Hello and welcome friends, this is my very first post for 2017, I’ve been a bit of a slacker lately! 😉 I actually lost my creative mojo somehow… I have no idea where the heck it went, I guess when I took a break for Christmas my mojo decided to stay on vacation? I’m not back to 100% myself yet either, but now I know exactly why I’m still down, ugh… there is a lot of stuff going on in our world right now and every single outlet is saturated with so much anger and hatred it seems! Times are scary and unknown in the world and all social media feels overwhelming and filled with hostility. It’s completely draining me. I wasn’t even sure about posting a tutorial about this Valentine’s day wreath… doesn’t that just seem a little unimportant right now? But, I decided that if I was going to dig myself out of this funk I needed to keep doing me and continue to share what I love and I know that when I find something happy and interesting online it lightens my mood… so here I am lightening my mood and hopefully adding a little break for you too.
What better way is there to smash through all of the negative noise with some major LOVE?
I’m joining in with my Canadian buddies again and we are pouring out all of the feels and mad, mad love… make sure to check out everyone’s amazing posts at the end of this tutorial, I can’t wait to pour over each and everyone! xo
Valentine’s Day wreath – with dried peonies and copper pipe
So this wreath didn’t turn out at all like I had in mind… usually that’s a bad thing but this time I’m not upset at all that’s it’s not exactly like I envisioned… I’m kinda loving it! So what is it about this wreath that didn’t turn out like I envisioned? Glad you asked, it’s really only the copper and the patina… I wanted a brighter copper and a much brighter green patina. The concoction I found online didn’t work exactly as planed… but like I said I’m happy with it.
I’m not usually a decorate for valentine’s day type of girl… but I had some dried peonies from last spring… I over documented my obsession on Instagram last year, I’m sure I will again this year too. haha, this obsession it’s a real thing, I may need an intervention… not kidding!
Easy DIY Valentine’s Day wreath tutorial
Things you will need:
- dried flowers of your choice (I used dried peonies of various sizes) – I’m hoping to write a tutorial on how I dry my own peonies, stay tuned for that!
- faux leaves (I borrowed some leaves from an Ikea plant)
- 1/4″ copper tubing (available at any hardware store)
- soldering iron and solder
- glue gun with glue sticks
- Miracle grow (haha yep you read that right) – optional
- spray bottle – optional
- Decide on the size of your wreath, I used a pizza pan as a guide and it helped to make the copper coil nice and round.
2. Mark the cut points and cut with a dremel.
3. Solder the cut ends together.
4. Mix one part miracle grow with 3 parts water and spray the round copper wreath. This step gives a patina of aged copper and is an optional step.
This is what it will look like when dried…
5. Once completely dry wrap a portion of the copper with twine – gluing the dried flowers directly to the copper won’t work as the glue does not stick to the copper.
6. Now arrange your dried flowers to suit, add a coordinating ribbon and you are done like dinner.
Thanks for stopping in, I hope you like my little valentine wreath?
Now run, do NOT walk and check out my fellow Canadian Bloggers and their ahhhhmazing projects below!
SO . MUCH . LOVE.
You can also follow along on Instagram with the #CBvalentinesday hashtag
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