Tutorial: DIY Halloween Wreath

Wow, where did September go? I feel like I was just posting about how excited I was that Fall was starting, and now we are already entering October with all of its spooky, Halloween glory. Today I thought I would re-share my Halloween wreath tutorial from a couple years ago. I just love this little wreath and I have used it every year since I made it. It adds just the right touch of halloween spirit to my home and I am excited to bring it back out next week!

{Originally posted on 10/12/11}

I can not believe October is almost here! Although I love fall decor, Halloween is a little tricky for me. I tend to like more of the "Harvest" Halloween than the scary, haunted house decorations that more typically come with Halloween. Even though I don't like to go full out scary Halloween I still love to decorate for every holiday which is why I came up with this fun DIY wreath!

 It is super easy to make (trust me, I made it in one afternoon while watching football at Matt's house last year) and makes for a perfect traditional Halloween decoration.

Here is what you will need:

1. Wire wreath. (you can get this from a craft store) Mine was 12"

2. Orange fabric (1.5 yards)

3. 1.5" wide black ribbon

4. fabric scissors

Step 1: Cut the fabric into 1 inch thick strips that are about 4-5 inches long.

Step 2: Simply tie the strips in a knot onto the wire wreath.

Keep tying until the entire wreath is covered and you have reached the desired fullness that you want.

Once you have covered  the whole whole wreath the way you like it this is what you will have:

Step 4: This is the only tricky part. Choose a spot to attach the black bow and spread the orange fabric apart in that spot. You need to make an open spot  on the wire to tie the ribbon. Then, simply tie the ribbon in a bow (this can take a few tries to make a pretty one).

Thats it! Now you can hang it on your door and have a Happy Halloween!

Tutorial: Burlap Wreath

I can not believe that it will be september NEXT WEEK! I can not wait for the Fall to get here, it is my favorite season. I love the fall for so many reasons... the weather, the clothes (hello cardigans, boots and scarves!), the food, pumpkin spice lattes, the festivities and of course fall decorating is so much fun to pull together! Wouldn't you agree? Last year I made this adorable burlap wreath fro my front door and I can't wait to bring it out again. In case you missed it last year.... here is my tutorial for said adorbs wreath, in case you are feeling inspired to get a nump start on your Fall decor too.

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This weekend Fall came to the Barksdale house! (Even if it is still in the 80's in Tennessee). On saturday I made several updates to our home to get things ready for Fall and I am excited to share them with you!

First, let me start with a tutorial for the burlap wreath that I made for our front door. This project was really easy (it only took about 2 hours) and was  a lot of fun to make! I originally got the inspiration for the wreath here.

Here is what you will need.

  • About 1.5 yards of Burlap (depending on how large you want to make your wreath)
  • Wire wreath (mine is 15 inches)
  • Florist wire (I used silver wire so it would blend in better)
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon (optional)
Step 1. Cut a strip of burlap that is 6 inches wide. Then gather the strip in your hand so that it bunches up and you have a short tail at the end. {You may need to use more than one strip of burlap if your wreath is large... thats ok, just make sure you hide the "tail" under the folds when you move to the 2nd strip.}
Step 2. Cut the florist wire into 8-inch pieces. Using a piece of florist wire attache your burlap to the wire wreath at one of the breaks starting with the outside of the wreath. Twist the florist wire at the back and then snip off any excess wire.
Continue to bunch the burlap and attache it at each break in the wreath while creating a "bubble" in between.
Step 3. When you get to the last break you will need to hide the other "tail". Go ahead and tie the florist wire around the tail, then flip that part underneath itself and attach it to the break in the wreath.
Then you will have a wreath that looks like this. See how the burlap is gathered at each break? Also notice where I pointed out how the tail was flipped under so that it would be hidden.
Continue steps 1 through 3 with the inner circle until your wreath looks like the one above!
Now comes the really fun part... adding embellishments! This step is completely optional, but I think it is a great idea to embellish this wreath since burlap goes so well with many different things. You could add a bow like I did (my ribbon was 5 inches wide, the largest I could find). Or flowers, or painted letters, or small plastic pumpkins, or pinecones, really anything goes.
Helpful Tip: Whenever you are making ribbon bows (especially if they will be outside) you can spray them with an aerosol hairspray to keep them firm and help them hold their shape. There is nothing more disappointing than making a gorgeous bow and having it flop.
And here is my finished project! Welcome to the Barksdale's! I added some left over burlap to the planter that I put my mums in. I cant wait until they bloom in full!

DIY Pom-Pom Heart

I just HAD to share this awesome wall art with you. My neighbor (who I was babysitting for recently) is very creative, she used to be a graphic designer and her house full of great artwork. Well take a look at what her and her girls made to hang above the desk in their kitchen for Valentine's Day this year:

How awesome is that giant heart??! It is made from over-sized tissue paper flowers. The dimensions are about 4 feet x 4 feet. They cut a large heart out of poster board (using 2 posters) and then made the flowers to attach.(I am not 100% sure how the flowers were made, my neighbor explained it but I am going to get her to help me make some next year and I'll give you guys a tutorial on it). Then they added a loop of ribbon to the back once it was finished so that it could be hung. I think this is just darling and so creative. It makes such a nice piece of art for the wall... but is still different from a wreath!

 I think this giant heart is such a great decoration for Valentines day and a pretty inexpensive one too. If you want to make one yourself you can find a similar pom-pom kit from Martha Stewart (of course).

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