Making a Wreath.
Oh, I hear the groans of self doubt. I felt you pull away because your fear of wreath making and floral artistry skills were pulling you back. But, fear no more. What if I told you that you could create a wreath, or in my case transform a wreath, using ready-made floral picks available at any craft store at super reasonable prices? Would you stick around and trust that I could have you believing that you, too, could craft an original wreath by the end of this post? Well, stick with me, folks. And have faith.
How to Make a Fall Wreath Using Floral Picks
Before we get started, I am so happy to tell you that I am participating in a fun event today – Farmhouse Fall Accents – with 5 other amazing bloggers.
Please read to the end, as I will share their links and you can visit all of these bloggers and see their amazing projects.
I have a faux eucalyptus wreath which I adore and have had for so long I can’t even remember when I first purchased it. Similar to a boxwood wreath, it’s a classic that never goes out of style. When I first hung Cleetus in our Breakfast Room, I felt he needed something. That is when my little eyes spied the eucalyptus wreath and the union was fabulous. But, the best part is that I have found I can simply dress the wreath from season to season, and the greenery base works for all occasions.
Here’s last year’s Fall Updated Wreath.
Once again this year, I simply added a few basic additions and it totally transformed the look. After a quick trip through Hobby Lobby to get some glue sticks, I could not help myself and made a stroll down the Fall Aisle. My promise of “I will buy no more fall decor” was echoing in my head. But, I spied some cute, floral picks and they were FIFTY percent off. Plus, we are still several weeks away from real pumpkins hitting our market. (It was 94 degrees today after all!) So these little faux beauties would have to work for now.
I only purchased three styles of picks.
Two with pumpkins and a wheat design variety. I already had some small orange pumpkins on hand. I wasn’t even sure if I would need them, but I had them ready, just in case. I simply started adding the picks, just pushing them into the wreath to secure them. You should not need any glue, etc. The idea is to reuse the plain wreath after the holiday, and also reuse the picks next year, too.
I am sorry to say there was no rhyme or reason to the placement. I knew I wanted to finish the wreath with a bow, so I avoided the general area where I wanted the bow to be placed.
I will tell you that most people, when using floral picks make two common mistakes:
1.) They try to add too many styles of picks. Like I said, I chose two with pumpkins and one without. You want to add color and texture, but you also want the floral picks to be similar in size and scale.
2.) They scatter the picks too far apart. Rather, I prefer to group them in sets of 3. (similar to the technique for accessorizing)
I guess my third bit of advice is to know when enough is enough. I love a full wreath, but I also know adding florals is like accessorizing little black dress. Remove the last piece of jewelry you put on, and you have it just right.
I used three types of french ribbons for the bow. A plain burlap, a burnt orange silk, and a green and cream design. If you prefer no bow, no problem. Simply add picks all around.
Here’s how the bow looked once added. Oh, at the last minute I tucked in a white-washed set of antlers, because…Fall. 🙂
Ten minutes tops. Fifteen if you consider the time it took for me to cut the ribbon strips and make the bow. I confess that in the past, I have spent big bucks for ready-made wreaths at floral and craft shops. But this simple wreath, with about a dozen floral picks which cost less than $20 total – is one of my faves.
It’s faux. I get that. Faux isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But, faux has it’s advantages, too. The pumpkins don’t rot being the main one. Ha! They are economical and easy to store for the next year. And even if orange and rust isn’t your thing, there are tons of varieties of floral picks available now in almost every color tone.
So now do you trust me? Do you now see how easy it is to make a custom styled wreath using inexpensive floral picks?
Sure you do. I can hear the anticipation in your voice to go forth and make your own Fall wreath. Go, my wreath-making warriors. GO!
Thank you for allowing me to share this easy Fall Wreath project with you.
Now I am happy to share the other projects being shared as part of the
Farmhouse Fall Accents.
Knick of Time : “Decorating for Fall on a Budget”
StoneGable: “Fall Open Shelves”
Seeking Lavender Lane: “Farmhouse Fall Decorating”
She Holds Dearly: “How to Make Velvet Pumpkins”
Worthing Court: “Fall in My Farmhouse Dining Room”
Hunt and Host: “Decorating with Book Pages for Fall”
Hymns and Verses: “Autumn on the Porch”
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