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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Sunny Days Himmeli Wreath and Summer Celebration

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I am so excited to be teaming up with some super talented bloggers (seriously some of my faves!) this week to bring you loads of summerlicious projects, which you will find at the end of this post.

But first - can I tell you guys something? This is a little embarrassing, but I just took my winter wreath off my door about a week ago. Yeah....

Oh, and by the way, my winter wreath was, uh, pretty wintery:


About Easter time I took off the gold bow and added a pink one, telling myself that those snowy pom-poms could pass for little bunny tails. And then, about a month ago (when, long after Easter, the "bunny tail wreath" was still hanging around), a friend who came over mentioned something about snowballs after looking at our wreath. Okay, fine. I get it. The completely off-season wreath is now gone, and I am oh so happy with it's replacement.

I have been wanting to try some kind of himmeli project for a while now, and the himmeli wreaths I have seen always remind me of suns, so I thought it would make the perfect summertime door decor.

I followed Mandi's himmeli wreath tutorial over at Vintage Revivals, and if you follow me on instagram, you would have seen this little sneak peek a while back:



(And if you don't follow me on instagram, why not? C'mon, let's be friends. I'll even give you heads up on clearance deals at Target. It's true.)

Anyway - Here's what you will need to make one:
  • cocktail straws
  • wire
  • pliers
  • spray paint
  • chipboard
  • acrylic craft paint
  • baker's twine

I followed Mandi's tutorial pretty exactly, except that I used 4 inch long straws instead of 4.5 inch long straws, because... I'm not sure why. At first, I thought I needed more than eight sections to make my wreath connect into a circle, but when I was completing the last step, I realized that was not going to work and I was not smarter than the tutorial. (Shocker, I know.) It was kind of cool how it came together at the end. I definitely recommend giving this one a try, and I'm sure I will be doing some more himmeli experimenting in the future.
 

I used a thicker floral wire because it was what I had on hand, but next time I would try using a thinner wire, which I think would be a bit easier to work with. Using the thicker wire, I found a pair of pliers to be very helpful for threading the wire back through the straws.

After the wreath was all completed, I gave it several (and I mean many) coats of Rust-Oleum Fluorescent Yellow Spray Paint. I probably should have done a primer first, because those black straws needed lots of paint to go really yellow. They went a bit more green than I was wanting at first:



When my wreath was finally yellow, I added a little "sunny days" banner. I wanted something summery, but didn't want to actually include the word "Summer" just in case we have a repeat of the wreath that never goes away. And here in Vegas, pretty much every day is sunny, regardless of season.



To make the banner, I cut out two sets of the phrase from chipboard using my Silhouette Cameo. I painted one set black with craft paint, and left the other as is.



Then, I sandwiched baker's twine between the two letters and glued them together using plain ol' Elmers glue and a little brush. I tied that banner on the wreath, and it was ready to go redeem my sad front door.





Are you ready for some more summery goodness? Check out what all of these amazing ladies have made! And be sure to come back tomorrow for the Summer Celebration Link Party!

Here are even more ideas to kick off your summer in style

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16 comments:

  1. LOVE the awesome shape of this and the bright color!

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  2. I am dying to make one of these! Such a fun design for summer!

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  3. This is amazing! So unique and creative (and you can totally get away with having it up past summer - no bunny tail/snowball incidents ;) )

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  4. Amazes. I love the color, and the banner, and everything, seriously. I need to make a himmeli!!

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  5. This is very cool & modern! I just love it!

    Brandi @ Nest of Bliss

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  6. What I love most about this wreath is that it's so you, Alexis!! It's really beautiful the color is great and I love the shape. So so unique and lovely! Thank you so much for joining us!

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  7. So so great. Love the color and love that you tried the himmeli wreath and rocked it! Pinning.

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  8. Love the yellow Alexis! I've been wanting to try one of these so bad so thanks for the tips. It is so cute!

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  9. What a unique and colorful wreath, Alexis! Pinning!

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  10. Ahh I really love it! You could change the banner and use that wreath all year round... it's just that great.

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  11. Love this so much!! Love the neon color.

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  12. What?! This is so awesome, Alexis! You have totally got me excited to try himmeli! I love how this turned out. Thanks so much for sharing, friend!

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  13. This is so cool and modern, Alexis. You have such a talent for on-trend looks!! Amazing - pinning and sharing!! (I loved your 'wintery' wreath too:)

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  14. love love! such a gorgeous wreath alexis!

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  15. Love this! Super cute! We would love for you to come and link up with us at Your Designs This Time! http://elizabethjoandesigns.com/2014/06/designs-time-no-14/

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  16. Brilliant! I never in a million years would have guessed that you made that gorgeous wreath from painted straws!

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