My Dollar Tree put out all their fall decor and florals! Ahhhh I’m so excited! I love fall best of all and I love decorating and crafting during the fall 🙂 I went to DT a few days ago and gathered up some florals, a metal wreath form, and some ribbon and twine to make my own fall wreath . . . I was excited to see how many cute pumpkins and other decor they had out, too. I think I want to go back in a few weeks to gather up some new decor for my house, after I get all my decor from last year out and get my new fall wreath up on my door!
I was excited to sit down and craft for fall. I made a latte, of course, and got creative.
For this project, you will need:
- metal wreath form
- hot glue
- burlap ribbon (18-20 feet total)
- metal die-cut words
Everything here was $1 a piece, including the 3-pack of metal die-cut words (which is a steal of a deal!). So, total for my fall wreath, I spent about $12. I already had my hot glue gun and sticks but that’s the only thing I didn’t get at Dollar Tree. You really can’t beat that price for a piece you can customize for your own home.
To make the ‘base’ of your fall wreath, use the burlap ribbon and wrap it around the metal wreath. Add a line of hot glue to the ribbon where you start wrapping the ribbon to keep it in place. Wrap the burlap ribbon around the wreath, making sure to not wrap it too tightly, but not too loosely that it moves around. You want to overlap the ribbon so it covers up the metal wreath form.
Keep wrapping until you run out of burlap ribbon, occasionally adding some dots of hot glue to the metal wreath to hold the ribbon in place. I used just barely over two 9-foot rolls (so a little over 18 feet). When you finish up one roll, just start overlapping the next roll, as pictured below.
After you’ve wrapped up the entire wreath form, finish it up by adding a loop of burlap ribbon to the top. *To make my loop, I just used the burlap ribbon piece that I was using to wrap the metal form and kept it going for the loop, so I wouldn’t have to cut and make a separate loop. I trimmed the edge and hot glued it (a lot!) to the back of the wreath.
After the glue dries, cut a piece of twine about 22″ long to tie in a bow around the base of the loop.
Now it’s time for the florals! Start by laying out all the florals on the fall wreath to decide exactly what you want to go where, before you glue. This is an important step – you don’t want to start gluing and then find out you don’t have enough florals, or you don’t like the way it looks.
First, I started with my two feather-and-grass bunches. I wanted those to kind of ‘frame in’ the fall wreath. I wanted the height of the tall grass and feathers on the sides of the wreath to create a bit of a whimsical feel to the fall wreath.
*When you’re arranging florals on a wreath, really try to get some nice depth happening with the different greeneries and flowers. Build out from back to front. Play with the textures, heights, and contrasting colors to really make it pop. And always find a central flower or something that you are going to use in the center of your wreath as a focal point. That makes it easier to layer your florals when you have a ‘statement piece’ to base everything around! In this case, the gerber daisies were my focal piece. So I arranged my florals and layered everything in a way I thought looked good underneath the flowers.
I used two bunches of the ‘orange hydrangeas’, two bunches of the ‘yellow hydrangeas’, and one bunch of the ‘gerber daisies’ from Dollar Tree. To make it easier to layer them how you want, you’re going to want to cut each stem off of the main stem. This makes it so you have smaller flowers to work with and you will find it much easier to arrange them this way.
After you’ve arranged and rearranged and decided how you want everything to look for your finished fall wreath, it’s time to glue! I went through quite a few hot glue sticks because I love hot glue and I really wanted to make sure everything was gonna stay in place 😉
Trim the stems as you go . . . depending on what way you wrapped your burlap ribbon around the wreath form, and what side of the wreath you’re working on, you may be able to stick the stems of the flowers into the ribbon to help it stay in place. You’ll still want to add hot glue though, so don’t skip out on that.
Make sure when you are layering and gluing, you are slyly covering up any glue that may be visible. I like to use flat leaves to cover spots of hot glue that I notice aren’t very covered up by the flowers or stems. I don’t want any glue to be seen!
After you’ve layered and glued the pieces that will be behind the focal piece, it’s time to get your central flowers in place! Because these flowers are the center focal point of my fall wreath, I went ahead and plucked them off of the stem so I wouldn’t have to worry about dealing with extra stems. I wanted them to sit flat on the wreath, as well.
Secure your flowers on the wreath with hot glue – you can also use your scissors to punch a small hole in the burlap to stick the flower through. I did that and then also made sure the flowers were secure by adding hot glue.
I arranged my four daisies in a sort of diamond pattern in the center. I had tried out using just two or three of the flowers but I felt like having all four there in the center looked better and fuller.
Optional step – after I secured all my florals, I went ahead and wrapped twine around the top half of the wreath, crisscrossing it to give it a rustic look, as pictured below.
Now, it’s time for the last step – to add your metal die-cut word! I chose “welcome” to put on mine. The package comes with “welcome”, “harvest”, and “thankful” – all great options for a fall wreath.
Hot glue the word on, making sure to hold it down tightly while the glue dries. Since there are only a few spots where the glue will meet the wreath, you’ll need to really make sure it’s secure.
Ta-daaaa! Your fall wreath is done!
I was really happy with the way mine turned out. I didn’t have very high expectations when I started it, to be honest. But, as I sit here with my fall wreath hanging on my door, I’m pretty glad it turned out how it did! It adds a nice touch to my front door 🙂
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