This boxwood wreath has been hanging in my entryway since late November until today. I put a simple red velvet ribbon on it for Christmas and just left it there. I had intended to take it down after Valentine's Day, but that didn't happen. It annoyed me every time I walked by it, but seldom does anyone come to our front door, so it just camped there until I could take it no more!!
Fast forward to our recent trip to California to see our daughter at The University of Redlands. I visited Mozart's, my favorite store in Redlands. It is a beautiful, inspiring Gift Store. I tried to link their website, but it wouldn't let me for some reason. If you are ever in Redlands or traveling through, you must stop in, you will not be disappointed. Anywho,while shopping, I saw this wreath, which oddly reminded me of my neglected boxwood wreath. It had already sold, but they allowed me to take a picture of it.
Isn't it pretty? I knew it was the perfect inspiration for my boxwood wreath.
With Spring and lemons on my mind, I headed to Hobby Lobby. While they didn't have exactly what I had in mind, I found some good substitutes. Let's be honest, I bought what I could find as I fully expect Hobby Lobby along with JoAnn's to close like the other stores. I understand, safety first.
artificial greenery and lemons
wire and wire cutters
hot glue and glue gun
Krylon Matte Finish Spray
I found these lemon picks, a pussy willow stem, a full ficus stem and some cute green and yellow plaid ribbon (wired). My wreath is not as large as the store's wreath, so I didn't feel the need to buy quite as much foliage.
I began by cutting the branches of the pussy willow and the ficus away from the large stem.
I used wire cutters for this step.
Next, I wired the ficus branches to the back of the lemon picks, and hot glued them together. Because I want to use this wreath at other seasons of the year, I want to wire the foliage on rather than glue it all. Notice the close pins. I can't craft without them.
I then wired the 3 lemon and ficus picks to wreath, securing them on the underneath side.
Once the lemon and ficus picks were securely fastened, I made the bow from the wired ribbon.
Before I attached the bow with wire, I took it outside and sprayed it with this Krylon Matte finish. This spray gives bows just the right amount of stiffness to keep their shape.
I attached the bow a bit off center. I find things that are off centered a bit more interesting (sometimes).
In this last step, I hot glued the pussy willow to the lemon and ficus picks.
Voila!! My neglected boxwood wreath is all refreshed for spring and while it didn't turn out exactly like the inspiration wreath, I'm very happy with it. In fact, I like it so much that I may have to find it another home where others can enjoy it.
What types of things are you doing to fluff your home for spring?? Thank you for stopping by and I hope you visit again soon.