Add Flair to Your Home with a Fall Wreath
Wreaths are routinely used to decorate both inside and outside the home year round and they add both color and texture, either on your entry doors, on inside doors or on the wall. Made of all types of materials − both live and dried − wreaths are popular for their variety and the dimension they add to flat surfaces.
Give your home a bit of fall feel with the wreath you create. Autumn wreaths are typically made of dried materials, but you can also make them with fresh herbs or live sedums. Dried materials often signify late summer and fall harvests.
Here are a few ideas for making your own wreath to decorate your home this fall:
- Sprays of Grain. Check out local craft and floral supply stores for sprays of wheat or oats, or talk to the farmers at the farmer's market near your home to see if they have sprays of grain you can purchase.
- Grasses. If you grow decorative grasses in your garden, don't compost those feathery plumes when you cut back the plants. Save them for wreath making. Add some dried flowers for color.
- Grapevines. Grapevine wreaths are easy to make if you have access to grapevines. If not, the base wreath can also be easily purchased at a craft supply store and enhanced with your creative additions. Wrap a grapevine wreath with ribbon that fits with the season, or with your décor, and you've got a quick and easy fall decoration. Grapevines are also a great base for dried flowers, leaves and grasses − whatever you purchase or cut from your garden − so you can make a wreath that's uniquely yours. Herbs can be used to make a fragrant wreath with flowering herbs that add color as well as a delightful scent.
- Nuts. Purchase a selection of in-the-shell nuts and gather some acorns if you're lucky enough to have access to an oak tree. Use either a straw wreath form or cover a floral foam form with burlap and hot glue the nuts on. Spray the finished product with a light coating of shellac or polyurethane to give it some sheen.
- Sedum. Wreaths of small sedums made on a sphagnum moss base make a great year round outdoor wreath. Once made, find them a place to hang where it's not windy and make sure to spray them regularly with water to keep the sedums healthy.
- Wine Bottle Corks. If you're not a wine drinker or don't know one, you can buy a kit to create a wine cork wreath. If you do appreciate a glass of wine, this is a good project to start saving those corks for. All you need is a straw wreath, wine bottle corks, a glue gun and plenty of glue sticks. Instructions on making the wreaths and pictures to fuel your creativity are easily found online.
The first historical mentions of wreaths include 1) those made of fabric and jewels and worn by individuals, and 2) laurel wreaths made as headwear for Greco-Roman Olympic Champions. Today, the fall wreath has become a lovely indoor and outdoor reminder of our harvest bounty.