It’s about that time of year when I start to fiddle with things on my front porch. We’re through Easter, on our way towards summer, and I want some seasonal decor that will carry us along till those reds, whites, and blues start popping up. After considerable consideration on where to go with this springtime spruce up, I decided that I wanted to run with the ‘Farmhouse Red’ of the front door (which is really a saturated orange), and do a decor scheme based on that. So what to do for an orange-y springtime wreath? What to do, indeed….
I feel that it is necessary for me to state that I have a bit of a closet butterfly obsession. I love me some butterflies. I should also state that I have a plethora of craft butterflies leftover from my floral design days (and when I say ‘plethora’, I mean plethora–ask the Texan….they are everywhere) that I am always trying to figure out what to do with besides sticking an occasional one in a whimsical flower arrangement. So, well DUH…. butterfly swarm on a wreath. I’m surprised it took me this long to figure it out.
I started with a wreath form that I actually made myself, from grape and wisteria vine, but any old craft store-type grapevine wreath would work great.
And then, of course, I selected my victims: you know the ones, those craft-store beauties made from painted feathers with wires attached. I chose to go with a mixture of orange, yellow-orange, and coral, both large and small variety. Those wires often come in handy, but for this project, I popped them off.
I fired up the glue gun, and began to glue them in a random fashion to the wreath form. I wanted this to look like a natural cluster swarm, which meant that there was no rhyme or reason to the orientation of each butterfly; some are right side up, some are pointing down, some were glued to the sides and top of the wreath. Asymmetry is key here.
Additionally, I did not want the whole wreath to be filled up; I felt it would look more natural for part of the grapevine to be showing.
An unexpected bonus of this particular wreath? The view from the inside of the door:
Stay tuned for a full disclosure of the rest of our spring porch mini-makeover.
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