Wednesday, September 28, 2011

My Berries and Burlap Wreath

Want to decorate your door for Fall?

If you are going for an elegant, sophisticated, complex wreath might I suggest you try here, here, and here.

You are not going to get it here.

Ready to keep it simple today? Good. Welcome!

My Berries and Burlap Wreath

Let's do this!

1. Get a grapevine wreath in the size of your choice. I used my 24" wreath that I "demoted" from my mantel. Perfect size for my door. Kudos if you get it at Hobby Lobby during the week they are all on sale.

2. Go get a few berry picks. I bought three at Walmart for 94 cents a piece. I cut them up into smaller pieces and stuck 'em in wherever they looked good. It's not a scientific process. We're not stressing out about this, remember? Let's not make this more complicated than it is.

3. Add ribbon. Burlap = Fall to me, so there's my suggestion. Go with what you have.

4. Hang.

It's not the most sophisticated, elegant wreath ever.

But it's one of those simple wreaths that greet you when you arrive home, saying, "Welcome home! Happy Fall!"

Don't forget Saturday starts the 31 Days of Fall Fun series here at The Happy Tulip. I hope you will join me!

Linking up to Southern Hospitality's Door Decor Link Party!

Monday, September 26, 2011

My Fall "Mantel"

It's not a real mantel. It's actually the top of the built-in bookshelf in our office, but it has the same dimensions of a very wide mantel. I like to pretend it's the real thing.

There's my wheat bouquet I made a little while ago.

The wreath is quite large because I wanted a statement piece in the middle. I brought home a 24" grapevine wreath at first. It looked huge in the store, but as soon as it made it home, it must have shrunk. It did not make the statement I wanted. So it was "demoted" to the front door and back to the store I went for the 32" big mama at Hobby Lobby. (So glad they were 50% off!)

I didn't want to do the typical red, orange, yellow color scheme this year. So I went out on a limb and picked up some deep purple, yellow, and coral floral picks. I love how it turned out. Those colors along with the wheat and the white pumpkins, say "Fall" but still seem fresh and bright.

Then I added a trio of autumn spice candles and a little frame on the other side for balance.

Honey & Fitz shared a great resource a while back: How to Decorate a Mantel. You should check it out for more inspiration and a few guidelines to help bring your mantel all together.

The Lettered Cottage

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Decorating with Wheat

I was browsing on Pinterest the other day for some Fall decor inspiration. And I found this beautiful wheat bouquet.

And I needed to make my own.

Dried wheat just happens to be on sale at Hobby Lobby, by the way. I also picked up some dried grass to add a little variety.

What you need: two bundles of wheat and one bundle of grass

I started by cutting the longest pieces that would be in the center so I could build around that.

Wheat is a little harder to arrange than flowers, mostly because it shreds into pieces if you don't use sharp scissors. 

Note to self: sharpen scissors. 

Once you have it in the shape you more or less want, put a twist tie around the whole thing to keep it together.

Add a pretty ribbon and you're done.

And that's the start of my Fall decor!

Update: Check out the wheat bouquet's reappearance as a part of my newly decorated Fall mantel.