Monday, August 15, 2011

Back to school wreath fail

Although I still have my beach decorations out,
the blog world seems to have moved on to
back to school decorating.
I've never done any back to school decorating in the past.
I was too busy going back to school myself.

Now that I'm retired from teaching,
I guess it's time for me to start doing this.

I found these heavy felt school cutouts at Dollar Tree
and immediately thought "wreath".

Then I found this grapevine wreath at a yard sale. 
I took off all the flowers (but I saved them)
and threw the faded ribbon away.

I had decided to cut apart the ABC 123.
Operating on the decorating rule of three,
I tried to place my items.
The only problem was I had four things.

Since I was doing this while my granddaughter was
taking what turned out to be a very short nap.
I didn't take enough pictures.

Suffice it to say, the glue wouldn't hold.
I didn't want to have time to look for wire.
The original wreath maker had used stems from the 
fake flowers to hold them on the wreath,
so I decided to do the same thing.

When I went outside to hang it,
a spider had created a masterpiece
where the wreath needed to go.
I couldn't get a good picture of the web.

I know you can't see it, 
but I really did try to get a picture of it.

After I took the picture,
I realized that it doesn't show up well
against the house.

I may have to find a better location.
Or a bigger wreath.
Or cover the wreath with ribbon first.
Or move my house numbers.

Or just skip back to school decorating.


Town and Country Gals said...

Your wreath is adorable! Very clever! Thanks for visiting and leaving such a nice comment!

Liesl said...

This wreath is fantastic...what a clever and fun craft idea! Well done!

Liesl :)

Liesl said...

P.S. I don't think it was a fail...I think you passed! :)

Rachel @ Pleased as Punch said...

I'm with you! Who decorates for "back to school" anyway? (well, apparently more people than I thought.) But not me! Ha ha. Your wreath is cute though. :)

Angie said...

I think your wreath looks good. My old house had a black front door so grapevine wreaths always blended in and didn't stand out well. Another option instead of ribbon is just to use a little extra white paint and brush it over the exposed grapevine. It doesn't have to be done well, then it looks kind of white washed and stands out against the dark wall.

Ethnic Girl Fun said...'s so cute! This post is hilariious! Loved reading it!

Thisisme. said...

Very clever what you did with that wreath! Gosh, we certainly don't do Back to School decorating over here in England. No doubt it will work its way over here though!

Thrifty Crafty Girl said...

I think it turned out great! If you think that project was a 'fail', you would call some of mine disasters! I would love for you to link up to my blog hop!

Hope to see you there!

Cory said...

Oooooh i love it!!!! Good job!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I think it looks really cute! The decorations pop and so you don't need to really see the wreath. good job!

mmbear said...

Hi, stopping by from the blog hop Just Peachy, my first time. I am finding new blogs I did not know existed and that is such a great thing. I get to see new designs and new ideas. I love all the wallpapers I have seen so far. I am a new follower thru GFC and would love a follow back also when you get a chance. Thanks so much and have a great week!


Christina said...

Haha I wouldn't call it a "fail"! It's cute! I love back to school decorations :)

Thanks so much for linking to "20 Below Thursday"! :)

Jennifer @ Just Peachy in Dixie said...

Love this tutorial! Being a homeschool Mom, I love to see anything like this to liven up our homeschool room.

Thanks for stopping by Thrifty Peach Blog Hop and linking up! I'm following. ;) I hope to see you again next Tuesday with another one of your great posts.

Have a blessed day!