I started this birch bark wreath project with grandiose ideas.
I was driving down the road behind an international harvester (where I spend most of my time) and I got the brilliant (or so I thought) idea to make my own wreath.
You see….when I featured the pallet letter…I photographed it with a wreath.
A wreath that I get questions about all the time.
So why not make it?
Except….see the thing is….this doesn’t exactly look like the wreath I posted.
Not that it’s bad to look at. I think it’s kind of cute. It’s just that the other wreath is totally Brad Pit….
….and this wreath is a little like the boy you sat next to in class who spent all that time drumming on his English book with his drum sticks.
It’s trying really hard to impress you….
…but if it asked you to the homecoming dance you’d have to think twice.
Birch Bark Wreath Project
Step 1: Start with birch bark plywood
You can find this at the craft supply store on the aisle where they have all the other wood supplies.
Do not get distracted by the wood slices and make stocking tags with them.
Oh wait….that was me.
The plywood is super, super thin and you can easily cut it with scissors.
Do not get distracted when you realize how cute this would be if you cut a monogram out of it and make an ornament.
Cut it into kind of a leaf shape as seen above.
No perfection needed.
Step 2: Soak your wood pieces
The plywood is thin and pliable….and even more so when you soak it in water for about an hour.
Let the leaves soak thoroughly.
Step 3: Bend the plywood into a curved shape
I used hair bands to do this.
I tried several things…but hair bands totally worked the best.
Let dry in place and then remove the bands.
Step 4: Start gluing the birch bark to a grapevine wreath
Here’s the wreath before I started.
And here’s the first layer of the birch bark wood pieces going on.
Simply add layer after layer of the wood pieces with hot glue.
Keep going until you get the shape you want or you want to throw up your hands and simply buy the wreath instead.
After the wreath was finished….I brushed on a dry brush coat of white paint.
Let the paint dry and then hang the wreath.
At first I wasn’t sure.
I didn’t know what to think about my version of the wreath.
I couldn’t decide if I liked it and then every time I walked past it…..
…..it got cuter and cuter.
And it grew on me. Just like that drummer in high school…..you know….
….the one I married with the twinkling eyes. 🙂