Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Ribbons

As part of stash re-organization month Gingersnap Creations challenge you to use: Ribbon in your creation - one or more or lots!
Do you also have ribbons which you have bought because they were cheap, you thought you might need/use them at some point but never did, leftover of ribbons which are too short for bigger projects, ... and so on? When going through my ribbons, I found lots of those and lots in the colour: green. With temperatures outside still suggesting that Spring is coming, I made a Spring wreath. Making a wreath has been a project I had on my list for a long time
I could not find a wire coat hanger which seem to be very popular as wreath base so I used some electrical cables which had become obsolete. They were perfect - a bit bendy but they don't loose their shape. To start with I cut lots of ribbons (be aware: you need more than you might think if you want to make it nice and tight). The length of each ribbon is 22cm and the ribbons have different width. To attach them around the cable I made double knots and tied them as closely together as possible alternating the different ribbons.
Once the wreath was finished, it looked a bit, well, bar. Looking around I rembered that I had bought some of these tiny adorable blank birdshouses from Happy Daze last month but hadn't used any of them

I just had to use it whereby I kept the colours (acrylic paint) in more muted colours. Fot the decoration I added a little printed bird from Vintage Catnip, which I cut out and covered in glossy accents, and some flowers removed from a ribbon. This little house is attached to the wreath with a string.
I really thought of keeping the wreath for myself because I quite like how it turned out but it is now on the way to Spain to a dear friend (lol).

Come on and hop over to the Gingersnap blog for some wonderful ribbon inspiration. Hopefully you can join in with the challenge! Petra.

linked to: Happy Daze January challenge

21 comments:

Jingle said...

Petra, that looks fabulous!

Willy said...

Wonderful piece, Petra!

Kim@My Fairytale Cottage said...

Your ribbon wreath is so cute! I'm so ready for spring.
-Kim :)

brandi said...

~ah good morning my friend...my heart is longing for green...spring will come soon...love this wreath you have created...honestly never would have thought of using ribbons in this manner...beautiful...much love light and blessings~

Lucy Edmondson said...

What a striking and original idea - love it!

Lucy x

trisha too said...

Petra, that is SO cute!!!

:)

Lynn Stevens said...

Sweet! Love the wreath!
hugs Lynn

Suze Bain said...

Wow, this is a stunning piece, I love it - and the birdhouse it just perfect. xx

Sherry Edwards said...

Your wreath is delightful Petra - and a fantastic use of all those little odds and ends of ribbons we accumulate!

lynne said...

I never would have thought to use ribbons to create a wreath. A clever idea and I am sure it looks beautiful in your home.
Wishes
Lynne

craftattack said...

Lovely work Petra! Valerie

Shar said...

Loving this! The ribbons make such a beautiful fresh and light wreath!

Netty said...

Beautiful ribbon wreath Petra, am sure your friend will adore this great gift.

Christine said...

Greatlooking wreath for spring. I like the little birdhouses.

Shelly Schmidt said...

Awesome project- love the wreath and the wonderful birdhouse!

Marjie Kemper said...

What a super fun wreath! And I love the birdhouses... the texture is fantastic!

Terry said...

Very clever use of ribbons! The birdhouse is too cute! What a great wreath! Love it!

Ginger said...

what a pretty project, love the little bird house nestling amongst all that ribbons. Thank you for joining in the happy Daze Challenge this month and good luck in the prize draw. x

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Both creations are fabulous.

Samantha Read said...

Gorgeous creations, that little bird house is so sweet! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Happy Daze :o)

ScrappyDandyDoo said...

How Lovely :D Wowser you must have used a mountain of ribbon, but its very effective!! and the birdy house looks so sweet in the middle :D
Thanks for joining in the Happy Daze challenege this month :D
Julie xx

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