With the holidays just around the corner, a great deal of my time has been spent getting various projects ready to sell at a holiday craft bazaar. If you’ll recall from (about this time) last year, I jumped on the Pinterest bandwagon with my version of a rustic wood round/cookie wreath. Unfortunately, that particular version didn’t sell last year. So, the two lonely wreaths sat…just waiting for this year to roll around. After some moderate brainstorming, I was inspired to add a little greenery (we’re talking real greenery here, folks). With fresh greenery, that meant a green bow just wouldn’t do, so I decided to change the color of the bow as well. In reading various posts and trying to figured out how they actually attach the greenery, I noticed that some of the other wood cookie wreaths had used something called a craft ring as their base. After thinking about it a bit more, I figured a wider base would provide increased surface area upon which I could glue the rounds. I was able to find the craft rings I needed at Michaels and set to work dismantling all of the previous year’s hard work. I scraped and sanded off the old glue on the wood cookies and set to work re-gluing them on the wider base. For this step, I used my trusty wood glue once again. I then spent the next couple of weeks thinking about what type of greenery I would like to use AND (perhaps most importantly) where I could acquire said greenery. Conveniently, I was able to find many of the things I wanted to incorporate located all around me. I found the cedar at the base of some large trees on the edge of a McDonald’s parking lot. The holly came from trees which line the road on my way to the local Taco Bell (FYI: I asked the owner before I snipped off some twigs). The pine cones (which I didn’t use this time around) came from my very own backyard. Now, I’m not sure why I didn’t even think to add greenery last year to the wreaths last year…especially considering that I made 3 swags at nearly the exact same time. Perhaps I was just trying to keep the wreaths simple. Alas, I digress. With the wood cookies attached to the new base, I simply started laying the greenery on ’em. Add a little green floral wire to mix and you’ve got a very simple way to add so much flair to what started out as a basic wreath. As I mentioned earlier, a green bow just wouldn’t cut the mustard, so I did my best to recreate the bows from last year…this time, with the red burlap ribbon. I’m pretty certain the making of the bow was the hardest part of this whole project. For me, I found it pretty tough to get the bow to look perfect. With that being said, I was very pleased with the end result. In fact, the two wreaths I took to the bazaar were the very first items to sell. I suppose I better get started on making more for next year.
With the holidays soon approaching, I figured I’d post a piece with a crafty holiday flair. Earlier this fall, I came across quite a few pieces of Big Leaf Maple wood…mainly nice-sized branches. Not knowing what I would do with them, I held onto them and let them dry for a bit. And then I came across this fabulous wreath on Pinterest. I figured I, too, could come up with some way to make something like that…with the supplies (and budget) that I have. Here is the point at which I got out the chop saw and set to work. Since I had the saw out, I cut way more wood rounds that I could possibly need. I am still blown away by how much sawdust was created during this process. Sorry, I didn’t think to take any pictures of that step. For the base of my wreath, I found two 12″ embroidery hoops at the local GoodWill Outlet (bins) and figured they’d work perfectly. I tied a little twine up at the top to create a loop from which the wreath could hang. Originally, I was going to leave the wood rounds rough…think, straight off the chop saw. But, I figured they’d probably glue better if they had a smoother surface, so I sanded all of the wood rounds I would need. This part was the definitely the most time consuming part, as the wood was still pretty ‘green’. With the sanding finally complete, I broke out my trusty wood glue and set to work gluing the first layer of rounds into place directly on the embroidery hoop. With that layer dry, I meticulously glued another layer of wood rounds onto the first layer…taking care to cover the places where the first rounds had intersected. I just loved the way that the wreath looked at this point, but figured no wreath would be complete without a bow. The wreath I was using as a model had a burlap bow, so I was off to the store to find something of the burlap variety that would work with my particular wreath. Using a 60% off coupon at JoAnn’s, I was able to purchase a great dark, olive green roll of burlap ribbon. The ribbon was too wide for my 12″ wreath, so I used pieces that had been cut in half length-wise…saving yet more resources, money, etc. With the help of this simple tutorial on YouTube, I was able to make my very own burlap bow. Using green floral wire, I attached the bow to the top of the wreath. I like the rustic simplicity of the wreath, so have yet to add cones or greenery. We’ll see how it grows on me. Now, it’s all ready for hanging and spreading some holiday cheer.
As I mentioned in the previous post, I came up with the great idea to remove some more spindles. This time it was to be two from the headboard…which would then match the footboard. So, I got out a little saw and removed those two pieces. As a result, I was left with four rather deep dowel-like holes. It would take a whole lot of wood filler to patch those holes. A suggestion was given that I use the dowel side of the spindles I had removed as filler. GENIUS! I measured how deep each one could go in the hole and made a mark on that particular piece. Got out the trusty little saw and went to work. I was forward-thinking enough to mark each piece as to which hole it belonged to. With those pieces sanded, I put some wood glue into the hole AND on the homemade dowel. A little tapping and the pieces were in place. It’ll take me a whole lot less wood filler to make these holes disappear.
Though I can’t take credit for the idea…I did bring it to life.
With summer upon us, I’ve got time and weather on my side to get work done on some of my projects. With that being said, take another look at the title of this post. As it is with most of my projects, something goes wrong OR becomes more complicated OR requires additional steps OR whatever. Keep that in mind as you read this as well.
I’ve been wanting to see some progress on the spindle bed frame that I’ve had since last summer. Though it hasn’t been posted as of yet, I have done quite a bit of work on the side rails for the bed frame. Those pieces are at a standstill for the time being. I finally bit the bullet and started working on the headboard and footboard. Need I remind you, this is a spindle bed…meaning that there are
nearly a million…’eh plenty of surfaces to be sanded, cleaned, etc. Clearly a daunting task, I got both pieces sanded the other day. I was just working on wiping them down (with visions of getting both of ’em primed by week’s end), when tragedy struck. My rag got snagged on a tiny piece of wood (on the headboard), which I proceeded to pull…and then it turned into a HUGE sliver/split/call-it-what-you-will. So, I got out the wood glue and set to work with the clamp and some wax paper. However, fear not, while this was drying, I did get the footboard primed. HOORAY!! While gazing longingly at both the (now-primed) footboard and the (in-repair) headboard, I came to the conclusion that I really like the look of the spindles on the footboard (where I had to remove a spindle earlier). So, I got out the saw and removed two spindles from the headboard. Probably don’t need to remind you that there wasn’t a thing wrong with these spindles…I just really think I’ll like it all that much more with those two gaps. No going back now, but I do think it looks great or rather, will look great (once I get it primed and painted).
There you have it, nothing is ever as simple as it seems. At least not in my world. Up next: more sanding, cleaning, priming, etc. The fun never ends…but then again, what fun would anything be without a challenge here or there?!