Underneath the Wreath

How to make a gorgeous custom wreath for the upcoming seasons

It’s the little things that count. When you have your first cup of coffee in the morning and you get the creamer to coffee ratio just right, when both of your kids fall asleep at the same time, when you get home from a long day and there’s a beautiful wreath greeting you on your front door. We can’t help you too much with the first two, but we can show you how to make your very own wreath. Wreaths are perfect decorations for your front door to show your individual style, so read on to find out how to create your own and customize it for the season. Note: Please read through the directions prior to starting your project. Thanks!

What You’ll Need

  • Grapevine wreath base: a base composed of thickly woven grapevines that look similar to sticks
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue or glue gun
  • Bunches of fall-colored leaves or flowers; look for yellow, orange, and burgundy
  • Burlap ribbon*
  • Mini pumpkins, acorns, pine cones, or whatever other decorations you like
  1. The first thing to decide is whether you want a full wreath or a partial wreath. Partial wreaths can be fun, especially during the fall months, because they give off a rather cornucopia vibe. Place decorations on a quarter to half of your wreath, and see what you like best. And remember, you don’t need to put things only on the bottom or top half; for a more whimsical look, try putting your decorations in a “corner” of the circle, or on the diagonal.
  2. Now that you’ve decided where the decorations will go, you can begin adding them with hot glue. A traditional option for an autumn wreath is artificial fall leaves from the craft store, but you can use fall-colored flowers, berries, or even ribbons. When working with flowers, leaves, or berries, be sure not to trim off the stems, as that’s where you’ll apply the glue in order to attach them.   
  3. To attach your embellishments, use a hot glue gun or a bowl of melted glue. If you go with the bowl, dip the entire stem of the item into the glue, then simply slide it between the base vines until it’s exactly where you want it. Repeat this  process until the wreath is full.
  4. Now that your base decorating is done, you can call it a day if you’re going for a simple, natural look. If you decide to add more decorations and choose to use acorns, pine cones, miniature pumpkins, or anything else without a stem, definitely use a glue gun rather than risk being burned dipping the item into a bowl of hot glue.

*Note: Burlap ribbon makes a wonderful fall accent. Should you like to make it the centerpiece of your wreath, affix it first, then add your decorations around it.  

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