Sunday, October 28, 2012

How to (not) Make Your Own Fall Wreath

This October, my husband & I hosted two mother in law visits, a visit from our 7 year old niece & nephew accompanied by a sister & brother-in-law and a couples party (aka: a couples baby shower)  I decided that I needed to step up the decorating a notch & thus decided that my front door needed a wreath. I love doing a fresh spruce Christmas wreath, and didn’t want to be too Halloweeny, so I focused on something that would take me from late September through Thanksgiving.
One thing you must know about me is that I am not a huge fan of silk flowers. However, something happens to me when I walk into a craft store. I turn into a third grade teacher, (no offense to third grade teachers), and I start wanting to be-dazzle everything, buy cute stickers that I will never use and yes, I always look at the silk flowers. That being said, I am not particularly skilled in the area of creating décor as evident by a white feather Christmas tree I made several years back. It was supposed to be angelic with a funky twist. It just looks weird, but I still display it in the WAY back of my Christmas tree collection. Knowing that this may turn into a disaster, I turned to the Internet for some inspiration. I really liked several of the options I found:

Ultimately, I decided to give this one a try:
I purchased a grapevine wreath on sale for $2.99 & the rustic floral filler cost just under $22.
I started by adding wraping burlap at the top for a guide so I could work
my way around keeping focus on the middle/top.
I then began placing each of my lovely, rustic looking silk flowers & tying them with florist tape.
About halfway through, I took a look at my little creation & decided that it looked terrible. Not in a cute little 3rd grader way, but in a really, really bad throw it away kind of way. Sooooo, I made the decision to painstakingly remove each section and just keep it simple. I think it turned out nicely.
I certainly hope you all have had a lovely October. Mine has been so much fun and oh so memorable. This November you can find me relaxing in front of the fireplace with a cup of hot tea, reading a great book. P.S. Shoot me an e-mail if you know where I can purchase a beautiful wreath for next Fall, ha ha! :)


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