DIY: Festive Fall Wreath

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Fall is now officially in full swing and I love it! Pumpkin spice syndrome, hoodies, and crisp fall air make the perfect combination. I mean seriously, what’s not to love? It’s not stupidly hot outside, most of the bugs have started to retreat, and Halloween is just around the corner so the internet is full of awesome costume ideas and treats. To be completely honest, fall is my favorite season. Fall fashion is much more my style, because let’s face it – nobody likes to see my white pasty legs and who doesn’t love hoodies, vests, and jeans… oh and boots. Don’t forget the boots! Plus, with it being officially Fall now, I can pull out my trusty, fuzzy fox-wolf-hipster hat and not look like a complete crazy person. Well, maybe I am a crazy person… but that’s just how I roll. 

Anywho, I’ve recently started decorating and nesting for the Fall / Thanksgiving Season and I’m all about simplicity. Some members of my family have different decorations for every month and I don’t understand how they do it. I try to decorate my home with items that are versatile and can cover multiple special holidays or events at a time. Plus the fewer items I have, the fewer items I have to change out.

Like this awesome Fall wreath:

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I try to make a new one every once in a while just because they are so simple to do – and not to mention NON-EXPENSIVE! These also make excellent gifts for in-laws and parents, or as house warming presents. Walking around the local craft store, wreaths like this were going for over $50. The cost of all my supplies and time was less than $20. I call that a win-win situation!

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One of the cool things about this DIY is that you can customize your wreath for any occasion or season. Just change up your color scheme and go on from there.

Supplies:

  • 1 – 22’’ grapevine wreath ($8) – Had a coupon for 40% off which made it $5 and change.
  • Various fake flour stems ($5) – You’ll want about 3 bunches of different flowers (Also on sale) You’ll only use about half of the flowers but you can use the remaining flowers for more DIY goodies: hair clips, various flower decorations, etc…
  • Small acorns, pine cones, and various other decorations (cinnamon sticks) ($2) – or you could just go wander through the forest and find some on your own. Go enjoy nature if you can. The leaves are starting to change!
  • Tule, twine, and Burlap (Already had some lying around)
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks (Already Had) – no DIY-er should be without these!
  • Wire Cutters and scissors (Already had these)
  • Wreath door hanger ($3) – Very, very useful and as an added bonus, you don’t have to punch any holes in your door.

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Directions:

  1. De-stem all of your flowers and start thinking about how you want to lay out your wreath. Go ahead and look at your wreath to see which end is going to be the top and which is going to be the bottom. Natural grapevine wreaths are unique and no two are the same. Keep the thicker sides of the wreath to the bottom.
  2. If you’re going to wrap your wreath in tule or ribbon, do so now. To secure it, glue it on the back side of the wreath.
  3. Lay out your flowers and decorations on the wreath, but don’t glue them down just yet. Make sure you get everything looking the way you want to before you start gluing things down.
  4. When you have everything looking the way you want start gluing things down in groups and make sure to work from the bottom layers to the top. If you go from the top down, it won’t turn out right and your flower petals will be glued down wrong. Trust me, it’s easier this way.
  5. Once you’ve glued everything down, let your wreath chill for about 30 minutes just to make sure that everything has set and nothing will fall off or go anywhere.DIYfallwreath-5
  6. Place your wreath hanger on the door of your choice and proudly display your latest DIY creation.DIYfallwreath-7

Simple as that. Total time – less than an hour.

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