Summers around the corner and I am so anxious to set up my outdoor areas. It’s driving me a little crazy that the weather isn’t cooperating with me. I did want to create something for the front of our garage this year. I knew I needed something that would accentuate the design that was already on the front of the building so I made a frame out of wood that I already had in the basement. I had apparently bought it for another project that never got made, so I was already in luck when it came to saving some money. Not that that would have stopped me. Truth is, I don’t mind spending money. However, my husband does mind me spending money. Go figure! I knew I wanted a large floral wreath to be incorporated into the design so I first created a frame that would mimic the design on the garage front. Then I found a large twig wreath and filled it with pink flowers so they would match the flowers I was putting on the porch. Then I decided to add our last initial to the open space at the top of the frame. I think the finished product works great since it sits inside the original design. It also adds more of a pop to the front of the house. Since our home is green, I really wanted the flowers and fabrics on the porch to pop out at the cars going by each day. It is so relaxing to sit on our front porch swing and listen to the birds and read, or just watch the traffic go by on a beautiful sunny summer day. Actually, it’s just as nice on a day when there is a gentle shower. I thank God every day for the blessings in my life. But I feel especially blessed and at peace when I’m sitting on our swing, surrounded by the flowers I planted and looked after. There’s something to be said for getting your hands in the dirt and planting something beautiful. I hope your days are just as blessed as mine. You will find the instructions for this project below if your interested in creating one yourself.
The beauty of this is that I can take it down at the end of the season and store it away. I hung it up with two eye bolts and then to keep it from blowing around and scratching up the house, I put two more screws along the sides of the frame. To create this frame you will need:
- 6 1″ x 2″ x 24″ pieces of wood, painted and primed.
- Two eye bolts.
- Two flat metal wood braces 3″ long.
- Two 1″ corner brackets.
- 1 1/2″ brad finishing nails.
- Screws to attach frame to wall.
- A large flat unfinished wood initial, painted and primed in your choice of colours.
- Large twig wreath or a large wreath already made up in your choice of flowers.
- Flowers or greenery for the wreath.
- Burlap ribbon 3″ wide.
- Drill and bit the same diameter as the nails and eye bolts.
- Stapler gun.
Create the frame by cutting 1/2″ off the ends of two of the pieces of wood. Use these two pieces for the top and bottom rails and the two 24″ pieces for the sides. Nail them together with the brads. But first, drill a hole in the outer piece of wood to keep it from splitting when you drive the nail in, and add a bit of wood glue to the pieces as well before nailing them together. Next, you’ll have to cut the pieces for the roof design. I had to get my husband to help with this because I’m not good at cutting angles. Then attach them to the top of the frame. I used the flat brackets to help support the corners where the roof meets the top of the frame. I also painted the brackets so they wouldn’t rust. Now drill two holes in the top rail of the frame about 6″ or 8″ apart to hold the eye bolts. Your drill bit should be the same size as the diameter of the bolts. Then, cut a piece of wood to fit along the top of the roof so you can glue the initial to it and go ahead and glue the initial down. I added the corner brackets on the inside of the frame about 8″ up because that is where I needed them to be. You may have to make adjustments depending on where you are hanging yours. These were added to keep the wind from banging the frame around and scratching up the house. If you’ve filled in your wreath with flowers and you’re happy with the way it looks, staple it to the frame. I overlapped the ribbon when I stapled it down to make it stronger. I marked my holes for the eye bolts and put in the screws. The eye bolts will allow the frame to hang nicely on the screws and you can then screw in the final two screws on each side. To help keep the wreath from blowing around, I used florist wire to hold it in place by running a piece from the frame to the wreath and twisting it in place. Do that on the side and bottom for extra stability. Now all you have to do is enjoy your new creation.