A note about supplies. One thing I try hard to do is keep my crafting affordable. We're all on a budget right? So my number one tip for wreaths is to check out your local thrift stores for wreath forms. My local store usually has styrofoam and straw wreath forms regularly and they are $0.75!! Which is awesome compared to like $12 at Michael's.
For this specific wreath, my form is a 10 inch squared edge form (but you can totally use any kind of foam form) that I got at the thrift store. I got "giant" paper lunch bags at Walmart for just over a dollar for a 300 pack (they are slightly larger than normal lunch bags). I found the crepe paper leaves at the dollar store. They came in packs according to color, so if you want a multi-colored wreath like the one pictured, you'll have to get more than one pack. I got four, each pack has 10 leaves. I have a ton left over for a different craft now! The floral ball shaped thingies are from the dollar store as well. The stamps came from JoAnn's in their $0.99 bins, and the mini stamp pads and the twine came from Walmart in their $1.00 craft bins. SO. There's your shopping list, in case you needed some ideas...
Prepare your bags:
1. Keeping the bag flat, use your scissors to cut across the top (where it's all jaggedy) and to cut the bottom off.
2. Slice the bag open down the middle seam on the back.
3. If you opened it up now, it would look like this.
4. Fold it all up on the folds and then fold it in half.
5. Cut it in three (somewhat) equal pieces.
6. Take each piece, open them up and then crumple them.
I needed three bags to cover my wreath form (9 strips), you may need a few more or less depending on the size of your form and how crumply you keep your strips when applying them.
Wrap the wreath:
2. Fold a piece of scrap paper bag in half and cut out three triangles and a rectangle.
3. Use your "background pattern stamp" and a neutral color stamp pad to stamp a background on the pieces. Mine is brown chevron.
4. You can use whatever kind of quote or phrase you want for the rectangle piece, I went with Thank You, for a Thanksgiving-y theme. I used a bright contrasting turquoise so it would stand out.
5. Open up your triangle, lay a line of hot glue down the middle.
6. Lay your twine across the inside, making sure the paper piece is where it needs to be,
7. and smoosh the triangle closed around the twine.
8. Repeat this for the other two triangles and the rectangle.
9. Turn your wreath over and glue the ends of the twine down to the wreath.
10. To hide the glue spots and make the twine extra secure, glue down a small square of paper bag over each end.
11. Turn your wreath over. Done!
And because there's likely no more trends you could possibly add at this point without making it seem completely over the top, you're finished!
Just hang proudly on your front door and enjoy along with the nice cool fall weather!
It's my favorite season - I think because of the colors. I love that this wreath illustrates that.
You might also like some of my other fall-inspired wreaths! Like:
OR, my "flavors of fall - dessert edition" which includes recipes for five different yummy fall desserts!
Thanks for asking me over, Jillian! Hope to see you all at my blog, or you can find me on facebook and pinterest!