If you live anywhere but California or Arizona you are probably feeling fall in the air and oh how jealous I am! Don't get me wrong, I am a sunshine lover but there is nothing more perfect than a fall afternoon. Pumpkin bread, boots, and sweater weather? How can you beat that!? While we were in Utah, we saw the first signs of fall in the canyon leaves and I haven't been able to shake my fall fever since. This past week Los Angeles averaged around 90 degrees but I'm hoping that by putting up my fall wreath it will make it come faster. Wishful thinking? Maybe ;)
I made this wreath last year and it has officially become my favorite wreath ever. Like ever ever. It did take a while to make and I got more glue gun burns than I can even count but... it was well worth it!
Depending on the styrofoam wreath you buy, you will want to wrap it in some kind of fabric. Mine was a green so I definitely didn't want that color to show through! It will also help blend if you have pieces that are missing.
Next, I cut the burlap, lace, and tulle into 2 x 18 inch strips. I went with longer strips so that the rosettes would be bigger = less rosettes to wrap :)
Once you have a ton of strips (not an understatement) cut out, it's time to roll those rosettes! These take some patience and some practice! Don't get discouraged if it doesn't look good the first time you try. As you get used to rolling them you will find the technique that works best for you. Here is how I did mine!
1. Fold the strip in half lengthwise with the raw edges together. I wanted the raw edges down so the fabric wouldn't unravel on the top of the rosette.
2. Start by rolling up the end. Make sure you hot glue as you go to secure the roll. Don't forget to do this!!!
3 & 4 Rolling, rolling, and more rolling!
5. Rolling done!
6. Once your rosette is all rolled, you will want to hot glue the end down. I also cut off the end if it was too bulky which helped it lay more flat against the wreath.
7. I chose to decorate my rosettes with pearl beads! The way I found easiest to do this was with a pair of tweezers and a dab of hot glue.
8. The finished rosette!
Now for the fun part- laying out and hot gluing all of those rosettes to the wreath!
Once finished, I hung a "fall" banner across that was made with the same burlap, some twine, and paper letters!
Have you caught fall fever yet!?