Today I want to share the fun wreath I made for my new grandson’s hospital room door, and afterwards for the nursery at home. It goes with the ‘Little Adventurer’ theme of his nursery!
The supplies needed for this project are:
Wire Wreath Form ( I used the 24″)
- Wide Mesh Ribbon
- Accent Ribbon
- Chenille Pipe Cleaners in desired color
- Unfinished Wooden Plaque, Letters and Frame
- Map or any patterned paper
- Chalkboard Spray Paint
- White Opaque Paint Pen
- Acrylic Paints
- Mod Podge
Before you make the wreath you might first want to do the painting, etc. I didn’t, but it would have saved some time if I had. First, trace around the shape of your plaque and cut the shape out of a map or any desired paper (scrapbook, wrapping, book pages, sheet music, etc).
While you’re painting, paint two coats on the frame and the letters of the baby’s name.
Apply a coat of Mod Podge to the back side of the map cutout and immediately adhere to the plaque. Then apply another coat of MP to the plaque, right over the map (Mod Podge will dry clear and give a nice, protective finish).
Working quickly, arrange the letters on the plaque like you want them. Allow to dry slightly, until letters are set. Then give a finishing coat to the plaque over letters and all. Apply a coat or two of Mod Podge to the frame, as well, for a more protective finish over the paint. Let dry.In a separate step, spray paint the cardboard insert from the frame with one light coat of chalkboard paint. When dry, spray a second light coat.
To make the wreath, cut several pipe cleaners in half and twist at regular intervals on the wreath form. Affix one end of the wide mesh ribbon to the form with a pipe cleaner. Begin to make loops by gathering and ‘pinching in’ every 8-10 inches. Twist to the next precut pipe cleaner, and so on until you’ve gone all the way around the wreath. This should take up the whole 10 yard roll of ribbon.
Attach the frame to the bottom of the wreath. Simply loop ribbon through the bottom of the wire wreath form and attach ends to the back of frame with glue gun.
Attach the plaque with baby’s name to the middle part of the wreath the same way… with ribbon hanging from the top of the wire form (I have waxed paper under the plaque to protect the wreath from any hot glue that might stick to it).
Finish by adding the vital statistics of the baby’s birth onto the ‘chalkboard’ with an opaque paint pen!
Now you have a beautiful wreath for hospital and home! Enjoy!Have an awesome day!