The grass is turning green, the camellias are blooming, and our town is full of Race Day Buzz. Steeplechase Races to be exact!
To celebrate the horse races and welcome our weekend guests I created a Steeplechase Race Day Wreath. It is a fluffy black horseshoe topped off with a colorful paper rosette and ribbons!
Cheapo black trash bags and a wire hanger are the perfect resource for making a large horseshoe shaped wreath. Add brightly colored scrapbook paper and coordinating ribbon and you have a wreath fit for a champion.
Race Day Wreath Supplies
a large wire hanger
3 thirty gallon black trash bags
small pliers for bending the hanger
patterned scrapbook papers
throughbred horse image
Straighten the hanger then carefully shape it into a horseshoe shape. Honey’s pliers were helpful with the stubborn ends. The column in my kitchen proved to be a great tool for pulling the hanger into the correct shape. 😉
The trash bags must be cut into strips for tying onto the hanger. To prep the trash bags pull one bag out of the box and lay it on a table. It will be a long rectangle. Do not unfold it!
While it is still folded cut off the drawstring (if there is one) and run your scissors through all the folds. Cutting the folds will turn the strips into 6-8 inches instead of 12-20 inch strips. Once the folds are cut begin cutting the long rectangular into 2″ – 2 1/2″ wide strips.
The strips should be between 6″ and 8″ long. Anything shorter than 6 inches will be too hard to tie.
Simply begin tying the strips onto the wire. All the way around. Pushing the knots together as you go and gently pulling the strips apart after you tie them on will give the wreath a fluffy, full appearance.
Find a good movie or catch up on your DVR recordings because filling the entire shape takes a while.
If you have been a follower of my blog for long you know I have a thing for trash bag wreaths: White and Fluffy $2 Valentine Wreath and Luck of the Irish Shamrock Wreath. Be sure to check out those projects if you need more details on the wreath making process.
Once the wire hanger was completely filled with poofy black strips, I used twine to hang it up outside on the red front door.
Ummm. It didn’t really look like a horseshoe to me.
Then Tootsie scooted by on her Dora bike and yelled, “Ooo, Mama! I like your U!” She was followed a few minutes later by Little Boy who wanted to know why I put a capital U on the front door.
Sigh. Back inside I went.
To make the big ribbon rosette I used the same technique for making the Paper Pinwheels (Wall Art on a Budget) for Tootsie’s bedroom makeover. The thoroughbred horse image was downloaded from an online site for free.
The pipe cleaners twisted easily around the wire wreath form and held the ribbon rosette securely in place.
The Steeplechase Race Day Wreath looks smashing on the front porch! I can’t wait for our weekend house party to begin!
Don’t fret! You will have an all access pass to the Race Day Tablescape, Menu, and Steeplechase fun. Crossing my fingers there will be warm, sunny weather!
Your comments totally make my day! They give me huge motivation to keep creating and having fun with my 3 Little Greenwoods!
I link up with these fun parties!