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 🙂
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Materials for Creating a Farmhouse Wreath
First you’ll need to get your hands on an antique sieve. You can often find them out in the wild either round or square.
Typically they have some sort of mesh covering one side. I discovered my fine mesh version in an red barn at a country estate sale for $3. Lucky me!
For the pretty part of the wreath, you’ll want some faux 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,
- A glue gun for gluing everything to the sieve,
- Burlap ribbon for the final touch, and
- A bird’s nest (not shown).
Restore the Dry Wood on the Sieve
My sieve had a fine layer of dirt and grime that took some effort to completely remove with an old soapy sponge.
After it dried off from its bath, I applied a coat of my homemade wood salve, and the results were pretty spectacular, as I think you can se
Howard’s Feed-N-Wax provides a good alternative to my secret wood salve-
The end result was just what I hoped for–a healthy, rich surface that will look great on display.
Attach Your Decorations to the Sieve
First you’ll want to plan how 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 in the center over the stems (as shown) so they’ll peek out from under the nest.
Then it’s just a matter of gluing on the nest and adding a simple bow–attach both with hot glue.
Display Your Antique Sieve Wreath
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.
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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