Welcome to Fall Wreath – An Easy Fabric Wreath

Posted in DECOR, DIY, OUTSIDE, WALL ART
on September 19, 2013

Hi there! I’m dropping by with a fun, simple fabric wreath for Fall! Nothing says “Welcome Fall” more than a welcoming entrance – what better way to create a welcoming entrance than with a pretty Autumn inspired wreath all decked out for the season?

I’ve been so short on time that my front porch has still been wearing a bit of Spring, and a little bit of Summer. It’s time to move on, people! Fall is here! At least according to the acorns we found the other day and all of the comfort food I’ve been consuming as of late. We won’t talk about that.

I did some scouting on Pinterest and came up with more than a few ideas – please, check out my Wreath Mania board.

Some of my favorites were this wood and burlap wreath at findinghomeonline.com,

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and this unique and simple apple wreath.

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.  But, my absolute favorite was this cardstock wreath made by Alice Carmon at bellablvd.

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As much as I loved it, doing a wreath for my front door using paper for the leaves was probably not going to work out – at least not for more than a day or so! So, I borrowed some of the elements and decided to do something similar in fabric.

I gathered together a pile of things I might need – this is how I plan for projects when I’m winging it.. which is what I was doing here! What is not in this picture is mod podge, which is I used for stiffening the fabric and give it a little bit of protection from the elements.

I ended up using the following: 

  • a straw wreath form 
  • mod podge (I made a home-made version using craft glue and water which worked just fine. You can find a tutorial for that here.) 
  • Five fat quarters of coordinating fabric in autumn colors
  • a narrow roll of burlap 
  • natural jute twine
  • enough wired burlap in sage green for the large bow

I also used hot glue aplenty, and one button from the scrapbook embellishment pack you see in the above picture, as well as four acorns, one stick of fabric wire, wooden letters spelling “Welcome” and red acrylic craft paint and beads that I had laying around.

To prepare the fabric, I coated each piece with a thin layer of mod podge, using a paint brush, and allowed it to dry. Lucky for me, it’s been lovely outside, and I was able to apply the mod podge and lay the fabric pieces out to dry in the sun, in a place they would not adhere to the surface. Another idea would be to hang them to dry.

Once dry, I created and cut out a leaf template out of scrap paper. I then traced the leaf onto the fabric pieces and cut out the leaf shapes. This was time consuming, but stick with it, because you will love the finished result!

To prepare the wreath form, apply a small amount of glue to the burlap and wrap the burlap around the form tightly, overlapping as you go. You want to ensure there are no gaps showing and to completely cover the form, gluing the end to secure when you’ve gone all the way around.

I then began to apply the leaves to the wreath in my chosen pattern. I applied the glue to the lower section of the front of the leaf, and applied it to the burlap, folding the leaf back after, creating the look of a seam. I began adding leaves on the outermost edge of the wreath form. Continue around the wreath form, adding the second row approximately a half inch in front of the first row, and a third row about a half inch in front of the second, in your desired pattern.

Turning the wreath over, gently glue any leaves that are not cooperating and staying in line – if only that worked with kids! Ha!

For the ribbon, I created a regular bow out of a long strip of wired burlap ribbon. The nice thing about this stuff is that it’s stiff and a bit sticky, which helps to hold the form of the bow nicely. I then created a second bow out of a long piece of jute, attaching acorns to the ends with glue and knotting over the stems. I staggered the lengths of each string, and attached the entire bow to the burlap bow, completing the look with a small button embellishment.

The welcome was creating by threading beads onto a piece of floral wire. I then glued wooden letters to the wire, between the beads and painted them red. The floral wire was threaded through the burlap on either end and spiraled to hold.

And.. That’s all folks! Truthfully, I wasn’t entirely sure about it until I added the acorn tassels, but I love it now! Now, it feels festive, and my front entrance is on the way to saying.. “hello, fall! I’m here!”

Thanks for following along!

Pin for later: Fabric Leaves Fall Wreath

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9 Comments

  • robin lorraine williamson

    that is so lovely I love door decorations following from shine on fridays hop have a great day following on google+ I'm lorraine at http://lorrainesresources.blogspot.com

    September 20, 2013 at 3:02 pm Reply
  • Amberly Steele

    This is really cute! I love the acorns!

    September 20, 2013 at 7:55 pm Reply
  • Sarah Vanderkooy

    So pretty, very unique idea. Love your fabric choices. Thanks for sharing.

    September 20, 2013 at 9:10 pm Reply
  • marty (A Stroll Thru Life)

    Love this idea and such a great tutorial too. I would love for you to link up to my Inspire Me party that will go live this afternoon. http://www.astrollthrulife.net Hope to see you there. Hugs, Marty

    September 23, 2013 at 2:22 pm Reply
  • Kayla Janachovsky

    Beautiful job! Don't forget to link up to The DIY'ers. http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-diyers-30.html

    September 24, 2013 at 12:20 am Reply
  • HEATHER GRAHAM

    This wreath is precious! I found you at Craft-O-Maniac's linky party, and wanted to stop in and say hi. I'm a new follower (facebook & G+), and can't wait to read more on your site! Two other bloggers and I host a weekly linky party, and it's live tonight… I'd love for you to come over & share this post & more… The hop is featured on all three sites, and we share each link on Facebook and Pinterest, so it's great exposure! Excited to get to know you, and see more of your posts… Hope you are having a fabulous week! You can find the party at http://stringtownhome.net/?p=542

    September 25, 2013 at 1:43 am Reply
  • Kim~madeinaday

    Love the fabric petals on this wreath! stopping by to let you know I am featuring you tomorrow on Made in a Day! Thanks for linking up!
    Kim

    September 25, 2013 at 4:31 pm Reply
  • Nellie's Cozy place

    Your wreath turned out really cute. Such a cute idea…………..

    Blessings, Nellie

    September 25, 2013 at 7:13 pm Reply
  • Navy Wifey Peters

    Cute wreath! I love the fabric leaves! I love the fall colors and the green bow. I pinned this! Great work!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party

    October 4, 2013 at 5:21 pm Reply
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