Falling into Wreath-Makin’

15 Oct

Hi kiddos. Believe it or not, there are some perks to changing seasons.  I know that’s obvious when its going from spring to summer for instance, but around here, it’s tough to see the joy in newly frigid and dark days.  ‘Cept when it means you get to bust out the glue gun, boxed wine and ring up some wreath-diggin’ girlfriends.    Here’s how to make it happen:

1. Get together at about 8pm, so you have to make a mad dash to Jo-Ann Fabrics and stuff your cart full of goodies and sprint through the check out.  Supermarket Sweep style.

2. Buy excessive amounts of lovely autumnal foliage.  At our Jo-Ann’s all the fall decor was 40% off and then I was able to use a 20% off your entire purchase (including sale items!).  We literally had an overflowing cart (reds, yellows and pumpkins, oh my!) including tons of leaves, flowers, acords, pumpkins and 3 grapevine wreathes.  It came to $60 bucks.  Our bounty made four wreathes comfortably with quite a bit of leftovers.

3. Bust out the wine and snackies. And cover your kitchen table with your plethora of prettyful pieces.  But keep an eye on your cheese.  And vino.   They may just get buried in all that fall goodness and then you’ll be toast. Because we all know you can’t make wreathes without wine.

4. Lay it all out on the line (or wreath).  Do this however floats your boat, Kmitch and Sniff were careful little layers, putting each leaf in its general position whereas I am a piler.  I snagged the colors and textures I was going for into a giant pile and then worked directly from there.  You’ll also want to trim pieces down if they have extra stem or are coming off a big stalk.

5. Get your (hot) glue on.  Yay!  My favorite part.  The moment you’ve been preparing for!!  I use my handy little guy on low heat (Kmitch has battle scars to show how dangerous these suckers can be) and just put a healthy dollop around the base of what you’re stickin’ into the wreath.  Then shove it down into the grapevine, so it gets tucked away and is nice and secure.  Don’t worry a bit about those glue ‘hairs’ that will be everywhere, when you’re done they’re super easy to pull off.

6.  Work round and round. Once you’ve made it all the way around your gorge wreath, go ahead and fill in any baldie spots to get just the look you’re going for.

7.  Step back and admire that masterpiece! Congrats!!  You’ve made a *rockin’* wreath. And if you’re feeling particularly nutty, go ahead and make one for your momma too.  She’ll llerrrvvee it!

There’s our beauties.  Isn’t it wonderful how we can all start with the same pile o’ leaves and end up with 3 different, but equally incredible, wreathes!  Hoorayyyyyy!

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