Sunday, September 20, 2009

A DIY fall wreath.


Well hellooooo there! Hope you had a great weekend! First of all -- I want to announce the winner of the fall goodies!! April in CT -- you are the winner, so e-mail me and I'll get the items out to you this week!

I still haven't heard back from a couple previous winners -- the Bomobob art winner is Erin from Home is Where the Heart is and The Sheet Boutique pillow winner is Julianne Hendrickson. E-mail me soon so I can get you in touch with Bob and Cara!

Okay dokay...so I highlighted this wreath from BHG on my Crackbook page the other day:
I just fell in love with it and decided it. must. be. mine. Well...a slightly different version must. be. mine. I couldn't find the rectangle shape, of course. Then, I wanted a large circle, but the only place I've found those is at The Flower Factory, and that's a 45 minute drive for me...sooooooo, a small circle it was.

I am not a patient person, have I mentioned that? Hmmm?

I got my foam wreath at Joann's for $3-something (coupon). I spray painted it black, just a bit. I only did this so if I didn't get every little part covered with leaves, the white wouldn't be peeking out. (It's face down in this picture.):
I took my kitty:I mean, my LEAVES:
The cats must find themselves into every shot possible. Yet again, I just purchased garland and snipped the leaves off. This one was $6. I got some beady things to stick in after but didn't end up needing them, so this whole project was less than $10. Score!!
I just started covering the foam here and there, using the hot glue gun:
You need to work fast -- the glue will melt the foam just a bit, and you'll need something to hold down the leaves while they adhere. Don't use your fingers. Just trust me on this.
I just filled and filled and filled...
I covered as much of the foam as possible to make it as fluffy as possible. Fluffy wreaths are a good thing. The garland had a few beady things already on it, so I just snipped those off and glued them in.
It wasn't big enough for the spot I made it for, gah. But it was PERFECT hanging in front of our family room mirror:
I made sure to cover all the sides, even the back. Stink eye sister was the one who pointed out that -- DOY, you could totally see the foam on the unfinished back when it was hanging in front of a mirror.
These pictures kinda suck, because I forgot to take pics today...took them when it was getting dark -- sorry about that. Bad blogger!! I'll try to replace them tomorrow.

I really love it in this spot -- and yes, you can still see yourself right through the middle of the wreath:

That is, if you are exactly 5 foot, 9 1/2 inches tall. ;)

P.S. If you purchased a consult and have sent your pics, I have listed everyone in order on the bottom left side of my site. (Only your first initial and first couple letters of your last name are there.)If you have sent your pics and info, and don't see your initials, please let me know!

P.P.S. I am honored to have been chosen for the last Before and After Project of 2009 over at One Project Closer! If you haven't seen enough of my beadboard kitchen island, go over and take a look. ;)

P.P.S.S.P.S. I forgot to mention that I wrote a guest post at my friend Rhoda's place (Southern Hospitality) last week about my corner fireplace. Go take a look here!

65 comments:

  1. gorgeous! Even though I am a summer girl, I feel the need to start bringing in some fall decor. I MAY try to tackle it! thanks!

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  2. Sarah, it is amazing!!! I think I might be able to do this one. :) Very very cute. Thanks for including pictures of each step...sweet kitty, by the way. :)

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  3. I love it... You are talented and tall? I am jealous!

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  4. Turned out super cute, I would have totally forgot the back too!
    I bet if you wanted a rectangular one, you could use a large picture frame and wrap it in batting or something (to poof it up a bit) spray and glue.

    Alyshia

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  5. Yeahh! I need a pretty wreath and this rocks! I just bought a couple bags of pretty leaves for $1.00 at Michaels and must try this!!

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  6. Beautiful job! I love hand-made holiday wreaths. Your kitty cracks me up!

    Congrats on your guest post at Southern Hospitality and feature at One Project Closer! :)

    Roeshel

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  7. So fun! I'm new to your blog, but I just wanted you to know that your fall decor inspired me. The JoAnn's here is having a buy one get one free sale on all their fall florals! So I bought a bunch and I'm going to spend the next few days putting out candles and leaves! Thanks for the ideas :)

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  8. what a great fun wreath! thanks for all the fun tips.

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  9. I love your projects. I was thinking about a reef earlier today. I hit up the Dollar Tree in town and bought the leaves today!! I also was inspired to shopping for wall candle holders too. I did find some too.

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  10. Stinking adorable wreath, and you are TOO stinking funny.

    Not to mention tall and gorgeous.

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  11. That's awesome!! I am going to make one for our house!!

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  12. Love the wreath! Fall is my favorite season & I will be starting my decorating soon.

    LOL @ the kitty...mine seem to do the same thing!!

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  13. I have a wreath stand and need something to hang on it so I may have to make one of these. Yours turned out awesome!

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  14. Pretty pretty....Im so ready for fall now~

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  15. So adorable! And yay for tall girls! (5'10" over here at PrettyPinkRat)

    Loving the fall spirit!

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  16. Love it! I still want to do the consult that I paid for back in July! OMG JULY! Where has the time gone???? I will try to get on it but with a new baby and work I am just swamped.... love the wreath!

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  17. I love it! And that's exactly how tall I am, too...

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  18. Great Wreath! love it! I LOVE LOVE LOVE FALL! Just for this reason all the great craft ideas and easy too!Come look at my hammered pumpkins I made in one afternoon! And dont you love it when its all made on a dime! I do!

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  19. Much better than what I currently have. I'm thinking I might just have to redo mine to look like that.

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  20. Hi Sarah - What if you used a large rectangular picture frame and just wrapped it with the garland, you could go around a couple of times to make it really full :)

    Oh and I wanna join the tall girls club - I'm 6'1'' :) LOL

    Erica:)

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  21. i need to take a trip to the craft store now!! love how it turned out!

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  22. Hi! I stumbled upon your blog a few weeks ago, and I want to thank you for posting about your island makeover. We live in a new house, that is "cookie cutter"-ish. We came from a house built in the 20's. It had tons of character that I found I was craving in this new home. Thanks to your tutorial, my husband and I applied the beadboard to our kitchen and as a backsplash. It looks fabulous!! Our cabinets are maple and our countertops are black, so we painted the beadboard out a soft white. Thank you again!!!

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  23. Awesome wreath! I have been seeing all the fall wreaths and this is the perfect idea. Can't wait to see how mine turns out. I have the perfect spot in mind. Thanks for sharing your tips. My first wreath to make ever!

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  24. Beautiful! I made my very first fall wreath this weekend & will be posting it myself too! So fun & easy to do!

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  25. LOVE the wreath (and the kitty!). I so wish I wasn't moving in the middle of my favorite season. I want to decorate for fall so badly, but what's the point, when I'm about to start packing everything up? I will have to make up for it next year!

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  26. These are so pretty and you make it look so easy. I'm not very crafty, but I think I might give this a try!

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  27. Great looking wreath. My friend Stephanie over at Everything That Is Nice did the same idea, and used an old fram for her rectangle. Check it out here: http://everythingthatisnice.blogspot.com/2009/09/stirring.html

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  28. Beautiful. You are amazingly talented!! have a wonderful day!!

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  29. Love the wreath! I've never made one before, I need to. I also love that I can see you with your hair back and in a t-shirt. It is nice to know other bloggers don't always look fabulous, just like me. Comforting...

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  30. I actually like yours better than the picture! But what's the deal with spray painting foam? I was trying to do a little project a few weeks ago using foam cubes from the dollar tree meant for flower arrangements and the spray paint...like...melted the foam away. Was my dear husband spraying too close? Did you notice a little bit of your ring disintegrate? Hmph. Wish I hadn't of given up on my project now!

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  31. Oh this wreath is so pretty! I really want to try this making this for sure. LOVE it! :)

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  32. This is definitely a project I would like to try, especially in this fall season.

    Nicolette
    http://www.furnitureanddesignideas.com/

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  33. love it. I think i will do one this weekend.

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  34. I like it layered over the mirror... I'm pretty sure I'd have to lower mine a bit to get the same effect (a good 5 inches)!

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  35. Very cute and easy! My kitty tried to get in on one of my projects last weekend, and I ended up with painted paw prints all over my floor! Why must they stick their paws in everything? :)

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  36. Oh how I love fall leaves!!!! pretty pretty! It may be time to bring my fall decorations down from the attic very soon... hmmmmm

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  37. Hi!!! How did u get the styrofoan tombstones to stick into the ground last year?

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  38. I'm so excited to follow your blog for some much needed inspiration.Love the wreath!

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  39. I'm a real DIY novice, so have some questions. When you say "you'll need something to hold down the leaves...Don't use your fingers.", what would you suggest we use? Books, plates?? And how long do you hold it down? Did you place the leaves in layers; from side to side; big in the middle? Any additional instruction would be helpful to me who has never made anything but would like to. THANKS! Love your blog!!

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  40. I MUST make a Fall wreath right away!! LOVE it!!

    I also tried your Ballard Designs inspired squares... LOVE them too!!

    Tiffany @ Mine Are Spectacular

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  41. seriously, i LURVE you blog! i came across it off another blog which was off another blog. i am a huge fan of a cozy and well put together home..but sometimes i get stuck in a rut when it comes to decorating my own. thank you so much for all the great ideas... i have already done a small laundry room m/o and for some reason i enjoy doing laundry more. well, sorta. i just wish i would get the courage to try beadboard. i l.o.v.e the look of it and have for many years. perhaps, i can bribe my husband to try it. keep the great ideas coming PUH-LEASE!! =) (ps, i also lurve the word luvre...one of the best words eva!)

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  42. It looks great! My cats feel the need to try & get in my pics, too.

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  43. Great job, I have never made a wreath from the foam rounds,only the grapvive or straw. I didn't know if you would be able to use the ole trusty hot glue. Thanks for the information. It looks beautiful hanging in front of the mirror.
    Sandy

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  44. Absolutely GORG! And by the way...I so wish I was 5ft 9.5in tall! Lucky.

    ~Amanda

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  45. Awesome timing! I just bought some stuff to do a fall wreath. I'll have to try this out.

    And, here's something funny. I am exactly 5'9-1/2" tall too! What a coincidence. :D

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  46. Great job on the wreath! love it.

    Also, I'm passing a award your way, come check out my post. Thanks Robin

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  47. Love the fall wreath! Thanks for all the ideas (I posted about you here: http://artbybritt.blogspot.com/2009/09/before-and-after_22.html) - I am inspired by your craftiness!!

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  48. I just googled this yesterday. Thanks for posting.

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  49. Ok so I went out searching for a rectangular wreath and appearantly they don't exist in Mississippi so I got a round one instead. Hoping mine turns out a fab as yours. I bought a pumpkin to hang in the middle like the BHG wreath but I cant figure out how to do it! UGH!!!! Love your blog!!!

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  50. Love the wreath! Have to get done with our move before I can start thinking about my fall decor...So happy for your winners! I realized Erin From Our Hart to Yours won and that is one of my best friends! So happy for her!! I love your blog...always a great idea here!

    Hugs and love friend,
    ~Victoria~

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  51. That's great I really like your wreaths. Come on over and see the wreath I posted last week.

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  52. Love it! I just finished mine yesterday... I HAD to have the rectangle wreath because it's just too cute hanging on the mirror and my mirror is a rectangle. But I couldn't find one either so instead I bought a solid rectangle piece of foam and cut out the middle. It worked great! There's a picture here - http://kurtsclaysons.blogspot.com/2009/09/update.html
    if you want to see.
    Thanks for your fabulous blog and ideas!

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  53. My cats always find themselves "helping" with any project I happen to be in the middle of...

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  54. I wish so badly I dared to use hot glue on the wreath I made! Maybe one day. It still turned out okay for my first one!
    http://diyingtobedomestic.wordpress.com/2010/10/05/diy-5-fall-wreath/

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  55. New follower from A Geek's Wife And Her Dog at www.ageekswifeandherdog.blogspot.com

    I LOVE your ideas!

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