Monday, January 18, 2010

Trash To Treasure: Burlap Pool Noodle Wreath


My pool noodle wreath is done!

But friends, we need to have a talk...

All across blogland there are a plethora beautiful burlap projects. For the longest time I resisted this trend because for the most part burlap doesn't mesh with my vintage stuff. Plus I like a lot of color.

But the great projects kept coming and I was seduced by these ornaments, chair covers, pillows...

I caved and bought some burlap at one of the Joanne's before Christmas sales.

It was an impulse buy. It smelled funny and was kinda rough. I had no real plans for it. So I tucked it away for a rainy day.

It rained when I saw this wreath! Friends, burlap actually goes with my poopy door! All was right with my crafty world... until I started cutting!

Why have none of you burlap lovers posted of the tremendous fuzz? You have made burlap seem dreamy!
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Look I am covered in burlap fur! It's so much worse than cat fur. At least cat fur comes from a soft loveable kitty! This stuff clings to everything! It makes me itch. Oh, and when first I started, I was sitting on my bed cutting away. Let's not talk about how many lint roller sheets it took to clean up that mess.

So is there something I am missing?  Can you prewash this stuff for a less fuzzy experience? Or is this the price for burlap beauty?
Burlap Wreath
Ok, now I am done with that rant. Trash to treasure!

This wreath was made using a pool noodle! I also used lots of scraps that were clothes in their former lives.If you look closely you can see bits of Cliff's jeans. Not too long ago he brought me a holey pair and asked me if I wanted to make something of them. Then when I pulled them out for this project he said, "Oh that's where my good ripped jeans went." I guess he wanted to wear them to the Sonic Youth Concert last week, but forgot that he had already donated them to me. I am just proud of him for thinking of crafty potential before chucking his ripped jeans.

I used a simplified version of this flower tutorial and secured the flowers to the wreath with regular sewing straight pins. When I tire of this look I can pull them all out and start fresh with something else.

One more thing! *My Citra-Solv giveaway is here!

More trash to treasure inspiration at Reinvented!
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19 comments:

The Cottage Mama said...

Such a great wreath - love it!!

Kate @ That's What Living Is To Me said...

Too cool! What a great to repurpose fabric.

Jennifer@Wheretheheartis said...

Very cute wreath! I love burlap with vintage stuff- you did just the right thing to bring it all together! As far as I know the fuzz and smell is part of the beauty and there is nothing to rid of it :)

The Gould's said...

Oh, don't wash it! I tried that and was pulling MOUNDS and MOUNDS of fur from my dryer! The vent was so clogged that I had to put full body muscle into getting the lint trap out! But, I do like burlap...I just will never try washing it again!

Kelley said...

cute! love the way it turned out.

KJ said...
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KJ said...

I found your post via ASPTL. Lovely wreath!! Thanks for posting!

Pat & Ron Harris said...

I love the wreath and I love best that you used a pool noodle to make it. How original. Now I have to add pool noodles to my list of things to look for at yard sales. :-)

Thank you for visiting junkblossoms. I hope you'll come back soon. We love visitors and comments. Blessings Pat

Sarah said...

Yea, don't wash it. And it smells SO BAD. I cannot understand why everyone is obsessed with that stuff.

Nutsy Coco said...

That's really cute! I love the colors.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Ooo-I love it! :) I've been drooling over Jen's wreath too, but all the time tracing and cutting circles has me still considering. Yours turned out fabulously! Thanks for your sweet comment yesterday! :)

Danielle @ Transforming Home said...

Love that wreath! I gotta make one of those.
It's funny - my husband is from California and had very little "coat experience" when he moved out here. I always laugh at him because now he has at least 6 different coats that he thinks he "needs" for different temperatures. I have 2 - a winter coat and a spring/fall coat. I always think, "those Californians" - haha

Danielle

Rebecca said...

Ack! A pool noodle! You are such the Trash to Treasure Queen! Love the burlap but I've avoided it myself for the same reason. May have to rethink :)

Linda said...

I just love how you made your burlap wreath...looks outstanding! I'm having soooo much FUN looking around at your blog...so I'm going to follow you:)

Hope you have a wonderful week!
Blessings,
Linda

Kimm at Reinvented said...

OOoh, I love the addition of color with the burlap. Great project, and you're right, it goes perfectly with the door! :) Thanks for linking up!

Gray Matters said...

The wreath turned out great. I agree with another comment, it's very difficult to wash burlap without making even more of a mess. Lovely.

laterg8r said...

i heard a rumor that you are supposed to spritz the burlap with water before cutting - although i've never tried it myself :D

lovely wreath!

Wendy said...

Thats really cute!! I like that its colorful, not just brown!

Im trying out this party thing again, a Valentine's party on 2/1!

Jake & Lisa Danes said...

I have heard of spritzing the burlap with water to cut down of fuzz and to spray it with febreeze to help with the smell. Love the wreath!