Thursday, September 22, 2011

Autumn Wreath

Tomorrow is the first day of autumn, the official end of summer.  It's bittersweet  - saying goodbye to summer and all the running around we do - to saying hello to nature's beauty, cool, crisp mornings, and yummy crock pot meals.
I love this time of year and the decorating that goes with it.  What a perfect way to welcome fall than with a festive wreath to welcome your guests.

It's fairly easy to make your own wreath with some inexpensive supplies from your local craft store.  Or you can use what mother nature has but I chose silk supplies in order to keep the wreath long lasting from year to year.

For this project I started with grapevine wreath, silk fall leaves, silk wheat, some green leaves with berries and plastic gourds.  Don't forget your glue gun!

Start by separating the fall leaves into smaller bunches using wire snips if needed.  Then poke them into the grapevine wreath.  Some branches may need to be hot glued into place.  Space them evenly to give the wreath a nice form.
It should resemble something like this - minus the glass of wine:

Or else include the wine and let your creativity shine!
Keep adding in the various foliage evenly where you think it looks good.  Then grab the glue gun and start hot gluing the gourds onto the wreath being sure to secure them onto the grapevine wreath.

Ok - this was supposed to be my first tutorial and I just realized how lacking the pictures are.  But really, you just need to wing this one.  Making a wreath can be pretty effortless.

See - even I can do it!

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