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September 6, 2011

Make Your Own Fall Wreaths: Part I

I know the pictures extend over the column but I wanted them to be as large as possible so that you could see them good. All of these wreaths come from the BHG website:

I saw this picture on Vicki's blog The Rusty Rooster. She very graciously told me it came from Better Homes and Gardens via Pinterest. I have the simple directions from BHG here:

Sunburst Wreath with Corn Husks
Mimic a bright, blazing sunburst with this wreath. Fold out the husks on ears of Indian corn so they point straight out from the tops. Hot-glue the ears to a straw wreath, and "fluff" the husks to complete the look.
If you don't have a straw wreath (I don't) I suppose you could use a wire form or make your own from an old wire hanger. That's what I'm going to do. The wire "disappears) in the corn kernels (be careful not to pull too tight) and then wrap around the wire form. Continue along that way until full. I lay mine out first to see that I come out even with no spaces. I leave the wire on the spool and work the wire around like that.
Now look at this beauty:
Leaves, mini squash and mini gourds are attached to a foam wreath form with hot glue and wire. Simple.
Remember the tutorial I posted a while back on making your own Fall Twig Wreath? Well, get that wreath and use it for a base to make this other Indian Corn Wreath. Use silk leaves and little Indian Corns and attach with hot glue or wire:

Another simple wreath using gourds (if you don't have a garden get them at the grocery store or farm stands like we do) with long necks, and bittersweet sprays (or any berry spray you like) wired to a grapevine wreath with a raffia bow. Or, you could use pretty orange satin ribbon.

Heart Shaped Apple Wreath
Celebrate the arrival of apple season with this beautiful wreath constructed with look-alikes. All you need is a flat twig wreath, artificial apples, greenery, berries, and a hot-glue gun. Here are directions from BHG:
"First, glue small sprigs of greenery around the edges of the wreath, following the shape of the wreath. We used dried asparagus fern for our lush base.
Next, use hot glue to attach the bottom of the first apple to the top center of the heart shape. Leaving the stem pointing out creates a focal point. Then, glue the sides of the rest of the apples to the wreath, following the shape of the heart.
Once the glue is set, start to fill in the gaps between the apples with tiny sprigs of dried or artificial berries, cut short to fit in and around the apples. Use hot glue to attach them, making it look like the apples are nestled in.
To finish, fold a 9- to 10-inch ribbon in half and glue the ends onto the back of the wreath. You can try layering multiple colors of ribbon like we did, or use just one wide ribbon. Hang on your front door and enjoy!" There is also a video on the website showing how to make this wreath. Click the decorating and home ideas tab, click Seasonal Decorating and click Fall. With a different ribbon you can take this wreath right into Christmas.

It is suggested that you not use real mini pumpkins for this next wreath, as they will decay and you won't have the wreath as long as you may want to hang it:
Start with an 18-inch twig wreath. You'll want to find one that has a fairly flat top section, so there's enough surface for the glue to secure the pumpkins. This size wreath took 13 pumpkins, but when you buy your materials at a craft store, be sure to lay out pumpkins around the wreath to see how many will fit.
Once your arrangement is set, start gluing each pumpkin in place and let it dry. We're gluing ours on so each one touches the next, but at the top we left about a 6-inch space for our bow.
Little plastic spiders are a fun addition as well. Just dot the legs with a bit of hot glue and set down on one of the pumpkins for a spooky Halloween touch.
Finally, you'll need a bow and I've got a great simple technique for that. You'll need to find wired ribbon in a 2 or 3 inch width. The wire helps you arrange the bow and the streamers easily and will help too, if you keep the bow from year to year -- you can just fluff it out as needed.
Lay a 24" strip of ribbon down on the table. Now, take about a 36" piece and leave a 15 inch streamer. Begin to loop the ribbon from side to side, beginning with smaller loops, gradually making the loops wider. End up with another 15 inch streamer. Lay down a black pipe cleaner or a 12" length of floral wire. Now you can pick up the ends of the 24" strip and knot it securely around all of the loops and the wire. There's your bow!
Use the wire to attach the bow to the wreath, or if you wish you can hot glue it onto the front. I know you -- and your guests -- will enjoy seeing this wreath. Happy Halloween!"

I'm going to stop here because this is so long already, and there are a few more wreaths that I think you'll like. I will continue in the next post.
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All photos copyright Better Homes and Gardens

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