Hi, all! I had no idea I was going to write a post about making a wreath. I’ve actually been working on another set of projects that I will be sharing in the next few days (this post is a looong time coming!), but yesterday as I was shopping for more generically fall décor, I ended up with an unexpected project!
Let me back up. I have almost zero fall décor. I have a healthy amount of Christmas stuff, and have built up my Halloween collection, but when it comes to fall… nearly nada. I just made a banner (using Target’s Dollar Spot items and my Cricut – you’ll see it below – it wasn’t worth a post…), but other than that, I have only a smattering of other items. One thing I loved about my Halloween decorations was my Spooky Wreath that I embellished with a spider and bats.
When I took that down, my fireplace looked so… blah. So, I took off to try to shop some of the fall clearance decorations. You know, because everything is now CHRISTMAS! Oi. I looked at a couple of the clearance wreaths, but nothing was really my style, and the prices were still above what I felt I needed to spend right now.
I ran to Jo-Ann Fabric, because I loved my Halloween Coffee sign, and was hoping to find another blank sign form to do a similar “coffee” project for Thanksgiving, but unfortunately, it was slim pickings there.
That’s where this post starts… I found a roll of orange glittery burlap-type material in the fall clearance section. It was originally 14.99, on clearance for $3! I had no idea what to do with it, but I knew I couldn’t pass it up. On the way home, I remembered a strange metal ring I found in the field two years ago while I was picnicking with Harlow. I’ve kept this thing (I have no idea what it actually is…) for so long, because I just had a feeling I’d need this plain metal, ever-so-slightly rusty, non-descript ring… someday!
I stopped off at The Dollar Tree (have I ever mentioned my love for TDT?) and bought some of their fall foliage. I headed home, went down in my craft room, dug out that ring, and started plotting.
My biggest question was how to attach the burlap to the ring. I tried tying it with ribbon, but it was really difficult to do without another set of hands, and didn’t look very good. I did a quick Google search, and found that most burlap wreaths are made with four-ring wreath forms like this:
Well, that wasn’t going to work. Then I found this:
It’s basically a metal ring with attached metal twist-ties. So… I grabbed some twist-ties! Luckily I had orange ties from Halloween goodie bags I bought and didn’t end up using.
I gathered the fabric at the very end, twist-tied it to the form, measured out 10″, twist tied again, repeated for the entire length of the fabric, squishing it together as I went.
I was very unconvinced I would have enough material to cover the entire ring, but I ended up having EXACTLY enough. When I got it all twist-tied on, I grabbed a few of the fall foliage pieces I got at The Dollar Tree, and just twisted them on using their wire stems.
The end product:
It’s a lot more… fancy… than I’m usually drawn to, and while I love how it turned out (for only about $4!), I wasn’t really sure if it was “me”. The longer it is up there, though, the more I’m falling in love with it. I couldn’t really get the “shininess” in the photo, but when the light hits it, it sparkles. I think that’s what I like most about it.
onThis was THE EASIEST project I’ve worked on in ages, and turned out really cute. You can buy the actual forms with twist ties online for super cheap (I found one online for under $2), and as I was writing this post, I see you can find plain metal craft rings for about the same amount of money. A ring, a roll of burlap or mesh, some twist-ties, and you’ve got an inexpensive, fun holiday wreath!
I’d love to hear from you if you decide to make this!