Tuesday, January 22, 2013

DIY: Straw-Burst Wreath

I had pinned this cute wreath around the holidays, but never got around to actually making it. Isn't that usually always the case! I have a baby sip-n-see coming up this weekend, so thought this would be a perfect addition to their front door to welcome guests to the event. I took the instructions from Woman's Day magazine and added my own flair with the ribbon and letter P for the baby's name. I did a search to find the grey color straws to match the theme instead of red.

Here is what you will need:

  • 6" flat floral and craft ring 
  • 1 sheet white paper
  • Scissors
  • Hot-glue gun
  • 1 box of 144-count paper straws ($7.50 via www.Kikkerland.com)
  • Pencil to trace and mark the straws for trimming

Now it is time to make a wreath!

Trace the floral ring onto the paper and cut it out. I used the paper by itself to glue the straws to while I was creating the wreath and then glued the floral ring to the back of the wreath once it was complete. At this point also plug in your glue gun. 

This is the step that will take you the most time - cutting the straws. Cut 49 straws to 6.5 inches, 49 straws to 5.5 inches and then 25 cut in half to get 50 at 3.75 inches. I ended up only cutting 25 of the small ones, so I can use more of the remaining straws from the pack during the party. :) Another tip, I used one straw as my guide and was able to cut two at a time.

Now you will start to glue the longest straw around the paper with a tiny drop of glue on each straw. I usually did two straws at a time here to keep it moving. I did try to draw a line of glue on the actual paper but this did not work, the glue dried too fast. Once you have finished the longest straws all the way around, repeat the pattern with the mid-length straws in between the longer ones. Then again for the shortest. Again at this step, I just skipped every other medium length and only used 25 of the shortest.

Flip over the wreath to glue the floral/craft ring to the back to secure the wreath.

And it is essentially done! I added a letter and ribbon to match the baby sip-n-see decor. I glued the letter to the ribbon once I had it looped and tied the way I wanted it.

I can't wait to show you the rest of the details from the sip-n-see soon. What do you think? For Valentine's Day it would be cute to have the red stripes and add a heart in the center with a pink polka-dot ribbon. Happy crafting!

Au revoir,

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  1. Love it! Can't wait to hang it on P's front door! Hope it makes it ok on the airplane :) great job!

    1. Ha! Yes the plane is on my mind. Hopefully the flight attendants understand the importance of this wreath!

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