I’m way behind to just now be posting a fall wreath…considering that everything will be Christmas-ified in a week or two. But I’ll share how to create this wreath anyways, since you could easily make it a winter wreath if you used a different color scheme.
First gather your materials – you’ll need a TON. Prepare them like I described here. [This is a very important step unless you don’t mind living amongst the beetles & cockroaches & millipedes & maggots.] Of course you could purchase materials from a craft store if you don’t have access to wooded areas or if nature just isn’t your thing. I think it’s more fun to collect them yourself though – in the end you’ll feel accomplished knowing that you hand-selected each item from the great outdoors (um, not to mention – they’re free!). Use whatever you find interesting – pine cones, acorns, seed pods, nuts, twigs – variety is wonderful! I was stoked when I began discovering these guys –
Apparently they’re magnolia seed pods. Maybe I’m the last one to know about these things…but I swear that I haven’t seen one before and I totally freaked out when I found the first one. They’re like the more fun & modern version of a pine cone so I had to incorporate them too.
I decided that I didn’t want to have an all brown wreath (although I do think that would be pretty too), so I decided to spray paint some of the pieces just to make it a little more interesting and add some color variety –
Glossy gray pine cones, green magnolia seed pods, and shiny gold sweetgum seed pods to mix in with their all-natural comrades.
You’ll need a wreath form as your base. I ended up using a 20″ grapevine wreath that I got from A.C. Moore for $6.99. Originally I bought a cheap flat floral wreath form that was made out of MDF or compressed cardboard or something, but then I realized that this type of wreath would look best to have a more dimensional base where you can attach items all around the sides. You can use the traditional styrofoam wreath forms too, but they’re usually more expensive. (I really wanted to try out the swim noodle base idea that I saw on pinterest here, but there’s no chance of finding one of those at this time of year.)
Snip off any loose pieces.
Grab your hot glue gun and go to town! I decided to cover the wreath with the medium and large pieces and use the smaller items later. For the strongest hold, glue to the wreath form and also to the surrounding pieces.
A surprising amount of thought and concentration has to go into this part – try to get a good balance of color, materials, sizes, & directions. I usually planned out 3 or 4 pieces at a time before I glued anything.
And before you know it, you have this! [Not really, this actually takes FOR.E.VER.] Make sure to check out your wreath from all angles & fill in any empty spots on the outer & inner edges.
You could leave it as is, but I choose to go back and fill in with smaller pieces – the gold sweetgum seed pods, acorns, & acorn caps. I liked the warm golden & chestnut browns that the acorn caps contributed, and how the shiny gold seed pods glammed it up a bit. I finally called it finished and proudly hung it on our yellow front door!
Yes, it’s very busy and kind of crazy looking…but I think it’s fun and I like it! What do you guys think? Anyone else make their own wreath this fall?