Create a Fall Transitional Wreath to Welcome the New Season

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Don’t get me wrong, we all adore pumpkins – for decorating, in pies and breads, maybe especially as a latte! But when the calendar says September and the temperatures outside are still in the triple digits, it just doesn’t feel like pumpkin weather yet.

We are always on the lookout for fall inspired decor that works well with more of a late summer, early fall vibe. Transitional decor that reflects what we have going on outside here in North Texas. There will be plenty of time for pumpkins in just a few short weeks. Halloween and Thanksgiving are just around the corner. But for now, you may want decor that is more in keeping with the late summer/early fall transitional weather that we have.

This project fits the bill. It’s an inexpensive, easy project that you can complete in just a couple of hours. It doesn’t require any complicated techniques and, really, the messier the better!

Supplies you will need:

  • 18-inch straw wreath, do not remove plastic wrap
  • Floral wire
  • Floral pins
  • Assorted silk leaves and acorns
  • Wire picks
  • Hot glue
  • Ample supply of raffia

To begin making the wreath, attach four hangers to your straw wreath form. This way if the raffia starts to droop you can give the wreath a quarter turn to keep it looking nice and fluffy.

Next you will be attaching the raffia to the straw wreath form. Take about 6-8 strands of raffia and create a large circle, about 8 inches in diameter, pinch together in the center and place a floral pin at the center. You will have loops on either side of the floral pin. Try to keep the loops on either side of the floral pin about the same size, but don’t stress if they are not the same size. This wreath is supposed to look messy and natural.

Place a dab of hot glue on the ends of the floral pin. Secure the raffia loops into the straw wreath by pushing the floral pin into the straw wreath. Hold it in place until the hot glue has dried.

Alternate the direction of the pins, place one horizontally and the next one vertically down the top center of the straw wreath.

Once the hot glue dries and raffia is attached to the straw wreath, use scissors to cut the loops for a shaggy look.

Continue adding looped raffia and cutting the loops until the straw wreath is completely concealed by the raffia. Trim with scissors as needed.

Add embellishments as desired and secure to the straw wreath with hot glue to keep them in place.

The unkempt, messy look of this wreath mimics the dried grasses of late summer and early fall. This is such a unique wreath that will add visual interest and texture to your late summer/early fall transitional décor.

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