Hello, hello! Although fall is not officially here, the air is cold, I’m wearing jeans, craving flannel, and pumpkin spice everything is all around. I don’t know about you, but by the end of August, I am sick, sick, sick of summer! I don’t like being hot and the sun hurts my eyes. My husbands sometimes jokes that I am a vampire. I really hate being hot. I’m usually the one sitting in the shade at the pool. I’m just not the biggest fan of summer.
Fall, though, I love love love fall. I welcome fall and everything that comes with it. Pumpkins, flannel, jeans, not having to keep up the shaving routine! I was made for cooler weather! I am thankful that we are in Missouri and the cooler weather is already here! I hope it is here to stay!
Is anyone sprucing up their homes with fall décor yet? We just had a market weekend at Secondhand Chic Marketplace, where yours truly has a booth. It seemed like a lot of the customers were taking a lot of the fall and pumpkin décor home.
I think September is the perfect time to switch out your wreaths, or add some to your home if you don’t have any. I usually have a ton of wreaths everywhere. They are not just confined to the front door in my home. I like to display them on mirrors, picture frames, an extra space on the wall….they are everywhere. I have recently learned how to make wreaths out of botanicals at a local lavender farm. I did not realize how easy they are! I love that these botanicals are pretty seasonless, meaning they look pretty generic and can be left up year round. Dress them up for each season with a seasonal bow, or keep them simple and naked.
Here is how you can make a botanical wreath at home:
You will need:
- Floral wire
- Wreath form. I usually use grapevine, but foam or wire forms work too.
- Botanical bundles. You will need about 14 good size bundles for a 9-inch wreath. You can use dried or fresh botanicals. Always gather more than you think you will need. You can always use the leftovers for another wreath or display them in a vase. If you use fresh botanicals, keep in mind what they will look like when they dry. Some botanicals are really pretty when they are fresh, like boxwood, but are kind of ugly once they are dry.
- Moss (optional)
Attach your floral wire by wrapping it around your wreath form a couple of times. Twist it around it’s self to secure it.
Take a bundle and arrange it how you would like it to look like on your wreath. Do you want long sprays? Pull some of the pieces out slightly so they appear to be longer than the others. Do you want short stocky sprays? Arrange your bundle so most of the pieces are about the same length. Lay them onto the wreath form to see how long you want your sprays to be. Trim the ends if necessary.
Take your trimmed bundle in your left hand and your floral wire in your right. Place your bundle approximately at a 45-degree angle on your wreath form. Wrap your wire around the bundle and wreath three times to securely attach your botanical bundle to the wreath form. If you are using fresh botanicals, wrap the wire extra tight, as the plants will shrink as they dry. You don’t want to risk the wreath falling to pieces in a couple of weeks!
Take another bundle, repeat step 2, and then place that on top of the previous bundle, turning it 45 degrees. Wrap with floral wire around bundle and wreath form 3 times securely.
Continue until you have reached your first bundle.
In order to finish your wreath, you will have to tuck your last botanical bundle under your first bundle to make a cohesive ring. Wrap your last bundle with your floral wire three times to secure it.
If you have some wire showing through and don’t like it, carefully hot glue some moss along the inner edges to hide it.
Hold your beautiful wreath back to admire it!
Here is my friend, Nicole, with the pretty wreath that she made. I love the purple/grey color dried lavender has!
The botanicals you could use are endless! Here I used dried lavender, but I have made wreaths out of boxwood (look for a later post on how to preserve your own boxwood to keep it looking fresh). You could go out and gather yard clippings of your favorite flowering bushes. Ornamental grasses would look fabulous and dry nicely. I can’t wait until I can make a winter wreath with Christmas tree clippings! Of course, you can also use dried flowers or store bought silk flowers. The possibilities are endless!
Let me know in the comments below how you are sprucing your house up this fall!
P.S. I am teaching a wreath making class, using home preserved boxwood, at Cyan Art Studios on September 15th. Check out their Facebook page and sign up if you’re interested! There are a ton of other cool classes that the studios offers. I’m eyeing a couple of watercolor classes!