You know that wreath you have been wanting to create for your front door but have no idea where to start?  Faux flowers scare the stew out of you and oftentimes look cheap and faux-gly (yup, I went there).  Well, I have a few tips and tricks to save the day (and your front door) this fall.  Welcome to Fall Wreath makin’ one-oh-one!  Now, let’s get to gussy-ing up that porch of yours!

All imagery by Matty Drollette Photography

 

First things first, let’s talk about a couple of to do’s and what you need to get started.

Step 1:  Measure the width of your door.  This is crucial in determining your wreath size that will fit best.  

Step 2:  Determine your wreath base.

There are a few different options here but I typically suggest one of the following:

Grapevine wreath

Wire wreath frame

Faux Boxwood OR Fresh OR Preserved Greenery Wreath:  Be sure to use something hardy that will hold up outdoors and that can handle heat and direct sunlight.  Our falls in Alabama tend to still be in the high 80’s so I typically do a faux or dried wreath for my front door.

Step 3:  Pick your ingredients.

I suggest allocating your ingredients based on the following principles:

  1.  Determine your color palette.  For instance, if you are wanting a variety of oranges, greens and whites on your wreath you need to determine what color is your focal.  If it is orange, I suggest finding a balance of 3 orange variations (dark, medium, light variation) and then at least 2-3 variations of greens and 1-2 variations of whites or creams.
  2. Shape and Texture matters.  Mix in a variety of shapes and texture with your ingredients.  Think cylindrical, oval, rounded, etc.

Step 4:  Cut away

Yup, you heard it right. Now get to cutting down your bunches.  Just be sure to use wire cutters as shears can prove to be a bit dangerous and are alot harder to cut through the stem base.

Once you have cut apart a mixture of your ingredients the next step is to gather groupings and form mini nosegays (small bouquets).

Step 5:  Gather and Create

I suggest starting with your greenery first.  Take stem 1 and overlap stem 2 then overlap stem 3.  Then continue to repeat in that fluid motion until you have a mini gathering of all of your ingredients.  For this design I did 2 mini nosegays but of course for an entire wreath you will need to do a good bit!

Step 6:  Wire it up

Next, take your wire and wrap it around the stems tightly.

Stem 7:  Add your mini nosegay to your wreath form

Take a piece of your wire and wrap it around a section of your wreath and twist to secure leaving excess wire.  Take the excess wire and attach your mini nosegay by wrapping the wire around the already wrapped section you did in Step 6.  Just make sure your bundle is secure to the form before moving on.

Step 8:  Add your second gathering to the wreath.  

Lay the top of the mini bouquet directly under the beginning of the other mini bouquet of previous bundle to ensure you are covering the wire.  If your goal is to cover the entire wreath continue adding more bundles until you have made your way around. Otherwise, you can finish it off like this or even add a simple bow!