Hi there! It’s that time of the month when my fellow Thrifty Chick friends and I share projects based on a special challenge. The challenge for today? Unique wreaths, and I think you’re going to enjoy the ideas we came up with for you.
I’ve created a farmhouse wreath out of an antique wooden sieve, the type that you would find in an old barn, used for sifting grain or seeds. I’ve hung onto this one for quite a while, waiting for inspiration to strike, and it finally did 🙂
Wooden sieves come round or square, lined with fine or wide mesh, depending (I guess) on what seeds or grain are being sifted. I discovered my fine mesh version in an red barn at a country estate sale for $3. Lucky me!
It bore a fine layer of dirt and grime that took some effort to completely remove with an old soapy sponge. Then I applied a coat of my small batch Wood Salve, and the results were pretty spectacular, as I think you can see.
The end result was just what I hoped for–a healthy, rich surface that will look great on display. So what’s the story behind my Wood Salve? I offered my first small batch to subscribers via a weekly newsletter in March. I’m happy to announce that I’ll be making another small batch (30 pots) available and ready to ship on July 15th.
For the pretty part of the wreath, you’ll want some faux floral greens, like this boxwood-like bunch that I bought for 99¢ at a local thrift store.
And you’ll need a few other supplies, too: pliers for cutting the faux flower stems, the glue gun for gluing everything to the sieve, and the burlap-style ribbon for the final touch.
First you’ll want to arrange the elements (the greens and a nest) on the sieve to get a feeling for the right layout.
Once you’re satisfied, you can begin to hot glue the boxwood onto the inside-bottom of the sieve, leaving a space for the nest. Then clip off a few small stems and glue them right up front so they’ll peek out from under the nest.
Then it’s just a matter of adding the nest and a simple bow–attaching both with some hot glue.
For now I have mine hanging on my ironstone cupboard.
It sets just the right mood for spring, which has finally arrived in Upstate New York.
This month’s challenge really stretched my creative skills and led me to consider all different sorts of materials that you can use to make wreaths. I so enjoyed combining the old and worn sieve with some newer elements to create something lovely for my home.
Now it’s time to see what the other Thrifty Chicks have come up with!
Please take a few moments to check out the
“Unusual Wreaths” created by my fellow Thrifty Chicks.
You’re going to just LOVE their projects!
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