Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The fun fall wreath for less than $12

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 Today I was working on a really fun project:

 I've been carrying the idea in my head for a while. The thing is - I like Halloween and all the fun of it. What I don't like is the scary decorations. I'm just not into it. So I wanted a wreath that will work both as a fall decor and a Halloween one. And I know it's still August, but I really couldn't wait to get it done :) The best thing about this project is that it takes only a couple of hours and costs less than $12 to make. Honestly, it costs even less considering that with some of the supplies you only use a fracture of them.

Here's what you need:

Wreath or wreath form ($1, read further)
4-5 yards of black tulle ($1.27/yard at Walmart)
0.5 yard of bright-orange satin (appr. $1, also at Walmart)
1 can black spray paint (99c- cheapest at Walmart or any home improvement store)
Orange ribbon for hanging ($1 at the Dollar store)
Little black fuzzy puffs ($1 at the Dollar store for a nice size bag, different colors)


   I actually first purchased a Styrofoam wreath form for $4.47 from Wallmart (ouch!!). I really didn't like the price because I knew it will all add up. So when I went to the Dollar store for some other supplies, I decided to check out what they had. And I found this plain wicker wreath that I knew would be just perfect for my project:

  So I returned the Walmart one. :) First, I spray-painted  it to make it less visible through tulle. I used some paint I already had on hand but you can always find the cheapest paint for less than a dollar:

   You don't have to do a super-good job because most of it will be covered anyway. Then cut your tulle into strips about 10 in X 4-5 inch and start to tie strips around your wreath in a double knot. Push them together tight:

   Keep working until the whole wreath is done. It looks time-consuming but it actually took me an hour tops.
Then onto the flowers. Believe me, they are pretty easy to make too. First, cut out a few circles of different sizes from a piece of satin. They don't even have to be perfectly rounded:

   Then light a candle and hold the edge of the circle a little over the flame (don't burn yourself!!) until it starts to curl. I tried to get a picture of a process but it's hard to do it with one hand and hold a camera in another :) :

   Move it over the flame until it curls all around the edges:

   Then put the circles together and sew them into a flower:

   Then sew or glue the puff to the middle of your "flower" and attach it to the wreath. I used a fabric glue for it but you can use basic Elmer's white glue too:

  The more circles you add to the flower the prettier it will look. I used 7 on the big one and 4 or 5 on the smaller ones. Then attach the ribbon for hanging and voila- your wreath is done!! Here's another picture of the finished product:

   Sorry for the picture of the inside of our front door. The outside needs to be cleaned and painted. And very soon :) But I'm kind of liking this new edition to our fall decor :)

I'm sharing this DIY project with these fun parties:

Uncommonly Yours 
Ginger Snap Crafts Wow me Wednesday 
Homemaker on a Dime 
Family Home and Life Wow Us Wednesday 
Pin It Wednesday 


  1. Amazingly awesome!! You rock girl!!! :)

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    1. Thanks. It's very easy to make too!

  3. Wow that is fantastic. I wonder if making/hanging wreaths is an American thing, because I see lots of crafts for them for holidays and changing seasons. Here in the UK we only use them at Christmas time. Saying that I made a spring wreath for our summer house (dd calls it Spring Cottage)Maybe I should start a new trend?

    1. It's definitely an American thing! I've never seen one until I came here. I think a new trend sounds like a great idea :)

  4. Wow Lena, you have done it AGAIN ! Halloween is such a fun time, or used to be when I was growing up going from door to door.

    1. Decorations are fun for me, door to door is definitely fun for the kiddos :)

  5. Very beautiful and looks fairly easy too!

  6. I LOVE it! I agree about halloween, fall decorations. It looks so fancy, but easy. And just change the colors for Easter, Valentines, Christmas - you could have a whole collection of door wreaths. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I know! I'm actually already thinking what I want to do for Christmas :) I have an old and ugly wreath and I want something new and more fun.

  7. This is great! Well done! Would love if you'd share with our Countdown to Fall link party! Hope to see you there! Have a great week! :)

  8. Clever but very clever and can definite stand as a Halloween or Autumn wreath. The orange blossoms look starling against the black tulle...very creative.
    well done

    Amanda :-)

  9. I like the flowers. They look good and easy to make. Also, you did a good job with the instructions.

    1. They are truly easy to make. And you can make them for girls' bows as well as for decor. So many possibilities!

  10. Too cute, you are so crafty. Love the idea!

  11. This is so beautiful, I want to make one just like this TFS!


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