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31 January, 2010

My Winter Porch...A Burlap Wreath and Lanterns

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IMG_0501 A winter wreath has always been a puzzle to me. Ideas for autumn and Christmas wreaths are easy and obvious. So are spring and summer…but winter? Then I came across the idea of a burlap wreath and I knew my problem was solved! This is my version...adding check and toile ribbons, with my guest bedroom decor still fresh on my mind. I love the look and the texture of the frayed fabric! And it was really easy!

wreath It is simply strips of burlap threaded on a coat hanger bent to form a circle…that’s all! Here, I would have to add a few notes. I used two yards of burlap cut into 4 inch strips. However, it seemed that the weight of the fabric pulled it to the bottom of the coat hanger circle to the point that I know my neighbors were wondering what I had hanging on my door! lol Soooo…I took it down, spaced the fabric and hot glued it to the hanger every few inches…problem solved! I also added some keys…more about that later.

IMG_0259 I also wanted to use lanterns on my winter porch, so I headed out in search of some larger ones to beef up my collection. I stumbled on these unusual lanterns at Marshalls...recognize them? They were featured in that gorgeous house in the movie It’s Complicated. However, I left these for another lantern lover, since they are a little too Asian for me.

IMG_8108This is more my style. You might remember these... my Pottery Barn copy cat lanterns that I featured on my autumn porch…

right …and then decorated for Christmas with candy cane stripes and cranberries. Sooo...I was jumping up and down when I found ....

IMG_0516 ...these big chunky lanterns! I decided to take a cue from my wreath and add strips of burlap…the more frayed, the better…along with a little toile ribbon and a couple of keys. I placed these on one side of my front door…

IMG_0518 …and these on the other, using more burlap and checked ribbon with another key.

page I found the keys at Hobby Lobby...with five different antique-style keys on a ring. They are frequently on sale and I keep going back for more, since I have used them in both my vintage tag and framed key projects as well. They add a little extra layer of interest for me. The checked ribbon came from Michaels and the toile from Hobby Lobby.

bestdoor So finally…here it is…my winter porch. As you can see, my porch is small and doesn’t lend itself to anything very elaborate. I think I like the simple wintery starkness for a change. What do you think?
And in case you are wondering why my blinds are up…it’s for my staff! lol You cannot see her furry little face, but our CEO Ozzie was busy supervising this entire photo shoot!
Thanks so much for stopping by! Please head on over to visit these wonderful blogs to see what everyone has going on!
Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Kimba  at A Soft Place to Land for DIY Day
Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick for the Before and After Party
Layla at The Lettered Cottage for A Few of My Favorite Tutorials 2010. 
This will be fun! I can’t wait to see what everyone has going on! See you next time! A la prochaine! Pin It!

80 comments:

  1. Debbie, good morning. YOur lanterns are just perfect. I love the keys, burlap and the wonderful ribbons. You do always find the best ribbons. Your wreath turned out gorgeous. I love it all. Hugs, Marty

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  2. Hi Debbie, I love that beautiful wreath with the blue ribbons. Gorgeous. I also like the lanterns and how you decorated them.LOvely Have a nice day,
    Riet

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  3. What a great idea, Debbie. So pretty and original! Your porch looks so warm and inviting even in the cold winter days...Christine

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  4. If you happen to be driving around the metro area and you start seeing these wreaths on everyone's door - it is all because of you! The wreath is beautiful!!!

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  5. Debbie, I love your porch, the wreath is very pretty and the extra touches of ribbon and keys makes the wreath say Debbie lives here. I am going to try that idea. The lanterns I love.
    I keep the blinds up behind my couch during the day so my fur babies can lay and look out. Isn't it funny the small things we do to make them happy.
    Stay warm, there is about 6 inches of snow on my front deck, my 4-legged girls love it but will only stay out for a short time, they don't like for their feet to be cold, LOL!!! Patricia

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  6. This came out beautifully Debbie! The wreath is such a great idea. I love the ribbon, and the lanterns are perfect. I laughed because I knew exactly why your blinds were up! Hope you're staying warm. Hugs, Kat

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  7. I love your porch decorations. The wreath looks perfect and the lanterns with burlap, ribbon and keys. So welcoming! Wish I was crafty!

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  8. Cute wreath, the checks and toile look perfect with the burlap. I do like the lanterns sitting at the doorway, they add a nice warm touch.

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  9. Oh that black and white ribbon is stunning against the burlap! I am toying with the idea of a burlap tablecloth for a garden party this summer...maybe some stencils on it. I love your lanterns..the black is so dramatic...beautiful post!

    Miss Bloomers

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  10. Hi Debbie, I love that wreath you made with the burlap and those keys are the perfect finishing touch. I love lanterns, I have several throughout my home. Just can't have too many.
    Come by for a visit. I posted my first post yesterday and am so excited to be joining in on the fun...Kim

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  11. G'morn, Debbie ~ WOW! How clever & inviting. I love it.

    Your porch looks wonderful ...
    Have a beautiful week.
    TTFN ~ Marydon

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  12. The wreath is fabulous! Your porch looks great! Thanks for the inspiration:).

    Blessings,

    Kim

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  13. http://myladydujour.com/

    Oh Debbie, burlap is one of those ugly duckling fabrics, isn't it?
    It simply comes to life when a loving and creative hand touches it!!!

    And you proved that it can be BEAUTIFUL!

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  14. Thanks Debbie, for the warm welcome!!

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  15. Debbie, the wreath is beautiful! What a wonderful idea! Your winter porch and door are gorgeous!

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  16. Debbie~~~

    I LOVE the wreath!! Perfect for this time of year and perfect for the addition of the toile fabric bow!! I have a bit of burlap so I am going straight over for the tutorial. Thanks!!

    Your lanterns are also perfect for winter. I like how you jazzed them up! Very cool!!

    Have a happy Sunday! :-)

    xoxo
    Janie

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  17. Hi Debbie!
    I love this unusual wreath. It's perfect for winter...and fall, too. The toile and keys are a nice touch. Your lanterns are a great addition to your winter display.

    Thanks so much for sharing these ideas...I'm heading to the closet for burlap...
    Jane (artfully graced)

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  18. Adore the burlap wreath - will have to check out the tutorial - I have two huge pieces of burlap, the color you have and a deep chocolate one.
    Now, I wish you or someone would do a very detailed tutorial on how to make those big wonderful bows!!!
    Kathleen makes great ones too...
    I'm challenged when it comes to bows!
    Love the total look of the front porch - great job!!

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  19. I love the burlap wreath! The front door looks great and very welcoming! Another great job!!

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  20. Debbie, love the burlap wreath! You really jazzed it up! And the lanterns are just gorgeous. I think you need to write a book "Debbie's Crafty Treasures" - or "How to Make Anything Fabulous". Woohoo! Linda

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  21. Hi Debbie, your porch is beautiful! I love the simplicity of color and form..it is perfect!
    smiles,
    Wendy

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  22. So cute - I need one !
    I adore that ribbon !
    Kammy

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  23. Thanks for the wreath idea. I love it. We are planning my daughter's April wedding, and that would look great on the door at the wedding. She is doing kind of a rustic chic style with burlap runners on the tables, and everything mismatched.

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  24. LOVE the wreath! The ribbon and the keys add such a perfect touch! And those lanterns? LOVE THEM!!

    It looks great!!

    Lou Cinda

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  25. Hi Debbie!!

    Me again. I looked at the tutorial and I have a question (couldn't find your email address). When you are finished, what do you do with the 2 ends of wire?? Twist them together? Would just like to know before I get to that part and go, "Duh..." ;-)

    xoxo
    Janie

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  26. I just love each touch! Your burlap wreath with the black and white bow and keys is such a welcoming look! :o)

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  27. Love the wreath. Keys are a perfect touch, along with the bow. Looks beautiful!

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  28. GREAT JOB DEBBIE! I saw that tutorial and was thinking of giving it a try myself. Well now I have more inspiration! Your right too, winter wreaths are hard to figure. Love the lanterns too, you are so creative! Hugs, Cindy

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  29. Fantabulous! I'm inspired!
    Cindy at Lakewood

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  30. wow Debbie I love your lanterns and of course you know I love the black and white checks with the burlap....such a great job, I am happy the kitties liked the kitty dishes....For the Tablescape Thursday I am doing a country french breakfast, and i know you are all about french, please let me know what you think, it was hard having never been to France...But I know you'll know...Phyllis

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  31. I love how your entry way turned out...Black and white checks are always my favorite! the checks look great with burlap, too!

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  32. Your wreath turned out beautifully! It is so cute and I love how you accented your lanterns with burlap and keys to match.

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  33. Debbie, I have been on the look out for lanterns for my front porch. I love the ones you found and the wreath looks great!

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  34. Your Winter Porch is gorgeous! Fabulous lanterns, I love how they change with the season! And the burlap wreath is fantastic! Great idea and your style is stunning!

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  35. Love your wreath with that fabulous ribbon. Your lanterns are great and allow you to do so much with them. They look fabulous!

    Christi @ A Southern Life
    http://asouthernlife.com

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  36. Debbie, your burlap wreath turned out great! It is the perfect winter decor, and I love the addition of the ribbons and the keys. I'm also loving those lanterns all decorated for winter. laurie

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  37. OK...we don't live close so I know you won't mind that I am SOOOOO copying this idea for the lanterns....I LOVE IT!

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  38. Beautiful! That is the perfect answer for a winter wreath. Thanks for the idea!

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  39. Deb, I love,love,love this on your porch. It looks amazing!! What a fun touch for the winter and I really like the addition of the keys. It is darling,you are on clever lady, I am impressed. I am sure we will be seeing more of these great wreaths around blog land, Hugs Kathysue

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  40. Loving your porch!! The wreath and lanterns look amazing together. Such great ideas! Have a great week!
    *hugs*deb

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  41. Debbie-I think the burlap makes a fabulous wreath. Of course, I love the mixture of the toile with the checks! This is so creative and different!

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  42. Love all of your displays. The burlap wreath looks great.

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  43. Love the burlap wreath and most especially the new lanterns. The whole ensemble looks excellent on your porch.

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  44. Hello Debbie. Welcome back.
    Such a gorgeous porch. Love the way you design it. The candles are lovely!
    Cheers. Have a nice week.

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  45. Ms. Debbie, you have some creativity. It surely looks beautiful with the grayish blue door. I even love the reflective views on the last photo. The lanterns and candles are a perfect match!

    Have a great week!

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  46. Your lanters are uber fabulous, Debbie! Where ever did you find the wonderful toile ribbon?!

    Your wreath is too charming!

    Cheers!
    Tina

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  47. those lanterns are great! and love the burlap with the black and white!

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  48. Debbie, Thanks so much for the wonderful idea for a wreath and the laterns are add just the right touch to finish your winter porch. I can't wait to try to make a wreath.

    Barbara

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  49. Debbie, you just amaze me! You can find the best ideas and add your special touch and come out with the perfect addition to your home. Your wreath is beautiful!!! Love the lanterns and the whole effect is perfect. It always is. Have a great week.
    Sharon

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  50. What a great idea and so pretty! I have some wide burlap ribbon and I may to give this a try! I love the pretty black ribbon and the black lanterns as well!

    Kat :)

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  51. Oh my goodness! I love it! Love the lanterns too!

    thanks for the inpiration! : )

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  52. The wreath is so cool! And I really like the burlap on the lanterns too, not to mention the keys.

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  53. thats the perfect touch...anniepoo

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  54. LOVE all the burlap!!! :) Your wreath turned out so nicely, and I like the transformation of the lanterns. :)

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  55. Your porch looks wonderful Debbie. I love the addition of the keys, they're perfect for decorating an entry!

    I bet you staff doesn't leave as big as nose prints as mine! I have a bumper sticker that says "My windows aren't dirty, that's my labrador's nose art". Sick, I know!
    Hugs,
    Dawn

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  56. What a fabulous front porch you've put together...just perfect.
    I had seen the tutorial on the burlap wreaths and now I will give it a try because yours is soooooo lovely!

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  57. Debbie, Your front door looks so inviting with the burlap wreath and the lanterns in their "Winter finery.
    Great ideas! Did your "staff" volunteer to fray the burlap? Cute kitties.

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  58. Oh, I love your winter wreath! I have a grapevine wreath with some berry sprays I did today, but it's missing that something that makes it look complete-yours is so cute!

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  59. Debbie, you are so clever. I love the look of the burlap wreath with the black/white ribbons and the keys. Always enjoy seeing your projects. Great job!

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  60. I love your black lanterns with the white candles! Very wintery looking. The touches of burlap and toile look great too!

    DD

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  61. Oh, this is one of my favorite posts today! Wonderful! Thanks for sharing
    xoxo Pattie

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  62. Hello Debbie!
    what a lovely creation!

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  63. Your porch is gorgous! I made a heart shaped burlap wreath, and now I am wishing I had just done a round one instead so I could keep it up longer. Thanks for sharing!

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  64. Hi,
    Those are the best dressed lanterns I have ever seen. I love what you did with them in every season and I absolutely love that wreat. Thanks for the inspiration...toooo cute.

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  65. Love the wreath...great job! I love the check and toile combo and love that you embellished the lanterns to coordinate it all!

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  66. Oh, Debbie, this is just gorgeous. The keys are such a beautiful touch. Note to self: Get a glue gun, Gollum!
    XX00

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  67. Love this Debbie!!

    Happy Ground Hog day to you too :)

    Smiles,
    kayellen

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  68. Wow! Love your wreath Debbie! Um, can you teach me to make a bow like that? And I think I need to run for some toile ribbon. Perfect! I also love the lanterns and keys. Thanks for linking back to my tutorial :)

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  69. Debbie, this is a CUTE wreath, and thanks for the info about the hot glue. I saw and tried this, and I wish now I had seen the thing about the hot glue because I have a ton of fabric on mine, and it is HEAVY! LOL! I also made my strips too big. It's cute though... but I have had to use about four yards so far (good thing it's on sale) and am going back for more. ;-)

    XO,

    Sheila

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  70. P.S.... I got round lanterns like those when Dockside Imports went out of business.

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  71. What a beautiful porch for winter! It looks great, love what you did with the keys, such a nice touch. I had to take mine down and glue it as well, it was all falling to the bottom. Thank you for the idea of the hot glue, I was going to sew it together and the glue was so much easier.
    I'll be changing out my ribbon soon from Valentine's Day to something spring like. I love ribbon shopping!
    Have a great weekend!
    ~Michelle

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  72. My burlap-obsessed self is loving this wreath. I don't know how I missed it before! Love the burlap, the check, and the toile!!!

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  73. Quite possibly one of my favorite wreaths EVER!
    :-)

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  74. I think you have provided me with the solution to my black thumb. Lanterns on my front porch! I have killed so many plants I only have empty pots out there now. The wreath is beautiful too!!!

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  75. I love all the eye-candy of this post. Very clean and simple, yet gorgeous!!!

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  76. LOVE this wreath! So much so that I went out to get the supplies today and my wreath is finished, all but the bow. I'm looking for a tutorial to make one similar to yours...any ideas? :)

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Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie

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