Published on November 24th, 2014 | by Kristen Swain0
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.
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.
So I got home, and I put them away.
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.
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.
I added leaves in to fill in with green.
Turn the wreath over and adhere leaves to the back of the wreath. This will add a lot to make the wreath look fuller.
In order to make the big bow, you will need some raffia.
I untwisted it, using about 14 inches to wrap around the wreath, tucking the edges in under the wreath and securing with hot glue.
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.
Take strips about 8 inches long, glue the ends together and pinch.
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.
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.