13 June 2016

DIY Americana Wreath

Can you believe that the Fourth of July is only a few weeks away?

Seriously, the Summer is going to be half way over before we know it.

Since this fun and festive Holiday is just around the corner I am going to use this week to 

share a few easy projects and recipes.

Loving wreaths the way I do, I thought I'd kick off the week with this Americana Wreath, it 

is colorful, delightful, showy and ever so simple to make too.

craft, hydrangeas, decorating, wreath, Independence Day

I am totally smitten with hydrangeas right now, in fact I think I may have hydrangea fever.

(if there is such an illness)

Well, Michael's had their floral stems 50 % off so I scooped up these bright and patriotic 

faux flowers along with a straw wreath form, all for the grand total of $30.00.

Floral, flowers, hydrangeas, decorate, wreath, patriotic

I worked out in the flower beds and garden all morning and the humidity just about got the 

best of me, so I was really looking forward to this indoor project.

A little music, sparkling water and some cherries covered in dove chocolate by my side, got 

my creative spark in high gear.

And this rhinestone bow, you might just wonder where I found a rhinestone bow.

Well, it is a long story, but you see in my jack of many trades career I was the hiring 

and operation manager for Victoria's Secret. 

I was gifted many things and one of them was this, I think it adds some real sparkly fun to 

this Fourth of July Wreath.

rhinestone, glittering, bright, red, white and blue wreath, holidays, celebrate

I think this wreath took about 30 minutes to make. 

You know these hydrangea stems are super long and thick so I had to cut them off and I did 

so by using Klein tools wire stripper ( I raided the hubby's tool box) these work so well, 

much better than florist wire cutters.

Then I took the end of the wire stripper and made a hole in the straw wreath ( I leave the 

plastic covering on the wreath, it helps hold the straw in place.

After that I pushed the stem of the hydrangea all the way through and bent the end of the 

stem over.

festive, colorful, hydrangea, red, blue, white, craft, easy, wreath

After all the hydrangeas were in place I wired the rhinestone bow in place and hung 

the wreath on our dining room French door.

One of the easiest wreaths I have ever made!

Supplies need for this DIY Americana Wreath~

1. One medium size straw wreath form
2. 9 large red, blue and cream faux hydrangea stems
3. Wire cutters
4. Wire
5. Bow of choice

Leaving you today with some photos of the Art/Craft retreat.
I must say that it was a very rewarding, enriching and motivating retreat and I hope that each one of you has the opportunity to meet some of your blogging friends too.

Craft, Art, Bloggers, Retreat, creating, inspiring, KariAnne

KariAnne and Judith.

KariAnne, Eilis My Heart Lives Here, Thistlewood Farm

KariAnne, Eilis and Cecilia

creativity, inspiration, crafts, diy, retreat, athomewithjemma,

Brandy and Carole (Brandy won Carole's giveaway)

crafting, diy, paint, sew, fabric

Carole and Stacey getting their craft on.

bloggers, craft, DIY create, make, social, paint, glue, socialize

Judith Demonstrating her Art activity to Kitty, Carole, Eilis, and Lisa.

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Laura, Stacey, KariAnne and myself.

craft, diy, sugar cubes, decorate, educational, motivational


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  1. JEMMA! I didn't see this new post in my feed, but I did see your comment on my blog (thank you so much for visiting!) but when I came to thank you, I see you have a NEW post! OK, our peonies are dying off, but the hydrangeas are starting to open up and like you, they are my next obsession! I don't know where to begin to say what color is my favorite, the pink the white or the blue!

    Your wreath idea is sensational, especially the SPARKLED ribbon! YES YES YES! And your home, thank you for sharing more of it! What a beautiful great room you have, that wood work, the stone......OUI! And the fun you gals had...wished I truly could have been there.

    Enjoy as you take in each day of June to embrace it....I so wish we could stop the clock!

  2. Such a cute wreath!! Perfect for the 4th! Sharing this!

  3. Hello Jemma. your wreath is lovely. I like the red/white and blue hydrangeas. Looks like a fun get together and art retreat. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

  4. Very sweet wreath! I must make one with hydrangeas since my real ones are not blooming....again! Your craft retreat looks like so much fun!!

  5. Love that wreath, hydrangeas are simply the best. Wait till you can start drying them! I hope you planted lots because you'll really enjoy working with them dried. I was just looking at my calendar and thinking how could it already be the 13th? Time ticks to fast, reminding me that where time is spent is important. Which brings me to that blog retreat. Was simply great and very inspiring. Thank you again for inviting me, I don't leave the farm often so it was a real treat.

    Carole @ Garden Up Green

  6. Love your patriotic hydrangea wreath Jemma and the rhinestone bow made me laugh out loud! Cute and unexpected touch. Your craft retreat had to have been a ball-

  7. I am crazy about hydrangeas also and love the wreath! Cute project! ;)

  8. That's a Yankee Doodle of a wreath, Jemma! I love the sparkly bow cause the 4th should sparkle from beginning to end! Just like your crafting retreat did, I'm sure. So nice to meet your crafting buddies and see some of the pretties turned out that day.

  9. So fun and festive! Very pretty, Jemma! And I love the photos from your retreat! How fun is that!

  10. I've always admired your talent with wreaths, they're always beautiful. This one, of course is a winner. Love it! The craft retreat sounds like lots of fun, nice pics!

  11. Your wreath is perfect and I bet the nice big hydrangea blossoms show from a distance.

    You have some wonderful pictures of the retreat that I don't have. Glad to see some of the faces that didn't get into my few pictures.

  12. That wreath is gorgeous! The retreat looks like so much fun!

  13. I am loving that wreath!!!! Now I need to hit up Michaels....but the closest one is 35 minutes from me, boooo! Xoxo

  14. Hi Jemma, Oh I just love your red, white and blue wreath. Adding the blingy ribbon was a great idea. Love seeing pics from the craft retreat. So wish I could have attended but glad to see you girls had a fabulous time. Your home is lovely!! Thanks for sharing. Have a blessed week! xo

  15. Love your 4th of July wreath!! I love your craft get together too! How fun! Oh how I wish I could join you!! xo

  16. Dear Jemma,
    Loved this post! Your Fourth of July wreath is patriotic and festive, very clever. Love the bling bow but now I want to hear about the other Victoria's Secret goodies you were gifted! Thanks for sharing your photos of your craft workshop, lucky Texas bloggers.

  17. You are all set for the 4th of July with your beautiful wreath! Thanks again for hosting such a wonderful day. We all enjoyed it so much.

  18. This is a darling Americana wreath...just loving the red, white and blue! I am sure everyone is having a ball gathering inspiration for the 4th! Have a great week Jemma!

  19. Your Fourth of July wreath is great, Jemma! I didn't realize it's just right around the corner. The hydrangeas really make it......and that sparkly bow is so pretty. What fun you had at the art retreat! Michaels is the best place to find goodies for craft projects, isn't it? I loved seeing bits of your home in the background too.

    I'll be looking for my surprise in the mail this week. Thank you, Jemma.

    love, ~Sheri

  20. Hello Jemma, I too love your patriotic hydrangea wreath! Thanks for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J&J! Your craft get together sounds like it was fun!
    Hope you have a nice week.

  21. Loving that wreath Jemma! I noticed the flowers were on sale last week....I need a wreath desperately before the 4th is over! No I cannot believe the holiday is approaching so quickly. Somehow we've gone backwards and it hasn't been warm at all. I enjoyed seeing the photos from the retreat. I'll have to poke around a little in hopes of seeing more. You girls look like you know how to have a good time! xo

  22. Ok, SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!! You worked for VS??? What goodies might you have in your lingerie draw I dare ask? How cool is that!

    Now, back to your regularly scheduled post. I love that wreath, and wouldn't it be cool if hydrangeas actually came in red? Although I have to say I love the pink flowers just as they are. I recently bought my first hydrangea bush (for the cabin) which you saw a peak of in my peony bouquet. It's small but just right for the spot it's in and it will fill out. I love that they don't need full sun and ordered such pretty blooms.

    Your outdoor space is to die for! Me wanty!

  23. Loved seeing all your lovely photo's.
    Your wreath looks wonderful - we also had a lot of red, white and blue over the weekend. The UK was celebrating the Queens 90th birthday, big celebrations in so many places.

    I do hope the week ahead will be a good one for you.

    All the best Jan

  24. Love the festive wreath! Nice seeing pictures of the gathering too! I'm coming next time!!

  25. The wreath is just stunning. LOVE hydrangeas and your patriotic theme is the best I've ever seen!

  26. What a pretty and patriotic wreath, Jemma! I love the sparkly Victoria Secret's gifted bow on it.
    Thank you for sharing your home with us. We needed more time for all the great crafts! What a great group of blogging friends to meet and know.

  27. Thank you so much for hosting the retreat. It was such fun. Thanks for the Aleve. I was able to keep the headache at bay to drive home. Your home is so gorgeous.
    I love the wreath. It's darling.

  28. Jemma, your wreath is such a cute DIY project. I think I may have to run to Michaels and try this! This would be so great for all of the patriotic holidays, along with my flags! The retreat looks so fun!

  29. Oh, that wreath! I've got a thing for hydrangeas going too. I've wanted to grow them for years, and when we bought our new home this past March, I was thrilled to find one already growing in the yard (which I'm getting busy propagating soon so I can spread the joy all over).

    The Art & Craft Retreat looks like it was so much fun! How cool to see you and Carole together, along with other fun ladies. Thanks for sharing a peek.

  30. Your wreath turned out so adorable! Yikes, I can't believe the 4th is just around the corner either. I'm still buzzing from the craft retreat. It was so much fun! Thank you again for hosting!

  31. Very sweet wreath Jemma. Love the Patriotic look! Your retreat looks like so much fun! Love seeing everyone laughing and smiling and having so much fun. thanks for sharing your lovely wreath and fun retreat. xo

  32. Oh wow...this is too cute!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for Recipes and Crafts: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  33. I love your wreath, Jemma! Such pretty flowers and the bling is over the top!
    It looks like you all had a great time at the craft get together, too!
    Thank you for sharing this week at Brag About It link party on VMG206 (Mondays at Midnight). I plan to feature you next week!
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  34. Jemma, you are the wreath making pro!! :) Love this one ~ so full and beautiful! It's great to see the photos of the bloggers I wish I could meet. Glad you had a great time and your home is incredibly beautiful!



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