I love wreaths. I think they belong on your door all year round, and since fall is creeping into our lives, this twig wreath is perfect! With, of course, minor alterations.
First I didn't have any cereal boxes, only an empty oatmeal box-but a breakfast food nonetheless. After reading about Kristine's wreath and how the twine gavestability I decided to cut out 2 discs and glue them together. Yeah, I have glue-3 types now!
So here are my maple and brown sugar discs, already to go. I used a paper towel roll (with some paper towel on it) to measure the inside circle. I used my exacto knife to cut the inside out.
I went to Wal Mart (don't all hiss at once) today, with this specific project in mind. Needless to say I didn't find any acceptable twine. A lot of Halloween/fall decorations, no twine. So after some humming and hawing I decided I would go with rafia to cover my disc (there wasn't much else). It has a natural/rustic feel and I love it because I can use it on other projects! Yay! I worked around the disc with hot glue on one side and wrapped the rafia tight around the disc. This was more time consuming than I anticipated. I liked using the rafia since it lay flat, alleviating bulk that twine might have. And yes, ladies and gentlemen I sustained the first glue gun injury of the season. It's a mere scratch (tiny burn about the size of a staple) on my left index finger).
Here are my sticks! Tyler & I went on a walk today, again for specifically for this project! Luckily there is no shortage of nature around our house. We went to the elementary school just behind our complex and searched. I ended up with quite a bag-ful (another project anyone?). I tried to get various sizes which turned out really good. It found it helpful to have some really skinny ones (which I thought would be useless). Once I chopped them to a similar length (with new pruning shears) I quartered my wreath with a longish stick pointing north, south, east and west. Then I turned those 4ths into 8ths using thicker twigs. When a thick twig wouldn't fit, I would glue down one or two skinny twigs to fill in the space.
I braided three stands of the rafia to create a loop/hanger for the wreath. I tied a double knot and glued the knot to the back of the disc and trimmed off the edges. The great things is that if I ever want to change the hanger to a ribbon or something more festive it's super easy to cut and I won't feel guilty about it!
Our front door JUST got re-painted literally 2 weeks ago, and I was afraid that my gorgeous new creation would scratch up my newly painted door. Solution? Felt backing. Initially I thought I could lay the felt down behind all the twigs (thinking the twigs would be so close together that you wouldn't be able to see the felt-whoops!) Anywho, I figured if the disk was pushed out from the door the branches were less likely to scratch! I was right! It's not perfect, but it keeps the majority of the branches from brushing up against the door.