Monday, April 25, 2022

Vintage Cottage Weekend: Wild Victorian Wreath

Hi Friends, today I'm sharing a wonderful wreath that's a bit of a different take on a natural look for Spring. This is the perfect time of year to look to nature and the outdoors for our decor inspiration. What we might see in a leisurely country walk; bird nests, vines, wildflowers, and moss all come together here with an antique wooden frame for a wild and beautiful Victorian look.

Here in the Garden Room I've changed up my Holiday Cupboard with some bird themed vintage pieces, so it followed that I put together something bird themed for the outside of the cupboard. But, I wanted it to be natural looking; like birds had created their nest among the wild roses and ivy.

Over the years I've used this old fragile Victorian frame as a surround for many different pieces, with many different looks. Today I wanted to use this small, wild and natural bird nest garland with floral twigs, moss, and ivy to give the frame a new twist on Spring.

I save bits and pieces of ribbon, old and new.
You never know what lovelies they can adorn.

Out shopping a few weeks ago, I grabbed a few floral supplies that I wanted to have on hand, so when the inspiration struck me I would have what I needed for an impromptu floral piece. I didn't know what it would be then, but I picked up some grapevine garland, a wreath, gardener's twine, and some grapevine wrapped floral wire. It ended up that the wrapped wire was what I needed the most to create a natural looking piece. 

I didn't want to use hot glue or anything permanent because I know that at some point I'll most likely  dismantle this to use later on another floral design. The wrapped wire enabled me to keep the garland in place and to not disrupt the "natural" look.

I saved a pot of outdoor ivy (Hahn's Ivy) this last winter.
So, I snipped a few pieces to use here;
wrapped and mingling with the garland and frame.

For Easter this year, (2022) I moved the frame to the entry console.

Instead of hanging the frame or replacing the mirror, I just layered it in front of the gothic design window, next to a small English Cottage vintage print.

Now that Easter has passed I kept it out here in the Entry.
Still spring-y, just minus the Easter accessories.

This is a look at the wrapped wire,
that can hold things in place without disrupting the natural look.

Here's the same small garland that I used last year
 for the Easter Entry, which is laying at the foot of the urn.

...and here's a look at another way I've used the antique Victorian frame.

Hope you're having a great weekend,
with lots of garden fun.

Be sure and click over to Amber's blog
and check out what she's up to in her garden.

Vintage Cottage Weekend: Hello Hellebores 

We hope you'll come by Monday evening for the Link Party.

joining in here:

 The House on Silverado  Love Your Creativity at Life and Linda
All About Home at Common Ground and Follow the Yellow Brick Home
Inspire Me Monday at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Met Monday at Between Naps on the Porch  
 Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life 
 Wonderful Wednesday at LeCultivateur 
Turnabout Tuesday at My Wee Abode,  
Share Your Style at French Ethereal
Centerpiece Wednesday at Karin's Kottage  
Vintage Charm at Our Hopeful Home
 Thursday Favorite Things at Follow the Yellow Brick Home,  
Fabulous Friday at Vintage Home Design
 Farmhouse Friday at County Road 407


  1. This is the best idea Debra to make your gorgeous frame a pretty Spring wreath. Nice that it can be changed out.
    Love it in the entry way. Happy Sunday. Have a good start to the new week. xoxo Kris

    1. thanks so much Kris, hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

  2. Oh, Debra. I particularly love the treatment of this frame/wreath. I love the simplicity of it, as well as the detail. Exquisite! Sandi

    1. Thankyou Sandi, I love using it, it's just so "pretty". Hope you're having a lovely Sunday!

  3. This is absolutely stunning! I love this idea. Hugs to you.

    1. thanks so much Renae, so kind! Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

  4. I love your beautiful spring wreath with it's cute birds nest. Such a great way to upcycle a vintage frame.

  5. Very beautiful and unusual! Love it! Have a good week! Blessings be with you... In the name of Jesus!

  6. It's BEAUTIFUL!! And I ADORE all of your vintage pretty Debra!!

  7. That frame is always a favorite. I love the grapevine garland and nest. So darling.

  8. I really love this wreath you created using the frame as the base. I think you added just the right number, and scale, of design elements. It's a beautiful way to express the beauty, hope, and wonder of spring! Thank you for sharing how you did it!

  9. What a great idea to use a frame as the base of your wreath! I love the spring accents, it's so beautiful! Donna

  10. I just loved seeing your frame decorated as a "wreath." It is beautiful! I have wild (useless) grapevines in my yard which need thinning out and I make loose wreathes with them; bird's nests, birds, greenery and flowers just scream springtime to me. And here in Maine, it is too darn slow in coming! So indoors needs all of the help I can give it! As a child, finding empty robin's egg shells were one of my favorite finds and remains my favorite egg color!

  11. Debra,
    This Victorian wreath came out so beautiful! I love it! Beautiful job.

  12. Debra, the frame wreath is fab-u-lous! Love it!

  13. I have wanting to hand something different on my double front doors instead of a wreath that everyone does I think your vintage frame would look awesome. What do u think?

  14. What a lovely and unique frame wreath, Debra! So pretty with all the natural elements from a garden. So please to be featuring you the week at TTA!


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