DIY Fall Wreath for just $10 or less

Make this high impact wreath for just $10 or less.

This is a fun and super quick project that requires absolutely no skills, no gluing, and best of all uses easy to find materials and accessories that you probably already have on hand which would make this craft completely free!!! I purchased all of the supplies I needed at my local Dollar Store. The only items I already had were the pool noodle and duct tape that I used to make the form. Here is a list of supplies I used and how I made mine but keep in mind you can get as creative as you'd like accessorizing your wreath using various ribbons, foliage, candies, faux fruit, bark, branches, corn, etc etc etc. The possibilities are endless and now that I have made this one so easily I may have to make one for every occasion! Okay so here goes:

Supplies

  • Pool Noodle
  • Duct Tape
  • 3 rolls Burlap Ribbon (9 yards each)
  • 1 Roll orange burlap ribbon for bunch/bow
  • Faux flowers (I used approx 6 bunches)
  • Glitter Pumpkin (optional)
  • String or Wire (or hot glue) to attach everything to your wreath

STEP 1.) Take your pool noodle and duct tape the ends together. I found this made the perfect large scale wreath for my front door. Feel free to trim the noodle if you want something a bit smaller.

Use a pool noodle & Duct Tape to make a large wreath form

STEP 2.) Wrap the burlap ribbon around the noodle. Secure the end with a pin, tape, glue, or whatever you have handy. I used a straight pin from my sewing kit and that worked quite well. Floral pins or a safety pin would be great for this if you have them or just a dab of glue if your worried about poking yourself.

STEP 3.) Attach your floral elements and accesories using string/raffia/wire. You can use hot glue if you want but I liked using string as to not burn myself ( I am very accident prone) and it felt a lot more secure to me. I even was able to attach the glitter pumpkin at the end using string through a hole at the bottom of the pumpkin. If it did not have a hole I guess I would have had to pull out the hot glue gun to attach it. I chose to only add flowers to about 2/3rds of the round alternating the direction the foliage was placed towards the end. I then used a bow made of orange burlap to cover the gap and hide my strings. 

STEP 4.) Use ribbon or burlap at the top of wreath to attach to your door! Voila. I think this whole thing took me about 15 minutes or less to make (shopping not included)

We hope you enjoyed this tutorial and it inspired you to create something beautiful. If you make one as well or have suggestions or comments let us know we love to hear from you! It may be a bit early still but....Happy Fall :)

Decorate your fireplace with pumpkins

Decorate with pumpkins! Do you have a non-working or ornamental fireplace that you just don't use? Are you tired of the same old dusty white candles that you put in there years ago to spruce it up? Well, I am. Quite some time ago I moved into a lovely home with a non-working fireplace that I had every intention of doing something with, eventually. Years later it is just a black hole in my family room and has always been a bit of an eyesore. I've tried candles, mirrors and flowers in there to give it some pizazz. Alas I came across this great idea to fill it up with pumpkins! Pumpkins come in so many shapes, sizes and colors. They are super duper affordable this time of year or you can grow your own for free. And the best part is, they last for months! Just fill up your fireplace with a myriad of pumpkins. Don't be afraid to stack them on top of one another and have a few spilling out the front onto your hearth. Have fun with it, add candles and foliage. For an all out fall theme you can add a bail of hay and a scarecrow!

Pumpkin Planter


Greet your guests with whimsical pumpkin planters on your porch steps or make bring them inside and add that wow factor to your dinning room table scape at your next autumn dinner party. And its so simple to do, here's how...

1.)Gather up some seasonal flowers from your local garden center or supermarket. Keep them in the containers you purchase them in.

2.)Find some pumpkins big enough to accommodate your flower containers.

3.)Cut an opening in the top of your pumpkin just big enough to fit your flower containers and scoop out the pumpkin guts and seeds (save those seeds for roasting!) Drill or carve a small hole in the bottom of the pumpkin for water drainage.

4.)Drop your flowers (still in the container) into the pumpkin, if they sit too low you can use rocks, crumbled newspaper or packing peanuts in the bottom to give your flowers a boost. Voila!

Tips:
Pumpkins will last longer if kept out of direct sunlight.

You can fill the pumpkins with potting soil and just plant the entire arrangement (pumpkin and all) in the ground once the pumpkin starts to rot, although this method does not last as long as the pumpkin will start to decompose from the soil.

Use a variety of flowers and leaves such as drapey vines, tall wispy grasses and colorful flowers.

Paint or draw faces on your pumpkin for a Halloween flair. Group several pumpkin planters together for a bold look.