Approximate Time: an autumn afternoon
By Shawna G. from Ann Arbor, MI
Approximate Time: 2 hours
I found out the hard way that it should not be put out in warm weather. We have had unseasonably warm weather here in Iowa and it started melting the candy so I had to bring it inside. Just a warning!
By Elaine S. from near Cedar Rapids, IA
Approximate Time: 30 minutes each piece
Cut all of the flowers and berries and leaves off the garland. Leave about an inch and half piece to the ends so you can glue them onto the Styrofoam. Gather the rest of your materials and separate the leaves if necessary. Group up the flowers and berries and other items so they are readily available.
To Make the Window Decoration:
Heat up the glue gun. Start by gluing in the flowers randomly around the long piece of Styrofoam. Add in the berries and fruits.
Add in the fall leaves and try to arrange them so that the Styrofoam doesn't show.
Cover the entire piece using hot glue to hold them in place and turn over to add in the drapery hooks.
The window decoration will need three hooks. Firmly press the sharp edge into the back of the Styrofoam equal distances apart. (I find it easier to put the middle one in and then add the ones for the sides.) They may need adjusting to open a little wider for a proper fit.
For the Wreath:
Make sure you have all your supplies ready to glue into place. Begin with your flowers and randomly add them around the wreath. Add in the berries and fruits. Add in the fall leaves to cover bare areas.
Be sure to hot glue the tips of each piece into the Styrofoam. Press gently against the flowers and berries to make sure they are secure.
When satisfied that everything is in place turn the wreath over and place two drapery hooks in the top of the wreath. You want to make sure they do not show if you are hanging them in a window. Adjust the hooks if necessary.
(If you decide you want the wreath on the door disregard the drapery hooks and add a piece of wire around the top of the wreath hiding it in the flowers and leaves so it doesn't show from the front.)
I made these for a Church homecoming. I already had the Styrofoam and a few flowers. I made 6 window decorations and one wreath. I found a lot of flowers and berries at discount stores. It cost me about $15.00 to do this whole project.
By Maphisx7 from VA
Approximate Time: 60 to 90 minutes
This can be custom made to your specs. So don't think if you don't have what I had that you can't make this wreath. See what you have, find the rest cheaply, and have fun!
By Sandi from Salem , OR
Approximate Time: about 1 hour
Note: The first wreath was made with dark green branches. The second with red branches, though they look black in the photo.
By Marie E. Cecchini from West Dundee, IL
I have a large group of lavender plants and want to make a wreath. I have never done one and could use any suggestions on how to go about starting. Thanks.
Kathy from Lawrenceville, NJ
easy instructions at that site I have made them in this fashion using pencil thick flexible branches and then covering them with wet new paper this helps to keep flowers alive. I make them for wrapped sweets at christmas.