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Monday, November 20, 2017

DIY - Fall Wreath

I sometimes have a lag in between Halloween and Christmas decorations, but this year, I'm trying to keep things festive for Thanksgiving! I had been eyeing fall wreaths in stores when I decided to try to just make one myself. It was much easier than I expected!

 

My girls love the fake flower aisles in craft stores, so I took them to help me pick out the materials. I found that the key to making it look full was using a wide variety of foliage: big leaves, flowers of different sizes, and little berries/grasses for dimension:

The wreath frame I found had those little fake fir pieces all around, which I didn't want for my fall wreath. So we used the frame and wove those pieces back and forth in a zigzag pattern, giving ourselves more of a base to use for the leaves:

The most important part was the leaf base. I used fake magnolia leaves and cut them off the long stems, using floral tape to secure them to the wreath frame we'd made. (Floral tape is so much easier than dealing with any kind of glue, and blends right into the stems!) I made sure to vary the direction I put them in, and tried to make it dimensional by tucking leaves in front and behind the others - not just in a flat circle on top.

Don't worry if it looks a little spotty - that's where all the flowers come in! I placed my big flowers in four or five places around the wreath first, then the smaller flowers, and then finished with the grasses/berries wherever I felt like it needed some more filling. And you guys, I really like it!

I especially like that it'll be pretty simple to change it into a winter wreath by keeping the magnolia leaves, and adding some red berries and pine cones. Our front door will be happy all year round, now!

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