************************ You’re so welcome, Brandi! I ADORE how you used natural items from your yard to create this beautiful wreath for the holidays. I’m so pinning this! Many of you probably know Brandi from around blog land – she’s the wonderfully thoughtful blog visitor leaving heartfelt, genuine comments on some many projects out there. I am constantly encouraged by Brandi’s feedback here on THRIVE and am so not surprised when I see her doing the same for women crafters. And if you haven’t read about her inspiration for her blog title, you need to. Oh, and did I mention Brandi’s mad crafting skills? No? Seriously … mad.crafting.skills. Did you see this awesome Pottery Barn Knock off a few days ago? It’s a Brandi. Or these gorgeous holiday wreaths from corn husks and bay leafs? Also Brandi’s. This chair make-over is one of my favorite projects of Brandi’s ever. And recipes … oh good heavens. This woman regularly screws up my daily WW points totals. 🙂 She makes evil, terrible, awful things like homemade eggnog … and Good-As-The-Mall Pretzels … and Banana French Toast. I hope you’ll stop by Don’t Disturb This Groove and say hi to Brandi! Be back soon to show you a happy little accident … (hehehehe)
I like finding creative ways to incorporate natural elements into my home. Which is why I love Nike’s, "Rock-What-Ya-Got" approach to living and crafting.
Growing in my yard is a Sweet Gum tree. Sweet Gum trees produce these prickly little balls (“Sweet Gum fruit”). Those prickly little balls are everywhere in my yard! This week instead of raking them into a pile, I went outside and gathered a bag full to create a wreath.
To construct my wreath, I started with a simple wreath form purchased for a dollar.
Then using my glue gun, I attached the prickly fruit to the wreath form starting from the inside and working my way out.
Once completed, I attached a saw tooth hanger to the backside, again using my glue gun.
Here it is my friends!
I love the texture of the wreath.
I kept things simple to focus on the natural beauty of the Sweet Gum fruit.
"Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you". – Frank Lloyd Wright
I hope you enjoyed my tutorial! Happy Holidays everyone! Thanks so much Nike for having me over!!