Today, I’m excited to show you the Alice in Wonderland theme wreath I created to decorate the house for my Unbirthday Party .
When not making party decorations, I’ve been going a little mad with preparations.
When I saw Amber of Follow the Yellow Brick Home hosting a Tea and Roses Blog Hop, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to participate. So, I went through all the stuff I’ve created, and decided to share the Alice in Wonderland theme wreath.
Fit for the Queen of Hearts herself, the Tea and Roses decorated wreath also makes a great Valentine’s Day decoration
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Wreath Fit for the Queen of Hearts
This craft project was designed to decorate the home of the Queen of Hearts (aka yours truly), on the occasion of her rather curious, Unbirthday Party. It was one of those big milestones, hence a good reason for an “unbirthday” theme lol!
I used the theme wreath to welcome guests to the vintage iced tea party. For more event details, see DIY Wonderland Invitation.
If you’d like DIY instructions and tips, search Projects: Wreaths. There, you’ll find wreaths of various types for different seasons, holidays and occasions.
Alice in Wonderland Theme Wreath Ribbons
Creating a Tea and Roses wreath was all about finding the right materials, starting with the mesh and ribbons.
First, I created an underlying foundation for the wreath. Red and white stripe mesh — attached to the frame using red glittery pipe cleaners — were leftovers from making the Elf Christmas Wreath.
Next, I layered a variety of other ribbon prints and styles to carry through the decorative theme. These included black and white stripe and polka dot ribbon patterns, along with red roses and hearts.
Black and white diamond pattern ribbon to resemble the queen’s checkerboard was a must. Using harlequin print ribbon added a lot of impact to the wreath’s appearance.
Like the mesh, many of the ribbons were leftovers from past craft projects, including heart prints from the DIY Sweetheart Wreath.
What tied them all together was the wreath’s color scheme of red, black and white. In all, seven different ribbons were incorporated into the Alice in Wonderland theme wreath.
A favorite black and white stripe ribbon was also used in Bee Wreath and Bee-autiful Party Decorations. Basically, I raided my craft stash!
Embellishments are Key
I began collecting embellishments for an Alice in Wonderland theme wreath and other party decorations late last summer. Really.
Each My Favorite Things Party theme is chosen about a year in advance. I kid you not! That allows the Queen of Theme time to scope out the perfect party supplies, favors and more.
I told you I was going a little mad, or I might already be totally bonkers?
First, I incorporated a vintage teacup into the center of the wreath. I couldn’t believe my luck when I came across it at a Goodwill store. After gluing the teacup to the saucer, I attached it to the wreath using a small plate wall hanger.
There are even roses on the china! Maybe the teacup from a child’s set? Goodwill was selling three separately, and now I’m kicking myself I didn’t buy the other two.
Next, I scattered silk red roses around the wreath.
On the right-hand side of the Alice in Wonderland theme wreath, are a looking glass (mirror) and clock face. Because, you don’t want to be late for an important date right?
All are well-known elements in the story.
On the left-hand side of the wreath are two crowns, a paintbrush dipped in red paint, and a large white key.
A Change of Heart & Doors
After taking pictures of the Tea and Roses wreath on my black front door, I had a change of heart and moved it to a white interior door.
You see, I actually created two different Alice in Wonderland theme wreaths for the party. A second, Queen of Hearts Wreath, has many of the same or similar ribbons and embellishments. I decided it will hang on the front door instead.
Here’s a close-up of the teacup and saucer now on the white door.
Which color door do you like the Alice in Wonderland theme wreath on best? Black or white?
Because the grapevine wreath is heavy and better supported by the front door knocker, I switched their placements.
Wonderland on White
Spray-painted gold, the mirror frame and little crown were found at Michael’s too.
And, to create a looking class effect, I glued silver glitter cardstock to the back of the frame. I had so much fun finding and putting together all the embellishments for the Alice in Wonderland theme wreath!
Actually a Valentine’s Day ornament, the red crown was found on a post-holiday clearance.
With all the red roses and hearts, don’t you think the wreath would make a great Valentines Day decoration too?
Check out all the Alice in Wonderland theme party posts on invitations, decorations, favors, games, tablescapes and food.
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Late for an Important Date
Oh dear, look at the time! Gotta get to the airport to meet my youngest son’s plane. D is coming in to serve as best man at a friend’s wedding.
I’m grateful to Pittsburgh sports teams and to high school classmates’ weddings for providing ample opportunities to bring my sons into town for a visit. Even if it’s practically a fly-by! You take what you can get, right? In fairness, work demands and duties are responsible for the shortness of visits.
I love every opportunity to spend time with my boys. So, I’m taking a breather from blogging and party preparations.
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