Handcrafted

As you may know, we moved our studio to a new building, 581 South Rangeline Road. It’s a great space with plenty of room to hold painting classes and host big parties. Just like moving into a new house, there are plenty of spaces to put your personal touch on. We have paintings for the walls, even a chalkboard in the kids’ classroom! One little space I wanted to fill was the empty front door. We needed something not only to say “here we are” but also “this is where you want to be!” The first thing I thought of was a wreath. So many wreath ideas are all over Pinterest, including the cute fabric wrapped ones. I chose to go the artsy, and affordable route. I thought I would share how our wreath came about in case you also had a glaring empty space to fill too!

The first thing I did was ask the boss if it was ok! Ashlie, being ever so gracious, gave me the green light.  First I looked at Pinterest to get some ideas of what I wanted, what I didn’t want, and how other people were achieving it. My second stop was Jo Ann Fabrics. I checked out the fabric first, and found several wine-related fabrics that I liked. I couldn’t pick one that I thought would look good wrapped around a wreath. So I looked for a wreath. A foam wreath was about $10; that was about $9 more than I was planning on spending. I left the store empty handed, back at square one. But it just so happens that I shop at the local Dollar Tree frequently. They had a “willow wrapped wreath” for, imagine this, a dollar! Now we were talking! I took it home and it was all downhill from there.

So what’s wine-related? Corks – Do I have any? Duh! I work at a wine and paint store! What’s art-related? Paint – Do I have any? Duh, I’m an artist! And a plan was born:

  1. To add a little color, I speckled the wreath with some acrylic paints.wreath
  2. I dipped the ends of some corks in the same paints to add a little pop of color.
  3. I then added some paint brushes in a couple of places on the wreath using a hot glue gun to
  4. attach.
  5. I then glued on the very same paints I used to speckle the wreath with at the bottom.
  6. I had a wreath hanger left over from Christmas, too bad it was green. No problem, I also have a
  7. stock pile of spray paint. With one coat, it turned white.
  8. I then attached the corks in a line with the glue gun.
  9. For that “here we are” touch, I printed our logo on cardstock, cut it out, and glued it to the
  10. hanger.

Total cost of the project was, drum roll please……$1. There’s nothing wrong with using what you already have to make something new. After all, what did we learn in school? Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!

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