You already know I love fall decor, but I didn’t have a wreath for our front door this year. The last one I made is too small for this front door, but it worked for our last one. Now, it’s hanging just over the fireplace below the mantel.
On Friday I had to do some errands and one of my stops was next to Hobby Lobby. Knowing that craft stores usually put most of the fall decor on sale around this time, I thought I’d stop in to see if I could grab a few items to make a new wreath for our front door.
I ended up buying a sprig of faux leaves in deep red and orange tones, a small bag of faux apples and a grapevine wreath. Yesterday afternoon I took a work break to assemble it.
I also used a hot glue gun and felt (more on that in a moment) that I had on hand. I chose an oval wreath to go with something a bit different. And I steered clear of the grape vine wreaths with the dried leaves. I don’t know why, but I really don’t like the dried leaf look. Something about crumbling leaves hanging from my wreath makes me feel like I found the twigs in the woods and fashioned the wreath myself. I’m not that crafty. 😉
After I cut the branches from the sprig of leaves, I slid them into the wreath until they fit in securely so there was no chance of them falling out. Then, I cut a few pieces of felt and used the hot glue to attach a small piece onto the back of each apple. I purposely used the maroon felt to blend in with the faux leaves.
After that, I glued the felt piece to the wreath to make sure it would adhere to the grape vines. I learned this trick from my sister-in-law and it’s pure brilliance. Without the felt, I’m not sure that the apples would stay on the wreath at all. I used the whole sprig of leaves and grouped three apples together on the left side.
I love the colors of the leaves and the shiny green apples. I think the colors pair really nicely together and it’s not over the top like some of the wreaths I’ve seen in stores lately. And the best part? This wreath cost me less than $20 to make and took about 20 minutes to put together! I couldn’t buy a wreath like this for that price. I didn’t use all of the apples that came in the bag, so I will probably make a centerpiece for our table with the rest of them (and as back-ups in case any of the apples fall off the wreath in the colder weather).
Do you hang a fall wreath as well? Do you make your own or do you prefer to buy one?