Craft stores have garland wreaths and grapevine wreaths, large wreaths and small wreaths, ones for holidays and ones for assorted seasons. One of the types nearly any craft store sells is a straw wreath. Available in many different sizes the straw wreaths are inexpensive. Most people wrap them in gingham or other cloth, to make a wreath for autumn, but you can also do many cute things with them. When you make a turtle out of the wreaths, for example, you’ll be amazed at how adorable it is!
Purchase a 12″, a 10″ and an 8″ straw wreath to make the shell of the turtle. Apply a little hot glue on the large wreath and position the 10″ one on top of it. Apply some of the glue to this wreath then place the last one on top. Cut pieces of twine that are long enough to tie around all three wreaths at the same time. The twine serves to section off the wreaths to look like the squares on a turtle’s shell. Tie each piece around the wreaths, then position the knot so that it’s on the inside, and all the way down by the bottom wreath.
Now that the turtle’s shell is finished you’ll use straw bales to make the legs and head. The miniatures straw bales are available, particularly in the fall, at most any craft store. You’ll need five of the 5″ bales to make the head and legs plus a 2″ bale to make the tail.
Mark the four areas where you want to place the legs. For each area, apply a good amount of hot glue to the bale, then position it so that it’s halfway out and halfway in the largest wreath. After gluing all four of the legs in place you should be able to look down through the stack of wreaths and see each all four half-bales inside.
Select the area for the turtle’s head and glue the last 5″ bale to that area. To help secure it, use a piece of wooden skewer, and push it through the bale. Add glue to the skewer as well as the bale, push the skewer into the wreath, then press the bale up against it to glue. Do the same with the smaller bale to make the tail.
Glue two popsicle sticks together to make an “x” shape. Apply glue to the four tips of the sticks then push the “x” down inside the wreaths as far as possible. These sticks will help hold the potted plant you choose for the arrangement.
Most people use the small straw wreaths to make Halloween scenes and decorations but you can do something much different. Use the wreaths and bales to make the cute turtle planter that’s adorable any time of year!