Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Craft Project: Fall into the Holidays Wreath

(c) Donna Herron 2012
I stole the inspiration for our latest decorating project from Lauralee at Yellow Mums.  She creatively "borrowed" the idea from Delia at Delia Creates.  I really loved how Lauralee mixed berries and fabric with the sticks to make a warm, rustic, and charming wreath.  However, I knew I wanted to add more red and brown to my wreath so I could use it throughout the fall and into the holiday season (Honestly, I plan to keep it on display until it falls apart).

So, I used some brown and red fabric, and some woven black fabric that I had in my stash.  I found some fake red flowers that were described as cherry blossoms (I thought cherry blossoms were white?) and added some berries from a garland I bought at Christmas Tree Shops.  Since we live in a warmer climate, I think the red flowers are a nice touch!

Instead of making rosettes, I just ruffled the fabric around the center and glued it down in place.  I meant to take some photos during the assembly process but I forgot :(  No matter, both women have good instructions and advice on their blogs above.  Here I'll just add my two cents of what I did and wished I'd done differently:

1.  For my cardboard base, the outside diameter of my rings was 11 inches and the diameter of the inside hole was about 4.5 inches.  I think my twigs are a bit longer and more irregular around the edge than Lauralee's.  My wreath is quite wide and fills the entire width of a standard door.  I might need to trim it back a bit.

2.  We (hubby and I) found it was easier to start placing the sticks at 12, 3, 6, and 9 o'clock, then go in and fill between the starting points.  This way, I think we were able to control the shape of the wreath and mix the texture of the twigs.

3.  Having said that, I kinda wish that I had used all the same sticks from the same type of tree (we had plenty of sticks) for a more uniform texture to the background element.  Well, maybe next time :)

4.  I made the two fabric strips each 2 inches high for the center decoration.  If I were to do it again, I think I would make the black strip wider, so only about 1/2 inch of the brown would be showing.  I think it would be more dramatic.

When the holiday season comes, if the wreath is still in one piece, I may fill the center with pinecones for a more wintery look.

Thanks to Lauralee and Delia for sharing their creativity and inspiration!!  Check out their blogs for more great ideas!


  1. love the berries and flowers addition. And the ruffled ribbon--brilliant. It turned out gorgeous! Thanks for the shout out!

  2. Thanks, Lauralee!! I only "borrow" from the best :)

  3. The wreath looks great. I like the different types of branches and think they add a nice quality to it. What's our next project?

  4. Thanks, honey. Are you ready for my next great idea? :)