4.05.2010

DIY Day! Don't Get Your Screen Ruffled!

Happy Monday!
I have to show this little creation...that personally I L-O-V-E, but I am sure some of you may think I flipped my lid {which is quite possible too!}.
When it comes to crafting and decorating, I am always on the lookout for something just a little different, a little quirky, and a lot of fun. I saw this really cool photo in a catalog and have been obsessed with trying to duplicate it...well, in the process, I ended up with this ruffled screen wreath - which is perfect for where I live, because it can be outside and hold up to the elements - fog, rain, general coastal wetness.

Yeah, I know, of course when you think ruffles, you think hardware store...right?! Well, I do, but maybe I am a little crazy. So I ruffled up some screen and made a fun and quirky wreath that can transform with accessories and it is weather proof{ish}...and multifunctional...L-O-V-E it!

You can easily add different accessories {this blue flower is a pin...and will not stand up to the elements but looked FAB for now}. Embellish the wreath any way you want! The sky is the limit! Can I just point out my fab find the wreath is hanging on...I love my junkyard find...that awesome vintage door with the cool glass!

Here is a PDF of the Ruffle My Screen Wreath Tutorial.
{I am trying to put the tutorials and recipes in PDF form...is this OK for everyone? It makes the posts shorter and the tutorials much easier to print out.}

SUPPLIES
  • Wreath form {I used a dollar tree form, 9" Straw, because that is what I had.
  • You can also use Styrofoam}
  • Paint {for wreath form} I used gray spray paint to match the screen.
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks {or regular glue and A LOT of patience.}
  • Screen 28 x 84 Brite Aluminum Screening
  • Pearls {crystals, buttons, your choice} - I used a bag of mixed pearls from the
    craft store - cheapo ones, not necessarily jewelry making quality. I also used
    the range of colors in the package rather than just one color.
  • Nylon Thread
  • Needle
  • Gloves, optional to protect you hands

DIY IT!
***NOTE***The screen is pokey and can hurt. I did not wear gloves, but you may want to.
1. Paint the wreath form gray or silver to match the screen color. Let dry.
2. Cut 4-5 strips of screen approximately 7.5” wide and the width of the screen       {28”)
3.Lay the screen flat. Fold one edge of the screen up approx. 1/2”, and then up another 1/2”. Slightly unfold the second fold – it is a guide.
4. From the opposite edge fold the screen until the bare {unfolded edge} meets the crease {where you folded up the ?”}.
5. You should now have a double thickness length of screen about 3 “ wide {with protected edges}.
6. Repeat with all 4-5 lengths of screen.
7. Now we are going to ruffle – actually almost pleat the screen. Good news is the screen holds it’s shape really well…so this part is easy.
a. Accordion fold back and forth in about 1” folds the length of the screen.
      b. Repeat on all lengths.
c. I found ruffling each piece separately worked better – easier to handle than having them all joined. You could join them all before you ruffle if you want {step 8}
8. Once all the pieces were ruffled, I joined them together by folding the edges of the ends onto one another {I promise I will add some photos}. This kept any pokey edges concealed. A quick shot of hot glue helped hold it too.
9. At this point take your length of screen and place it around the wreath form. This is where you make your final determination how ruffled you want your wreath to be and can cut off what you do not need/want. I used 4 ? lengths of screen for mine. DO NOT GLUE IT YET.
10. Grab a needle and the pearls – Thread the needle with a long length of nylon thread. You also want to leave a long length of thread at the beginning for tie off when you are done {secure it while sewing the pearls on}.
a. Begin by going through the first pleat, about ?” from the top fold. {see above photo}.
b. String one pearl and then go through the second pleat. Continue sewing and adding pearls until the wreath is complete. You are essentially sandwiching one pearl in between each pleat.
c. You can pull for tightness and ruffling as you go, but be sure to keep your beginning tail of thread secure - you do not want to pull it through.
d. This will also be how you make you screen form the circle for the wreath.
e. When you get to the end, lay your wreath on the form, just to be sure and then tie off the ends. Because the thread is clear, I also sewed it off around the piece of screen a few times.
11. Now it is time to hot glue the screen form to your wreath form. I used generous amounts of hot glue to ensure it stayed.
12. For the hanger, I used a piece of floral wire and attached it to the back. Ribbon would also work really well.

Embellish the wreath any way you want! This blue flower is actually a pin, but the sky is the limit! Wait until you see my other screen projects…who knew screen could be so fun!
Wait until you see my other screen projects…who knew screen could be so fun! Just so ya know, I promise no more wreaths for awhile...after two DIY Days of wreaths, I've got bigger fish to fry!

This little project got an honorable mention at Ruffles and Stuff in the  Ruffle Your Stuff Contest {there were over 560 entries..so not bad for this quirky little number.}

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83 comments :

  1. that is super cute, holly! i like how it's weather resistant, yet decorative at the same time. this might be a nice addition to my parents' house at the farm. :)

    nice job!

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  2. I had no idea that was made of screen until you said so. I really like it. what a good idea to put the instructions in a pdf.

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  3. Enjoy your spring break and the friendly visitors.

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  4. I absolutely love it! I love the door too... especially the glass! I think it's great you can switch out the accessories. I would like that, since I like to decorate according to my mood. Great idea, once again!

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  5. I love how it's feminine and delicate, yet "urban" in feel, all at the same time.

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  6. Love it! Very inventive, and it looks great!

    I love having things available in PDF form. It makes printing so much simpler!

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  7. the screen wreath is my favorite of all your wreaths!!!!!!how was easter? my tablescape photo did not come out too good, I took a picture of your chick on a sticks in a spanish grass nest in a milk glass vase, it's on my blog. You have so much stuff going on your blog, i love it all, wish we could meet, I am following someone who is doing a cinco de mayo swap on her blog- sounds fun if you want to do it.
    Have fun with your parents

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  8. I think it turned out REALLY good! And I LOVE the durability part of it. Way to go!
    Jenn

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  9. Girl - that turned out awesome! Come plant your creative seed at my blog party - Plant a Punkin Seed at Punkin Seed Productions. It is usually on Fridays but is up all week because I'm doing a blog party! Come on over!

    Kristi
    Punkin Seed Productions

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  10. Now isn't that just the cutest thing. Oh - and what if you already had a broken screen -you could recycle it! Wish you would have posted this 10 years ago when my boys were little and would push on the screen and we would then have to replace them. I know we have thrown enough of it away. This is a terrific idea!

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  13. That is super cute! You seriously are so so amazing. Your crafts are great!

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  14. I will say Holly you have the cutest crafts I know:) Enjoy your family time...my boys are on Spring break and there is not a soul in town.....usually we are gone too, but this year hubby could not get the week off bummer!!~

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  15. That looks so cute and very clever. What a great idea!

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  16. That is so cool! I love hardware store, I always find inspiration in the weirdest places.

    Have fun with the family during Spring Break!

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  17. LOVE that screen, I am definitely making one!!Thanks for all your inspiration, it's wonderful!

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  18. Wow - so very creative! Have a fantastic Spring Break!!

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  19. A wreath made from screen. Now why didnt I think of that?

    Also, I seen you linked up at several different parties and decided to come over and say hello.

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  20. Oooops, I was signed in to wrong account on my above comment. sorry

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  21. Super Cute, Holly! I saw Disney had this pic featured and I didn't even realize it was your creation. Thanks for posting the PDF.
    :)

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  22. L.O.V.E. your ruffled screen wreath!!! I have a quirky sense of creativity myself and I love to do something unexpected and even humorous in my decor. I will definitely try this idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  23. That is so cute. I love the color you used.

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  24. what a great idea..

    I am having my Round Robin this week if you want to join in and share..

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  25. LOVE the photo!! The colors are great!
    We just finished spring break :( One week is definitely too short!
    Have a wonderfully productive week!

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  26. This is such a cool idea, I love your wreath and I can't wait to see what else you create with screen! Enjoy your spring break, ours was last week!

    Kat :)

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  27. NO WAY! Screen? This is such a great idea. That's so nice about how it can stand up to all kinds of weather as well.

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  28. I loved it! Thanks for sharing!

    I have a linky party going on where you can enter a post about anything you want to share with others. I would love it if you entered this one!

    Its at http://bloggerchixdesigns.blogspot.com/2010/04/talk-about-it-tuesday.html

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  29. It's super cute Holly! Enjoy your spring break and the lovely visitors!

    Cheers: Evi

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  30. That is so cool! Yet another reason I wish I were crafty :). Love your projects!

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  31. Genius! This is absolutely adorable, not to mention clever. Great job!

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  32. When I 1st saw this, I thought it was something to put in your hair. Although I love it as a wreath, I think I'm going to have to make a tiny, hair-friendly version of it! :)

    Lamb’s Most Recent Post: Cruising, HGTV Green Home, and CRAZY Sexy Nerd

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  33. Ooh, 1 more thing! Thanks for the tip about the Lady Bloggers Society! I hadn't heard of it before and am loving it! :)

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  34. Very cute! I really love the door too!

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  35. absolutely brilliant - I love it!!

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  36. Love your blog! Looking forward to following your blog. Check me out at http://jillanddavewilliams.blogspot.com/

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  37. Looks great, love the flower!

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  38. You are so creative. That is so cute. Love It

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  39. You are DEFINITELY crafty enough for French Picnic and would love to have you join us!!

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  40. Seriously, Holly, screens? Who'd a thunk it?!?! You are a very clever girl! I'm jealous.

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  41. What a fabulous idea for an outdoor wreath! This would be great here in the Pacific Northwest as well!

    Chelsea

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  42. Hey! I love your blog! I stopped by last week after your stir-fry post at RE's first Home Is link-up and (shame, shame) I don't think I left a comment. Having now come back to read more (sidebar: I immediately put you on my favorites bar because I LOVE YOUR FONT! Signed, Font Junkie) and read your Blogiquette post, I am now commenting, AND following. Well said, all!

    Adelle @ www.readyGOgetset.com

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  43. Hi Holly, many thanks for stopping by my place! I L.O.V.E. this ruffle screen wreath! Have a great Spring Break. ~Marcy

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  44. I don't even understand how you are so DIY talented!!!!! I would never be able to do that even with instruction. I love the blend of hardware with frilly things like the flower.

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  45. Another cute wreath. You must have the biggest storage area for all of your completed crafts. :)

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  46. Just found your blog! So cute...love it!

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  47. I so admire that you can find beauty in everything! Enjoy your visit with your folks.

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  48. Holly, you continue to astound me! I love it! If I'm ever in your area, I'm popping in and making something together with you. I need to learn from the best, otherwise I'll never get anything right. Love and hugs to you. Enjoy time with your mom and dad, and hopefully some dates with hubby.

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  49. Holly, what a fun and unique idea - love it! You're so creative! Thanks for visiting my post about the paper peony roses! :)

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  50. I really need a new screen for my front door. This doesn't look too difficult and I LOVE how you can change it with pins etc. Fabulous. Thanks for sharing this today!

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  51. I love it and the difference in textures between the screen and the softness of the flower are what make it really special.

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  52. Ugh!!!--Google is hiding the pictures. I will have to come back over tomorrow, since it is almost 1 am and I will crash in a few minutes.
    This sounds really cute---I like things a little different as well.

    Cheri

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  53. Beautiful. Have a fabulous visit.

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  54. Way cute and TOTALLY CREATIVE! I love it!

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  55. I love this - it's SUPER cute and I love things that are made with original, unique materials! Very cute!

    Thanks for linking at Lucky Star Lane!

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  56. THAT is totally awesome!!

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  57. So cute! I never would have thought of it, just great! I'm excited for what else you'll do.

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  58. On Fridays in April I am co-hosting a party to feature blogs that I love. I am trying to introduce some bloggers who I haven't seen around too much. It was really fun last week! Stop by if you can!

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  59. I am so glad you linked this project up to Be Inspired this week - I am sure you have inspired so many with this "all-weather" wreath!

    Chelsea

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  60. Love, Love, Love this!!

    Patrice
    Lemon Tree Creations

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  61. You've been featured! Come grab your button and wear it with pride!

    Kristi
    Punkin Seed Productions

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  62. That is just so darling! LOVE it! Such a cute project!

    XOOX
    Jen

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  63. Thanks for linking up this idea.. If you live in the U.S.A. Do not forget to come back and enter the giveaway today... Off to see your second link..

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  64. Hi Holly,
    Who would have thunk it!?
    And I thought screens were only good for catching bugs.

    *Round Robin*

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  65. I really like this. Very sassy! You may want to link it up on Tuesday when I host my weekly Turquoise Tuesday party!

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  66. I love this! Very unique. How do you like using scribd for your tutorials? I'm thinking about trying it out.

    Thanks for linking up to Make it Yours Day!

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  67. So glad I can see it this time. I love it and it is going on my favs list

    Cheri

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  68. Holly, you stay SO busy! Thank you for always linking to my party. You're the best!
    ~Gay~
    itsahodgepodgelife.blogspot.com

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  69. Popping by to say Hi from the UBP. Love your screen wreath.
    Blessings,
    Nancy

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  70. Very creative. Thanks so much for linking to Favorite Things Friday!

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  71. I love this. It might be quirky but its fresh and new. So cute! Come by later and snag a featured buttong. I will be featuring this as part of my 'Look at me, I'm SO Crafty!' Party at Fun to Craft.

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  72. Thank you so much for sharing this project at my Turquoise Tuesday Party. If you have anything else you would like to share, please stop by next Tuesday. The party goes on . . .

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  73. Nicely done! I like the non traditional materials...

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  74. LOVE this idea! Just found you through creative girls blog hop. I'm originally a California Girl...Orange County, but now I live in the desert. Will be checking out your blog while wishing I was still at the beach!
    ~Laura
    hayestone.blogspot.com

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  75. Another very clever idea! I'm your newest follower...found you over at CSI. Laurel@chippingwithcharm

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  76. What the??? THAT IS AMAZING! Every once in a while I come across something that makes me mad I didn't think of it first... ;)
    I have a BUNCH of screen in the garage I used on a different project that I am totally using for this. Totally. Thanks!

    bugaboo, mini, mr & me

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  77. Very clever and definitely original!

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  78. Holly, this is definitely one of the best and most original wreath concepts in the blogosphere!

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  79. This is SO fun! LOVE it! Great job Holly!

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  80. This is an amazing idea, Holly! SO unique!! Thumb's up!

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  81. holly - i LOVE this!!! i am always in awe of your ideas!!

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  82. found my way over from The Wreath Blog---love this!!

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