DIY // 5-Minute Fall Wreath

>> Thursday, September 24, 2015

I’ve taken our fall decorating to the extreme this year. Between the Indian corn, decorative gourds, pumpkins, and mums . . . I think we’ve covered. I’ve always had this vision of hanging some indoor wreaths in our living room, so I went to Michael’s yesterday to check out prices.

Whoa, nelly! Even with a 50 percent off promotion, they were like $20 to $35 per wreath. And I need TWO. So, I decided to take a trek and see what I might find to DIY. Here’s what I came up with for just $10 and five minutes of my time!


What you’ll need . . . 

  • 16 inch grapevine wreath ($4.99)*
  • Bundle of blooms ($4.99)
  • Chalkboard tag ($1.99)
  • Yarn or twine
  • Chalk

* ALWAYS take a coupon to stores like Michael’s, A.C. Moore, etc. You can find coupons right on the website. I got 40 percent off the wreath, bringing my project cost to just $10.

Method . . . 

  1. First and foremost, there’s no right or wrong way to do this project. 
  2. I found that blooms with longer stems worked well because I didn’t need to glue them into place. I just poked the stems through the wreath and tucked in the leftovers. If you don’t like how it looks, take it out and start again. I arranged all the blooms on the bottom of the wreath, but you can do whatever you like.
  3. You can also hot glue acorns, pine cones, and other free stuff from nature onto your wreath. Go wild.
  4. Then wrap some yarn on the top and loop your tag through a few times to secure.
  5. Tie of off in the back and then add another small segment of yarn to create a hanger.
  6. Draw something fun on the tag. A heart is really unoriginal, but I like it.
  7. And you’re done!

Thanks for weighing in about our painted piano situation. As a musician, I understand some of the concerns with regard to the instrument’s timbre, etc. But honestly? It’s not the best sounding piano, it’s actually got a wood veneer on it versus solid wood, and from what I’m read -- any impact would be minimal. I was going to try chalk paint but have decided to just use chalkboard paint instead (you have to use wax every few months on the chalk paint -- ehhhh).

I’ll be back soon with some thoughts on sibling age gaps and more musings.

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