Sunday, July 10, 2011

Sunflowery Wreath

Time to switch out Old Glory for something new
And this only took me an hour to do!

I'm usually not crazy about sunflowers, but this idea just hit me last week.  I really wanted to use coffee beans in the center and a sunflower seemed like a good fit. 
I guess since there isn't a hole in the middle of this thing, it isn't really a wreath.  Whatevs.
This pillow was part of my inspiration for the petals.  It was so easy to do and using felt makes for a really durable final product.

Here are all the supplies you'll need
  • Felt in yellow, orange and brown
  • Sharpie marker
  • scissors
  • coffee beans... I found a bag of "decorative" ones at Michaels on clearance for $.29!
  • a paper plate or other cardboard-like circle around 10" in diameter
  • glue gun
 Start by drawing your petal form onto the felt
Biggest petals:  2" x 6"
and there are 16 of them *done in yellow felt*

Medium petals:  2" x 4"
16 of these *done in yellow felt*

Smallest petals:  2" x 2.5"
12 of these *done in orange felt*

Cut out the petals and lay them out on your paper plate.  This step helps you determine if you have enough petals and you like the way the flower looks
This is the outermost row of petals.

Put a dab of hot glue near the base of a petal

Fold the two sides in near the base to make each petal more dimensional
*be careful not to burn yourself (like I did)*

Place them under something heavy to dry

I used a glass but a book would do.  Repeat this step until all your petals are curled up and glued

Now you get to form the flower.  Start with the biggest petals and hot glue each one to the plate.  The edge of the base of the petals in the outside row were about 3" in from the edge of the plate

Continue all the way around with that row.  Start the 2nd row (medium sized yellow petals) about 1" inside of where the first row petal edges are.  I think I got a little overzealous at this point... there aren't any pics from this step.

Start the 3rd row of smallest orange petals about 1" closer to the center than the 2nd row.  Go all the way around with the orange petals.  Then you'll have this

So far so good!  Now make a brown circle out of felt.  I loosely traced around a glass... this can be a very wacked out circle and still look good in my opinion

Cut out the brown circle and hot glue it to the center of your plate, covering the folded edges of your smallest flower petals

Now you start gluing your coffee beans to the brown felt

Do a small area at a time

Until the brown circle is completely covered

That's it!  I glued a string to the back of the plate so that I could hang it on the door.  Cheap.  Easy.  Fun!  This really brightens up the front door; it's just a cheery image to come home to.

Thanks for visiting!  It means so much to me that you took the time to stop by.  All the support from this community is making blogging so much fun!
Blessings,
Jamie
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55 comments:

  1. I LOVE THIS!!! I knew I should have bought that felt yesterday!

    Great idea!

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  2. Great idea and outcome! Maybe "door decor" instead of "wreath" ;-) Just an idea :-)

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  3. What a cute idea! I still have a flag bucket filled with flowers on my front door and it is time for me to change it out to something summery. How many sheets of each color of felt did you buy?

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  4. Amazing! Love that you made it out of simple household items and some creativity! It looks beautiful and your tutorial is great! Thanks for sharing with the Pink Hippo party.. can't wait to see what you share next week!

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  5. Ingenious! We have an acquaintance whose front door is adorned with a giant sunflower and I always admire it. Thankfully she doesn't live in my neighborhood because now I can have one too!

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  6. Wow--- you did a great job on this! It turned out so very pretty.....thanks for sharing little tutorial on it!

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  7. It's so bright and fresh and fun! LOVE it!

    Have you had any trouble with bugs in the beans? Just curious if maybe I should add some shellac to the center to ward off critters. ☺

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  8. Now that makes a statement. This is a GREAT idea. I can so see this on my front door. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  9. Oh this is gorgeous - so happy!! Found you via Tea Rose Home and will definitely pin this to my Pinterest page! Well done!

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  10. Love this! Found your from the linky party on Night Owl Crafting.

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  11. The attention to detail on this is staggering...and I am a sucker for sunflowers and gerbera daisies...

    You will be featured at Creative Juice next week!

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  12. How fun! And perhaps, if you're a coffee lover, you'd get to smell the coffee when you come in and out? :-)

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  13. This is so cool! I am a new follower. Stopping by to invite you to link up to Thrifty Thursdays. Blessings!

    Johnnie

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  14. Coffee beans?? You are a genius!! I love it!! It turned out super cute & is a perfect door decor!

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  15. I think this project could easily be converted into a lotus flower with pink felt and a yellow center. Hmmmm... I am so tempted to try it. I'm wondering, will the color of the felt fade in the sun? Dropping in from The Tattered Tag. Lola from www.buddhatropolis.com

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  16. Sunflowers are beautiful, the brighten up every place where they are. I love them and how they can follow the sun, great choice. Also easy, effective craft. Love it.

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  17. What a darling idea! It looks great against your red door and so cheerful. Thanks for sharing it at Inspiration Friday!
    Vanessa

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  18. Oh my gosh, this is adorable! And to think, it's all felt and a paper plate. Great Job! Thanks for linking up at DIY Thrifty Thursday @ www.thrifty101.blogspot.com
    ~Michelle

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  19. This is really cute, Jamie. I like unique wreaths; "door decor" is a better word for it.

    I love how you shared how easy this sunflower is to do. Thanks for sharing it. I'm pinning it on pinterest.

    Cheers,
    Tracy Screaming Sardine

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  20. So pretty! Thanks for linking to Bacon Time. I am following u with GFC.
    Hope you will link up each week.

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  21. Super cute project!
    I would have never thought to use a paper plate.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  22. ok, this is just to cute. What a unique summer wreath! I love it so much, it would look great on my red door to!
    I am featuring it tomorrow morning on my blog, you can stop by and grab a button if you want. :)
    http://suburbsmama.blogspot.com/

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  23. I saw your sunflower on Suburbs Mama, and I have to say it is absolutely adorable. I would love to make one of my own someday! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  24. Love the bright sunflower! Hopped over from FJI's link party. I'm a Kansas girl (but living in Sweden now) - the sunflower state - so I'm always drawn to sunflowers. Thanks for the happy!
    Michael

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  25. This is so cute! What a great idea. Love the coffee beans. Thanks for sharing. I am your newest follower. Hope you can visit me sometime soon.

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  26. Who cares what it's called.... it is awesome!

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  27. This is so cute! I've pinned it, and I hope to make one soon. Thanks for sharing the tute! :D

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  28. i'm obsessed with sunflowers, love this!Found you on TT&J.

    I would love for you to link this up at my weekend Link Party, Once Upon a Weekend. This weekend is my first-ever party, and I am so hoping people will participate! :)

    Here’s the link if you’re interested:

    http://familyeverafter.blogspot.com/2011/07/once-upon-weekend-link-party-1.html

    Also, if you have a list of favorite link parties, I’d love to be included on Fridays. Thanks a ton!

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  29. way fun!!!I love it and thanks for the tutorial!!:) thanks for sharing:)
    ps
    Designer Blogs is doing a giveaway for a free button, if your interested come check it out!

    http://jaysonandashley.blogspot.com/2011/07/button-botton-who-wants-designer-blog.html

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  30. I love this, and that you can make it as big as you want. Thanks for sharing!

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  31. I love this. I can't wait to try making it for our front door. Thank you so much for posting. (I am coming over from Momnivore today.)

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  32. I love this! How many sheets of felt did it take?

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  33. LOVE this project. Gonna have to have to try to get started on one for my door too. Thanks for the fab ideas.

    hayleesnanny@blogspot.com

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  34. It looks so beautiful that I want to try too!

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  35. How could this be made waterproof for a rainy day?

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    1. I was wondering about making it with those rubberish/plastic/foam sheets of color instead of felt. what do you think?

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  36. What a wonderful tutorial! I just discovered your site via Pinterest. Your directions are very easy to understand. Thanks so much for posting this.

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  37. This is wonderful! I love how you thought of something completely different, festive, and cheery!

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  38. Love it! The most inexpensive wreath yet. (It cost me only $3) Thanks for sharing!

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  39. Hi! I love this! I just found your Sunflower Wreath on Pinterest & now your blog. I just finished making a Sunflower Wreath myself that I made from recycled water bottles, pistachio shells, yarn and a few paper plates. I know it sounds horrendous but it turned out really cute! I just had to show you a picture so I posted one to your Facebook page. And if you want you can see my process here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.3871155090801.2150445.1036342162&type=3&l=9f807dce75

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  40. I love this! How many sheets of yellow and orange did you buy?

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  41. Hooked on Free Crochet just featured your wreath - so adorable!!!! I'm thinking I'll make one now and call it 'Mum Wreath' for fall! Thank you so much for sharing your awesome idea!

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  42. excelente idea , gracias por compartir algo tan bello, bendiciones

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  43. You could always use plastic spoons - broken off and just use the "spoon" part. Spray paint in two shades of yellow. Use a dessert size and then a teaspoon size - that would be water proof.

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  44. I love what you put in the middle. Using real food makes it so much more artistic.

    lisa

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  45. Just love it - beautiful !!

    /Berith

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  46. I'm going to make this sunflower this weekend. This is beautiful. I'm making another one out of gift wrap tissue for a bulletin board. Thanks for the great idea.

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  47. how much of the felt should be bought?

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  48. I love this. I hope to make a wreath for every season or even every month of the year and this one is perfect. Thank you for sharing this tutorial.

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  49. I love this, very cute. Thanks for sharing. Now I have an idea for a fall wreath. Awesome!!!

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  50. I love this, very cute. Thanks for sharing. Now I have an idea for a fall wreath. Awesome!!!

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  51. This is a great tutorial! Only thing I would do differently is to use black oil sunflower seeds in the middle rather than coffee beans. I mean, isn't that more appropriate?

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  52. Que hermosa manualidad para hacer con los peques/so cute craft to make with kids. πŸ‘πŸ˜‰

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  53. Que hermosa manualidad para hacer con los peques/so cute craft to make with kids. πŸ‘πŸ˜‰

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