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Summer is in full swing and Independence Day is right around the corner for those of us in the United States. I created this simple and festive Fourth of July wreath for the holiday using my interchangeable burlap wreath form, ribbon, and tulle. My design could easily be shifted for other holidays or national colors. It was so easy and only took about half an hour from start to finish, since I already had the burlap wreath form created. Read on to find out how to make one for yourself.
These are the two men who stole my heart.
They are both so incredible and I love them more every day.
My sweet husband loves me like Jesus, giving me grace when I don’t deserve it and truly being my partner in this life. Our little boy brings so much joy with his big smile and happy giggles. When he grabs my face for a big kiss or runs up to mama and daddy for a family hug, my heart melts all over again. I am so thankful for the love of my two men today and every day. I can’t wait to bring our daughter into the family this spring.
We are blessed beyond all reason and my cup overflows.
Happy Valentine’s Day from the Eby family
and Bare Feet on the Dashboard!
I’m still in love with my interchangeable burlap wreath. It just makes switching out seasonal decorations so easy. For summer I left the grass and flowers in from my spring wreath and added pinwheels from Dollar Tree that were 3/$1. They happened to match the ribbon I used in the spring wreath. Click here to see my spring/Easter
version and here to see the Valentine’s Day
Getting the pinwheels to stick in the wreath was far more difficult than I thought it would be. I thought the stakes would poke through and make the pinwheels stand up. Nope. They broke off instead. I weaved each stake through the grass a little bit and then used straight pins to secure the stakes onto the back of the wreath. Because the wreath is on our front door and gets opened and shut a lot, I’ve had to readjust the pinwheels several times. I’m ok with that. I love the whimsical look of this wreath and the fact that it cost only $1 to switch to a summer version.
Pinwheels, flip flops, Americana, beach flair…
How do you decorate for summer?
I love linking my ideas at these blog parties. Click the links to check them out and find crafty inspiration. If you’ve never visited a blog party, you will be blown away by the creativity shared and imaginative ideas.
Monday: CraftOManiac, Mad in Crafts, It’s So Very Cheri, Sew Chatty, The Girl Creative, Keeping It Simple, C.R.A.F.T., Boogie Board Cottage, and Sumo’s Sweet Stuff
Tuesday: Raising 4 Princesses, The Kurtz Corner, Hope Studios, Today’s Creative Blog, Coastal Charm, and New Nostalgia
Wednesday: The Trendy Treehouse, Polka Dots on Parade, Lil Luna, and The Thrifty Home
Thursday: Somewhat Simple, Tales from Bloggeritaville, The Shabby Creek Cottage, and House of Hepworths
Friday: Sugar and Spice, Kojo Designs, and The Shabby Nest
Weekends: Tatertots and Jello, Serenity Now, and Candace Creations
Easter is my favorite holiday.
Spring is my favorite season.
I really love the joy of Jesus risen and all of the bloom of new life.
I searched Pinterest
for spring and Easter decorating inspiration and found this
and decided to combine them using my interchangeable burlap wreath that I made here
Here’s how it came about:
I stripped the Valentine’s Day stuff off the burlap wreath and wrapped the bottom of it in haute fur yarn, pinning the ends of it into the wreath with straight pins. Then I cut individual daisies off the daisy chain ribbon and pinned them into the “grass” using coordinating straight pins. I arranged a few plastic Easter eggs in the grass using the straight pins and moved them until I was happy with their placement.
I created the words using dollar store pipe cleaners and ribbon leftover from the nursery decorating.
You can find the pipecleaner letter directions found here
I couldn’t decide where to put my lil birdie. I moved him around and took him off and put him back on. He sticks in with yet another straight pin, so it was super easy to move him. What do you think- bird or no bird?
He ended up here.
I’m super happy with the way it turned out.
The letters were WAY more difficult than I thought they would be.
Pipecleaner molding is not my best skill, apparently.
I also had a bit of a fiasco with the ribbon. I ran out on the happy and had to go back and make it super tight so it would cover the whole thing. In between I went to Hobby Lobby to find another spool of ribbon. They were out. They had just received a huge shipment of literally every other type of ribbon except the one I needed. A craftastrophe! Oh well. It all worked out in the end.
Does the Easter Bunny visit your house?
Today is my Mama’s birthday.
I am so blessed to have her in my life.
She is my biggest fan,
She is a great listener,
and the perfect shopping buddy.
I am so thankful she gave my grandmom the surprise of her life all those years ago and became a sweet Valentine’s gift for my grandparents. My grandmother had 2 teenagers and thought she had hit menopause. Surprise, a baby was on the way. What a gift she was to them and to all of her children, and of course to my Daddy. Thanks for loving us all so well, Mama. Happy birthday.