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!
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.
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.
This is more my style. You might remember these... my Pottery Barn copy cat lanterns that I featured on my autumn porch…
…and then decorated for Christmas with candy cane stripes and cranberries. Sooo...I was jumping up and down when I found ....
...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…
…and these on the other, using more burlap and checked ribbon with another key.
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.
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!