Wednesday, January 30, 2013

DIY Wire Coat Hanger Burlap Wreath

 I had a few people ask how I made this wreath, so I decided to post my first tutorial. It is very easy and inexpensive. Just what I love!

What you will need:
  • wire coat hanger
  • about 2 yards of burlap
  • hot glue gun
  • glue sticks
  • clothes pin
Step 1) Straighten out the hanger.

Step 2) Cut the burlap into strips about 4 inches wide. I didn't measure, just eyeballed it.

Step 3) Put the clothes pin on one end of the hanger to prevent the burlap from sliding off. I learned this the hard way as you can see from the picture because I had already stared adding my burlap.

Step 4) Take a strip of burlap and fold it back and forth accordion style.
Step 5) Slide burlap onto the hanger.
Step 6) Repeat steps 4 and 5 until hanger is totally covered.

Step 7) Remove clothes pin. Bend hanger into a circle and reconnect ends.

Step 8) Evenly distribute the burlap and play around with the folds so they face different directions.

Step 9) Hot glue the burlap to the hanger in different places so it won't slide to the bottom when you hang it.

There you have it! I chose to leave mine plain for now, but there are so many options for decorating your wreath. Adding a monogram would be really cute or you could even add a bow and other decorative items and change them out for different holidays or seasons.


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Front Porch Face Lift

The weather today was perfect. I just love these warm days during the winter. I definitely wanted to take advantage of it and give my front porch a little face lift. I am working with a limited budget, so that always makes things a little more challenging.

Here is a picture of my bare porch...
Here are a few pictures after...

We already had the rocking chairs and plant stand from our last house. I bought the pillows from someone who used them to stage a house, so they only cost $5 each. I found 5 of the planters (all of them except the ones with the tulips) at Goodwill. It cost $23 for all of them, which kinda seemed like a lot to me at first for used pots, but I guess when you consider that those big planters are probably $30 each new, it's not so bad. I made the wreath out of some burlap that I re purposed from another project gone wrong (hey, it happens). I just had to get a wreath form for $5. The plants are what really ate up my budget. With plants and everything I ended up spending just under $100.

I'll be honest, gardening is NOT my thing. I definitely have a brown thumb. Hopefully I can keep these plants alive for a while. I still have a few things to tweak, but at least now my porch looks a little happier.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Nothing in my life is more important than my faith. I just wanted to share these verses today.

"Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her. 'Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.' Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates." Proverbs 31:25-31 ESV

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Our Home

I am so excited to decorate our new house and make it our own.

Hey yall! Welcome to Petticoats and Pigtails! I am a stay-at-home army wife and a mother of 2. We recently moved into our 7th house in our 5 years of marriage. Decorating each house and making it a home is full of new adventures and challenges. I would love for you to follow me in my journey.