Autumn Jubilee continues today with a project featuring a new idea for your jelly roll strip leftovers. We’ll make an Autumn Kitchen Wreath! Of course, you could use Christmas fabric jelly roll strips for a Christmas theme wreath, or really any color scheme you like. Use your kitchen colors for an everyday addition to your decor. I got the idea for this when I found several of these straw wreaths at the thrift store. Normally, I don’t like to use these as they drop bits of straw all over the place. But, with a bit of crafting, they turn into an inexpensive yet unique wreath base. My wreath base is 14-inches in diameter, and it took four jelly roll strips to cover it.
I cut these strips to jelly roll size from a bolt of fabric I had. They are 2-1/2-inches wide by the width of fabric (WOF, about 42 inches), the same as a jelly roll strip. Begin by heating up your hot glue gun, and placing a line of glue on the wreath. Press the end of a strip into the glue. Use a chopstick or something to do the pressing as the glue can come through the fabric and burn your fingers.
Wrap the strip around the wreath as far as it will go.
At the end, repeat the line of glue and stick the other end down. It does not matter if this is on the front or the back, it won’t show.
Run another line of glue on top of the strip, and stick down the next strip.
Continue until the wreath is covered.
I found some utensils with interesting shapes at the thrift store, but I wanted them all to be the same color. So the ‘queen of the spray paint solution’ laid them out and painted them.
I used several light coats, turning them over and around to get all the surfaces.
I didn’t have any brown ribbon, and I wanted the bow to match. So, I made one with gold mesh wired ribbon and spray painted it too.
Just a light coat makes the main color the same chocolate brown, but enough gold highlights remain to make it interesting.
With brown twine, I suspended the smallest little implement in the middle of the wreath. I think this is a kind of jar opener, but I am really not sure. I just liked the shape of it. Update – My Sweet Babboo informs me that this is a Hawthorne strainer for drink mixing to keep the ice in the mixer while you pour the drink into a glass.
Then I glued the fork and spoon to the sides.
Now the fun part, I glued potpourri in Pumpkin Spice scent to the wreath.
Picking out the larger bits, and more interesting shapes, I put some on the center utensil too.
Keep adding more potpourri to fill in the side area.
Then do the other side.
Just keep adding bits until the area is as full as you like.
Adding the bow to the top, the ends are threaded under the implements and glued to the wreath.
And there it is, hanging in my kitchen. The fragrance of pumpkin spice is very light.
But, if you don’t have the wall space to hang it in the kitchen, you can always lean a wreath against the wall. Here it is on top of my cookbook shelf. Actually, I liked it so much here that I left it here.
It completes a nice vignette with some stick-to-the-ribs cookbooks for casseroles and soups, a ceramic pumpkin and some orange candles.
Do you have an interesting way to use jelly roll strips?
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