How to make an autumn wreath

Creating a homemade autumn wreath is an easy, fun, and inexpensive project that can result in various outcomes. A wreath’s versatility in size, and style, can be used as indoor or outdoor decorations. Wreaths are also changeable to meet the whims of any crafter and/or season. Little crafters have great ideas and enjoy the opportunity to assist in the creation and seasonal changes.

There are two basic wreath techniques application to a foam base or wiring material to a metal form. Foam based wreaths are lighter in weight and easier for little crafters, though they are not for outdoor decor. Metal form wreaths tend to last longer and offer more support than the foam base, but a lot depends on weather conditions and the material used.

Materials

  • Newspaper
  • Gloves
  • Circular (or another shape) Foam Base
  • Circular (or another shape) Wire Metal Form
  • Floral wire
  • Wire snips
  • Scissors
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Glue sticks for gun
  • Screw eyes
  • Straight pins
  • Fishing line
  • Raffia and ribbon
  • Mini Pumpkins and Gourds
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Leaves
  • Dried calico Corn
  • Flowers
  • Acorns/Walnuts/Almonds
  • Dried Wheat
  • Bittersweet
  • Dried Sage, Rosemary or Herb flowers

Select the wreath base; foam or metal from a local craft or floral store. Metal bases can be purchased in single or double wireframes. Double wireframes are best used for outdoor decor and large, heavier weighted material.

Prepare a work area, protecting the tabletop and floor with newspaper; lay out all materials; and protect all crafter’s hands with work gloves.

Gather material for the wreath from a walk in the woods or a craft store. Mini pumpkins, gourds, leaves, dried corn, flowers, nuts, wheat or bittersweet lead to great autumn wreaths. Dried herbs such as sage or rosemary, or even cinnamon sticks will add an aroma of autumn to the area that the wreath is hung. Even oranges or apples will work but shorter the life span of the wreath.

Foam Base

Wrap the foam base with a thick ribbon and secure with straight pins to cover the color of the foam and allow the wreath material to blend. The ribbon will also protect the back of the wreath and objects that the wreath may rest on. Prepare materials for the wreath by wrapping them with floral wire, leaving an inch of wire to tack into the foam base. Use wire snips to cut floral wire to prevent the dulling of scissors or shears.

Tack material into the foam base; arranging and rearranging is easy; just pull the material out and try again. Work from side to side, then top to bottom to help balance the wreath. Hot glue can be used as another method to attach wreath material this restricts changes to the wreath but is easier for little crafters. Remember to leave a little room for a cascading raffia or fabric ribbon. Screw-in a screw eye if hanging the wreath and use fishing wire or a corresponding ribbon between the eyes to hang.

Metal Base

Material for a metal base form needs to be wired to the frame. Wrap each piece to the frame with floral wire and secure tightly with needle-nosed pliers. Use wire snips to cut floral wire to prevent the dulling of scissors of shears. Work from side to side, then top to bottom to help balance the wreath. Glue felt to the back of the metal frame to protect the back of the wreath. Leave room to tie a cascading raffia or fabric ribbon. Attach fishing wire or a corresponding ribbon to hang or, utilize a wreath hook.

A large plastic container works well to protect the wreaths from season to season. While another plastic container filled with interchangeable wreath material will offer countess variations to your creation.

Once complete, large wreaths can hang on the front gate, doors, over windows, in front of a mirror, or over a mantle. Smaller wreaths can hang on a door knob, propped up on a shelf or plate rack, hung in front of a cupboard door, hung on a stair landing, a headboard or a towel rack in the bathroom. Any way you use them, a smile will be the appreciated results.

Once complete

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