Hey there everybody! I’ve got a great project for you today, one that’s easy enough for a first timer yet pretty enough for the most experienced DIYer to put together. Today we’re doing a DIY Fall Wreath Project. The calendar says fall is coming next week. The local temperature hasn’t quite cooperated, with highs in the upper 80’s today. I haven’t really started transitioning the house to fall yet, because it’s just been so warm. So today, I figured I’d make a new wreath and maybe give Mother Nature an invitation to bring fall around to our neighborhood once and for all!
The inspiration for my wreath project came from these two ready-made wreaths that were on display at Michael’s craft store. I liked the thin grapevine base on this one, and I also liked the sprays of green berries and purple berries that were used as seasonal accents.
And I liked the bold choices of flower shape on this one, plus I also liked the sprays of foliage coming out at all different angles.
I considered purchasing one of them, but really, neither one was “just right” for me, and plus, even with a 40% off sale, they cost more than I wanted to spend on a new wreath. I decided to use them as inspiration to get my own creative juices flowing.
For this project, I needed:
- grapevine wreath
- silk flowers
- 5-7 large statement flowers (pink roses)
- 5-7 medium contrasting flowers (cream mums)
- 5-7 sprigs of berries
- 5-7 sprigs of grasses
- 3 additional contrasting filler flowers of another type (maroon hydrangeas)
- glue gun
- replacement hot glue sticks
- wire cutters
For my project, I purchased these four bunches of floral stems from Michael’s.
After I got started, I realized I wanted another color of filler flower, so I dug around in my fall decorating stash and I found these two bunches of fall flowers. The darker clusters of maroon hydrangea flowers were perfect for this project. I didn’t use the rest.
The grapevine wreath actually came out of our yard last fall. We had wild grapevines growing up into our trees in our yard, and we spent hours pulling them down and throwing them away. I saved a few strands of it and made this loosely formed wreath, and hung it to dry on a hook on the wall on our side porch. Over the months since, the wreath had been stashed away in the garage, where I found it today and pulled it out for this project. I absolutely love that it came from our yard, and I also love the very loose structure of it. The shape is a bit of an oval. I decided to use it in the tall orientation.
Make your initial arrangement
I used wire cutters to snip off five stems of each of the main flowers, and I started laying them onto the wreath in the bottom left corner.
I began laying out the largest flowers first – the pink roses. I used the “rule of three”, and put three roses on, then three maroon hydrangeas, then three sprigs of mums. Once those were laid out, I immediately decided to add a fourth pink rose and two more sprigs of mums, because things were too heavily lop-sided on the bottom left. I needed to come up around the right from the bottom a little bit. I didn’t use any glue yet, since I was still rearranging a lot. Here’s what it looked like so far:
I liked how it was coming together, and decided to work next with the purple berries. I added a few sprigs on the left, one on the right, and one on the very bottom. So far, so good!
Keep in mind, nothing was permanently affixed at this point. I was just laying the flowers onto the wreath and testing their placement. There was lots of moving around, trying this or that, seeing how it looked with things switched, etc. After a while, this is where I landed, and it was looking pretty good, so I decided to start gluing things in place.
Glue the flowers onto the wreath
There are a couple ways to go about this. You could put the hot glue onto the bottom of the rose blossoms, and press them onto the wreath. Or you can put the glue onto the stems of the wreath, and press the rose onto the glue. I chose to put the glue on the wreath for the larger flowers.
Just lift the blossoms up very slightly so you can see which grapevine stems they will be touching.
Then put some hot glue directly onto the grapevine, and press the blossom onto the wreath.
Repeat this step for each of the blossoms, taking care to replace each one back where you had it when you arranged it.
Assess and add more as needed
After the first round of glue was done, I realized that when the wreath is hanging on the door, there would be a big bare spot at the bottom on the inside of the wreath. So I added one more rose blossom and a couple more sprigs of cream mums to the bottom inside of the wreath to fill it in.
Add the finishing touches
The last step for me was adding in the sprigs of grasses. I played around with different placements, and just did what “felt right”. I think I ended up with five sprigs on the left side, and two on the right. I think I also added in one or two more sprigs of purple berries. Really, this last step is as individual as you are – you get to decide what looks right to your eye, and just go with it.
The finished product
Here’s what I ended up with. I love how the messiness of the grapevine on the top right sort of balances out the grasses on the left and the weight of the roses on the bottom left. Even though this is asymmetric, it feels very balanced to me. I’m really happy with how it turned out!
The grasses spray out to the left a little wider than I expected, but I love it!
And that’s my wreath project for this fall. Now I just need to get some more fall decorating happening around here! The wreath looks a little lonely on the front porch. Maybe I’ll go get some mums and asters and such this week, and get the front porch looking a little more welcoming.
I hope I’ve inspired you to get your DIY on and make a new wreath for your front door. I’d love to hear about your fall decorating projects. Please do stop by the comments section below and tell me what’s happening at your home this season.
Thanks so much for visiting today!
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