Fall is rapidly approaching. I love fall. It’s not my favorite season because of any kind of coffee flavor. I’d rather thirst to death than drink coffee, ha. I love the smell and feel of fall. And of course, fall fashions! While I was deciding how to decorate our balcony for the season, I decided to make matching wreaths for each door. So I went to the Dollar Tree to find some items that felt like fall. The wreaths ended up being not only super cute, but also easy to make! I made two from the items from the Dollar Tree for about $6.
To make your own you’ll need (everything comes from the Dollar Tree except those noted):
- 2 green styrofoam wreath forms
- 2.5″ fall theme wire ribbon
- white yarn (usually about $3.50 at hobby stores)
- hot glue gun and sticks
- 10 pack styrofoam orange pumkins
- pack of felt (I used green and yellow)
- pack of 3 metal words: thankful, welcome, & harvest
To begin I wrapped the yarn around my hand. I was trying to make it easier to go around & through the wreath a million times with the big yarn skein. Later I realized it was much easier to wrap the yarn around something that I could easily pass back and forth, because once I pulled the yarn off my fingers, it became very easily tangled. I’ve wrapped them around lots of things in the past, but I’m pretty sure I’ve picked the perfect item this time. I used our Amazon Fire Stick TV remote. Just pull more yarn as you wrap it around an item that’s about 2.5″ across & 3/4″ thick.
Glue the start of your yarn onto the form. Pick one side of the form to be the back and do your gluing on that side. The Amazon remote was super handy since I was using it to binge-watch a show to pass the time while wrapping. That’s the longest part of the process. It’s not hard, just time consuming. If at any point you run out of the yarn you’ve pulled for the wreath, just hot glue that end to the same side of the wreath you glued in the beginning. Continue wrapping until you reach your starting point. Straighten any yarn on the front if it shifted while you worked.
You can use the bows shown in the picture of the supplies, but the ones I picked up kind of blended in with the white yarn. So I used a 2.5″ wired ribbon to make my own bow. You can see my tutorial on how to make your own here. The store had about three choices for fall. For my wreaths I chose an orange mesh with orange glitter pumpkins & gold edging. That helped to break up the white.
Find the place where you want your bow. I used mine to hide a little area where the yarn overlapped itself. Place hot glue on the back & press it down on your wreath. Next pick which metal word you’d like to add to your wreath. The pack came with the words, “Thankful,” “Welcome,” & “Harvest.” Since they were going outside, I decided to use welcome & harvest. Play around with where you’d like it placed. The bottom of the words on my wreaths are just below the middle, about 3.25″ from the bottom of the form. (Note- decide whether or not to paint them before gluing, read through the next few paragraphs.)
You can choose whatever you’d like to decorate your wreaths. Pinecones, buttons, leaves, etc. I chose to make felt flowers in fall tones. I made simple roses & zinnias. They’re so easy to make (you can see this post where I show you where to get a simple tutorial for these flowers). I used forest green felt to make the two zinnias & a mustard yellow for the roses. You should play around with the setting before you glue them on. I probably moved mine fifty times before gluing them.
I found the cute little glittered pumpkins, & I got them because I knew I could find something to use them on. They’re actually floral picks, but I just cut the stick at the bottom of the pumpkin & trimmed down the “stem” on the top. They were ridiculously long! There were ten in the pack, so I used three for each wreath. Again, play around with where you want to put them.
I was happy with them at that point in the process, but the galvanized silver of the metal kinda just blended in with the white yarn.
So I decided to paint them bit. You should do this before you hot glue the words on. Lesson learned for me! I was going to paint them gold to match the edge of the ribbon, but I found the perfect orange (Spiced Carrots) going through my paint bins.I just dry brushed them a little & I really like it more than if they were painted solid.
Allow them some time to dry, then make a hanger for them on the back. Cut about an inch of a chenille stem (pipe cleaner) for each wreath. Twist the two ends together at the bottom, leaving a small loop in the middle. Hot glue them onto the top back areas (where the middle of the bows are on the fronts).
Congratulations friends! You have made two very beautiful wreaths to adorn your home during the fall. Don’t limit yourself by only placing them on doors. I have different wreaths (& different types of wreaths) in just about every room of our house.
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