Sweet Laurel

Dreamy Summer Wreath

Catching Some Summertime Dreams

When the temperatures rise, everyone’s wardrobe seems to transition to airy naturals, soft & muted blues and earth tones, maybe even a touch of lace….and it’s no different for the walls of your home! This modern wreath by Sweet Laurel is an inspired update on the classic dreamcatcher, given a minimalist, bohemian makeover. We’re still crushing hard on the dip-dyed indigo look, and this tutorial shows you how to easily get the look on lace, without the extra mess and expense of dyeing. Laurel walks you through the steps to create and customize your own Dreamy Summer Wreath  using just a handful of easy-to-find materials. Get ready to dress up your walls in lightweight summer style!

Materials

  • Cotton lace doily (available at most craft stores)
  • Acrylic craft paint
  • Small bowl
  • Wooden embroidery hoop (slightly smaller than your doily)
  • Floral supply moss (also available at most craft stores)
  • Extra embellishments: beads, feathers, tassels…..go crazy!
  • Needle & thread
  • Twine
  • Scissors

Sweet LaurelPhoto: Laurel Morley
Instructions
  1. Hold the lace doily under water and wet thoroughly, then squeeze out most of the water, leaving it damp. In the small bowl, mix craft paint with water until thin, then dip one end of the doily in the mixture. The extra water will help the color ‘creep’ slowly up the lace, although you can help it along with a small paintbrush to make things go a little faster. Set doily aside to dry completely.
  2. Place doily in between the rings of the embroidery hoop, tighten to hold it in place.
    Sweet LaurelPhoto: Laurel Morley
  3. Place a few clumps of dried moss near the edge of the wooden hoop (I like a modern, asymetrical look, so I kept everything mostly to one side), then secure with a few stitches using your needle and thread. Add beads, feathers, tassels, and any other embellishments, stitch these in place as well. HINT: You can buy storebought tassels at a fabric or craft store, but making them myself is my favorite way to use up extra yarn and twine left over from other projects. A great, simple DIY tassel tutorial is here!
    Sweet LaurelPhoto: Laurel Morley
  4. Add a twine hanger, and you’re done! Hang up your dreamy, summer-inspired wreath and admire it all season long!

 


Phoenix, AZ

Laurel Morley is a writer, photographer and recipe developer currently living in Phoenix, AZ. At her blog, Sweet Laurel, she explores a passionate quest to understand the intersection of experience and food, finds beauty in the mundane, and loves all things fresh, local and seasonal.

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