It’s no wonder that Patty Schaffer’s etsy shop is called P.S. It’s in the Details. Just take a look at the details she included in her Spring Yarn & Bird Nest Wreath. Burlap, moss, twigs, paper feathers, and even a bird’s nest – there’s lots of eye candy in this wreath. I find the oval shape really refreshing, too. The chunky yarn wraps up fast, so you can breeze through this Spring Yarn & Bird Nest Wreath. (Don’t forget about the Homework Helper giveaway!)
Now that we’ve taken a look at Patty’s pretty spring wreath, can I show you what spring looks like around here today? Yep, that’s a couple inches of snow on the ground. And this doesn’t include the 4 inches we had on Saturday, which melted away earlier this week, only to be replaced by this snow last night. And the forecast calls for 3 – 5 more inches tonight! O.K., thanks for listening, guys, and now it’s back to Patty’s wreath.
To make a Spring Yarn & Bird Nest Wreath, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 2” x 12” x 18” block
- Homespun yarn in yellow
- Burlap ribbon
- Decorative bird
- Bird’s nest & eggs
- Moss, a mix of varieties
- Scrapbook papers
- Chenille stem or 8″ length floral wire (hanger)
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; sharp pencil; ruler; straight pins; serrated knife & old candle or bar of soap
To make a Spring Yarn & Bird Nest Wreath:
1. Draw an oval 11” wide and 15” tall on old newspaper or other scrap paper. Measure about 2” in and trace a second, smaller oval inside the first oval.
2. Cut out your pattern and pin it to the foam block. Trace around the pattern using the sharp pencil, scoring the foam. Wax the serrated knife blade with an old candle or bar of soap, and cut out the oval wreath shape.
3. Wrap the yarn around the wreath, securing the beginning and end of the yarn on the back of the wreath with a pin and a dab of glue. Note that Patty wrapped her wreath asymmetrically, wrapping about half of the wreath on the right side, and 2/3 of the wreath on the left side.
4. Wrap the rest of the wreath with burlap ribbon, pinning and gluing the ends to the back of the wreath.
5. Arrange the moss along the bottom of the wreath. When you like the arrangement, glue the moss in place.
6. Tuck in branches among the moss and glue in place.
7. Cut paper feathers from the scrapbook papers. Arrange and glue among the moss and branches at the bottom of the wreath.
8. Nestle the bird’s nest among the moss and branches and glue in place. Glue eggs in the nest.
9. Glue a small branch along the top, left-hand side of the wreath (see photo). Glue the bird to the branch.
10. Twist the chenille stem or floral wire into a loop, and insert and glue twisted ends into the back of the wreath for a hanger.
Mother Nature has been dishing it out around here! The magnolia blooms have turned brown and the poor daffodils are flat (splat!) on the ground. Brrr! I guess we’re playing catch up after such a mild winter. How’s spring treating you?
P.S. Don’t forget about the Homework Helper giveaway!