Dec 5, 2012

Square Wreath



What began as a mission to gather materials to make a wreath for the front door of our house turned into a 2 day coop-decorating affair. It all began with a little Pinspiration for a square wreath and days later...the chickens have a festive, new wreath for their coop and fully bedecked runs, yet our front door remains unadorned.   
How about a little photo tour of the decorating process and then a quick, square wreath tutorial? 
Harvesting some bittersweet along the side of the road in town. My 4 year old took this shot!
Pine branches. Check!
Supply Acquisition: ACCOMPLISHED. Most of these greens went onto the "mantles. " of the chicken runs.
I must share this revelation about my Lemoncello Enzyme cleaner: it removes pine tar
better than any other method or product I have ever tried. You have to see it to believe it!

I got the Buff Orpington chicks their very own tree. I didn't intend for them to leave presents under it. 

My Olive Egger roo, above, and Black Copper Marans pullet, below, serve as living decorations on the little run.
I would share a photo of the garland on the run, however...the chickens ate every bittersweet berry off it and  rearranged the greenery.  (note: I used false bittersweet, which is not poisonous to chickens) 
SQUARE WREATH
I cut 6 branches (aka: weeds) from the woods behind the chicken coops
 into 23" lengths, binding them together with floral wire.
I began weaving the bittersweet vines around the frame. Rarely was it necessary to tie them in place.

I wired together two small bunches of pine needles with branches from our own Christmas tree (what? at least I cut them from the back!).  The greens were wired onto the corner. 
I then tucked some little pine cone looking things into the twisted vines and greens (I cut them from a tree behind the red coop too. I have no idea what they are, but they're cute). 
A little more bittersweet on top a small piece of floral wire to hang it onto the coop door
I can't be sure, but I believe Marilyn was contemplating Christmas caroling.
Feed bag stockings were, hung from the run with care.
The chicken wire Christmas balls adorn the trees in front of  the coops. Still need a few more to complete the job.

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38 comments :

  1. Kathy, you are such an inspiration!  I never in the world would have thought to decorate the chicken coop for Christmas!  I plan on doing that today and while I'm at it will do the same to our small barn.  What great ideas you have!

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  2. Susan Edwards12/5/12, 12:24 PM

    This is a lovely post.  Great ideas for when I get that coop and have chickens again.

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  3. Love the wreath..and of course...all your pictures of the coop and chickens!  

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  4. Katherine Atkinson12/5/12, 2:34 PM

    This would be such a great post to share on Wildcrafting Wednesday!  We'd love to have you join us!  :)

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  5. Megan LeMaster12/5/12, 7:42 PM

    This is SO cute!! Very lucky chickens you have!

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  6. TheChickenChick12/5/12, 8:22 PM

    Aw, thanks Megan. :)

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  7. TheChickenChick12/5/12, 9:40 PM

    I linked up, Katherine, thank you for the invite!

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  8. TheChickenChick12/5/12, 9:43 PM

    Thank you Susan.♥

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  9. TheChickenChick12/5/12, 9:45 PM

    You're so nice to say that, Karen. Thank you. I would LOVE for you to share pics of your decorations with me on Facebook!

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  10. TheChickenChick12/5/12, 9:49 PM

    Thanks Amy. :)

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  11. TheChickenChick12/5/12, 9:50 PM

    Thanks Wendy!

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  12. Langela Richardson12/5/12, 10:02 PM

    What a neat idea. And so pretty, too! My house needs some decorating next. Say tomorrow at noon? See you then. :)

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  13. Jennifer George12/5/12, 10:03 PM

    This is the cutest chicken post! I love everything about it: the chickens hanging out near the pine branches, the caroling chicken,  the square wreath and especially the feed bag stockings.

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  14. TheChickenChick12/5/12, 10:03 PM

    Thank you Jennifer! :)

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  15. TheChickenChick12/5/12, 10:04 PM

    Thanks Langela (and nice try! lol).

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  16. lisa tunison12/6/12, 12:31 PM

    This is so cute!  You went through so much work to make, but it looks great! I love the stockings as well!

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  17. TheChickenChick12/7/12, 5:36 AM

    Thank you Lisa (I got poison ivy to thank for my efforts too! LOL).

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  18. Beverly Steeves12/7/12, 3:38 PM

    hi. i'm new to the blog hop. my husband and i have a cattle farm in alberta. i also own and operate a small paper shop from the farm. the shop like my blog is call Black Ink Paperie. my blog features stories about the farm and growing up in small fishing village in nova scotia. i would love for you to visit my blog and follow if you like it. i did a guest post last week called "a cow's tale" which tells the story about one of our cows and her exciting life.

    http://www.blackinkpaperie.blogspot.com

    thanks and i can't wait to visit all the other blogs
    new follower bev

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  19. M.J. Powell12/7/12, 4:45 PM

    You have some great ideas!!  Thank you for linking up the Adorned From Above Blog Hop! We appreciate you sharing with us!

    Debi @ Adornedfromabove.com
    Joye & Myrna @ thebusybhive.blogspot.com

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  20. Katherine Atkinson12/8/12, 2:02 PM

    LOVE this post!  Thanks for sharing on Wildcrafting Wednesday!  :)

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  21. TheChickenChick12/8/12, 10:14 PM

    Thank you Katherine! My pleasure.

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  22. I so wish I could do this but our coop is inside the barn in the corner and no one would ever see the decorations.......I might do the feedbag stocking thing though.........how did you make the chicken wire lights.....I missed something there.

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  23. Love it! I am featuring it tomorrow!  Thanks for linking up!
    Kim

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  24. TheChickenChick12/13/12, 11:12 PM

    Thanks for the feature Kim!

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  25. Laura Ingalls Gunn12/14/12, 11:24 AM

    We had several chicken when we lived in Greece. Oh I loved them enough to decorate their coop.

    Completely and utterly enchanting!You are clever and crafty little pixie!Have a holly jolly day!

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  26. April Phillips12/14/12, 5:09 PM

    OH, that is beautiful!! I miss the bittersweet I would gather when we lived in Missouri, I can't find any out here further west! This might be my favorite "wreath" I've seen so far this season. :) I'm so glad I saw it at TT&T :)
    ~April

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  27. Would love to win those handmade soaps! I love your blog.

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  28. Debi Bolocofsky12/18/12, 12:33 AM

    Hi Kathy,
    I love all of your decorations.  Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop. 
    Debi @ Adorned From Above
    Joye and Myrna @ The Busy Bee's
    Linda @ With A Blast

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  29. TheChickenChick12/19/12, 10:16 PM

    The lights are for us, Toni, not passers-by. ;)
    The chicken wire Christmas lights are explained on my blog post here: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2011/12/chicken-wire-lighted-christmas-balls.html

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  30. TheChickenChick12/19/12, 10:24 PM

    LOL! Thanks Laura. ♥

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  31. TheChickenChick12/19/12, 10:25 PM

    Thank you April!

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  32. So awesome!  I wish I had chickens again.  Reading all the posts on chicken coops and now seeing yours all decked out for the season....sigh!  Good cheers to you and your flock.

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  33. TheChickenChick12/22/12, 5:31 PM

    I think you have the best user name EVER!! ROFL

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  34. Madelyn Bloom12/23/12, 10:42 PM

    I never would have thought of that... what a lovely wreath... Thank you for sharing on Weekly Top Shot #62! 

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  35. That bittersweet really makes your projects look great!

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  36. JoAnn Hutcheson1/17/13, 7:26 AM

    Absolutely love this! wonderful project. Hope you don't mind if I pin it later day. 

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  37. TheChickenChick1/17/13, 10:44 PM

    Thanks for pinning it, JoAnn!

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