I love lavender! It’s so…well…French! And a lavender wreath has long been on my wish list, but they are sooo expensive! I have even tried growing my own, but lavender doesn’t like Georgia's red clay soil.
So I was really excited when I saw the faux lavender at Hobby Lobby. It’s the most realistic I have yet to see! Even our co-host Baby Kitty checked it out and had to agree! Then my little wheels started turning…what if I could make my own wreath?
I bought a twiggy wreath form with a 40% off coupon and a lavender bush which was on sale half-price…all from Hobby Lobby…and got to work.
First, I cut the lavender from the bush using wire cutters, separating the leafy portion from the blooms.
Then I simply pushed the leaves into the wreath until each section was firmly attached. I didn’t need hot glue or wires. They just stayed in place…easy! I placed them in the same direction as the twigs, in a sort of spiral pattern.
Next, I worked in the blooms in the same method and pattern. They just stay in place as well…no glue necessary.
And here is the result! I really like the way it turned out! Even a faux lavender wreath can be expensive…and forget a real one unless you are fortunate enough to live where it will grow and can make your own! Mine only cost about $8.00 total! Woo hoo!
I added it to this frenchy shabby mirror in my little hallway. It was a great find for $35 from a near-by lighting company that was going out of business. This is my little bit of shabbiness in my country French home. I am a Provençal blue and yellow person and, as much as I would love to, I just can’t do my whole house in white like I see on so many beautiful blogs. I get hungry for my sunny south-of-France colors.
You may remember the table, too. I found it at a flea market, already painted the just-right color and shabbied up by time…love it! I just added a topiary stripped down to the bare bones that was topped with an interesting finial, a half-price boxwood topiary from Hobby Lobby…
…a stack of old volumes of Shakespeare (a Goodwill find) all tied up with twine and a starfish. I like the contrast of the white and dark and the variety of textures!
But my favorite thing is the lavender wreath! When I look at it, I am reminded of my favorite day of my retirement trip to France visiting the little hilltop village of Gordes and the nearby Abbaye de Sénanque with its famous lavender fields…and a *sort of* encounter with Russell Crowe! lol But that’s another story! (Click here to read that post!) Ahhh! What a nice image on this dreary winter day!
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my wreath! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Stephanie Lynn at Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party
Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday (first Monday of the month)
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Mary at Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Linda at Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Before and After Party on Wednesdays
Gina at The Shabby Chic Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Linda at A la Carte for Junkin' Finds on Fridays
Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Fridays
Laurie at Bargain Hunting and Chatting with Laurie for A Few of My Favorite Things Saturday
Donna at Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special
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