This year I changed up my summer wreath and tried a burlap wreath for the first time… I am loving the contrast of the burlap against the pink wooden flowers and pinwheels…
Here is how it all came together.
I started with a pool noodle and used packing tape to turn it into a wreath form:
I wrapped it with burlap that I had cut into strips. (Ignore the yellow on the wreath – I had tried it originally with a summer tablecloth but it looked too plasticky and I could not stand it!). I attached the burlap strips using hot glue.
I made some pinwheels using two pieces of cardstock glued together.
To create them, you cut little strips from each corner into the middle, leaving the center part connected.
Then you fold them over and I used hot glue to attach the folded part to the center.
They looked a little flat and dark. I had chosen the navy to coordinate with our outdoor trim colour and the blackboard frame. I spruced them up with a little craft paint and added a button in the center.
I hot glued a bbq skewer to the back of each pinwheel and poked them into the wreath – cut the top to the length you want first and leave the pointy end in order to ‘stick’ them in with.
Next I painted some little wooden flowers with bright pink.
After they were pink I went back with a scraggly dryish brush and added some random white striping.
To finish off I hot glued a piece of burlap and button in the center of each and then attached them to the wreath using hot glue.
I used the same little flowers and pinwheels to dress-up our little welcome chalkboard.
And some pink impatients and colourful birdhouses round out the front porch décor. The drift wood is the perfect rustic addition to the galvanized planters… we collected it from our lake beach and it doesn’t require any water to look great.
In the planter I have placed some decorative branches and hung little burlap birds from them.
I think that adding some natural textures and fabric in decorating lets you use bright colours without them becoming too over the top… tones them down.
I like how the mix of the burlap and bright embellishments balances out… just like the driftwood and galvanized buckets tones down the bright little birdhouses. The front door is painted Aegean Teal by Benjamin Moore… it is one colour up from the Colorado Gray that we have in the front entry hall. The door mat was a recent purchase from Target, and I made the little pillows on the bench… the blue one is an envelope style and the little pink pillow is no-sew from a fat quarter.
Do you like changing out your wreaths for the seasons? What did you do for your summer wreath this year?