Saturday, January 18, 2014

Dried Winter Grass Wreath

Country roads,

tumbleweeds,

and roadside grasses

have a barren beauty

in their natural tones

this time of year.



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Like simple wood grains

and natural baskets,

dried grasses can bring that same

textural feel and color into your home.




Who knew the 60 mph winds that we've been having

would be a help to my wreath project!




My Purple Fountain Grass

has been blown into an almost arch shape. ha!

So I'm going with it -




While it's still standing,

I tied it off in groups with jute twine.

(about 4-5 groups per grass)

Then cut the bunch off below the ties.




Now you'll have several bundles that look like this:



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Secure each bundle again with twine,




Then

Layer them one on top of the other.

Tie as you go.




Remember you want a lot of mass

so stack thick

and work all the way around

tying ends together.

This is what it will look like from the front.




On the back:




Now using individual strands of raffia,

loosely tie to form circle.




It's like a large straw wreath.

Think nest for Spring!

or

Straw for Fall.



This is a great texture to mix with other

elements in your design.








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Plus - it's almost free!

(except for twine and raffia)

Have fun hunting for natural elements

to decorate with

where you live!

Have a great weekend,

Deb



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16 comments:

20 North Ora said...

Deb - That made a gorgeous wreath! Wouldn't it be perfect in the fall with just a little color? It really turned out great.

Judy

Holly @ Down to Earth Style said...

I LOVE this natural decor. I feel like this post is just for me! Beautiful! (pinned) (fb shared)

thecuratorscollection.com said...

What a nice, easy, eye pleasing project! Gives you a feeling of comfort to look at. Sweet!
Smiles!
Terry

Uwe said...

Hello,
this is a beautiful Beitrag.Ich find your blog very nice.
Keep going that way.
Greetings from Germany

Jenny Harris said...

Wow, GREAT idea! This is really, really cool. Thanks for sharing!!!

Kim Hood said...

Your wreath is beautiful! I love the natural grass, and you are right that it can be used anywhere, anytime, any season. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial, too. :-)
Blessings,
Kim @ Curtain Queen Creates

reFresh reStyle said...

What a great idea!! Those grasses always drive me crazy...but a wonderful way to use them! pinning :)

Anonymous said...

we made one today! lovely post; thanks, Ann

Deb Hrabik said...

Ann! So fun to hear.
Hope you enjoy decorating with it!
Deb

Audrey said...

I have a lot of dry fountain grass, maybe I should try this. Would be cute to include a nest with birds and eggs.
Thanks for the idea.
Blessings,
Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

White Weathered Hutch said...

Oh Deb how inventive!! What a great way to use up what you already have. Thanks!!

Feral Turtle said...

I am definitely thinking spring....wishful thinking! Very pretty! I thought it was a store bought wreath!!

Jeanette@Creating A Life said...

Simply gorgeous wreath!

Robin Johnson said...

Gorgeous! I love it. What a wonderful idea.

Sabrina said...

I love it too! I am so going to try this asap! Thanks for the inspiration. Found you through Kammys Korner hop.
Sabrina
http://4mykiddos.blogspot.com

EveryDay Bloom said...

Wow! You really ARE the Lake Girl! With your purple fountain grass leaning windswept against the backdrop of a winter lake. I love grasses in winter...and you've done something with yours that has just been tugging on the edge of my brain for the last three winters. I love the wreath...how you've found beauty in winter's barrenness. This winter for me it was wild rose hips clinging to bare twiggy rose branches. Though it was probably a good thing a wreath didn't occur to me (they're a mite prickly), they did look good arranged...ok, plunked quickly... in jars and crocks.