Making a Summer Styrofoam Wreath
For Your Front DoorIt's already mid-summer and I am making a summer Styrofoam wreath from a pool noodle. A pool noodle? Yes!
I was inspired by Shannon at Fox Hollow Cottage when she shared a tutorial for her patriotic wreath made from a pool noodle. Shannon also explained how to make several kinds of felt flowers and I tried my hand at making them.
I am pretty happy with how easy this was for a splash of color on our new blue front door.
Thinking of making a summer Styrofoam wreath for your front porch? I did this for under $5 and two hours.
Mini-Tutorial: Summer Wreath Craft
I found the pool noodle for $1 at Kroger and the felt squares for 25 cents each at Hobby Lobby. I'm sure you could use a Styx wreath just the same. I chose 8 or 9 colors for the felt flowers.
Shannon tore strips of denim from old jeans (which is very cute). I didn't have any old jeans so I used about 1/4 yard of denim fabric.
You don't have to cut the pool noodle unless you want a smaller wreath. If you cut it, don't cut it too short or it will be hard to bend into the shape of a wreath. Use packing tape or other strong tape to secure it. An extra set of hands is very helpful so Dave helped me with this part!
Shannon of Fox Hollow Cottage says that a hot glue gun does not work.
I cut the denim into strips. Shannon tore her jeans into strips. Either way works. Tearing is a bit more scrappy and whimsical but I forgot and cut mine with a rotary cutter. Shucks! You don't have to be accurate or anything - 2 or 3 inch strips works well.
Take a strip and start wrapping it around the wreath. When you get to the end, just put a pin it it to hold and then start the next strip. One pin can hold the end of the last strip and the beginning of the next.
Making Felt Flowers
The first time I made a felt flower I had beginner's luck. It was so easy. My next tries weren't quite as pretty - I think it had to do with the thickness of the felt.
A bit thicker is better, I think! If you visit Fox Hollow Cottage, Shannon has several tutorials on making different kinds of felt flowers. Basically you cut a long wavy strip of felt, roll it into a flower shape and then use hot glue to secure it. I burned my fingers so be careful with hot glue please.
I wanted to have more than one kind of flower on my wreath so I learned from Shannon how to make "loopy" flowers. Just follow the steps above and then take a look at my wreath to see the result.
See the white flower in the middle between the roses? Reminds me of fireworks.
The white and yellow "loopy" flowers are cute with the colorful roses I made. Do you think I got carried away?
To balance all the flowers on the one side of the wreath, I made an extra large "loopy" flower that also serves as a bow for the wreath. I cut a little yellow circle of felt and pushed it with a pin inside the box. Kind of cute.
Making a decorative front door wreath from a Styrofoam pool noodle was an easy way to spruce up our front door until autumn. I spent maybe $5 on it. Can you use this idea for your own front door?
Thanks to Shannon at Fox Hollow CottageYou can see a wonderful pool noodle tutorial on Shannon's blog Fox Hollow Cottage. Her patriotic wreath is what inspired me to make this one. And look for the link for her fabric flowers too.
Speaking of Front Door WreathsSee more pictures of pretty front door wreaths as well as some summer decorating tips.
Might you have summer wreath ideas to share with us? Please share your ideas and we will share with our readers here. Thanks!
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