The first signs of fall are starting to show around here, which naturally gets me into the fall spirit. You should know by now that I love fall more than any other season (other than Christmas...) so the first cool, crisp day we have--you better believe I've started whipping out my fall decorations and lighting my pumpkin spice candle!
I was feeling crafty on Monday, so I gathered a few supplies from WalMart and used others that I had on hand and crafted a fabulous fall front door decoration! And I LOVE how it turned out.
**Let me preface by saying I'm no good at these DIY posts...especially since I don't have a 3rd arm to take pictures of me actually doing the action. I usually improvise halfway through and play with it until I like what I see...so there's really no TRUE rhyme or reason to it. So just play with it and have fun!**
What you'll need:
A foam wreath form (any wreath form will do, really)
Different colors of felt (I bought the sheets from the crafts section)
A roll of yarn (whatever color you prefer)
Some burlap (the quantity depends on how much you want on your wreath)
A hot glue gun
I started with my foam wreath--cut it in half with a knife because covering it with yarn was proving a little difficult.
I tried to methodically wrap the foam but then realized it would be a lot easier to just haphazardly wrap the form until it was fully covered. After finishing the yarn, which was a bit time consuming but easy, I used toothpicks to put it back together and secure it. It worked like a charm!
Next up, the flowers. Easy peasy, once you get the hang of it. Start by cutting circles out of the felt sheets you have. Whatever sizes you want--the more choices of size, the better. I used different cups and lid sizes to create different options!
Then, you'll start your beautifying.
Clockwise: Start by cutting a sliver into your circle. As you cut, spiral inward. You'll come out with picture #2. Make sure to leave a good, circular base at the end of the strip to glue. Next, take your "skinny" end (where you started cutting) and just start wrapping it in a circle. You can place the sides how you want to make it look more like a "flower." The second to last picture shows the circular base where you'll put a dab of the hot glue. Then just secure the bottom and let it dry. Voila!
Don't forget to use different sizes and different colors! You'll definitely want some depth and variety on your wreath.
I used basically the same technique with the burlap flowers I added on there--had to have a little bit of burlap for the texture! And burlap just screams fall to me.
The only difference with this one is that you leave it as a strip of material, but fold it over in half. Start rolling it as you did the felt flowers, but once you have a good center rolled, start rolling the layers away from the center to create the "petal" look. I promise--it's not hard to do. Just play with it until you get the look you desire!
On the same note--arranging the finished flowers onto your wreath is the same concept. Just place them until you get an arrangement that you're happy with. I'm picky, so it took me a little while to get the perfect placement!
I added a few little berry and leaf embellishments to fall-ify it a little bit more! I like lots of different textures and elements in any of my decor...so a wreath is no exception! I get it from my mama. But really.
Now onto the hanging of the wreath. I pondered on how to do this for quite a bit. I am NOT a great bow maker (my mother and grandmother are the experts) but I can hold my own, so I experimented for a bit and came up with the best way I thought to get it hanging.
Take one of your strips of burlap and just loop it around the wreath, so the foam is hanging in the loop.
Imagine the wreath form in these pictures, I forgot to snap a pic as I did it. I secured the top with a wire twist tie and a little bit of hot glue and it worked great.
Next, I made my bow. Like I said, there is no rhyme or reason to how I made it--I'm sure if I tried to create another one, it wouldn't look anywhere near the same. So just experiment with it until you think it looks perfect :) I used a good bit of hot glue to secure it.
Then you get to hang it on your door and admire its fabulousness!!!
Now I'm just ready for fall to truly arrive...bring on the pumpkins, mums, and cool weather!! Life is just a little better in the fall, don't you agree??
Okay girls--what fall craft projects are you dying to make? Share your ideas because I'm just itching to DIY a little more!
Happy Wednesday to you, dears!!!