Friday, September 10, 2010

Fall Wreath


I absolutely LOVE fall -- it's one of those seasons that has completely grown on me.  Ironically, as a kid I HATED fall -- it meant we had to go back to school, stop swimming outside, and start wearing jackets.  But now I adore the change -- the crisp air, the rustling leaves -- all of it.  And this year it feels like the season came overnight!  It got chilly really fast.

So to celebrate the autumn season, I decided to make a Fall Wreath to hang on the front door.

I used some decorating raffia, a wreath form and my glue gun.  


 I got this raffia at Michael's for around $4.00 with my 40% off coupon, and I managed to find the straw wreath form at Goodwill for $2.00.

First I took thee or four strands of each color raffia and glued one end of the bunch to the wreath.


 Then I wrapped them around the wreath tightly.  I glued the end of the stands to the wreath and then started another bunch of raffia, overlapping the end of the previous bunch so no ends would be sticking out.  


 I continued doing this until the whole wreath was covered with raffia.  

At the end there were a lot of loose ends and pieces sticking out.  I trimmed as many as I could with scissors, and then the ones that I couldn't trim short enough, I glued down (I tried to do most of my gluing on the back of my wreath where it wouldn't be seen).


Now that my wreath was done, I decided to make raffia flowers.  First I took the purple colored raffia and grabbed five to six strands. 

 
I wrapped it around a cardboard form (or you could use your hand) so that it is uniform and even, like this:


 Then I wrapped another piece of raffia around the middle and tied it in the back to secure it like a bow.


Then I made another "bow", exactly like the one shown above and glued them on my wreath in an "X" to make a flower.


Finally, I hung it on the door and admired it. :)


What do you think??  I wish there was less pink and purple in there, but I still like it -- it still says, fall, right? :)


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Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

oh i love this amanada! it is so colorful and whimsical!

Tina said...

I like it! Cute idea.
T

Andrea @ Simple Organized Living said...

This is a great idea. and SO much cheaper than buying expensive wreaths from the store!
You could totally use this idea for other seasons as well...just by switching up some of the colors and flower decals. I wonder if there is a way to attach pine cones?? hot glue?
Thanks for more inspiration!

Jen said...

Very cute!!

Mel P said...

So pretty! I like the pink and purple. It's very fall-like because of the texture and the colors make it more interesting!

Brandy said...

So pretty, I love the colors!!!

Kylee said...

love it!!! Fall is my favorite season

Lisa said...

This is SO pretty! I love the colors and the texture! Creative & cute as usual!

michelle said...

I love it! the colors are really pretty and the bows are so cute! I love fall too for all the reasons that you mentioned! It is my favorite season! I hope that you have a great weekend!!

Mindy said...

This is beautiful! The colors aren't traditional fall colors, but I think that's one of the things I like best about it. The rafia gives it an autumn feeling, like crinkly leaves. It's simple and elegant, and just really beautiful.

Red Door Home said...

My favorite part about this project are the colors you used - very different from what most people associate with fall. Love it!

Page@ThriftyNiftyWise said...

Just found your blog and I'm glad I did. Super cute :) I'll be your newest follower!

Suzy @ Joy Is At Home said...

I love this! The pink and purple are very unique! So easy and cute!

Allison Shops said...

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Maria Gridley said...

SUPER CUTE!! I love the colors and the straw!! completely adorable!!

ky girl marissa said...

This is so pretty!

Michelle L. said...

What a great project, truly adorable and versatile!

Sarah @ The Bird's Papaya said...

soooo pretty. and I love the pink and purple. they are a great unique fall combo in there :) love it!!!

GB said...

I LOVE it....sometimes we're overloaded with "fall" colors and i love this take on it!

:)

Rhiannon said...

very cute and looks easy even i could do it! i think i just might too!

Roseanna said...

Love the idea of using raffia, beautiful!

Melissa said...

Very nice cheery colors!!

Chic Creations said...

Love the wreath. I haven't used raffia for a long time. I think I will try this project. Thanks for sharing.

Kat said...

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing, I'll be trying this one!

Kimberlee said...

I love it!!! What great colors, and not too shabby on the price either!
~Kimberlee
www.TheSpunkyDiva.blogspot.com

Laura said...

I agree that the texture of the raffia is what makes it fallish. Nice job. It's a super cute wreath!

Do you have a Dollar Tree near you? They often have wreath forms too, but they are kind of smallish.

Higgs Happenin's said...

Oo I love that! I want to make one!

Olivia said...

That is so great! You could do this for any season, too. It would look great with red and green for Christmas!
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sydney @ memorable minutes said...

oh this is beautiful and simple. i love it.

Remodelaholic said...

This is such a creative idea, I love the way it looks and I wanted to let you know that we are planning on featuring it tomorrow, hope you get some new traffic!
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MR. GNOMES GREEN BLOG said...

What an inexpensive decor for the front door, I think I am going to have to make this for my Grandma, she would love it for her door at home

Kari said...

I love this! It looks so fantastic!!!

Jerri said...

Love this wreath! The colors you chose are so pretty!

C.R.A.F.T. said...

great use of material!!! come on over and link up to MMM :)

Martina said...

Love this wreath. Looks really so nice! Have to look out to find some raffia! Thanks for sharing!

dogsmom said...

I think you did a wonderful job. I am not a "pink" girl but I think the balance of colors looks great. And the flowers are a nice addition. Great texture and not something everyone has.

Donene said...

I love how this turned out! So clever!
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Patti said...

Love the colors in this...very clever and cheerful!

Jhenna said...

Bautiful! Love it!

Anonymous said...

I found all the goodies to make my own wreath like your, it was just too cute not to make it, thanks for the idea!

Curtsay said...

This is gorgeous, I love the colors!

Jocelyn said...

I think that is beautiful, and it looks easy! Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

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Natasha said...

This is gorgeous! You are so talented. And I agree with everyone else, the colours are great!

Best wishes,
Natasha.

Sandy Ang said...

Thanks for the fab tutorial!

Cheryl said...

Pretty & the colors are sooo nice. Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday:)

Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy said...

I love it and the colors! What a fun wreath! I'm featuring this on my blog today! Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's!

gena said...

ooooooh, that would be perfect on Lavender Hill ! I may just try it myself !
thanks for sharing,
gena
www.thehouseonlavenderhill.blogspot.com

UKZoe said...

I picked up a pack of paper raffia last week. It only has 3 shades of blue but I am pretty sure it would still look good. Can't remember where I put my polystyrene hoops though.

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