Lovebirds Wreath

I had so much fun making this wreath for my Etsy shop. I can’t wait to share the process with you. All of my materials were things I had on hand other than the wreath form.

I was going to use an old bed sheet for the fabric, but I found a piece of muslin left over from a long ago project and I liked the off white semi-speckled color better. Tear your fabric into strips a couple of inches wide.

Attach the end of a strip of fabric to the wreath form with a glue gun. Wrap it around the form and tack down the end with another drop of glue. Attach the next strip and continue until the entire wreath is wrapped.

 

To make the nest take a few pages out of an old book and cut into thin strips. Scrunch up the strips to form a loose ball.

Cut a small circle of fabric to use as a base. Spread hot glue over it and press the paper ball onto the glue.

  

Find a couple of sticks that appeal to you. I glued one to form the branch for the nest to rest on and placed the other in the position that seemed best to me.

Glue the nest onto the wreath.

Now it is time to make the birds. I like to draw the pattern for each bird freehand so that they are a little bit different from each other. Here is what a simple bird pattern looks like. (Note, this notepaper is 4″ x 6″.)

I did see a bird pattern here from Spool Sewing that can be printed out. I didn’t print it out myself so I’m not certain about the size. You could reduce it on a photocopier if need be.

Sew your birds and stuff them. This fabric came from one of my favorite shirts that is no longer wearable. I used buttons for the eyes of one bird and beads from a broken hair clip for the other.

 

Glue the bird into the nest.

Glue the other bird wherever it looks best to you.

Now it’s time to add a bit more texture and decoration. I wound some twine around part of the wreath, and added a few beads attached with glue.

 

Attach some method of hanging to the back. I used a bit of leather cord knotted at the ends and glued.

Update: I found that gluing the branches and hanger wasn’t enough. I went back in and sewed them onto the muslin with invisible thread for added strength.

Thanks for reading!

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24 Comments

  1. Tui Nathan said,

    November 17, 2011 at 2:33 am

    This is great and oh so cute … thanks for sharing the tutorial!
    Thanks for joining us at Our Creative Corner!!!

  2. ReStitch Me said,

    November 17, 2011 at 6:03 am

    Sooooo cute! I love that you used mostly things that were around the house. It just goes to show that with a little creativity you can make beautiful things without spending a ton of money! Great job!

  3. November 17, 2011 at 11:23 am

    This is so sweet! I love the shredded paper nest. Thanks for joining us at Our Creative Corner this week!

  4. November 17, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    What a great idea and such great results!
    T

  5. November 17, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Oh my goodness! This post is right up my alley! Your blog is beautiful this wreath is beautiful! Thank you so very much for linking up to Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways:) I’m so happy to “meet” you! I’ll say it again…I am totally in love with your blog and your posts! I really hope you make Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways a part of your Wednesdays! And keep the great posts comin’
    Very sincerely,
    Andrea @ Frugally Sustainable

  6. November 17, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    I love your resourcefulness and creativity! It turned out lovely! Nice walk-through too! I would love to have you share this tutorial at my party!

  7. kmaixner2 said,

    November 17, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    Wow! What a great wreath! I love how it’s so non-conventional. I also have a soft spot for anything with birds, but that could be another story! I also appreciate how you up-cycled, something that is so important these days! Your art makes me think of a website that I found the other day. It’s called Uniimi.com (You name it, I make it!) and it pairs artists and dreamers together to create customized arts and crafts! I didn’t see anything like your wreath on the site, I bet you could definitely find a niche for your art there 😀 I look forward to seeing what else you make and share 😀 Happy crafting!

    • November 18, 2011 at 8:01 am

      Thanks for your comment. I tried to check out Uniimi.com but the site is down for maintenance. It sounds very interesting so I’ll look for it again later on.Thanks for bringing it to my attention 🙂

  8. November 18, 2011 at 7:40 am

    This is so precious! I love all things birds!!! I’ll be following along! Glad to know about your place!!! Do you have your Christmas pics or outfits on here?!? I’m going to have to do some more exploring!!!

    • November 18, 2011 at 7:58 am

      Our “Christmas” pictures aren’t very Christmasy but they are what we used for our CHristmas card! You can see them in the Family Photos post. Thanks for visiting and for leaving a comment.

  9. November 18, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Beautiful!!! I am so not crafty enough to make that. Maybe one! 🙂

  10. thegunnysack said,

    November 18, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    What a sweet wreath! I love that you added the branches and the nest to it. Thanks for linking up to What’s In The Gunny Sack.

  11. randalin said,

    November 19, 2011 at 9:27 am

    I should totally make this. Kris is always calling Kale and I “lovebirds!”

  12. November 19, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Very sweet! I have a thing for birds and nests! Saw you at Finding Fabulous.

    Kim
    http://www.todayismysome-day.blogspot.com

  13. nicolette said,

    November 19, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    c’est super mignon, j’adore !
    merci pour le tuto

  14. Sharyn said,

    November 19, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    This is so beautiful. The little birds are perfect and I really like the soft neutral colour scheme. Thanks for the tutorial with photo’s!!

  15. Bama Girl said,

    November 21, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    I love how you used items you already had. The wreath is simple, yet elegant! Thanks for sharing!

  16. Courtney said,

    November 23, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Very cute~ thanks for sharing it at Feathered Nest Friday! The party is up early this week on Wednesday evening because of the Holiday- hope to see you there!

  17. Kelley said,

    November 25, 2011 at 7:47 am

    Karen this is so beautiful! I love the birds nest! Thank you for linking this up to my Friday party.. hope you come back this week. 🙂

    Friday link up and features!

    Oh and check out my TinyPrints giveaway too!

  18. Katie said,

    November 29, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    I love this!! The birds look so cute and I love the branches!! You did such a great job! Thanks for your sweet comment on my bird purse!

  19. December 29, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    […] Christmas I give my mother-in-law something handmade. This year I gave her the Lovebirds Wreath. The first year I came into the family I gave her this folksy Happy Chicken […]

  20. November 8, 2012 at 5:03 am

    […] a step by step photo tutorial of this one but it is really simple to make. On last year’s Love Birds Wreath Tutorial post I showed briefly how to make a slightly similar bird and there is a link to a bird pattern you […]

  21. Maysem said,

    November 12, 2012 at 6:21 am

    I’m seeing this wreath for the first time and I’m in love!! Pinning it to my wreath board:D

    • November 12, 2012 at 2:51 pm

      Thank you, Maysem! Yea, that post was from my early blogging days before we had stumbled across one another. I’m happy you liked it.


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