DIY Fall Wreath
As both a photographer and lover-of-crafts, I must admit that I honestly have a love/hate relationship with Pinterest. I love the ideas and inspiration that comes from it, but it sometimes will drive a woman mad.
Before fall arrived (or what little we had of fall this year since we’ve apparently moved from summer right on into winter), I had been wanting a new fall wreath. I browsed Pinterest many-a-night trying to find ideas and inspiration for a fall wreath that I could put together myself. I found one on Pinterest that spoke to me and I instantly fell in love… so I tried to put a similar one together myself. Mine is nowhere near as gorgeous as hers, but it was a fun little process and I think it turned out pretty cute. I know many of the silk floral items at Michaels can be seasonal and unfortunately I didn’t have as many choices as I wanted, but I found a couple of decent substitutes and decided to go with it. I decided at the last minute that I might snap a few photos along the way to share with you all.
Here’s how it went down.
- Two grapevine wreaths (only one necessary)
- Two or three focal points (in this case I used one tan flower, one green flower, and a little pumpkin I snagged at Dollar Tree)
- A few stems of foliage
- Hot glue gun / glue sticks
- Floral wire
- Wire cutter (I used needle nose pliers)
I started with two grapevine wreaths. One to pull a few pieces from to add a little more dimension, but it was totally not necessary if you don’t have two wreaths or don’t want to mess with this step.
I also got a few stems from Michael’s (seen below). The long green stems on the left I only ended up using one of (instead of both) because I thought it was just fine with one and didn’t want the wreath to be overly cluttered.
Shown below — the two flowers I ended up using for the focal pieces along with a pumpkin (not pictured below) that I stuck on there at the last minute. The pumpkin was from Dollar Tree, these two flowers below were from Hobby Lobby.
Step one: I began by cutting a few pieces off of grapevine wreath #2 and tucked it in/glued it onto grapevine wreath #1.
Step two: I cut apart the stems I was going to use and started tucking the first stem onto the wreath. This stem wasn’t exactly what I had wanted because the foliage pieces were very floppy, so I had to glue parts of it to the wreath in order to get it to stay. If I hadn’t glued parts of it, it likely would’ve been too droopy. This is a big reason I didn’t end up using the second stem.
Step three: Then I started with the other stems and adding to it, cutting them apart, tucking and hot gluing them to secure.
Step four: Then I cut off the heads of the floral pieces, arranged them as I wanted, and glued them in. The little pumpkin I randomly remembered I had purchased a couple of months back at Dollar Tree, so I hot glued that baby into it as well. 🙂
And here’s the finished product on our green front door!
Overall, I’m pretty happy with it. I probably wouldn’t have used such floppy pieces on a wreath next time, but it still looks pretty organic and I like the outcome! 🙂
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