Friday, April 11, 2014

DIY Spring Rope Wreath

I have a sad story... I have a new camera that I love but that I am having to learn a few things about.  I used it to take pictures while I made my wreath and then somehow lost them.  I was so sad, but I was able to take new ones of the finished project!
Now that spring is beginning to bloom out here on the ranch I’ve been thinking it’s time to pull out the spring décor.  I just need to add a few spring touches to liven things up (or remind me that it’s really spring on those days it doesn’t look like it…). 

The sad thing is, I don’t have a lot.  Oh wait don’t have any… I don’t even have a festive spring wreath or I should say I didn’t because I made one! 

I’ve been wanting to make a wreath for a while and now that I NEEDED one, it meant game on.  And on top of that, I’ve really been wanting to make a rope wreath.  You see, the cowboys have a BIG stack of old ropes sitting in the shop.  Just sitting, begging to be put to use (maybe not for a wreath, but hey…).  Not to mention all of the ropes in the tack room that are beginning to pile up.  You could see how a girl might want to sneak one and get a little creative, right?!

So I did!

I had a few little bunches of spring flowers and some fun spring ribbon that was just enough to make it work!  Out came the glue gun and LOTS of glue sticks and I went to crafting.  Yep, that’s all it took- a rope, flowers, ribbon, glue gun and glue.

It didn’t take long and it turned out super cute… so cute I know you want to make one too!

I will tell you the first thing to do if you grabbed an old, used rope is to shake it or beat it or vacuum it because it has probably gathered some good dust over the miles it’s been.  A little grit could be fun and since mine was going outside, I didn’t try too hard to get rid of it.

With the dust gone enough that you can work without being in your own little dust cloud, grab some twist ties.  You can eve take one off the bread because these are just to help you set your coils.  I found that it was a lot easier to get gluing and make progress if everything was being held together.  Sadly, I only have two hands which isn’t enough to hold in multiple places and glue.  That’s why we have twist ties- or if you are a little boy they work awesome to tether tractors and trailers together…

So get your coils together and glue.  I actually flipped mine over to make sure that if there would be any glue showing it would be on the backside. 

Once your coils are all glued, it’s time to get a little creative with the flowers and such.  I put mine close to the hondue and up the side.  They just kind of happened… there wasn’t much rhyme or reason to how they went.  I added a little raffia too, just give it a little kick.   Then for a finishing touch, I added a little bow.  I have a confession to make- I’m not very good at making bows… So mine don’t get fancy, but they’ll do!
Now that you have this AWESOME spring rope wreath, go hang it somewhere.  Preferably where everyone will see it and love your craftiness.    Or just somewhere that needs a little eye appeal.  I’m pretty sure that it will look awesome anywhere!  And don’t forget to show me!!

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