Donna enjoys using her arts background to create fun craft projects with a special focus on using repurposed or handy household materials.
This is our latest decorating project - a festive fall/winter wreath. I stole the inspiration from Lauralee at Yellow Mums. She creatively "borrowed" the idea from Delia at Delia Creates. I really loved how Lauralee mixed berries and fabric with the sticks to make a warm, rustic, and charming wreath. However, I knew I wanted to add more red and brown to my wreath so I could use it throughout the fall and into the holiday season (Honestly, I plan to keep it on display until it falls apart).
So, I used some brown and red fabric, and some woven black fabric that I had in my stash. I found some fake red flowers that were described as cherry blossoms (I thought cherry blossoms were white?) and added some berries from a garland I bought at Christmas Tree Shops. Since we live in a warmer climate and things are still in bloom, I think the red flowers are a nice touch!
Instead of making rosettes, I just ruffled the fabric around the center and glued it down in place. I meant to take some photos during the assembly process but I forgot :( No matter, both women have good instructions and advice on their blogs above. Here I'll just add my two cents of what I did and wished I'd done differently:
1. For my cardboard base, the outside diameter of my rings was 11 inches and the diameter of the inside hole was about 4.5 inches. I think my twigs are a bit longer and more irregular around the edge than Lauralee's. My wreath is quite wide and fills the entire width of a standard door. I might need to trim it back a bit.
2. We (hubby and I) found it was easier to start placing the sticks at 12, 3, 6, and 9 o'clock, then go in and fill between the starting points. This way, I think we were able to control the shape of the wreath and mix the texture of the twigs.
3. Having said that, I kinda wish that I had used all the same sticks from the same type of tree (we had plenty of sticks) for a more uniform texture to the background element. Well, maybe next time :)
4. I made the two fabric strips each 2 inches high for the center decoration. If I were to do it again, I think I would make the black strip wider, so only about 1/2 inch of the brown would be showing. I think it would be more dramatic.
When the holiday season comes, if the wreath is still in one piece, I may fill the center with pinecones for a more wintery look.
Thanks to these great crafters for sharing their ideas!! I hope my project might inspire someone else :)
© 2012 Donna Herron
Donna Herron (author) from USA on September 12, 2013:
Thanks so much, Heather! It was a great project because it was fun to make and I enjoy displaying it on our door. Win - win!! Thanks again :)
Heather from Arizona on September 12, 2013:
This came out so great-- homey and fancy at the same time. The berries are my favorite part. Well done. Love your pictures also :)
Donna Herron (author) from USA on September 03, 2013:
Hi RTalloni - I'm glad you enjoyed this hub! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate it :)
RTalloni on September 03, 2013:
This fall wreath is simple but filled with interest. Thanks for sharing the idea and your method of putting this naturally beautiful project together!
Donna Herron (author) from USA on August 23, 2013:
Hi Connie - Thanks so much for your sweet comments and support! My wreath survived last winter outside pretty well, only a little worse for wear :) I've collected some pine cones from our yard and plan to add these to the center of my wreath for this fall. I'll add some photos when it's done. Thanks again!!
Connie Smith from Southern Tier New York State on August 23, 2013:
What a gorgeous wreath--it's right up my alley. Anything I can re-use or re-purpose is a joy to me! Especially if it incorporates natural materials, like regular old sticks. I am such a fan of walking in the woods and finding things I can put to use elsewhere. I love that you ruffled your fabric in the center your wreath. Nice job--I would be proud to have this adorn my door year round! Have a lovely day ;) Pearl
Voted Up++++ and pinned
Donna Herron (author) from USA on November 12, 2012:
Wow!! :) Thanks so much! I need to check out your Ducksnarow page :) Thanks for your comments.
Sinea Pies from Northeastern United States on November 12, 2012:
Wow! This one is getting pinned on my Ducksnarow Pinterest page. Wow! Voted up, awesome and beautiful.
Donna Herron (author) from USA on October 22, 2012:
Thanks so much!!
theframjak from East Coast on October 22, 2012:
I love the rustic beauty of the wreath. Great job!
Donna Herron (author) from USA on October 19, 2012:
Thanks! I love it too. I never really know how projects are going to come out, but I'm really happy with this wreath. Thanks again for your kind comments :)
Crystal Tatum from Georgia on October 19, 2012:
This is beautiful, and so unique. I love it. Voted up and beautiful.