Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Nature Inspired

I had this frame sitting off to the side in my craft/sewing room, not sure what I was going to do with it.  You may recall I used it on this project about a year ago.

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I never really took to it and I have no place to hang it in the new place anyway, so I took out the stenciled piece and decided to use the frame for this project.  I’m sure you’ve seen frames being used instead of wreaths in a variety of ways.

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I wanted something for our front door but I find I can’t get into wreaths as much as I used to.  I thought maybe something like this would give me a unique look.   I found these images on Google Images.

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So I pulled out some sheet moss {which I actually had more of than I thought I did} and was able to do the whole frame with what I had on hand.   You will need plenty of glue sticks and make sure you put something down wherever you decide to do a moss project.  It’s pretty messy! 

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I used this towel and sat on the floor in my craft/sewing room.   Just make sure you use sheet moss ~ you will find it a lot easier and faster to cover, plus you won’t burn your fingers.  I was very proud of myself for not walking away with third degree burns from this project.  I started fitting sheets and cutting to cover the front and outer edge of the frame.  Here it is about halfway done.

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I filled in spots here and there when I got it mostly all covered. 

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Now to decorate it.  In the bottom left corner I hot glued a nest and eggs that I had gotten from Target a few years ago {great package of eggs and nests, too.   These are the eggs I used under my mini cloches in my master bedroom here}. 

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I had some coupons for Joann’s and picked up some burlap garland {because they didn’t have burlap ribbon} and some flowers.   The purple/lavendar colors were calling to me, so that was what I decided to use. I pulled the hydrangea head off the stem and just tucked it in to the moss.

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The other flowers I hot glued in place.  I cut the burlap garland to make it a thinner piece because it was just too wide to make into a bow for this frame.  I made my bow at the top but felt it needed something.

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I dug through some stuff and found this antique gold looking frame from the Michael’s dollar bin that I had.  The color worked great with the burlap.  I printed up “Our Nest” onto some script scrapbook paper and stuck that in the frame, removing the little easel portion from the back.  I then hot glued that to the middle of the bow.

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Let’s see how it looks on the front door.  I added a few more bits of burlap in various spots to just fill it in a little bit. 

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I used a command hook {they have such a variety now} and just hung it from the sawtooth hanger already attached to the frame. 

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I love that it is different and has a nature inspired look to it!

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Linking up with

Wild About Mother Nature at Grits & Glamour

Tuesday’s Treasures at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style

Open House Party at No Minimalist Here

Share Your Creations at Kristen’s Creations

Inspiration Friday At The Picket Fence

Potpourri Friday at 2805

Kathy

26 comments:

Sue said...

Love your new wreath, Kathy! The lavender hydrangea adds just that pop of color. Your door is ready for spring, even if our weather isn't quite cooperating. :-)
Call me if you have some time for an outing. I'm tired of painting. *grin*
~ Sue

The Country Nest said...

Kathy,
What a great idea. Love the sheet moss over the frame. I know what you mean about wreaths too.
I love how it looks on the front door. Just a question....why don't you paint the white frames on the windows of your door? I painted mine the same as the door and they and it looks like a wood door.have never given me any trouble.
Love your blog!
hugs,
Donna

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Very clever and so pretty Kathy! Love how you added the burlap and that sweet little frame that says Our Nest!

Jane said...

You've inspired me to try and make one of these. I have a lot of frames in my studio and I can pick one that is not too thick so it fits between my door and the storm door. Thanks Kathy!!
Jane

Tammy@InStitches said...

You are so creative ! I know you will enjoy it.

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

Looks great, Kathy! I love the look of the moss covered frames and letters. Another project that's on my to-do list!

Jamie said...

I love it! You're so creative! It looks like you're more than ready to welcome spring anytime now...I know i'm ready for it. ~ Jamie Asper

Barb @ GritsandGlamour said...

Love the new wreath. So detailed, I especially love the small gold frame with The Nest. Just darling. Thank you so much for sharing your project at Wild About MOther Nature #2. I appreciate your support and kindness. Blessings, Barb

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Hey, Kathy- that is really CLEVER!

What a neat decor item - and you knoooowwww how much I like "nest" stuff.

Love it, well done, friend!

Poppy said...

Very cool! I never thought of using a frame as a wreath! Obviously, I don't get out much if it's the newest thing! Nicely done, Kathy! Thanks for sharing this with us!

Blondie's Journal said...

It's beautiful, Kathy. I love the texture of the moss and the bow is just perfect. I have a few frames that have been just sitting here waiting for me to do something with them. This is a great idea! :)

XO,
Jane

Shelia said...

Kathy, you are the smartest one! I love your wreath. The little "Our Nest" is so sweet tucked in there.
Uh-oh is a wonderful word, especially coming from a little grandchild! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Debbiedoo's said...

I love it Kathy! I love that moss too. I had tried using it once before and it was a disaster. Now I think I could do it. The looks and texture is great. What a warm greeting indeed.

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

I am soooo copying this idea! Love it. You had me from the very beginning, and the ideas were rolling! Thanks for the idea and the inspiration, Kathy!

Okio B Designs said...

Very pretty! It's so perfect for Spring. I'm still trying to figure out what to hang on our frontdoor this year.

J

eleven-o-one said...

What a great idea! I'm sort of over the wreath thing, too. I love your idea. It looks perfect on your door.
Fran

Leslie's Garden said...

What a fabulous idea! You did a great job, how creative!

Judi said...

I popped over here from Shelia's Note Songs...So many lovely wreaths and I really like the one you made. Now you have a welcome to your nest...sweet.
Come by and visit..
Judi

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Kathy...your creativity never ceases to amaze me...gorgeous wreath!!

Controlling My Chaos said...

I love it Kathy! I especially love that it is rectangular. I was fine with winter, however, until I saw your spring-like decor. Now I'm longing for spring.

chateau chic said...

Hi Kathy,
Very creative door adornment. Nice change from a wreath.
Mary Alice

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

Hi Kathy,

That is one good looking wreath.

Dee

Nook and Cranny said...

Love what you did with the empty frame. I love using nature throughout my home.
Thanks for sharing.
Michele

Candy said...

Yours is SOOOO much PRETTIER than the inspiration pieces.

I've just become your newest follower. Please, please come visit me. THANKS.

Honey at 2805 said...

Charming! Thank you for sharing at Potpourri Friday at 2805!

ten51design.com said...

I love the idea of repurposing old frames. I have so many! It turned out great. I will definitely be trying this is the near future. Thanks for sharing! - Julie from http://ten51design.com

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