French Beaded Rainbow wreath by Lauren Harpster

2018 One-A-Day Project

For 2018 I decided to begin an undertaking that would take the whole year. I was inspired by stitching friend to do a One-A-Day project, meaning I make one piece (a flower, a sprig, or a leaf) each day then at the end of the year I will have a completed piece that represents my life through the whole year. Some days I have more time and can put more thought and energy into the flowers I make, other days I only have a few minutes and have to throw something together quickly. 

My original inspiration was a color wheel, not a rainbow as many have started calling this. The color pink is actually not in a rainbow, but it is in a color wheel. 🙂 

For the first part of the year I worked on flowers and filler sprays, using one color family for all the pieces in a month. In July I finished all the basic colors in the color wheel with the flowers and fillers, so for the second part of the year I worked on leaves to fill in. 

If you want to read more about what I learned from this project, I have detailed that in this blog post

January

Red French Beaded Flowers by Lauren Harpster
January Red
Red French Beaded Flowers by Lauren Harpster
January Red

February

February Orange
February Orange
January and February

March

Yellow French Beaded Flowers by Lauren Harpster
March Yellow
French Beaded Flowers by Lauren Harpster
January February and March

April

April Green
April Green
January through April

May

May Blue
May Blue
January through May

June

French Beaded Flowers by Lauren Harpster
June Purple
June Purple
January through June

July

July Pink
July Pink
January through July

At this point I begin making leaves in all the colors (3 weeks of each color since there’s not enough months left to do a full month). I am combining the flowers and matching leaves in bundles and attaching them to my frame. 

August - December

January and August red
2018 One-A-Day French Beaded Flower wreath by Lauren harpster
2018 One-A-Day French Beaded Flower wreath by Lauren harpster
2018 One-A-Day French Beaded Flower wreath by Lauren harpster
2018 One-A-Day French Beaded Flower wreath by Lauren harpster
French Beaded Flower wreath by Lauren Harpster - 2018 One-A-Day Color Wheel Project
French Beaded Flower wreath by Lauren Harpster - 2018 One-A-Day Color Wheel Project
French Beaded Rainbow wreath by Lauren Harpster

The full project is now complete! Here is a slideshow of closeup images of each section. 

And here is a picture of me with my Color Wheel wreath! 

French Beaded Rainbow wreath by Lauren Harpster

9 Comments

  • Linda S Black

    Hi Lauren, This wreath is beautiful. I was wondering how you are finishing the back of the wreath ☺ Thank you for your great website!!

    • Lauren Harpster

      Thank you, Linda! Glad you like the website. I hope it’s helpful. I haven’t decided how I will finish the back of the wreath. Right now it’s just floral tape over the wires. I’m considering either attaching colored felt to the back, or maybe putting lights on the wreath. But either way I will have to reinforce the frame because it’s getting very heavy already and the frame is struggling.

  • vavashagwell

    Lauren, the wreath is amazing! You could always put it in the center of the table with candles in the middle for a centerpiece! Then you don’t need to worry about weight.

    • Lauren Harpster

      Thank you, Vava! That is a good point about the wreath. Doesn’t necessarily have to go on a wall. Hmmm. I’ll have to think about that one.

  • Selena

    This is probably one of the most beautiful things I’ve found on Pinterest.A family heirloom for sure. The different flowers and leaves are absolutely gorgeous.

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