Spring Wreath

06 Apr

The finished wreath

Today my daughter Jk and I sat down and made a new wreath for the front door.  We wanted

Supplies needed



something that could stay up throughout Spring and Summer, and we wanted to have it be something we made together.   So we sat down on my bed and decided what we needed and  as we thought of things Jk ran around the house collecting them.  Then Jk started the first step.  She mixed food coloring, hot water and a tablespoon of vinegar together in cups and dyed about a half of a pack of coffee filters.  When she

Dyed coffee filters

was done dying them, she squeezed out the excess water, and piled them onto a plate covered with paper towels, and threw them in the dryer at a low temperature.  In about a half hour they were dry and we were ready to work on our wreath.

Our supplies were:  Dyed coffee filters, pipe cleaners, beads, jewelry wire, 2 colors of ribbon,  jewelry making tools such as wire cutters and pliars,  rubber bands, a store bought grapevine wreath for the base, and paper cutting scissors.

Jklyn started by placing one coffee filter inside another and wrapping it with a rubber band.  She

Filters cut in half and 6 inches of jewelry wire.

then took the scissors and cut the inside coffee filter like fringe to looks like the stemen of the flowers.  Then I replaced the rubber band with about a 6 inch piece of jewelry wire.  We set these aside when we were finished making all that we needed, which depends on your own feeling about how many flowers you want on your wreath.

Next, we cut green and yellow dyed coffee filters in half, then folded each half in thirds.  Then we gathered the wide end together and wrapped it with about a 6 inch piece of wire to give it the shape of a leaf.

Folding the halved coffee filters into thirds to make leaves.

We decided to make a few butterflies out of pipe cleaners, beads and a coffee filter that had been dyed and fan-folded.  We used the beads as the head and tail, by putting one at the half mark of a pipe cleaner and twisting the pipe cleaner to hold it.  Then we inserted the fan-folder coffee filter and again twisted the two sides of the pipe cleaner to hold it.  Then we put the other bead on one end of the pipe cleaner and pushed it toward the filter, and twisted the two ends of the pipe cleaner together once more.  The two ends of the pipe cleaner were then curled to look like antennas.  Jewelry wire was attached to the back of the butterfly to add them when we were ready.  Jklyn also designed her own butterfly to put on the bow out of pipe

A finished leaf.

cleaners and beads.

When we were done making all the flowers, leaves and butterflies, Jk and I were ready to put the whole wreath together.  I started by using the plain green ribbon around the wreath leaving spaces of about 3 to 4 inches for the flowers and leaves.  Then I took both ribbons and folded them to create a bow, and wrapped wire around it and hook the bow to the wreath.  Next we put the leaves around the wreath, and began adding the flowers making sure we mixed the colors up.  Finally we added the bow and the butterflies around the wreath.

This was a simple project and as you can see, it turned out cute!  Jk was excited and barely paused to let me take a picture of her with the wreath,  It now adorns our front door for us to enjoy until fall.  I have to laugh though, because here we are making something that celebrates warm weather and just a few minutes ago they put us under a Frost Warning.  Oh well, when it gets cold I’ll just look at this wreath and be reminded of warmer weather.

Leaves wired to wreath.


Bow attached and ribbon wrapped around wreath.









One of the butterflies.









Jk with finished wreath.





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10 responses to “Spring Wreath

  1. uncommonprincess

    April 17, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Love this.

    • forhisgloryandpraise

      April 18, 2012 at 1:16 AM

      Thank you!

      • uncommonprincess

        April 19, 2012 at 2:16 AM

        You’re welcome.

  2. Sofia

    April 10, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Jk is angelic.

    The wreath turned out so nice….I’m going to use the butterflies and angels idea you gave me. BTW, I created a separate blog for the homeschooling stuff so I’ve transferred it over from the two chicks site. I decided to keep it focused separately. Hope it didn’t cause confusion.

    I have so much I want to do with my son and your crafts are giving lots of ideas!!

    • forhisgloryandpraise

      April 10, 2012 at 1:22 PM

      Thank you for the compliment on Jklyn! She is my little angel…at times…lol. I’m glad you are going to use them. And I was not confused by the new site, and was pleasantly surprised at it! What a wonderful idea, and to list other sites with homeschooling ideas and info is a great idea. I shared a link to it on my facebook page and my pinterest page for others to check out the blog. I will do this about once a week or more, because homeschooling parents really need to be connected to be each other source for ideas and advice. It is a great idea! I’ll also have to add it as a link on my favorites, and will try to do that today. Great work, Sofia!

  3. Bird

    April 7, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    JK looks so cute!!

    • forhisgloryandpraise

      April 7, 2012 at 12:45 AM

      Thank you! I wish you could see her heart, because you would really know where that beauty comes from. She is my sweet, happy girl, a blessing and surprise in my later years.

      • Bird

        April 7, 2012 at 12:56 AM

        I can see her sweetness in her eyes…What a wonderful surprise God gave you!!

      • forhisgloryandpraise

        April 7, 2012 at 12:59 AM

        Yes she was! She reminds me so much of my 2nd oldest sister, such a sweet and motherly disposition. Thank you for the compliment!

      • Bird

        April 7, 2012 at 1:03 AM



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