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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