Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Fall Wreath Tutorial?!

In honor of the cooler temperatures that have graced our usually scorching hot town, brace yourselves..... I'm posting my first ever tutorial! Excited? Well don't be, because I have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to arranging flowers.

I have been itching to decorate for fall in hopes that the decorations will somehow, through science and magic, drop the temperature to a more tolerable level. But since the weather did this of its own will, I ran to the store to buy a wreath to spruce up my door. After checking the prices of decked out wreaths, though, I decided I could buy a four dollar unfinished grapevine wreath, use some leftover leaf bushels, and throw one of these things together in record time. How hard could that be?

Well, two hours later, with hot glue gun burns covering my fingers and much more respect for professional flower arrangers, I got the thing hung up on my door.

Here's how you can make your own:

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
In my case, I gathered up whatever leftover fall decor I had which included fall leaf bushels, fake flowers, picks of fruits and pumpkins, a grapevine wreath, a hot glue gun, and loads of glue sticks.
Step 2: Start Demolishing
Seriously, start pulling all of those pretty bushels apart. Rip the flowers off their stems. Pull every little bit of delicate foliage off of their plastic bases.

Step 3: Arrange Your Pieces
For those of you who like to plan, start laying out how you want your pieces arranged on the wreath before attaching. Or, if you're like me, too impatient to do this and think it can't be that hard to arrange stuff as you go, skip this step and move on to step #4.

Step 4: Glue The Heck Out Of Everything
I mean it! Use a lot of glue to attach your pieces and start sticking the stuff on. Take advantage of your wreath and shove junk in between the vines for extra stability. Once you think you've got enough glue, glue some more. Don't worry about the glue strings covering the wreath; they look like spiderwebs and give your wreath that added effect of spookiness which is perfect for Halloween. Be sure to use caution when handling the hot glue gun, and don't glue yourself to the arrangement!

Step 5: Enjoy The Fruits Of Your Labor
If you made it through the steps, and haven't thrown your wreath away, this is the part where you can hang it on your door, look at it, and hope the pieces don't fall off with the slightest breeze.

Step 6: Oh Yes, There's More
After you've hung your wreath and given yourself a pat on the back go back inside, glance at the huge mess you've created and pray that somehow it will cean itself up.

So there it is, my first ever tutorial. Just 6 easy steps to wondering why you wasted so much time to save a few extra bucks!

Nessa Dee


Tammy said...

Well you did a great job, it looks like a professional did it. But I am like you, I don't plan and would rather glue it as I go. Except mine would not turn out looking as nice as yours.

Abby said...

No matter how hard you try, you could never produce any kind of creative item that did not turn out looking good. Even if the glue gun was out to get you.

Anonymous said...

Glue sticks, fake flowers, fall leaf bushels and don't forget, the artist's eye and you turned out a fall wreath any professional would be proud to display.
How beautiful it looks against your black front door!


yoon see said...

I will attempt one and I do celebrate Christmas.
Now, it’s not that hard with your simplified version of DIY Fall Wreath. Thanks ND.

Kat Biggie said...

I love this! I am "craft" challenged and I think this is something I can actually do!! Yay!