Thursday, November 21, 2013

Fall wreath

Hi everyone! 

Thanksgiving is approaching and I am sure many of you are looking for ideas to decorate their houses and make them even more beautiful and welcoming for their loved ones. While this holiday is not celebrated in my home country, I still love its warm, family feel, so in this period of the year, I usually adorn the house with fall inspired pieces. Today, I want to share with you the last one I created: a large autumn wreath, made with some simple supplies you can easily find at your local craft store. I decided to write some step-by-step instructions on how to make your own, hoping it could be of help for some last-minute inspiration. 

You will need:
  • A willow (or wisteria) wreath
  • Small synthetic fall-inspired bunches
  • Orange/yellow/brown synthetic leaves
  • Berries-decorated wire
  • Burlap ribbon
  • Hot glue

First of all, put your wreath on an empty table, allowing for some space around it and start playing with the larger elements (bunches and leaves) by laying them on it, without using any glue. Leave a small empty space on the top, where you will then attach the burlap ribbon (see picture 2 below). 

Once you are satisfied with the result, carefully take all the elements away from the wreath, placing them one by one all around the piece in order to keep the sequence of how you want to glue them (if you want to be totally sure you will get the same result, take a picture before removing them). Now, start sticking all the decorations to the wreath using your hot glue gun, beginning from the ones that will lay behind, in the background. 

I used glue mostly for leaves. For the bunches, instead, I preferred working with the wire: I inserted the bottom of the clusters between the wines and twisted the wire around them to keep everything in place. Then, I wrapped a berries-decorated wire all around the wreath to keep the pieces well in place. 

Last, but not least, glue a burlap ribbon on top. You can make your own by folding a strip of fabric and sewing in the center. If you want to prevent it from fraying, just brush some Mod Podge or any other clear-drying glue on the perimeter and let it dry before forming the decoration. 

And here is my finished piece. Hope you enjoyed this little tutorial. 

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