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Published on November 24th, 2014 | by Kristen Swain

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Dollar Store Autumn Wreath

As I walked along in the dollar store – yes, I go in at least once a month.

I saw these very nice fall leaves, and a couple teeny tiny gourds in bags, I got the idea of doing this Dollar Store Autumn Wreath.

 

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I mean, there I was, with all this Fall goodness around me.

I had to pick them up, had to bring this goodness home with me.

Even if my idea wasn’t solid.

It was this misty kind of forming idea. Nothing concrete, but I wanted to do SOMETHING with these fall things.

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So I got home, and I put them away.

Almost forgotten!

Then I was searching for something and found them, knowing I wanted to make something this year.

That happens to me sometimes, I forget I bought something. And I will have it for several years before I finally make something with it.

So I found this old grapevine wreath I cleaned off.

And got out my flower stems, glue gun, leaves and gourds.

Dollar Store Autumn Wreath - CreativeMeInspiredYou.com

The first thing I did was to trim off the flowers from the metal stems.

I began to stick the larger flowers in the bottom of the wreath. And added the gourds and smaller flowers to fill in.

Dollar Store Autumn Wreath - CreativeMeInspiredYou.com

I added leaves in to fill in with green.

Dollar Store Autumn Wreath - CreativeMeInspiredYou.com

Turn the wreath over and adhere leaves to the back of the wreath. This will add a lot to make the wreath look fuller.

Dollar Store Autumn Wreath - CreativeMeInspiredYou.com

In order to make the big bow, you will need some raffia.

Dollar Store Autumn Wreath - CreativeMeInspiredYou.com

I untwisted it, using about 14 inches to wrap around the wreath, tucking the edges in under the wreath and securing with hot glue.

Dollar Store Autumn Wreath - CreativeMeInspiredYou.com

To make the bow. Well, I’ll be honest with you. I’m not so great with tying big bows. So here is my method.

Dollar Store Autumn Wreath - CreativeMeInspiredYou.com
Take strips about 8 inches long, glue the ends together and pinch.

Dollar Store Autumn Wreath - CreativeMeInspiredYou.com

Glue each one onto the wreath, adding 6 pieces for the bottom of the bow.

Repeat with smaller pieces- going down about 2 inches for each layer – I used three layers.

Add the additional pieces.

 Dollar Store Autumn Wreath - CreativeMeInspiredYou.com

Add a single piece to the middle of the bow, and then add two tails to the bow, cutting a V shape into the ends.

And this wreath is ready to go!

I spent $4 on flowers, $2 on the leaves, and $2 on the gourds. The raffia was taken from a big roll I bought several years ago, and the wreath was an old remake.

Not bad for $8!

This beautiful wreath will last me years to come.

Enjoy!

kris

 



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