This weekend I finally made a project I’ve had waiting for a while, a lima bean wreath for our front door! I’ve had the supplies since January. Some things just take a while, right?
I used the directions supplied by Brooke at All Things Thrify. She has a wonderful site, you should definitely check her out! I started with the same materials she used: a Styrofoam wreath form from JoAnn’s, a glue gun with plenty of sticks and a bag of dried lima beans from the grocery store. Brooke used the small ones but I grabbed the big ones. I don’t think I did it on purpose but that’s what I had so that is what I used!
To begin, you warm up your glue gun. And then, you start gluing. Literally just glue. There is no wrong or right, just take a bean and glue it to your wreath. I started in a semi-diagonal pattern and just went with it. It wasn’t always the same and it wasn’t always right but there is no wrong or right to this – just glue.
Here is the finished gluing part! It took several hours to get to this part so there were many potty, laundry and water breaks in between the gluing. Once I was finished, I spray painted it white. While this may seem stupid since it was already sort of white, it gave it a glossy finish and just made everything look more cohesive.
Here it is, hanging on the front door! The wreath hanger I had catches in the door so I wanted to make the ribbon extra long to work as the hanger and decorative accent. I actually had pink ribbon for Valentine’s Day but since that has long since passed, I figured the pink was perfect for Easter!
I’m terrible at tying bows that look good and make something hang straight, so I did a simple loopy-loo around the wreath and taped (yes, you heard correctly. I taped) the ribbon to the top of the door. I think I need to get one of those 3M command thingys to make the wreath lay flat on the door. You should be impressed with my technical terms and hanging solutions. Hah!
So there is my new lima bean wreath for our front door. If I get bored with the white, I may spray paint it a different color. Or I’ll change out the ribbon color according to the season. I may get festive and get some patriotic ribbon for Memorial Day. Watch out now!