Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Getting Ready for Fall-Wreath Tutorial

     The seashells have been put away around my house and it is beginning to look more like fall. Of course, with temperatures pushing 100 degrees this week...I feel a little silly switching my things, but I was ready for a change. I won't put out Halloween things until October, but I did want to make a new indoor wreath for the season. I saw something in a catalog that I loved, but it was $359! I was inspired to make something that was equally as unique and I love the result...I always like things to be slightly "odd"!

     My goal, as always, was to use things I had at home and spend as little money as possible. I put a sheet on the living room floor and got busy stripping old flowers and ribbon off of a grapevine wreath. This wreath is approx. 25" in size. I also had 3 different fall ribbons and 3 different black and white ribbons for this project.
     To begin, make 6 or 7 bows (I made 2 loop bows, much smaller than a bow for a traditional wreath or package) of each of the fall colors. I also made 2 bows from each of the black and white spools of ribbon. You can see my bow tutorial in my sidebar. Just make 2 loops per side instead of the normal 3 or more.

     My first ribbon was a bronze/brown with a rust floral on it. Using the wire I made the bows with, I attached the bows randomly to the wreath.

     The second ribbon was a deep orange mesh, again added randomly on the wreath. You may notice that I haven't cut the tails on the bows at this time. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with them at this point. After all the bows were attached, I cut the tails (which were left about the same size as the bow loops).
     Someone in my house loves ribbon more than I do. After chasing her around and grabbing the bows from her, I moved her bed to my work area and she finally calmed down.

     The last of my fall ribbon was a deep chocolate brown with an animal print in rust. Once again, filling in the gaps left by the other bows, these were added. At this point, I hung the wreath on the wall and snipped the tails, fluffed the loops and made sure that most of the wreath was covered with bows.
     I added the various black and white bows into the mix (this is the odd part) and wired in a sparkly witches hat.

I also had a witch tassel that was just screaming
at me, "pick me, I want to be on the wreath too"!
A few random faux pumpkins were
tucked in for added texture and it is done!
     I love the fact that it isn't screaming orange and that while it has hints of Halloween, it can be up through all of the fall months. I also love that it isn't covered with faux fall flowers. I can't wait to try a similar technique at Christmas! I was thrilled with the result and only had to buy the black and white ribbons to create it, the rest I already had at home. What do you think? Too strange?
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Humble Heart Designs said...

Quite lovely!
What a great idea using only various ribbons.
I think I might try this style.

Be Blessed,

Lynn said...

Lovin' all the loopy bows Sue! Very cute:@)

Nellie's Cozy Place said...

Hi Suz,
You are definitely in the mood for Fall already, Cute wreath, and love the white pumpkin accents. Love all those lil mini pumpkins no matter the color, they are so cute.
Like the idea of an all bow wreath too, very different but very creative and unique.

Hope all is well with you and yours
blessings, Nellie

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Very Pretty! Thanks for the tutorial. Your furbaby wanted to help. :D

Jacqueline said...

It is just fabulous! You could take the black and Halloween off and add a few things in for Thanksgiving - love how versatile this could be and all those BEAUTIFUL BOWS!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

You did a fabulous job Sue!
I love the colors, the textures, all of it, well done!
It's been blazing hot in Wisc. too but we are heading for a cool down now.

NanaDiana said...

That is really cute, Sue. Nice job! xo Diana

xinex said...

Your wreath is beautiful, Sue. You are making me wanna create one too....Christine

koralee said...

This is lovely....I need to get my wreath up on the door is just so hot here still. Thank you for always visiting me. Happy weekend