One of the floral crafts I love creating is wreaths. As far as home decorations are concerned you can never have enough wreaths. They're just so much fun to work with and so versatile.
This year I decided I wanted to create a fall wreath for my front door. The challenge with creating a wreath for my front door is I only have a 3" clearance between the front door and the storm door as you can see in the picture above. So, it couldn't just be any type of wreath.
I had bought a straw wreath many years ago that was actually 3" deep and 14" around that I thought would be perfect. I thought it might work so I started making my wreath. As I was going along I thought, perhaps I should have tried the wreath on the front door before I started making it.Nah! It would fit. So, I continued with my fingers crossed.
As I was going along I decided to cover the straw wreath with ribbon and velvet leaves, which wouldn't increase the depth of the wreath and to place the silk florals inside the inner circle of the wreath, which also wouldn't interfere with the depth.
When the wreath was done I brought it upstairs and, with my fingers crossed, tried it. Luckily for me it just fit.
I was so pleased with the way my wreath came out so I thought you might enjoy a step-by-step tutorial of how I made my wreath. Here's how I made it:
3” Deep by 14” Around Straw Wreath
1 1/2” Wired Gold Ribbon - 4 Yards
Hot Glue and Glue Gun
18” Fall Fern Silk Floral Stem Bunch - 1 Bunch With 10 Fern Stems
15” Fall Velvet Leaves Floral Bunch With 6 Stems - 4 Bunches With 6 Leaves (2” to 3”) Per Stem
18” Brown Cattails Bunch - 1 Bunch With At Least 5 Stems
7” Green Autumn Accent Beads - 1
7” Orange/Rust Autumn Accent Beads - 1
21” Brown/Cream Fall Beaded Floral Bunch With Multiple Stems - 2 Stems
Floral Greening Pin (For Hanger) - 1
1) Apply hot glue to the wrong side of one end of the 1 1/2” gold wired ribbon and glue to the back center bottom of the straw wreath.
2) Wrap the gold wired ribbon around the straw wreath leaving a small opening between each wrap until meeting your starting point. Trim the wired ribbon if necessary and then hot glue the end to the back of the straw wreath.
3) You are going to glue the fern stems to the middle of the sides of the straw wreath in two rows of 5 fern stems each. Cut the 10 fern stems at the junction of their stem with the wire cutters. Starting at the bottom center of the middle of the side of the straw wreath insert the end of one of the fern stems just under the side of one of the bottom ribbon wraps and hot glue the end to hold it in place.
4) Leaving the top 2” of the fern unglued hot glue the fern stem to the middle of the side of the straw wreath and wrapped ribbon along several areas of the middle of the back of the fern stem to hold it in place.
5) Insert the end of the next fern stem under the ribbon closest to top of the previous fern stem and hot glue it under the ribbon to hold it in place. Hot glue the back of the previous fern stem over the bottom of the fern stem you just glued in place to cover it. Leaving the top 2” of the fern unglued hot glue the fern stem to the middle of the side of the straw wreath and wrapped ribbon along several areas of the middle of the back of the fern stem to hold it in place.
6) Continue gluing 3 more of the fern stems in this same manner along the middle of the side of the straw wreath and wrapped ribbon until the middle of the side of the wreath is covered. Make sure the fern stems are glued enough in back to hold them in place without the glue showing.
7) You are going to glue the back of the remaining 5 fern stems to the side of the straw wreath 1” below the 5 fern stems you just glued around the middle of the straw wreath and wrapped ribbon in the same manner as Step 3 through Step 5.
8) Cut all of the fall velvet leaf’s at the stem of the leaf itself with the wire cutters. Keep 3 velvet leaves aside for now. Starting at the bottom center of the straw wreath and wrapped ribbon hot glue the back of the bottom of one of the leaves over the middle of the fern stems you glued along the middle of the sides of the straw wreath and wrapped ribbon.
9) Continue gluing the velvet leaves in this manner on top of the fern stems glued around the middle of the sides of the straw wreath and wrapped ribbon until meeting your starting point again.
10) You want to create a 2nd row of velvet leaves glued in the same manner as Step 9 above the row of velvet leaves you just glued and covering the top half of the sides of the straw wreath and wrapped ribbon.
11) Continue gluing the back of the leaves in this manner until you reach your starting point again.
12) Cut three of the 18” cattails approximately 12” long with the wire cutters and insert them into the straw wreath in a fan pattern in the center bottom of the inside rim of the bottom of the straw wreath and wrapped ribbon where you started the wrapping of the wired ribbon in Step 1.
13) Cut two more of the 18” cattails approximately 12” long with the wire cutters and insert one into the straw wreath to the right of the 3 cattails you just glued in place and one to the left side bending them in the manner shown above. Hot glue all 5 of the cattail stems to hold them securely in place in the straw wreath.
14) Insert the green and orange/rust Autumn Accent beads into the straw wreath and wrapped ribbon just in front of the cattails you just glued in place and as shown in the picture above. Hot glue both to the straw wreath and wrapped ribbon to hold them securely in place.
15) Cut two of the 21” brown/cream Fall bead florals approximately 9” long with the wire cutters and insert them into the straw wreath in the center of the bottom inside of the straw wreath just behind the cattails you previously glued in place. Hot glue them in place to securely hold them to the straw wreath.
16) You are going to cover the floral stems you have glued in place in the bottom center of the straw wreath with the 3 velvet leaves you previously set aside in Step 8. Position the 3 velvet leaves to cover the stems you have glued to the straw wreath and then glue the velvet leaves to hold them.
17) Insert one of the floral greening pins into the center of the top of the back of the wreath until there is about 1/2” left to form the hanger as shown in the picture above. Hot glue all around the pin to hold it securely to the wreath making sure it will hold the weight of the wreath.
18) Hang the wreath on your front door.
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