Sunday, June 10, 2012

I COPY VERY WELL!

But Mom, Everybody's Doing It!
Well, you might have known,
I jumped off the bridge!
I did what everyone else is doing,
I made a flowerpot wreath.
I had pinned this to  My Pinterest
a couple of months ago,
via Bees Knees Bungalow's photo from
Bachman's 2011 Spring Ideas House.
This was one of the cutest things 
I had seen in the longest time.

It seems to have taken blogland by storm.
Everyone has a slightly different version
therefore making it their own.
When visiting my daughter, Hollie, in Nashville
we decided to make our version.
Our goal was to make it big enough to make a statement without the wreath being too heavy. We used the fourteen inch wreath forms, thinking this would give us plenty of places to wire the pots.
Being from Savannah, we just had to use Spanish Moss. However, I rarely use the moss that is all over my trees. If you want to use fresh moss be sure to spray it first and let it set a day or two. We our supplies came from Hobby Lobby.
We had to get someone to open up the packages of pots, take out the broken ones and combine enough good pots for our project. They were nice about doing that (they couldn't sell the packages with the broken ones).
We used two inch and four inch pots. 
We wrapped the wreaths with the moss. We were generous with the moss as it goes a long way.

We finished wrapping the wreath forms and are ready to wire the pots.
This was the largest wire they had in stock. I would recommend using 22 gauge wire. Remember the higher number the gauge the smaller the wire. I always remind myself,  it sounds bassackwards!
Our flower pots are wired. We wired the larger pots and hot glued the smaller ones. We experimented with different ways to wire. All methods, of course, require going through the hole. 
We did find that we could wire the pots, in a straight forward way, through the hole (from the bottom), out the top and around the wreath.  We would then go in with a second wire, through the hole (from the bottom), loop around the first wire, inside the pot. Bring the second wire back out the hole toward the bottom and wrap/twist both ends around the wreath. This will snug up the pot. You can adjust the position before you tighten the final wire. WHEW!
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It was here that we had to part company. Neither of us was sure how we would finish them. We had the hard part done. It was the last day of our visit 
and we did just that, visit.
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Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Savannah.
 I found some burlap type ribbon that I had for a long time. I thought it would add to the natural look.
I have never had good luck with herbs and I really didn't want to think about watering these tiny pots in our summer heat. 
So what do I do? I find something blue, faux blue. No it is really blue. I found something blue that was faux. Yep, that's it.
Did I tell you that blue is my favorite color? Four Hundred Sixty Three times? That many?
 I always have blue, faux and stuff around. I found some faux stuff in blue that fit the purpose. 
 I hung the wreath on our screened porch, off the kitchen on one side and the family room on the other.
I think the wreath looks well surrounded by some of Bob's grandfather's tools. The tool at the very top is a curry comb for grooming horses. Directly under the comb is a tobacco punch, used to punch a hole in the ground in which to place the tobacco plant. To the right are sheep shears. Under the wreath is a ladle that we were told was used to melt ammo lead. The hook at the very bottom is a hay hook with a handmade grip.
Yes, that looooong thing is a gourd.
We counted tonight, it is at least forty four years old. It was grown by Bob's dad, in Atlanta. The thing hooked around the bottom is the remnant of a second gourd that had grown around a tree limb but long ago broken. Sigh.


The round gourd was made to be a birdhouse. It is turned around because the birds will tear the screen to get to the gourd. It did happen!
I filled the empty pots with a little moss to cover the wire. After looking at these pics I see more tweaking is in order.
When Hollie sends pictures of her finished wreath I will share with you.
I hope you enjoyed another version of the famed
 "Pot Wreath".

I will be sharing the rest of the porch soon.

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28 comments:

Debbiedoo's said...

It is so adorable Ginger. I saw this one too of course and fell in love with it. Problem is if I make one more wreath, I am going to have to build a new house to put them in.

Sue said...

Lovely wreath, I might have to make one of these to replace the wreath on my garden shed that is being used by Robins....

Tracy Suzanne said...

Hey Ginger. You have the best taste and are so creative. Just the perfect match. I love your wreath and just pinned it!

Hugs…Tracy @ Cotton Pickin Cute

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Ginger,

You are back to being the good old spunky self! This is absolutely beautiful and you are so right. Plants would only last through the photo-shoot...
Have a wonderful week ahead and all the best to you and Bob. Great for having those old family tools!
Love,
Mariette

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Your wreath turned out cute! I think it's a neat idea and can see why they're so popular! Cool gourds:@)

Gina said...

What a pretty wreath! I like the way the blue flowers just pop against the clay pots. You did a super job!

Artsy VaVa said...

Your wreath is beautiful! Good for you for actually doing a project you pinned!

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Guess what it is the first one I have seen, great idea. :)

Katherines Corner said...

it's wonderful. xo

The French Hutch said...

Hi Ginger, I love your wreath and I have it on my project list too. Problem here we've been so busy at home and family time plus travel it probably won't get done till fall. You did a fabulous job, and I love the gorgeous bow. Great tutorial to help.
Sure hope I gave more nice memories down memory lane in Paris than sad ones. Sometimes it's a little of both.
Have a nice day.

~Emily
The French Hutch

NanaDiana said...

It looks great, Ginger. I love the bits of blue tucked in there- it really pops against the terra cotta. What did your daughter do with hers?

It's fun to see it among the old tools. We had several of those on the farm, too. Wish I had them now- xo Diana

SmilingSally said...

You certainly are good at copying! I like that blue in your wreath--faux or real.

Happy Blue Monday, Ginger! Be sure to check out my Kindle Fire giveaway.

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Hi Ginger! I am loving your pot wreath--oh that sounds a little naughty doesn't it! I mean your beautiful wreath made of pots of course. You are very clever and have such a great eye for style and balance. They must be very heavy when full. I think I will be adding this to my project list because they are irresistible and yours is great. Looking forward to seeing Hollie's too! Linda

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

Your wreath is beautiful! I especially love the blue flowers with the clay pots and the burlap ribbon is just the thing for the finished look!

Crafty Mischief said...

Darling! It looks right at home on the wall with your garden tools. Thanks for sharing!

chubskulit said...

Very creative!

Visiting from Blue Monday. Here is my BLUE post. Have a nice week ahead.

Lizabeth @ Infuse With Liz said...

Oh my gosh, that is too adorable! You did a great job on yours! I love how you displayed it too!

Babs said...

Ginger your pot wreath is adorable and I LOVE it on the wall with Bob's dad's old tools.
I think it would be neat to have live plants, but I'm with you in that in our heat they'd croak in a couple of days.
Great job, Ginger!

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

Ginger,
I love your pot wreath! It has been on my list of things I'd like to make this summer, too. It looks so good there among all your other interesting things that you have displayed on your porch. How interesting that birds would try to get through the screen to get to the gourd!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I've never seen this done before! It's an original to me and I love it, it's adorable!

Carol

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

I love the way this turned out, Ginger, and your wall vignette too. I used faux blue (and pink) hydrangeas in flowerpots for desserts recently, and this gives me a good idea for how to use the remains of the flowers (that I of course saved!). ~Zuni

Grace InAZ said...

I applaud your efforts - your wreath looks very nice! I saw it on pinterest and pinned it...now I'll have to pin yours, too, my crafty friend!
Hugs, GraceinAZ

Suzy said...

Great job, Ginger. I just love it! It looks perfect among the antique tools and really adds a nice bright spot of color. Are you SURE that blue is your favorite color????? ;o)

Diann said...

Ginger, your little terra cotta pots wreath came out so cute. I haven't made one of these in years. Maybe it is time to whip up another one! I hope you are having a wonderful week!

Michele said...

You did a great job. It is a charming bit of decor. I can't wait to see your daughter's too.

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Love your new pot wreath with sweet little BLUE flowers, Ginger! So perfect with your sentimental tools and garden collection.

Can't believe the birds were that aggressive!
Amazing!

allisamazing said...

What a cute pot wreath! I just love it and it looks perfect on the wall with the tools :)

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

It's lovely, Ginger! Aren't those flower pot wreaths fun? Love the blue flowers! Happy weekend!...hugs...Debbie

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