Wednesday, December 1, 2010

~SHABBY COTTAGE CHIC WONDERFUL..A Christmas Wreath Tutorial~

~HEART WREATH~
(made w/ vintage millinery roses)

I'd planned on sharing with you some vintage images this morning for Christmas gift-tag making, but I'm afraid that will have to wait another day!  Sorreeee!  My guy and I were busy hunting down a problem with our Christmas Tree's lights yesterday and that spun my day off into another direction and I didn't get the graphics all sorted out!
~FROSTED WITH PINK & White PAINT~
(and a bit of faux snow for flocking)

Tomorrow is another day~right?  I'll also be back this evening with the name of the winner of my Christmas Sachet Giveaway! :)

~OLD PINK ROSE HAT~
(Gotta love those vintage blooms)

Today  I'm going to share with you some pictures of a small Christmas Heart Wreath I hung last night in my formal dining room.  I snapped some pictures while she was being created and I'm hoping that by seeing mine it will give you a little boost to want to create your own!
 ~BEGIN WITH CUTTING AWAY FLOWERS~

I love using old blooms found on vintage hats.  Remember this one?  I picked it up earlier this year for a cooooool buck!  Sweet way to get a really Shabby Cottage Chic look...soft, creamy pastel and not too bright!
~ATTACH w/HOT GLUE~

I randomly glued the little pink flowers in place.
 Original "Made in Japan" tag was hiding inside and the original $1.98 price tag, too!
 ~SPRAY PAINT YOUR FLORAL FINDINGS~

After your largest flowers are hot glued in place, attach some sprigs of tiny berries that have been spray painted with frosty white paint.  This will tone down your wreath and make it look shabby chic wonderful... 
 ~AFTER PAINTING~

Hot Glue a couple big handfuls of the berries in place!
 ~TOO GREEN FOR ME~

If the look you are going for is soft and muted, then don't forget to paint your leaves as well.  The green above is lovely but just toooo bright for my taste.  You can spray them or brush paint them with craft paint!
 I favor parchment leaves that are factory frosted and lightly gilded.  I've had these for a long time but you can pick up vines that are similar at Michael's and Hobby Lobby!
 ~GETTING CLOSE TO DONE~
~ADD SPRIGS OF MUTED GREENERY~
 ~ADD RIBBON/HANGER TO THE BACK~
 
~HANGING SWEETLY IN PLACE~
~HERE SHE IS AGAIN~

Once our formal dining room is fully decorated I'll show you the entire space!

After the wreath was hanging in place I did go back and add a flirty metallic gold bow at the top.  It just needed a bit a glitz and glitter.  You can even include small bulbs and/or ornaments if you like...

And so there you have it!  Even if you don't have an old hat you can still find lovely blooms at your local craft store that will work.  Don't think they can't be toned down with paint or faux-snow frosting!  They can be!  True shabby cottage decor is soft and the colors are never too bold...

Now...don't forget I'll be back later with the name of the winner of the Sachet Drawing!

Hope your day is awesome!

Love to you...

33 comments:

sonya said...

Your heart wreath is just beautiful, girl. Thanks for showing how you made it too! I can't wait to see your dining room.I know it will be fabulous.
Blessings,
Sonya

Pat @ My Tattered Elegance said...

Your wreat is awsome as all your treasures. Such wonderful talent you express in all that you do. Have a great day!!!!
Hugs, Pat

Blondie's Journal said...

Your wreath is gorgeous, Rebecca! I'd never in a million years be able to make something like this {although your directions are great}. I'll be happy to just admire it from afar!!

Looking forward to seeing your dining room! Happy Wednesday!

XO,
Jane

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Hi Rebecca....

How pretty is this??!!! Love it...and what a great idea to paint the leaves... I swear, I'm always spray painting something, but never thought to do leaves. Awesome idea...

Come on over....I'm having a Ramsign giveaway.. I just wish I could win!

Huggies,
Spencer

rosechicfriends said...

Hey Sweety!
That is just over the TOP gorgeous! Hey, would you come and help me decorate? I need a little push, well maybe a BIG one! lol

Have a blessed day my friend!
Lorena

Home and Heart said...

As beautiful as always!! I love to visit and see what you are up too!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

I would have never thought to spray paint the leaves and things...great idea....hhmmmm, maybe a nice PINK wreath above our bed, whatta think my man would do then????

texasdaisey said...

Great idea to spray paint those leaves. I have always said that paint can fix a multitude of problems.
Debbie

Mari said...

HELLO SWEETIE,

OHHH SWEETIE YOUR WREATH TURNED OUT BEAUTIFUL :) AND WHO WOULD HAVE KNOWN YOU CAN PAINT LEAVES AND FLOWERS THANKS FOR THE TIP :)

HUGLETS~XO~MARI

Theresa said...

Gorgeous! Can I borrow some of that creativity to come up with something beautiful at my house:) I love it! Have a blessed day dear Rebecca! HUGS!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Gorgeous! Love the tutorial too; thanks for sharing.

Blessings,
Sandi

Brenda ~ Shabby Cats and Roses said...

That wreath is just stunning Rebecca! I never would have thought to spray paint the leaves and things...GREAT idea!! I might give it a try :)

Cherished Treasures said...

Love the wreath !!!

Just one question though ---------------------------------------------

How in the world can you maintain your French Manicured Nails with all the hand work you do ?

LOL

;-)

Luv ya bunches, Carol

Rebecca said...

To Carol @Cherished Treasures

Hmmm...A bi-weekly manicure and pedicure is a huge weakness I'm afraid. I don't indulge myself in too many things...but, I won't give them up OR my skincare ritual!!!! hahahaha

Everything else is up for grabs (including diamonds and pearls!)

Love to you~

Rebecca

Rebecca said...

OOPS! Meant Bi-MONTHLY! xoR

Shelia said...

Hi Most Beautiful Rebecca! Oh, this wreath is so pretty! It looks like you! Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Deanna said...

Rebecca,
She's a beauty! Lovely wreath with your special touch.

Shine on,
d

VMcreation-fashion-studio-atelier said...

Your blessed hands makes a realy WONDERS,my beautiful,talented friend,Rebecca:-)))*

How enchanted is the colors and all small details...oh,my!!!
ADORE you work,dear Rebecca!

Much Love to you,
***Violetta***

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Rebecca, your heart wreath is just beautiful!! Love it!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Shabbyfufu said...

How pretty sweets.....just your style! I too noticed that manicure...how the heck do you keep it girly?!! xo, Janet

Ginger said...

Your decorations are so luscious and sugary pink!!! They just melt my heart, no one can do it like you do my friend. You have a way with pink!!! Good to hear from you. I am staying busy with work, our booth and now my Etsy shop, oh yes, and CHRISTMAS!!!! Ok now I am getting panicky. Isn't it so fun to decorate for Christmas?
Hugs
Ginger

Atelier de Charo said...

Hi Rebeca, the wreath is just fantastic, very pretty, love it!

Hugs
Charo

The Polka Dot Closet said...

OMG, and you even had time for a manicure!! LOL I never thought of spraying greenery, I thought I just had to find it in the right color. Thanks

Carol

Tanza said...

Ooohhh sooo pretty ~r~,
NoW, this would look PeRfEcT in my home too !! There isn't anything you do my friend, that I don't LoVe !! Happy decorating, and hoping you are enjoying all this madness a BiT !! It can get quite crazy, I Know !! We are soo blessed to know the real reason for this blessed season ~
Christmas HuGs ~TeA~ xo

Abby's Paperie Garden said...

Your wreath is so very beautiful and your tutorial is fabulous too! I think I may give this a go!

Hugs,

Abby:)

Marilyn said...

A PINK rose wreath would look wonderful in my space--you can just box it up and send it right over!! ;D I have some wreaths under the sink at school that I may just have to spray and try my hand at making one! It was easier to just leave them at school last year than to drag them home!! Thanks for sharing. ♥♫

NanaDiana said...

Rebecca! That is just a darling.soft wreath. So fresh and pretty looking. I love your pinks...you know I do! Hugs- Diana

Sandra said...

Helloooo Rebecca!! How are you? I've been MIA thru bloggyland. But...What a beautiful wreath you made! I never would have thought to paint the leaves or flowers for that matter. Ha ha I'm gonna have to try that sometime. I noticed those pretty nails too.
Blessings,
Sandra

KatyDidStitches said...

Hello Rebecca! You probably won't remember, but I'm the one who commented on your pink Westclox alarm clock awhile back.

Anyway...about your Christmas lights. Have you ever heard of a Lightsaver Pro? It's a little gadget that looks like a glue gun. You plug in your misbehaving light string and remove one of the bulbs from the problem area. Then, you insert the Lightsaver into the empty socket, pull the trigger...and it fixes your lights! I'm not kidding. Yesterday, I was having trouble with my lighted garland, and my hubbin took care of it in under 5 minutes! It's my new favorite thing!

I don't know what you have out there in OK...but we got ours at Do It Best...and as I recall, it wasn't too terribly expensive.

Your home looks lovely, as always...and your heart wreath is gorgeous. Thank you for sharing with us!

Kathy

Anonymous said...

Reb,how wonderful it is!! I would love SO MUCH to have hands as MAGIC as yours (and I would like to have your wreath in my home,eh eh ) ^_^ Hugs, Debby from Italy

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Just beautiful, Rebecca!!
Thanks for the tutorial!!

Hugs,
Debbie

J.Rae's Shabby Cottage Designs said...

You're blog is lovely! I would love to put a link on my blog but wanted your okay first! Blessings, Julie

TinaTx said...

What a beautiful wreath!

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