Skip the store-bought wreath this fall and adorn your front door with a beautiful handcrafted decoration. This fun tutorial is a great activity to do with the kids and can easily be customized to suit your tastes! If you're particular pleased with your fall harvest wreath, you might be inspired to create a holiday version when December rolls around.
Do-it-yourself fall wreath
To make a festive autumn wreath that's the envy of your neighbors, you'll need:
- A pre-made grapevine wreath (usually around $10 at craft stores)
- 5 or 6 stems of red and orange fake flowers, such as gladiolus, sunflowers or berry stems
- A package of silk leaves in fall colors
- 4 or 5 dried orange slices
- Cinnamon sticks
- 2 or 3 small decorative pumpkins
- A hot glue gun
- For this tutorial, you'll be decorating one half of the front of your wreath, so the first step is to decide which side you want to cover and which will remain plain.
- Separate your flower stems and cut them down to a manageable size. This will vary depending on the size of the wreath. Begin weaving the stems into the grapevine strands with the flowers pointing toward the top and bottom of the wreath. If your wreath was a clock, the flowers should be pointing toward six and 12.
- When you're happy with the arrangement of your flowers, arrange the fake leaves over the area where the stems meet. Continuing the clock metaphor, your leaves will cover the area between seven and nine (or alternatively two and five, depending on which side you chose). You can use as many or as few leaves as you want. When you're happy with the layout, use your glue gun to secure the leaves in place.
- Glue a decorative pumpkin or two on top of the leaves as you see fit.
- Tuck a few orange slices and cinnamon sticks among the flowers. To create a balanced wreath, place these items close to the center of your decorations. The wreath should have the most decor at the "nine o'clock" position and taper off in either direction. Glue these decorations into place.
- Add in any other pinecones, acorns, leaves or greenery that you'd like!
- Allow the glue to dry for an hour or so before hanging your creation.
Voila! A one-of-a-kind fall harvest wreath to proudly display on your front door. It's the perfect decoration to complement your carved pumpkins and corn husks, and is sure to leave you feeling the spirit of the season.
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