Welcome back, my friends...this post has been a long time coming
It all started with a vision and a bunch of pallets
no plans, just an image in my mind
I say with pride..mission accomplished!!!
This is my biggest "do it yourself" project to date..
super excited to share it with you along with a tutorial for making
the below pictured "Living Wreath"
presenting my Lil' Primitive Shanty
I built it from the ground up...DH helped me with the framing, then I did all the rest.
It's made entirely of reclaimed pallet wood, the framing is wood cut from an old water bed frame.
The first door I've ever built and the first time I have ever put on a tin roof, I can add two more notches to my tool belt ;)
Cost for this project = Zero Dollars
Just starting to ~move in ;)
I have lots of plans...will share as they transpire
Now I would like to share with you how I made my "Living Wreath"
you probably know by now that I am a make-do kind of person, I use what I have on hand
So the base of my wreath is a jar rack from the inside of a canner, I happened to pick one up at a yard sale a week ago for $.25 with intentions of making a hanging chandelier with it, well plans change
Using scrap chicken wire and tin snips I made the cage to hold the contents of the wreath,
it doesn't need to be perfect...just bend the chicken wire up around the edges, snipping it where you need to, to make it work
Now, I'm lucky enough to call the big woods home so finding sheet moss is an easy task for me..just one big rock in the woods provided all the moss for my project.
If you can't find moss in your area...you can purchase sheet moss at craft/fabric stores in the floral section
Simply line the inside of your cage with moss...overlapping your pieces so it is covered completely with no holes
I then filled the inside with potting soil and covered the soil with a doubled piece of burlap
(sorry the picture didn't turn out)
then bend and fold the chicken wire into the center of the back..use the ends of the wire to secure it
This is what the front of your wreath base will look like
Then with your finger..poke holes into the moss between the chicken wire for your plantings
I used Red Petunias, Ivy and White Alyssum, can't wait for it to fill out
I added a couple of American Flags and poked some Cherry twigs into the moss
Using one of the "handles" of the canner jar rack to hang my wreath
Many more projects in the making...my mind is flooded
And while I should be working on other things..I'm sure you'll find me out back, tinkering with my
Lil' Prim Shanty