HAPPY FALL Y’ALL! It is officially my favorite time of year. All things wonderful come from fall: the weather, crisp air, apple cider, pumpkin spice, pumpkin patches, the beginning of the holiday season, bonfires, hoodies, scarves, layers, booties (ugh, I love me some booties)…I could go on and on. The point is, fall is upon us and I welcome it with open arms!
With the holiday season comes holiday decor and I am definitely one of those types of people who likes to decorate their house for every holiday. I’ve been this way since I was young and I am definitely going to be one of those moms/grandmas that changes out the place mats and centerpieces in my home for every season and holiday lol Is it sad that I look forward to that? *shrugs*
I have finally settled into an apartment that I enjoy and am comfortable in and even though it’s just me, it’s still fun to decorate my place! I most certainly aspire to decorate my apartment for the upcoming holidays. However, as a broke grad student, the way my budget is set up, there isn’t always a lot of leftover funds to splurge on expensive decor. So I figured, if I can’t buy it, I’ll make it…and that’s where my craftiness comes in : )
I decided to make a trip to one of my favorite stores in the whole wide world, Dollar Tree, to see what type of fall decor they had. The Dollar Tree is good for many things, but one of my favorite things about Dollar Tree is their inexpensive seasonal decor. As usual, I cashed out (32 WHOLE dollars lol) on both fall and Halloween decor and part of the materials that I purchased were supplies to make a fall wreath for my front door. I perused Pinterest a couple of weeks prior looking at some fall wreaths for inspiration and finally I decided that I wanted to try my hand at making one. So I just kind of grabbed some items that I thought were cute and other crafting basics and went off the top of my head from there based on Pinterest inspo as well as the instructional insert on one of the items that I bought. I must say that I am very pleased with the outcome, so of course I had to share with you all!
This wreath in total took me a little over two hours to construct and cost only $16 .. yes, SIXTEEN DOLLARS to make! That’s it.
$16 total for all of the supplies, excluding the hot glue gun and scissors (which I already had). This is why I love the Dollar Tree. I was super excited to experiment with this craft and figured if it didn’t turn out then I wasn’t losing much money and I’d still enjoy the process regardless. That was another reason why I chose to go with Dollar Tree materials because I didn’t want to go out and spend a bunch of money on expensive materials for something that I was trying out for the first time. Luckily, it paid off. Okay, enough back story. Let’s get to the tutorial. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Wire wreath form
- 1 bag of faux maple leaves
- 2 packages of decorative mesh tube, 1 orange and 1 brown
- 1 roll (3 yd.) of red glitter tulle
- 1 roll (5 yd.) of orange/gold decorative mesh
- 2 small plastic decorative pumpkins
- 1 roll of burlap decorative ribbon
- 2 rolls of thin ribbon, fall colors (your choice)
- 6 bouquets of faux fall flowers (your choice), about 4-5 flowers per bouquet
- For this wreath I chose mums, coneflowers, sunflowers, daisies and berries
Now for the process:
1. Wrap burlap ribbon around wreath form to cover wire and secure with hot glue.
The burlap ribbon will be too short and leave some of the wire exposed, but don’t worry, we’ll fill it in later.
2. Cut mesh tube into forty 8-inch pieces (20 brown and 20 orange)
3. Cut red glitter tulle and orange mesh into five 8-10 inch strips each.
Tip: This part doesn’t have to be perfect, as long as they’re long enough to tie in a knot. The longer your strips, the more volume your wreath will have.
4. Assemble tulle bouquets using mesh tube, tulle and mesh.
Gather 4 orange mesh tube strips and 4 brown mesh tube strips that you cut in step 2. Using one red glitter tulle strip from step 3, tie the tubes together in their center using a single knot. Then tie one orange glitter strip around the tubes in the opposite direction of the red tulle strip. Cut and tie a strip of the thin decorative ribbon around the tubes, then fluff to form a bouquet. Repeat this process to make 5 bouquets in total. Feel free to add more strips to make your bouquets more full, if desired.
5. Arrange bouquets evenly around the burlap wrapped section of the wreath form and secure each bouquet with hot glue.
6. Glue on plastic pumpkins.
7. Remove faux flowers from the stem and hot glue to the wreath, filling in the gaps between the tulle bouquets.
8. Arrange and glue faux flowers to fill in the part of the wreath form with exposed wire. This will be the bottom of the wreath.
It would also be cute to wrap the bottom ‘exposed’ portion in a different colored ribbon and glue white letters that say “Welcome” or “Happy Fall”.
9. Glue on the faux leaves as a finishing touch, to fill in gaps and make the wreath look even in fullness.
10. Allow everything time to dry, attach a hook, hang in your desired area and enjoy!
That’s it. 10 simple steps, 2 hours, 16 dollars. Who says you can’t make homemade decor look just as good, if not better, than the store bought stuff?
Whether bought, or handmade I’m all about getting home decor for the low. I hope you all enjoy this tutorial and have as much fun making your wreath as I did mine. Honestly, this craft project could not have come at a better time. I find crafting to be a stress relieving outlet, or a form of self-care, so successfully completing this project served multiple purposes and I couldn’t be more excited about it! I was in the zone to say the least haha
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