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Friday, September 2, 2011

Mum’s The Word ~ Fall Wreath Tutorial

While the thermometer might read 110 degrees here in Phoenix my heart says that it is fall. One of the many “Fall In Love” projects I have listed on the lower right hand sidebar was to create a new wreath for the front door.

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As a child my grandma Mary always had a garden full of beautiful marigolds and mums during the season of autumn. I thought that such a happy memory would be a great way to welcome guests to our home.

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For the felt leaves I used a template from Creating Cupcakes. Holly used embroidery floss to create very cute leaf veins. I was short on time, so I cheated by using a long straight stitch on my sewing machine.

FYI ~ I like working with wool felt the best and you can find some wonderful colors on Etsy. Joann’s also has a large selection of craft felt by the yard.

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I used a contrasting colored thread to give the leaves an extra flourish of fall fabulousness.

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For the small marigold cut out a piece of felt that is 1 inch wide and approximately 15 inches long. (Larger flowers just get a little bit wider and longer.) Use your scissors to cut the felt into small strips along the length of the felt. It results in a fringed look.

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Grab your handy dandy glue gun and add a tiny bit of glue and roll. Repeat about 500 million times.

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When you think you might go crazy, watch this. Begin to substitute words with “Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’, keep that felt a rollin’ ~ ~ ~D E S I G N!  Keep rollin’ rollin’ rollin’, though your fingers are swollen, keep that felt a rollin’ DE E  S I  GNNNNN!”

After eight hundred hours of cuttin’, stitchin’ and rollin’ I was able to lay out an arrangement that pleased the eye and hot glued the pieces down on a grapevine wreath I had in the garage. 

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While you could cover the entire wreath, I liked the rustic texture the grapevine provided by peeking through the fall flora and fauna. 

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Yahoo! One project is now crossed off my list. I am now on my way to Falling In Love With A House I Hate.

I can’t wait to see your projects and crafts on Wednesday!


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Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

You are sooooooooooo AMAZING!! I loveeeeeeeeeeeee this!!! WOW WOW WOW!!!! Just GORGEOUS! :):):):):):):):):):):)

Shirley said...

Dear Laura, wow this is stunning. How clever too. I can picture you singing that song as you work..hahaha and now it is also stuck in my mind! Oh boy...

Vicki said...

What a cute wreath! And I have to say I love your header at the top of your blog. I'm decorating for fall too, this 110+ heat is really getting to me this year...

Pat said...

Thanks so much for this tutorial. The wreath is beautiful!

Marianne said...

That is one pretty wreath, Laura, but you know fall doesn't get here till December!

The Pennington Point said...

It's the best fall wreath I've seen so far this year. Wonderful! And now, thanks so much, I will be stuck on the rollin' song all day. :) Lisa~

Miss Sandy said...

I love that you kept this fun, easy, and beautiful! Thanks for sharing such a great idea! I could so see some of those leaves and mums on a burlap pillow or place mat corner for a fun fall touch! I hope to get to join the party, almost done with a BIG project! Have a wonderful weekend.

P.S. Love the song!

Johanna said...

this looks so beautiful. Thank you for sharing.
Best greetings, Johanna

Linda said...

That's beautiful!! :)
I'm not in the mood for crafting but I'm off to take a look at my favorite Etsy to see what kinds of Autumn splendor I can find.

Hope you have a blessed holiday weekend,

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

This is wonderful. I need something for my door also. Nothing up there right now. Love the use of the felt. Looks amazing. Hugs, Marty


Gorgeous and perfect for what I wanted for my entrance door and love the tutorial using the felt, easy enough, hope so! See you at my blog, I'm sooo into fall! Have a nice and safe weekend. FABBY

Charlene said...

I've been away on vacation only to return to the maddness of this blazing heat (like yours) & while on the central coast of California I LOVED the cool weather & could invision fall... This project is adorable. I'm seeing it done as a pin to put on a purse or jacket. THANKS for sharing & I hope we both get a break in the heat soon! Hope you'll stop by & see some of my vacation posts. The ocean was beautiful! HUGS!

Barefoot in Blue Jeans said...

Your wreath turned out really cute and I love the colors you chose.
Thanks for the post on my blog about Grand Junction. My Mom is there and my older son. Miss them all the time. Did you ever live there? Just curious. Have a great evening and weekend.

Kelly_Deal said...

Your wreath is adorable! Thanks for sharing!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Your wreath is really pretty--I love Autumn colors!

Mimi said...

I want to make one
My sewing machine is on many buntings/banners the last few months, I do not know why is does not work...I have tried 2 different times and it will NOT SEW....something wrong with the bobbin...I can feel it is wrong, BUT i have tried and tried to fix it....
SO......I will not be sewing anytime soon
jamie said...


I left a comment this morning but I don't see it here. :/
I am in awe of your creativity and how you whip up such beautiful things for your home so easily.
You've inspired me to (attempt) to make one for myself. Unless, of course, you'll be offering them on Etsy! :)

Your Friend,

Karena said...

Laura I love this gorgeous fall wreath!! The leaves and the marigolds are just perfect!!

Come and join my new fashion Giveaway from Fresh Produce!

Art by Karena

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

What a stunning wreath! Wow!

Jane said...

Great wreath for fall! Thanks for the musical tutorial! I was just thinking it's time for a change, although our leaves don't turn until January :)

Debbie said...

That is pretty and so creative, Laura!

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

I can well imagine 800 hours! But so worth it! This is adorable.

Liz said...

How stinkin' cute is that?! :) I love it. We're planting the marigolds and mum's next weekend! Can't wait for the garden to start come back to life.

Your sweet wreath is just a reminder!
Have a wonderful long weekend!

Cote de Texas said...

love it!!!! I wish i could do things like this - i am all thumbs!

loved your comment today, thanks!

hope you all have a wonderful holiday.


Auntie Em said...

Love this wreath and great tutorial! You could never hate a house with something so pretty hanging in it!
Thanks for sharing! :)

Annesphamily said...

Beautiful! I am in the mood for fall too. Today we got a break from the 22 straight days of high 90 temps. It was in the 70s! Ah.....Love your wreath! Anne

Barb said...

Absolutely gorgeous! worth every second you spent on it!

IndieSpotting said...

This is gorgeous! I love the colors and the marigolds!

whitney said...

hi laura! oh, this is an adorable wreath! i love the fall colorsand the little topstiching. i might have to try this one! :)

Shannah @ Just Us Four said...

This wreath looks so great! I may have to add that to my ever growing list of wreath projects. At the rate I am going, I will have to change wreaths on my door weekly.

MusicalMommy said...

Cute! I have a viney weath that needs a makeover, but you lost me at the 800 hours. Not into super long projects. I like the super quick ones. Like the color choices.

Mycreativeink said...

This is a beautiful wreath, it makes me want to bring out my winter warmies. I LOVE IT!!