I have a thing for wreaths. I admit it. I love them on front doors, in windows, on fence posts, on mail boxes… pretty much every single place I’ve ever seen them. I prefer them upscale and fun rather than country, but that’s a matter of personal taste.
I also like swirls, leaves and textures, but those are confessions for another post.
When I failed at the “Faux Pool Noodle Wreath” here, I was left with one half of a foam camping mat. I KNEW that the idea was sound, but that my execution on the first one, quite frankly, was slipshod. I blame the cat.
Knowing that, I started again. This time, I glued a length of wire along the long edge of the foam. This gave me a bit of resistance, and the firmess I needed to roll the foam up more tightly. This left me with a faux pool noodle much like the first, but with wire sticking out of each end, and a much firmer, smoother “body”. I twisted the wires together and used both hot glue and a bit of tape to hold the ends together.
I wanted a wreath that could “stand on it’s own” decoratively speaking. A base wreath that wouldn’t need a lot of embellishment to change up or look pretty. I started with a coat of white paint.
That left me with weird bumply things.And a seam of doom.Now, I’m not adverse to smooth textures, and I also like textured textures. What I don’t like is the combination of the two. Sanding this down to smooth wouldn’t work – it’s foam, after all. So the only alternative was to add texture.
I could have wrapped the wreath in fabric or paper, but I didn’t want to have seam lines. Companies do make a textured paint, but I didn’t have any on hand. What I did have was drywall compound and a pint of oops paint ($3.99 at Canadian Tire!).
So I mixed them together until I got what was basically a thick paint – with lumps.
I slapped it on the wreath form and let it dry. It did need a second coat to create enough texture to hide the seam of doom, but the weird bumply thing disappeared after the first coat.
With that accomplished, I painted the wreath with another coat of the oops paint. When that was dry, I applied a coat of Crayola’s “Pearl it!”
The end result is a wreath that can hang unadorned (but probably won’t) but is versatile enough to be blinged up for several different seasons/events. Here it is with one of my paper snowflakes.
I think it will be a wonderful base for my St. Patrick’s Day, Easter and Canada Day Maple Leaf projects. Once I come up with a way to mount things on it without damaging the base, that is.
I’d really love to see your comments on the projects I do and the ideas I have. I learn more from critiques than praise, but, honestly, I adore praise (and who doesn’t?).
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