Fall wreaths make the perfect autumn craft
In most parts of the country, there comes a day when spirits lift a bit. Sure, summer is grand with all the beach vacations and mountain trips. But back to reality – at home – admit it. The heat and humidity are nearly as tiresome as those blood-sucking mosquitos.
So when that first cool snap comes along in late August or early September, it’s an inspiration to many to welcome autumn into their homes. Or outside their homes, in the case of the front door. Whether it’s humble or elaborate, announce the coming of autumn with wreaths dotted with dried flowers, leaves, twigs and even tiny ornamental squash.
Start with something that says “autumn:” a frame made of grapevines. Small or large, this will be the base of the masterpiece. With it, you can weave dried flowers, leaves, pretty branches, and whatever else strikes your fancy. Ashland Grapevine Wreath, $4.99-$19.99 (plus 3% Cash Back), Michaels.com
Hold it together
A natural looking twine, like this Ashland Jute Twine, will blend into to anything you tie onto your wreath. Ashland Jute Twine, $2.99 (plus 3% Cash Back), Michaels.com
What you might need, aside from twine, is a tool to help you fasten some of the more delicate items onto your masterpiece. Use a glue gun for fragile items like dried flowers and delicate waxed leaves. Don’t aim for the least expense: A good glue gun, like this Two-Temp Cordless beauty, will last you for years. Two Temp Cordless Glue Gun, $14.99 (plus 4% Cash Back), Hancockfabrics.com
For the not-so crafty
If you’re not crafty, never fear. Look around crafts stores, and you’re sure to find one you love, like this classic Red and Orange Berry with Leaves Wreath, on sale $23.99 (plus 2% Cash Back), Joann.com
Another great pick from Jo-Ann: For the flower lover, check out this bright Sunflower and Berry piece. They call it wall décor; we say hang it on your door, and it will be a cheerful welcome to guests Sunflower & Berry Wall Decor Yellow & Orange, on sale $23.99 (plus 2% Cash Back), Joann.com