So my husband and I have this running joke that if we ever had children they would look like a cross between a gnome and a deer. How on Earth did we come up with this conclusion? Its quite simple really: Jared has bright happy eyes and cute little cheeks, just like a gnome...and apparently I have "doe eyes." What do you think?
Anyways...I'm always seeing such cute garden decorations with gnomes, or deer, but never the two together. I happened to be scrolling through Pinterest the other day, looking for spring Easter wreath ideas when I came across one that had garden gnomes on it. What a fantastic idea! I could make my own and include deer! Wahoo!!
But wait...I was supposed to be looking for Easter wreath ideas! And now I have this other idea...too many ideas, too many distractions...what to do?!! I guess I'll just have to make two....
I found these cute bunnies and carrots, that I HAD to use! My mother-in-law, Rhonda, and I got together and made our spring wreaths. They turned out super cute! Its always fun crafting with someone else!
We had to do a photo shoot with our wreaths, of course, and my husband thinks its hilarious to just keep taking pictures when we aren't ready and properly posed. (I guess they are pretty funny. Although next time we decided we will just hire a professional to take the pics. Sorry, Jared.)
This wreath was very simple, once all of the felt flowers and felt toad stools were made. I started by wrapping the wreath with green colored yarn, and then adding moss in bits and pieces with a glue gun.
I made up a bunch of felt flowers so I had several to choose from.
I found the gnomes at Hobby Lobby and the deer at a local farm supply store. I bought a mom with two babies because we have a mama deer with twins that come around our neighborhood daily.
I made these toadstools by cutting up pieces of dowel rods for the stems, and dipped them in Mod Podge and white glitter. For the tops, I took different sized buttons and hot glued batting to the top in the shape of a mushroom cap. I then covered the tops with red felt, gathered it underneath the button and sewed the gathered fabric to pull it tight. Then I hot glued the tops to the bottoms and used white fabric paint to create the white dots on top.
To create the sign, I used an old picture frame, covered the glass with black vinyl (or you could use chalkboard paint). I attached some wire to the back of the frame and attached it to the wreath and then used that to hang it as well. I arranged everything where I wanted it first, then glued it down using a hot glue gun.
I added a few pieces of fern in there, too. The bright colors are so fun and refreshing, and you can see it so good from the road! I may have gone a LITTLE crazy with everything... but that's kinda how I roll. Whimsical is always a little crazy and over the top, and whimsy is definitely what I was going for!! I hope this brings you a little colorful inspiration!!