Does that sunshine look amazing to you and almost unrecognizable? N.C. has had a winter for the books this year I am soooo over it. I am getting excited for this 2015 Wedding Season and I know the warm weather and sunshine are near. Thank goodness.
So out of hibernation I come and I am ready for wedding and DIY fun.
I am starting you guys off with a simple $20-$30 ceremony decor piece. This is from a wedding I did floral and ceremony design for in 2014. The bride and groom were getting married outdoors under this gorgeous tree. This little touch was the backdrop for their ceremony. It made a sweet statement and did not break the bank or take much time to make. Most off all, it did not take away from nature’s beautiful backdrop.
I played off the main backdrop, what was already there … a tree.
Rather than digging a sharp object into the arbor already on the venue grounds, I made a sweet heart with Cupid’s arrow and the couple’s initials to affix to the moss wreath.
This wreath would be great for outdoor ceremonies, hanging from a tree or arch, or indoors as your backdrop or hanging from a door.
1 Styrofoam Wreath ( I used an 18″)
1 Wood Heart =
1 Small Acrylic paint in color of your choice
1 Piece of fabric or craft paper in color or print of your choice
1 Piece of ribbon
1 large bag of green shade of Spanish Moss for a more bushy full look or 2-3 bags of the sheet moss (I tried the sheets of moss and it was kind of easy just to wrap around and glue in sections, but I have made one with Spanish moss too and loved it)
1 Glue Gun and many glue sticks
1 Small container of Mod Podge
1 Bundle of Twisted Paper Cord in brown (like a brown bag/brown paper)
What you will Do:
Plug in your glue gun and get it warm (don’t forget a drop cloth/paper plate/anything that can catch dripping glue). Paint your wood heart first, so it can dry while you work on the wreath.
Next, remove your moss from the bag (it’s messy — eeewww). Glue moss around your styrofoam wreath. Make sure there is no white space and its nice and full. Protip: if you use the sheets make sure you line up all the seams where it meets in the back of the wreath and none in the front.
While everything else is drying, start on the letters. I did not use stencils, I just hand traced and cut, but use a stencil if you like. You will need the first letter for each person’s name in the couple and a plus sign. Once you’re done cutting, glue the letters on the heart (make sure your heart is dry!). This is where the Mod Podge comes in handy — for adhering the letters and plus sign to the heart. Much easier than using the glue gun. Make sure you place the Mod Podge on the back of the fabric or scrapbook paper you use and not on the heart.
Leave all that to dry and work on your arrow. The twisted paper cord makes it easy, because its already twisted. Take a twisted piece and cut it to the length you prefer. Protip: Lay your heart over top of it so that the cord is long enough to have the heart in the middle. Then, cut two small pieces for each side of the arrow at the top. I loosened the twist, then re-tightened to my liking. I used the glue gun to glue each side to the top. You now have the point of the arrow. I worked on loosening the tail of the arrow by untwisting, until I felt it looked right.
You’re almost done! Glue your arrow to the back of your heart with the glue gun and make sure you center your heart. While that dries, you can work on making the bow for the top. You need to tie it around the top of your wreath and hold the wreath up to decide the length you want. I made it longer than I need, so I could cut on-site and be sure it was the right length. It’s always easy to take away material, but much harder to add it back. If you feel more comfortable you could do this part on-site, just bring the ribbon roll and scissors with you.
Now find the place you like best to attach your heart and arrow to your wreath. Definitely use your glue gun for this. Remember when that glue hits that moss it is STUCK, it’s really hard to rip it off. So, be careful and slow to place it.
Tah dah! You’re done. I believe I spent around $28 to make this wreath.
Good luck! Would love to see any wreaths out there you make or have made, just comment to this post with a pic for others to see too.
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