Faux Pool Noodle Wreath – Take 2

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.

Absolutely gratuitous photo of fuzzy assistant.

Anyhow.

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.

Bad nighttime picture of 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.

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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?).

Thanks for stopping by.

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