissa said, getting everything to fit just right with as little space as possible showing through.  Just kept going until it was done...I cut around 450 discs, and I used all but maybe 30.
Then I hung it on the door...rustic wood juxtaposed with sparkly silver ribbon (found on clearance after Christmas).  I completely love it!!!!
 The whole project cost me about $5.  Not bad at all!

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