DIY Summer Wreath & Bunting
June 29, 2011
Last week I got an old window from a girlfriend and quickly went to work hanging and decorating it. I have been dying to hang old windows in my house, and when she offered me some, I practically pounced on her!
I've never been able to make or hang wreaths for my front door because we have a screen door that would negate the beauty of a wreath. So I decided that my new window in the entry would be a great place for one.
I went and bought a branch wreath form and some faux flowers from JoAnn's (coupons in hand, of course), then came up with some printables for the wreath. The first printable contains a quote from The Great Gatsby that just gets me excited for summer: “I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” The other printable is just a fun “Welcome Summer” sign.
If you'd like to print your own, you can download the wreath printables here for free. With my own artwork and my handy coupons, my whole summer wreath cost under $7 total.
Summer Bunting Tutorial
I was also dying to make a summer bunting, and wanted to try half circles instead of the plain ol' triangles. It was super quick and easy since it was only spanning a small space. All I used were fabric scraps (as you can see, I stuck with the lemon theme), some wide single fold bias tape, and coordinating ribbon.
Here's a quick tutorial and template download so you can make your own summertime bunting!
- Fabric scraps
- 7/8” single fold bias tape
- Template (download here)
1. Print and cut out your template (circles have 5 1/2” diameter).
2. Trace template onto wrong side of fabric. Cut out the number of circles you will need, depending on the length of your bunting (make sure to place template on the fold of the fabric where specified). I used pinking shears to cut, but this isn't necessary.
3. Open your half circles, fold in half (wrong sides together), and iron flat.
4. Sew along the half circle.
5. Take your flat bias tape and iron in half lengthwise. Next, place your half circles in between the fold and pin in place.
6. Sew one seam along your bias tape, holding your circles in place.
7. Optional: Knot coordinating ribbon in between each half circle.
8. Hang and enjoy!