Tasked to come up with a craft from Behind The Iron Gates, I went into the store with some ideas, but walked out with even better inspiration.
First of all Selma, the owner of Behind The Iron Gates, was so friendly and willing to help me conjure up ideas! She’s a creative mind that not only loves antiques, but loves re-purposing them for fun!
Behind the Iron Gates is located at 1818 West Genesee St in Syracuse in a restored historic house, with rooms after rooms of treasures and antiques. The first room that peaked my interest was the linen room where the possibilities were endless!
For today’s craft I came up with a doily wreath with antique broaches, all of which you can buy at Behind the Iron Gates.
Here’s how I made it in literally less than 10 minutes…
7-10 doilies from Behind the Iron Gates
Straw wreath (Michaels had for $5.99 but don’t forget a coupon!)
Antique broaches from Behind the Iron Gates
Pins (Under $4 at Michaels)
An old white curtain or a half yard of fabric (I used white)
1. Cut the fabric
I had an old sheer curtain in my closet so I cut that into about 5 strips 4” wide. That will make it so the whole wreath is covered under the doilies. It in NO way needs to be completely straight because you’ll end up covering up the edges anyways.
2. Pin the fabric
Just start wrapping the fabric around the wreath. You’ll pin the first two edges, and then pin the last two edges once you’ve wrapped that piece around. Wrap and repeat.
3. Layout the doilies
You’ll wanna map out how you want to doilies to be on the wreath. I didn’t get ALL white doilies because I wanted the texture, so you’ll see I had multiple colors/even stained doilies – doesn’t matter! Once it’s all together, it looks great.
4. Pin the doilies
Once you’ve got them all laid out and a look in mind, start pinning! I pinned down the bigger ones first, and then laid over the more detailed doilies. You’ll use 2-3 pins per doily. Stretch them as far as they’ll go so that you have maximum space covered and they arn’t lose and floppy. I used the pearl pins so if I had to I could have them on the front and it wouldn’t look terrible, but the way it all laid out, I was able to hide all the pins on the back.
5. Finishing touches
Once you’ve got the whole thing wrapped in doilies, the last step is to add the broaches and how you’ll hang it! To hang this one, I saved one long rectangle doily. I folded it in half and it coincidentally just hung very easily. If you can’t get your hands on a rectangle doily, you could use twine, burlap or a piece of whatever fabric you used underneath. To secure it you can either sew it at the top or maybe even use one of the broaches!
Adding the broaches was literally the hardest part of this whole project. Not actually adding them, because all you do for that is just stick in the These broaches from Behind the Iron Gates were just SO beautiful, I just could NOT figure out where I wanted them. I consulted several craft friends, and we were all as equally puzzled. Here were some of my options…
I ended up going with this as the result and present to you, my doily wreath!