Monday, August 31, 2015
Fall Monogram Initial Wreath
It is ALMOST September (one day away) and I thought it is time that I share a fall craft with y'all... because, let's admit it. Everyone starts talking about the end of summer as soon as the grand finale of fireworks ends on July 4th. The back to school commercials start and before you know it the kids are in school. The pumpkins and (gasp, Christmas!) comes out on the shelves at Hobby Lobby and well... once September 1st hits, we're already thinking it is fall. Even though, isn't the first day of fall really near the end of September, as in September 23? Oh well. If I am making you break out in hives over all of this fall talk, I won't mention that I decorated the inside of my house for the fall this weekend. (Don't worry, I won't decorate the outside until this weekend. lol.)
This wreath was a lot of fun to make and it really didn't cost a lot either. If you've been following my blog, you know I love monograms and so it is no big surprise that I did a huge monogram initial wrapped in faux fall colored leaves for this wreath. I also enjoy doing bows and I matched some of the colors in the leaves by adding some orange, brown and even red in the bow.
Here are some more photos of the wreath and I'll share how I made it at the end of the post:
Are you ready to learn how to make one of these for own home?
The supplies are pretty basic. I purchased a cardboard 'A' from the scrapbooking/papers aisle in Hobby Lobby, some jute, faux leaves from the fall section, a round wreath form, burlap ribbon with an orange chevron pattern, brown ribbon, a cute little pumpkin and then the spray adhesive and the red ribbon with white polka dots (not shown) I already had at home.
Spray the cardboard 'A' (or whatever letter you are using) with your spray adhesive. I would do this outside, its not a pleasant smell... Then, start sticking your leaves all over the letter. They will stick onto the 'A' really well, but then you'll need to use a hot glue gun to bend the edges of the leaves around to the back side of the 'A'. You really don't want the edges of the cardboard to show, so be sure to wrap up the 'A' nicely with the leaves.
Your letter will look like this when you are done.
This is the most tedious part of the entire craft. Wrap your jute around the wreath form until it is completely covered.
This part took me a little over an hour... but, it is nice and wrapped!
Then I hot glued the 'A' onto my wreath and made my bow. I usually use my Bowdabra to make my bows, but this one I actually free-handed! The little pumpkin that I hot-glued to the middle really added some visual interest to this big burlap bow and I am glad I spotted it in Hobby Lobby!
And, that's it! I was so excited to hang it in my home this weekend. And, stay tuned... because on Friday I am sharing my Fall Bucket List! Yay!
To see which parties I have linked up with, click HERE.