I went looking today for a rattan or foam wreath at the local thrift store. I think what I found is much better. With some stuff I had and cool things I found, I was able to come up with this. The best thing about it was there is no other like it and I brought it in for under 5.00!
Approximate Time: 1 hour
1 oval or round large embroidery hoop ($.99)
2 oz fall colored yarn ($.50)
3 yd burlap ($1.00)
3 oz fall foliage (faux from a thrift or dollar store) ($.50)
3 oz fall potpourri ($.25)
1 Spool wire edged ribbon ($.10)
1 Bag embellishment ($1.25)
1 hot glue gun ($.05)
1 scissors/wire cutters ($0)
1 crochet hook/size J or K ($0)
With your hot glue gun heated up, unroll the roll of burlap and glue/wrap it around the hoop. The rolls are about 9 feet and I suggest you cut it in half length wise so you don't run out like I almost did.
With your hook and two strands of your favorite fall colored yarn, chain enough to wrap around the burlap. Your amount will vary depending on the size you get.
Next, take your glue gun and choose the biggest pieces of potpourri to glue along the bottom. Leave them pressed onto the frame about 30-40 seconds. For durability, they should bond to the wood itself through the burlap.
For the last step, hot glue on the leaves. You will want to clip them off the stems and even clip off the stems from the leaves themselves. This will give you a wider base for the glue.
Add your ribbon and embellishments and you are done. This is for a friend who loves butterflies so you might want to make one for someone who likes dragonflies, flowers, ladybugs, or anything that can be found in a faux style. Or make one that you love and keep it. N-JOY!!
This wreath is a combination of fall flowers and veggies, plus some leaves and love.
Approximate Time: About 4 hours
Yield: 1 for this size
3 ft pipe insulation ($.57)
3 yd gold yarn ($.10)
1 yd brown yarn ($.10)
2 yd green yarn ($.25)
2 yd dark red yarn ($.25)
20 yd cream (Bulky) yarn ($.75)
10 yd variegated fall colors yarn ($.25)
1 darning needle ($.75)
1 hot glue gun and butter knife to hold the item down so you don't burn yourself. ($.10)
The chain that wraps the ring will need a size N or K hook, if you use a larger size yarn, or even if you double the yarn.
For the smaller green leaves, and with an I hook, chain 6 and make a single, half double, two doubles, half double and single in the 5 remaining chain. Repeat on the other side.
The corn is a chain 4 and join. Chain 1 and make a continuous row till you get to 8 then keep that amount around till you get to 4 inches long. Leave a tail and use it to weave in and out of the top row, then cinch and stitch the top closed. Make 3 or these.
For the stalks, attach your cream color to the center of the corn top with your hook. Chain 10, slip stitch to the end, and repeat. Secure the corn stalk to the top and when you have 3 made, gather with some matching corn yarn and tie.
For the maple leaves, with an I hook and your fall colors, chain 2 and make 11 half doubles in the first chain. Join.
For the first small leaf part, chain 3 (the 3rd is the chain 1 in between) and make a half double in the same stitch. Make a slip stitch in the next stitch and a single in the same stitch. In the next stitch, make a half double and a double, then a chain 3 picot (chain 3 and make a slip stitch in the first chain), then reverse the pattern. Make 3 of these, then repeat last smaller part. When you reach the beginning, chain 6 and slip stitch on the chain back to the beginning and break off, tying tails in the back.
For the sunflowers, with your choice of center color, usually brown, and an I hook, chain 2 and make 6 more singles in the first chain for 7. Join and chain 1. Make 2 in each for 14. Break off and knot ties in the back.
Switch to a golden color at any single and chain 5. Make a single, half double in the first 2 chains. Make 2 doubles in the 3rd and a half double in the 4th. Slip stitch in the 3rd stitch. You will have 7 petals on the smaller. For the larger, do a 3rd row in the brown for 18, then 9 petals.
When you have all the components done, chain a chain as long as you have yarn for, but in 3' lengths. This is so your work doesn't "twist" on you and you can keep the top of the chain showing instead of the sides or the back. You will need to glue or pin the ends down. If your work is in white, or cream, you may need to cover the insulation with white fabric, or in my case, trash bag strips. If your work in black, gray or dark brown, the gray insulation won't show through.
For the bow, I gathered all 6 colors and made it with them. You can use other mediums if you prefer. Tie a tie to the back and glue on the components as you like and you have a welcoming to my favorite season!
With an older doily, rattan ring, and some time, you can have a nice wreath.
Approximate Time: 60 to 90 minutes
doily of your choice I used one I found at a thrift shop.
cool temp glue gun
ribbons of your color choices
embellishments of your choice
buttons of your choice
I didn't want to string the ribbon through the doily, so I just did the ribbon first, gluing to the back every 4-5 wraps. I used two colors that worked with my doily.
Then, I hot glued the doily to the back of the wreath.
Flip over and choose a position to attach the big ribbon.
I made mine to look like I tied it, as this kind of ribbon is hard to work with when you are actually trying to make a bow. You just make a loop and tie with some crochet thread or yarn. Glue that to the bottom of the ring.
Embellish with the things you want to put on it, using the glue gun. If you wanted to do this with wrapped ripped fabric, buttons would work really well. I used some DT fall glitter leaves, buttons, and such to make it just like I wanted it to be. You can do the same.
Hang with ribbon through the rattan rings.
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!
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.
I always check the thrift stores for vine or Styrofoam wreath bases. Add any sort of decoration you have on hand. I gather dried, wild flowers, pine cones, dried seed pods, and dried stalks from plants. Using hot glue, or a good all purpose glue, I attach them to bases in in shape I want. Add a nice bow. At one time I even placed small gourds, a small corn cob with a small scarecrow to empty middle. Any seasonal item makes a nice wreath.