Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Spring Wheat Grass Wreath

Spring Wheat Grass Wreath

I wanted a modern, and living, wreath for Spring.

Of course, my girls put in their two cents, requesting a flower and a heart.

And I chose the word “GROW”. I asked the girls if they knew what GROW means, and they said, it means you get tall, tall, TALL! Having a black thumb, I thought my wheat grass could use all the help it could get! Plus, Spring is a time of growth, not just for plants. Spring is renewal, and a chance to learn and improve ourselves.

And many supplies used in this wreath were found at the thrift store, so the total cost for this wreath was waaaay less than $10. Yay!

Here’s how I made my Spring Wheat Grass Wreath.

Materials:

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  • Wheat grass seeds and soil
  • Small, lightweight containers (thrifted)
  • Wood pieces (also thrifted – needs to be long enough to reach both sides of the wreath form)
  • Gorilla Glue or other strong glue
  • Chalkboard paint (I also recommend primer, but didn’t use it).
  • Acrylic paint and paint brushes
  • Twine
  • Wreath form (thrifted - not shown, but pick one that is sturdy and flat)
  • Painter’s tape (not shown)

Directions:

You need to allow a few days to let your wheat grass grow. It will start to sprout in 3-4 days. Add soil to your containers and sprinkle the seeds on top, and water. For a great intro on growing wheat grass, check out the tutorial on Carissa’s Creative Space.

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This was about 6 days of growth. I had meant to put four containers but there wasn’t enough room on the wood pieces so I stuck with three.

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Speaking of the wood pieces, remember my Chinese Soup Spoon Wall Art? I am using the same wood for my wreath. But I reused these three pieces that I had glued together for that project, but the glue oozed out too much (and I later used it for practicing my lettering). Anyways, just make sure your wood piece(s) for the shelf stick out enough to hold your containers. For my wreath, I painted over it with acrylic paint so it doesn’t go to waste. I used gray paint accented with yellow, which you will see later.

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Now to paint the containers. I really wish I had used primer on the glass first. When I wrote over it with chalk, it seemed to scrape off the paint a little. Next time. But anyways, wrap a piece of painters tape across the top, and paint the bottom. I wanted the roots to show a little bit through the grass.

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While the paint dried on my shelf and containers, I wrapped the wreath form with twine.

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When the paint on the shelf was dry, I glued it onto the wreath, about 3/4 of the way down.

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And when the chalkboard paint dried overnight, I tried writing on it with chalk. As mentioned, there was some difficulty, but it looks ok. Rustic! Haha.

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When the shelf was securely sticking to the wreath, I started gluing the containers to the shelf. I started with the large middle container, then glued the two small ones on the sides.

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The wreath kind of teetered back and forth as I glued the containers, so I used some twine rolls to prop it up.

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While the glue was setting, my girls pointed out there is a Mama grass and two baby grasses, but what about the Dada grass? They thought for a moment and decided “he was taking the picture.”

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When everything was secure, I hung the wreath on my door, directly onto the wreath form. I did leave a length of twine for hanging, but hanging it on the hook made it not cover the peep hole.

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All done. I hope they’ll start growing in the same direction as they stay in one spot.

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But maybe I should be happy it keeps growing at all! It’s been cloudy and raining…hope my grass survives…cross your fingers everyone!

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10 comments:

  1. FUN!!!! That is very creative and FUN! It definitely shouts out, Spring!
    Have a great week, Steph.
    -Steph

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  2. This looks so unique! A really different kind of wreath whereby the plants do not twine around the wreath. I'm amazed at how strong the glue is to be able to withstand the weight of the wood as well as the wheat grass in the glass container.

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  3. How fun!! Very creative, Steph!!

    It's been a while since we connected!! You are sorely missed!!

    Have a nice day!

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  4. Love this idea, and your girls are so funny. I am going to be on the hunt for wheat grass now. Thanks for sharing Steph!

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  5. Very cute! I need to pick up some wheat grass!

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  6. Hi Steph,
    Love the wreath! So creative as usual!

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  7. These are so cute!! This screams spring. Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

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  8. Steph, I love the idea of a living wreath! So original, clever and spring-y!

    Jenn

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  9. Oh what fun! I love this wonderfully creative spring wreath.... and I like the step by step instructions,thanks for sharing:)Visiting from The Fine Craft Guild party. Have a great week!~Poppy

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  10. What a great idea! I love the pretty green grass (not going to eat/drink, it...) LOL!
    I found you today thru the Domestically-Speaking, Countdown To Spring Linky Party, where I'm #108. I hope you get a chance to stop by my blog and leave a comment, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
    www.vmg206.blogspot.com

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