Sunday morning, the chirping of birds woke me at sunrise. I slipped out of bed and down the stairs, hoping to have a peaceful cup of coffee before the rest of the family awoke. As I came down the stairs, I saw the entryway was infused with a rosy light. I peeked out the font window and was rewarded with the most glorious sunrise. I grabbed my camera, but of course, the photo doesn’t so it justice. I brewed a cup of my favorite coffee and sat in my craft room, watching the sunrise. The vivid colors didn’t last long, not even through a cup of coffee, but it was a perfect start to my day.
The cold, wintry weather has dragged on and on here in Wisconsin, but this sunrise inspired me to create something spring-y for my front door later that day.
We rarely use our front door, because we park in the garage and come in that door, and because we so rarely have guests drop by since we’re “off the paved road” here. But I still enjoy decorating our front door and porch, because I like to see it every time I drive up the gravel road.
I love the look of embossed metal tiles, and ordered several of them from an online crafting deal of the day site (no, I can’t remember which one….a sad commentary on my online shopping addiction). I’ve used them for memo boards and photos, and I thought I’d try something other than a round wreath for the front door.
This photo seems a bit dark, because by the time I finished it, the rain and gloom had returned to our little corner of the world. The colors are still cheerful, though, even through the gloom!
If you’d like one for your front door, here’s how to make it. You can find metal tiles at craft stores, if you don’t have one stashed away. To make the garland, I used pompon yarn I couldn’t resist at a yarn sale, and added little pennants made of washi tape. I used my Silhouette to cut out the “welcome” but you can easily find that at the craft store, as well, if you don’t have a diecut machine.
To finish it, I simply punched a bunch (is it flock?) of butterflies from various paper scraps that semi-coordinated with the yarn and washi. I creased them in the middle and used a drop of E6000 to glue each one on. Start to finish, I spent about half an hour on this, and that was mostly because I was fiddling around with fonts for the diecut.
I really like the results, and am hoping the outdoors takes my hint and becomes cheerful and colorful soon, as well!