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Oh summer, how I love thee. I have to admit though, summer in Southwest Florida isn’t quite like the Ohio summers I grew up with. Triple digit temperatures just don’t settle with this midwest girl. But the beach, the green, the colors and the sea salt are right up my ally. But sometimes, even the tropics can become mundane. My rental right now has absolutely zero hint that we live in a beach town (except for the ceramic fish tiled to the bathroom floor). By my choice I have a tendency to stick with simplistic home decor. And shells, fish and blues are just a little too cliche.
With a simplistic twist on farmhouse and boho style, my home reflects a natural and neutral vibe. I am always looking for inspiration for new DIY’s and home decor to share with readers and stumbled upon several embroidery wreaths at none other than Hobby Lobby. With these ideas in mind I decided to recreate a similar look with one of my own. And I was not at all disappointed with the results! Follow along with the tutorial below to create your own DIY Embroidery Wreath.
DIY Embroidery Wreath
- Medium embroidery hoop
- 1/4 yard white cotton material
- Wood stain
- Faux greenery
- Staining rag or paintbrush
- Craft Glue
- Rubber Gloves
- Black fabric marker
- Hot glue gun
The first step to this totally awesome Embroidery Wreath is to clean off a workspace, free from crumbs, water marks, etc. Since this tutorial does containing steps for staining wood, it’s best to do those outside or in a well ventilated area. Those fumes are strong friend!
Take your embroidery hoop, stain, paintbrush or staining rag and gloves. Get to your well ventilated area and put on your gloves (these are totally optional but let me tell you, stain is not easy to get off hands!). Unscrew your embroidery hoop and disassemble your hoop into 2 parts, inner and outer hoop. Open your stain can and stir your stain to mix. Following the directions on your stain can, use your rag or brush to stain all sides of both hoops.
Allow the stain to completely dry and set aside while you work on the next step.
Take your white cotton material and measure out a rectangle that measures 5 inches by 15 inches. Cut out your rectangle and set aside the scraps. Now, with your rectangle, fold over the horizontal ends an inch and glue down like the picture below. Allow your glue to dry before moving on to the next step.
Now comes the fun part. Hand- lettering! Don’t worry, I am not going to make you free-hand. This step is actually super easy, and is a tool you can use for future DIY projects! First, click here for the image of the word ‘Blessed‘. If you do not have a printer, like me, then simply open the file on your computer.
Printed instructions: Ready for my hack? Take the printed word (sized to fit the fabric rectangle), and your fabric rectangle. Head to your brightest window with pencil in hand! Place the paper with ‘blessed’ centered behind the fabric rectangle, and hold against your window. The sun will perfectly show each letter through the window. Trace the letters with your pencil onto your fabric. Voila! Perfect hand lettered words with elementary school techniques.
No printer instructions: Brighten your computer screen 100% with the downloaded image. Hold the fabric against your computer screen so that the letters can be seen through the fabric. While holding the fabric in place with one hand, use the other to gently trace the letters with a pencil. It’s okay if you make a couple mistakes, we aren’t done yet!
After you’ve traced your letters, go ahead and fill in your letter with your black fabric marker.
Your hoop should now be dry, and now it’s time to assemble! Take both parts of the embroidery hoop and lay the inside hoop down. Then, place your fabric over the inner hoop, centering the script. Place your outer hoop over top of both and situate the hoop so that the edges are flush with the inside hoop. Screw the outer hoop tightly to keep each piece in place. Gently tug each corner of the fabric to make sure it’s not loose between the 2 hoops.
Once everything is in place, flip your wreath so that it is face down. Let’s get rid of those unsightly flaps. Simply fold each of the edges of the extra material over the hoop and glue down. Let dry.
Once the fabric edges are dry and adhered to the back of the fabric, flip your wreath right side up. Let’s finish this beauty. Now it’s time to add the greenery. Plug in your hot glue gun and give it a few minutes to completely heat up before using. While the glue gun heats up, stage your greenery onto your wreath to see how it looks best to arrange. Don’t be afraid to clip your greenery into smaller pieces, you can always add more as you go. After you’ve figured out the placement of your greenery, take your glue gun and glue the greenery onto your wreath.
*Tip: to keep the greenery from popping off, hold it in place until your hot glue dries ( 10- 20 seconds should do the job).
And that’s it! Such a pretty piece, clean, simple and also really elegant. Hang in your bedroom, family room or even your front door. If you like this look, but would like another word, click below for different printables!
I really hope you found this tutorial to be useful! Feel free to comment below with any feedback. If you do create this DIY Embroidery Wreath, snap a pic and post it to social media with #beingmrsmcintoshdiy!