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Friday, February 4, 2011

Roses Ala Rehab

Okay, it's time for Valentine's Day decor, Rehab style, which means a decided lack of pink and red stuff.
And some shells are involved.
And hot glue.
And spray paint.
No surprises so far, huh?
You'll need a quick trip to the Dollar Tree to pick up the following:
One 16" wreath
3 bunches of velvet roses with florist tape wrapped wire stems, 8 to a bunch

In addition, you will need:
Hot glue
Spray paint. We used aqua. Don't faint
A starfish
Assorted smaller shells
Ribbon for hanging

First, spray paint the wreath in whatever color you like, as long as it's aqua.
The roses come pre-glittered, so score! I get out of one messy job.
Grab one of your roses...
...and simply insert it into the wreath, winding the end around it.

Continue weaving the stems in below the first rose. Keep the stems wrapped around the front, we're not trying to hide them. They'll help when it's time to employ the hot glue.

Do the same on the other side.

I used a total of 20 roses, so $2.50 plus a $1 wreath so far.
Now, heat up the hot glue, and this is where this tangle of paper covered wires comes in handy.
We're going to anchor the arrangement with a big natural starfish.
Yes, I'm gluing a dead animal to my Valentine's Day wreath.
Then, using tons of glue, start slathering some smaller shells...
...and tuck them in the roses, filling in any gaps.
Nab a little ribbon and hang your finished product on your magnificent aqua mirror. 
Or someplace else.

There you have it, seaside romance! I spent $3.50 for the supplies for this; you can also get shells at the Dollar Tree if you need to. All in all, I'm labeling this Cheap and Easy.

Happy Valentine's Day from all of us!


Michelle @ Dream Home DIY said...

Very pretty!! The starfish kind looks likes its giving us all a big V-day hug :0) Oh and I really like all the changes around here!

Life in Rehab said...

The kids and their friends are having wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy too much fun with that chalkboard wall!

Sherri B. said...

Nice photos and for those of us who are doing the traditional Valentines Day colors, they would work beautifully too with your pretty creation.

Musings from Kim K. said...

This wreath is sooo YOU. I wouldn't expect your house to be decked out in red and pink. This is perfect for any time of the year.

Jane @ The Borrowed Abode said...

It's perfect~ and I love the juxtaposition of the huge starfish next to the white roses. If I lived near the beach, I'd totally make this for my home.

As it is now, I'll just sit back and continue to be jealous that you're within driving distance of my most favorite outdoor mojito and cafe cubano spots in the world.

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

So purdy! You could keep this up all year! Are you getting a lot of chalk dust w/ the chalkboard? We've switched to chalk markers in the teen's room.

Tawny said...

Beautiful. You take the most gorgeous photos. Awesome job!

Michelle L. said...

Extra, extra pretty, the massed roses and shells are so pretty together, and the starfishie center is perfect and different. I also love the shots with blackboard-wall scribbles!

Unknown said...

A fantastic projet, love the colors!


Unknown said...

Oh, I love it! It's so crisp and clean. And of course the price tag is beautiful as well. ;) It looks great with that mirror of yours (which I'm still in love with!)


lisbonlioness said...

You just don't do stuff by the book, do you? Love your ocean- inspired Valentine treat!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Very pretty and quite romantic with the roses. Super job! And you will be able to leave it up after Valentine's Day.(-:

Anonymous said...

So pretty!! I love it. Maybe when I'm done with cookie sales I'll have a moment to sit down and make me one...oh wait, I won't be done til March :(

KimMalk said...

For some reason, all of those elements work together beautifully ;).

Mel said...

So pretty. The shells look like flowers nestled in with the roses.

The Autocrat: Haley said...

Way fabulous! You could have added at least ONE piece of red or pink! LOL

Jami said...

Beautiful wreath (and mirror!) It all looks so pretty together! Good job!!!

abeachcottage said...

This is superb and looks so magical against the aqua mirror. You did a great job!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

So lovely- I love the roses with the seashells on your wreath - how charming! I love the non traditional colors and beachy feel too- thanks for sharing this at Feathered Nest Friday!

AllieMakes! said...

I love the mix of the shells and cream roses! Perfect!
Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

Christine said...

I LOVE this wreath. I just nominated you for the Stylish Blogger Award and I am also your newest follower.

Christine @

Katherine said...

Very pretty and romantic and so very you! How cool that the roses come preglittered! You could really keep this one up all year too! Thanks for linking up!

Bella @ Bella before and after said...

Hey mama, you know the only thing I keep thinking when I rad through this is Britney's song,,, oops I did it again,,,,, don't ask me why, but that song pops in my head every time I see another one of your AWESOME projects. You are amazing, honestly, even after seeing all your projects, I still was blown away seeing this new creation. It is beautiful, and I LOVE that starfish a ton, it's perfect.

Oh and you even gave us a sneak peak of the hubby at the table, AWESOME!!! Yup I totally saw him, lol. Yeah, what about that chalk dust, how are you handling it, I used to have a chalkboard wall in my oldest sons room, and the baseboards, and carpet were always filled with dust, erghhh.

THANKS so much for linking up to **AMAZE ME AUGUST**I love having you, and thanks to you, I'm getting close to my goal of having 100 link ups, YAYYY.

Oh and PLEASE don't forget to come enter the giveaway from LUXE BLVD, she is now offering a $20.00 store CREDIT, so you can pick ANYTHING you want, how AWESOME right?? I would be so very thankful for the support, and so would STEPH !!!!

Bella :)

NatureGirl said...

Cute...I have never thought about a wreath for Valentines Day...

Keri {One Mama's Daily Drama} said...

"Yes, I'm gluing a dead animal to my Valentine's Day wreath."

That makes me laugh uncontrollably. It turned out really pretty. I love nontraditional colors - they worked perfectly here!

Unknown said...

Love love love this wreath! I need something for my front door - I feel a trip to the dollar store is comin' on!

Lisa H. said...

The beach house of my dreams (which will probably always be in my dreams instead of reality), would have this beautiful wreath hanging on the wall.

Susan Anderson said...

Looks great. I love shells and roses and wouldn't have thought of combining them, but it really works.

Especially with the starfish!


Gina said...

Awesome DIY post - your wreath turned out great!
Gina :)

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love it! You did a wonderful job. This wreath can be up all year around.

Donnie said...

What a lovely wreath. Thanks for the tutorial.

Judie said...

And you did all that while sipping wine? How many times did you burn yourself with the glue gun. No matter--it was worth it! Just gorgeous!!!

Teresa said...

What a beautiful wreath! It's amazing how you are so creative.

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

pretty! pretty! pretty!

love it, save a glass of wine for me!


I love your creative wreath....and the mirror it is hanging on. Very lovely!

Jenny said...

OK, I'm finally finished chuckling at the dead animal on your wreath comment. You're a nut.

This is such a cool mix of textures and colors. It ended up so elegant and neat!

You have such a flair for doing the unexpected.

Loved my stop here this week.

Thank you for linking to Alphabe-Thursday's letter 'R'.


Unknown said...

You have a style all your own & I love it! You're so dang crafty. Thanks for sharing with air your Laundry Friday! The party is back on tonight.


ancient one said...

Visiting from inspired by charm... Love your wreath!