This week’s guest blogger is Melissa Mortenson from The Polkadot Chair, who shared a tutorial for a fun and fresh autumn wreath:
“In our family, we love to find ways to celebrate the seasons. The kids all get so excited when it’s time to pull out our decorations for a special time of year. This year I decided to make a new wreath for our front door to anticipate the arrival of autumn this year.
I tried to think of a craft that would be fun for me an my girlfriends to make if we had a crafternoon!
I was inspired by the feathers that my daughters and all of their friends have in their hair right now!
To make it fun I threw in a little bit of bling too, because it never hurts to have a little bling! *wink*
First you need to gather your supplies. All of these can be found at most craft stores.
- 18″ Wire wreath form
- 4 or 5 Stems of a filler material, such as a grass, or leaves- just a note, you can do this project with LIVE branches, if you’ve got some left over from a garden pruning project.
- 4 or 5 Stems of an accent material- I used some pepper berry stems.
- Large focal point flower
- 10 or 15 Long feathers
- Old brooch or pin, or a glittery/sparkly button
- Hot glue gun
- Floral wire
- Wire Cutters
When you buy stems at the craft store, most are multiple stems all taped together and sold as one.
For this project, you are going to want to start taking stuff apart!
The grass stems (shown above) came apart into several smaller stems. So I pulled them apart. Do the same thing with the pepper berries, but you may need to use wire cutters to cut those apart.
Next you are going to start making small bunches with all of your materials.
Here I’ve taken one grass stem, one pepper berry sprig and one feather and wired them all together along the bottom. Use you wire cutters to clip off any extra wire at the bottom of your bunch.
Now use your floral wire an attach the bottom of the stem to your wreath form.
Repeat this process, attaching bunches and overlapping each piece slightly until your wreath is filled up (the number you need will depend on how full the materials are you chose to work with).
Once you’ve got all of your bunches wired on, flip your wreath over. Generously use your hot glue gun and glue over the top of where the floral wire is attached to the form. This will keep your wreath from moving around.
Flip your wreath back over and look at it. If you like, add some more feathers or grass stems until it’s the fullness that you are happy with.
Next you are going to take apart your focal flower. Just tug on it, it will come apart!!
Don’t worry we’ll put it back together again. If you don’t want to use a sparkly brooch for the center of your flower, you can skip this part.
Now reassemble your flower in a way that you like!
I used some leaves from the stem and glued them to the back. Use hot glue to reassemble the flower. I just pinned the brooch onto the reassembled flower.
(If you don’t want to keep the brooch on your wreath forever don’t stress, you can just take it off when you are done with it and use it for something else.)
Voila! The only thing left to do is to hot glue the flower to your wreath and hang it on your door!
Melissa Mortenson is the crafty mom behind The Polkadot Chair blog. Be sure to stop by her site for more great craft ideas!