There’s something about summertime that evokes deep feelings of nostalgia from my childhood days. One of many things I remember is the sight of clean laundry floating gently from a clothesline. A 1972 song by Seals and Crofts remains a favorite of mine to this day – Summer Breeze has always seemed so perfectly to reflect a summer of simple pleasures, bright flowers, home and family. I thought it would be fun to put together a summer wreath that pays a little homage to the clothesline, a warm summer breeze and memories.
I’m sure there are still many people who dry clothes naturally – sadly, I don’t have the outdoor space, a clothesline is not allowed in my community and honestly, I probably wouldn’t have the time. But I can wish! My grandmother steadfastly refused to add an electric dryer and continued to dry her clothes “on the line” until she was physically unable to do so. If sunshine was a scent, that’s how her bed sheets and pillowcases smelled!
This wreath was super easy and fun to make. I stumbled upon a new-to-me craft product! Have you tried Poomph? I’ve fallen in love with this and it’s definitely my craft “flavor” of the summer! More on Poomph in a bit. Here’s what I used for the Summer Breeze wreath.
- One 16” Styrofoam wreath base
- One clothesline (from Wal-Mart)
- Chipboard letters from my stash! (You could purchase or cut your own)
- 1 standard sized and 2 small sized spring-type clothespins
- 1 sheet of Soft Phoomph Fabric Bonding Sheet
- 1 fabric quarter (I used a print in bright pink and white)
- White buttons
- Flower template (Print from the computer or cut your own)
- Martha Steward Multi-Surface Paint in Satin Pool and White
- Small paintbrush
- Hot glue gun & glue stocks
- Stickles in Diamond
- Lots of straight pins
First, I completely wrapped the Styrofoam wreath in clothesline. To keep the line from tangling, I cut the clothesline in lengths, worked in sections and secured it to the Styrofoam with straight pins. I don’t really have craft commitment issues! It’s like clothes, shoes and jewelry – a girl’s gotta have options! It’s good to have the option to remove everything and change it up!
For the words Summer Breeze, I used the same style of chipboard letter for the word “summer” and thought it would be fun to use a mixed font style for the word “breeze.” All of the letters were painted with Martha Stewart’s Satin Pool paint. Once dry, the letters spelling summer were outlined with Stickles in Diamond for some sparkle, of course! Using the end of a paintbrush, I put white polka dots on the letters spelling breeze. The two small clothespins were painted white with blue polka dots and the large clothespin was painted blue with white polka dots.
Now….about the Phoomph! Phoomph is a double-sided, fabric bonding sheet that requires no ironing of the fabric. Its comes in two textures; soft, when you need a little flexibility and stiff, for more rigid structure. I just happened to see this on a craft excursion to Joann a few months ago. I thought, WOW, something new, tossed one of each texture in my cart and kind of forgot about it. Until now.
I had a little trouble at first getting the fabric smoothly on the Phoomph. Fortunately, you can easily reposition the fabric until you press it firmly to the Phoomph. I did not iron the fabric to see what happens. The fabric totally smoothed out and adhered perfectly! I traced a flower template onto the back side of the Phoomph. Here’s what the back looks like with the fabric.
It’s pretty amazing, because once you cut the fabric, the Phoomph seals the edges and there is absolutely no fraying whatsoever! I layered one smaller flower over a larger one. Simply peel the paper off the back and stick! I added a white button to the center. Aren’t these cute flowers?
To make the letters “hang” from the clothesline, I cut two pieces of line, knotted the ends and hot glued the first line across the wreath. Next, I hot glued the letters spelling Summer across the first clothesline. The next clothesline length was glued across the wreath and letters spelling Breeze were hot glued to the line.
In addition to the Phoomph double-decker pink flowers, I added a small Phoomph pink flower to the center of some white burlap flowers I had on hand. I hot glued the flowers in three groups of 3, 2, and 2 around the wreath. The 3 clothespins were clipped to the clothesline. To finish it off for hanging, I doubled a small piece of clothesline, tied into a knot and secured to the back of the wreath with straight pins.
What do you think? I really love how this turned! At first, I was going to put it on the inside of my front door but it looks kind of nice on the patio, too. It’s a nice partner to that clothesline trivet I made a while back!
What do you think of when you hear “Summer Breeze?” Do the words (or song) conjure up any special memories for you?
Don’t forget – Best of the Weekend is tomorrow night and we’ll be ready to party at 8:00 p.m! I love seeing all of you there. Thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoy a lovely summer breeze today!
Linking up to these great parties!