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.
I’ve also shared numerous posts on the party’s decorations, favors, games, prizes, and menu.
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.
The mesh and ribbon wreath was created using the same techniques I’ve already shared with you on multiple occasions. That includes recent wreaths with bee, ladybug and nautical themes.
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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What an absolutely charming wreath. The entire party sounds magical. Happy Unbirthday! Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.
Thank you Laura! For an Unbirthday there’s still good wishes, cake and feeling blessed — minus the counting candles!
Wow!, what a great wreath. So many embellishments that are perfect, down to the red paintbrush. I can’t wait to see the whole party setup. I think I like the black door better.
Glad you like it Leanne. I debated whether to add the red paintbrush, but think it works OK. Yeah, I’m partial to the black too, better contrast. But, I had to bee a wee bit practical.
This is so cute! I have a friend who loves Alice in Wonderland. One of her daughters recently got married and it was all done in an Alice in Wonderland theme. Thanks for sharing with the Spring Tea link party.
Thanks Jann. I am having so much fun preparing for my Unbirthday Party. Wonderland seems to bee such a popular theme for showers, weddings, birthdays and teas.
It is truly amazing. All it takes is assembling the right ingredients…. and a lot of talent.
I am partial to the black door. You have given me a great idea. Someone donated a lot of tea cups to GW, but the cups were glued to the saucers-really nice tea cups that couldn’t be used to drink tea ! Now I am thinking how to put them in a wreath.
Thanks Myrna, that’s sweet of you to say. For more teacup wreath inspiration and tutorials, check out my DIY Wreaths: Teacup board on Pinterest. If you create a wreath, send me a pix to email@example.com — would love to see it. I’ll also be posting two other decoration projects from the Alice theme party where those teacups might also come in handy…
Well if that isn’t the cutest wreath ever!!!
Thanks Carol, it was nearly a year in the making!
This is adorable! The details are amazing! You are so creative! I’ve pinned away! Thank you for linking up with It’s a Spring Tea Link Party – we are so happy you joined us! Angelina @ Petite Haus
Thanks so much Angelina. I’m just taking a break right now from setting an Alice tablescape for the party the wreath is for. At least I have all the decorations, favors and menu set. Two weeks to go!
This is so much fun!! Thanks for linking up to the Spring Link Party celebrating the Tea and Roses Blog Hop! I will be sharing your post as one of my features on Wednesday on http://www.whitearrowshome.com !
I’m glad you enjoyed it Kristin. And how wonderful to be featured — such a lovely compliment. I can’t wait!
Debbie, you have made a perfectly splendid wreath with a lot of ingenuity and little details that make this wreath a central point of interest on your doors. I can’t truly decide what door I prefer. They both look great. Good job! Looking forward to your next creation of charm.
Welcome Joy! I started collecting odds and ends late last summer, knowing what my party theme was going to be far in advance. Really enjoy the planning and hunt. Makes the party fun last a long time!
So much amazing attention to detail in this wreath! Thank you for sharing at the Spring Tea Party Link Up!
Thank you Amber, when I saw you picked a tea and roses theme it fit the Wonderland wreath perfectly. Appreciate you setting up the link up.
Another fantastic wreath! You are one talented lady! I’m an Alice in Wonderland fan, so happy to know of the link. Thanks!
Thanks soooo much Sarah. As a Wonderland fan, hope you’ll enjoy all the post party posts. Going bonkers right now wit prepartions!
That un-tea party is going to be a DOOZY based on these wreaths!!!! Goodness gracious! I wish I had the know how/patience to do the same for my upcoming party. I have ideas floating around in my head after seeing yours, but I don’t have time to try to create something. Makes me jealous!? You do a great job!!!
Well Alycia, I do work on the party over the course of a year. Feb and Mar I go into big time mode on favors, when the weather is rotten outside. I made most of the fascinators last August! Actually hoping some followers may be interested in purchasing the wreaths and decorations for their own Wonderland or tea themed parties. Gotta make room for next year’s stuff!
A perfect plan! I’m sure you could sell those for a tidy sum!
Another super cute wreath! You always come up with the best themes.
Thanks Joanne, you know me, the self-declared “queen of theme” LOL! Although I made it for the Wonderland theme party, it works nice as a Valentines decoration too — although red roses and hearts.
Totally Exhuberant and FUN! Love the whole theme and everything you chose to share.
So nice to hear Sandi! I guess my excitement of spending an entire week with family on a winter vacation spilled over when styling the table?
I am so glad you shared this again Debbee! I missed it the first time and it is just amazing!
Thanks Denise. With Valentine’s Day coming up, I’m now regretting I sold it when I had my Etsy shop. But, I had a blog follower who really wanted it, so I know it’s in a good home lol.
How fun is this wreath, right down to the teacup and saucer! You make the best wreaths Debbee and I always look forward to your creations.
It’s my favorite of the several dozen wreaths I’ve created Marie. And, the most detailed and time-intensive to make. But what fun it was to search for the perfect embellishments. Although created as a party decoration, I hang it up for about 5-6 weeks every year around Valentines Day.