Monday, April 23, 2012

Summer Wreath for Under $10

Hi How's it going?   Here's a quick wreath idea to put together for Summer, or if you are like us down here in the southern hemisphere, to mourn the loss of Summer.  I am feeling it keenly as the mornings and evenings turn cooler. After our rigorous afternoon at the beach, I was feeling all outdoorsy and weekendy, so I organised a BBQ for dinner last night.  I was foofing around and before I knew it, it was dark.  Mr Beach House was cooking by torch light and I was resetting the table inside.  

Actually, we really are lucky down here, our Winters are really only about 2 months long and are not harsh at all, but it is generally freezing, because the houses are not at all equipped for it.  Open plan, no curtains, heaps of glass to let the light in and floor boards are great for Summer, when the doors are flung open to the let outside in, but not at all conducive to retaining the heat mid winter. We all huddle around the fire place and I bet you can guess which is my seat on a crisp night.  I usually have a little hot body wanting to share with me too.

Anyway right now we are looking down the barrel of all that and it doesn't make me very happy, so I am mucking around with some projects which will prolong Summer thoughts for as long as possible. I found this idea on pinterest It's colourful, simple and very affordable. I think it would be lovely on the front door, to greet guests at a Summer party as well.

All you need is a foam wreath, a bag full of cocktail umbrellas and a little girl  to 'help', who gets very excited when I get any kind of craft out.  I have probably said it before, but this kind of craft is messless, so it's my favourite.

So all you have to do is push the umbrellas in until all the foam is covered and attach a colourful ribbon for hanging. So simple and all recyclable

It seems that I naturally go for colour in my decorating.  If you look at the shots of my home in the side bar, there is lots of it.  I love neutrals too, but colour in decorating adds so much interest and is such a great way to change a room on a budget.  

So cheerio ladies and happy days to you all!!!!!!  

Today I am partying here


  1. looks like your daughter had fun with this. a great idea for a kids activity!

  2. So cute. I love all the different patterns on the umbrellas too!

  3. I like this no mess craft a lot ;o)
    Your house looks lovely too!!!
    Have a Happy Monday......
    Tania @ Scandi Coast Home

  4. what a cute idea! and how festive!

  5. oh my goodness this is the cutest! My grandmother has a lake house and this would be perfect for it.. Thanks for the great idea!

  6. Hi Carolyn...

    What a GRAND idea! Your umbrella wreath is sooo pretty! I have always loved the pretty little cocktail umbrellas...what fun! I love that there were so many different summery colors! Pretty..pretty..PRETTY! Thanks for sharing this unique craft with us and the tutorial as well! The photo of your daughter "helping" is just too cute!

    Warmest spring wishes,

  7. Very cute and so simple. Looks so bright and cheery on your door. And easy for kids too. x

  8. What a cute idea for a summer wreath. This might be just what my naked front door needs! Thanks for the inspiration :)

  9. Great blog! So glad I found you. Thanks for linking up to Cowgirl Up! Love the 'beachy feel' of this wreath.
    :) Samantha @ Crafty Texas Girls

  10. What a charming house you have! I love your living room. The wreath is great and looks so easy to make!

    Thanks for sharing. New follower, btw!

  11. The wreath looks so fun! And your house is so charming, I love it!

  12. Hi! I'm your newest follower and co-host of this month's blog hop. Thanks so much for joining in on the fun :) I'm looking forward to getting you know you better!

    This is the most ridiculously cute wreath ever!!

  13. That wreath is so creative and unique! I am your newest follower from the Networking Blog Hop! I would love if you would check out my blog and if you like what you see please follow back :)
    Modern Modest Beauty

  14. What a pretty and fun wreath, it's perfect for spring and summer! Your little helper is simply adorable! Thank you for your wonderful visit. Hugs,

  15. SO CUTE!! Found this on the DIY Dreamer - Any ideas where to find those adorable umbrellas?

  16. Thanks.
    They are all over the $2 stores.

  17. Cute idea & fun for the kids to help with - would love for you to link this up at my Craftastic party:)

  18. That is so pretty! What a creative use of those colorful little umbrella toothpicks!
    I may try using different shaped foam (or cutting up stuff I have) and making party centerpieces.
    Thanks for the inspiration! I'll be following you for more great ideas. :-)

  19. Your wreath is so cute and colorful! I have a lot of little umbrellas, so I can make one. Thanks for the inspiration!

  20. Brilliant idea. Lovely for the kids to join in without getting paint and mess everywhere!

  21. This is so creative and the colors are so cheerful! Thanks for sharing

  22. found you on tt&j! adorbs! super creative!
    xoxo janean

  23. Hi, I'm Jaime. I run a blog called The Dress-up Drawer and I was just passing through. Love your blog and cute wreath!
    I have a great giveaway going on right now for a personalized platter from The Southern Belle Boutique and just thought it might interest you. Thanks for letting me say hi!


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