DIY Spring Wreath

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I couldn’t welcome in Spring without a new wreath and decorations! As a graduate student, I love finding inexpensive ways to make our apartment feel like a home. Most times Michaels and Jo-Anns give a student discount, but I also use their coupons to score the best deals!

I am currently obsessed with using deco mesh for wreaths – it’s easy to use and versatile. You can shape the mesh into any shape or design that you want – just a couple of twists and turns to get you there. For this wreath, my mom and I used what we had on hand, but added in some new deco mesh. Originally, I was going to create a sunflower, but inspiration struck and we decided to make peonies instead.

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Here are the steps for the wreath:

1. Cut some of the green mesh into footlong pieces and bring both ends together to twist in the middle for the leaves

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2. Cut the yellow and pink mesh into 6-inch pieces for the bud parts

3. Twist the buds in a circular motion and wrap with the other colored mesh for the petals

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4. Create several flowers with alternating colored mesh

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5. Tie both leaves and flowers onto the wire wreath

6. Complete the wreath with strips of tied burlap

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The best part of this wreath is that it doesn’t have to be perfect – any alteration can be made!

 


Friendship Dates are the best Dates

Paulette and I

My obsession with Pinterest is well known among my family and friends.When I’m in need of answers, I usually call my dad first – if he doesn’t answer, then I consult Pinterest.

I recently stumbled upon a Pin on Friendship Dates, and it made me realize how important it is to dedicate time to friendships. While it’s easy to have friends, it’s sometimes harder to maintain friendships.

My recent Girl’s Date was when my sweet Paulette and I crafted for hours at the J. Wayne Reitz Union Arts & Craft Center. The center was the perfect spot on a Saturday morning to spend time together and decorate beautiful pottery.

Craft Concentration              Paulettey

The pottery was relatively affordable to decorate and the staff was helpful without being intrusive. Over painting, Paulette and I got the chance to catch up on life. Of course, we might have consulted Pinterest for ideas…but that’s beside the point.

Paulette's creations

I’m always thankful for the opportunity to slow down in life and appreciate the ones I love. To me, that’s what the South is all about.