Last year I shared with you my knockoff of a wreath that was originally sold at Anthropologie. (You can read it here). It featured oak leaves, acorns, and an owl.
Well I decided to make another one for my best friend, Li, because the wreath featured an owl, and the animal Li identifies with is an owl, so I waited a full year before working on it for her birthday.
The owl in my original wreath was brown colored. I decided to use a white owl for this one.
This time I decided to wrap my styrofoam wreath form with white ribbon to cover it.
I pinned the ribbon in place with ball head straight pins.
Only problem was, I ran out of ribbon.
I didn’t bother getting more ribbon and left my wreath partially unwrapped. As it turns out, it didn’t make much of a difference, as the ribbon ended up being entirely hidden when the wreath was finished.
In my original wreath, I glued the hanging loop to the top. This time I decided to pin the felt loop in place to the back. I folded the piece of felt in half on either end before pinning it.
As I had done so previously, I needle-felted three acorns. Last time I created the loop for each acorn out of wire. This time I purchased some screw eyes and glued one onto the top of each acorn.
I threaded each acorn onto a separate piece of cream colored yarn and tied it onto the bottom of the wreath, using one of the pins holding the ribbon in place to keep the yarn from sliding.
For the oak leaves, I cut out them out using the same template I used last year.
After cutting out over 100 leaves, I used gold glitter glue to draw out the veins of the leaves, as I had in my first wreath. I glued the leaves onto the wreath form until everything was covered and the wreath looked full. I then glued on the owl. It looked a little tilted, so a cut a small piece of felt, folded it, and tucked and glued it underneath the owl to make it look more even, perched on the wreath.
I glued on more leaves to hide the piece of felt.
Here is my second wreath, all finished:
If I do say so myself, I think I did a better job on my second wreath than my first one. I already got the hang of how to glue the oak leaves on to get them to look right from working on my first. While I like the look of the white owl over the brown one on my original, I feel this white one is a tad smaller in scale, so in a perfect world, I would have liked a white owl that was slightly larger. But overall, I am very happy with how this wreath turned out.
Which wreath do you prefer? Please share in the comments.