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‘Fall’ in love with Autumnal Wreaths – Tips & Tricks
Maybe you’ve had enough of carving pumpkins and want another way to brighten up your home (or holiday home!) with autumnal hues to combat the grey outside – look no further, as autumnal wreaths are a great way to decorate and a fun family activity to do on a rainy day!
The great thing about this activity is that you can be as creative as you’d like – and you don’t have to spend a lot, as many materials are available cheaply online or at your local craft shop. You can purchase ready-made wicker
wreaths for a few pounds, or make your own from everyday household objects like fashioning a ring from a wire coat hanger!
Decorations for the wreath can be found by foraging in your garden or local woodland – pinecones, acorns and conkers are great additions and will last for years. We spent an evening putting together our own wreaths to come up with the best tips and tricks to make making your own a breeze….
Some things you might find useful to make your perfect wreath:
- Base for your wreath (whether this is a wooden, wicker, or metal one, it doesn’t matter!)
- A glue gun and extra gluesticks (or superglue or PVA glue, the latter of which will take longer to dry)
- Artificial leaves (whatever colours you prefer – we went for classic autumnal yellows, oranges and reds)
- Battery operated fairy lights
- Pieces of fern
- Sticks and twigs
- Bonus – plastic pumpkins and squashes
- Artificial berries
- Some string (to hang it up on when you’re finished!)
Cover your work surface
Whether you’re going to work on your wreath at a dining room table or the floor (like us) it’s a good idea to put down a sheet of plastic to protect your work surface. This will catch any runaway berries (we’re speaking from personal experience, here) and minimise the clean-up afterwards.
Before you start decorating your wreath it’s a good idea to wrap the fairy lights around it and turn them on – not only is this practical so you can make sure they’re functional, this will provide a good guide for where to stick your decorations to make the most of the lights and not cover them up.
Print out some inspiration
Whether you’re planning on winging it or wanting to follow a certain design for your wreath, it’s helpful to have some ideas to refer back to as you’re going along – so printing out some example pictures of wreaths to keep nearby is a smart plan. Scrambling to search for pictures while your hands are covered in glue must be where the phrase ‘sticky situation’ came from…..
If you lay out your decorations on the wreath first before sticking anything down you can figure out your pattern or design without committing too soon and see what works the best.
If using a hot glue gun (unless you're very experienced) you might run into the pitfalls of accidentally burning your fingers when trying to stick and press down your decorations – and tweezers are a handy little trick to avoid this, as you can get into the nooks and crannies of your wreath while protecting your hands!
Use any leftover materials to make garlands
More often than not when you buy craft materials online they come in bulk and you’ll have plenty left over – you can keep these for next year, or you can make some garlands to place along cabinets, shelves and even twist around banisters. If you add some fairy lights this will brighten your display up even more!
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