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diy project: bark + straw fall wreath

by Brenna

With Halloween over, the holiday season is technically in full swing. I know I am not alone in saying that I feel like fall and thanksgiving always come so quickly. This year, we are bringing the holiday festivities here. With a baby due in December, I have to stay put, but am lucky enough to have our whole family come celebrate at our house.  I wanted to make a welcoming wreath but am not ready for winter proper quite yet. Easy solution: I made a bark wrapped wreath form that will transition into wintery form quite easily. With the last green leaf buds added to preserve the feeling of early fall, I can change these to little white balls of felted wool and silvered leaves as winter approaches.  It’s a simple nod to the holiday season without jumping in yet! —Brenna

Read the full how-to after the jump!

Materials:

  • Bark (birch or paperbark melaleuca works well)
  • Straw wreath form
  • Scissors or exacto knife
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Decorative paper or fabric for leaves

 

Instructions:

 

1. Loosely measure the wreath form to determine how long the bark strips need to be.

2. Cut or tear the bark into strips at least 4 inches wide, and as many as 12 inches wide.

3. Cover the wreath form with the strips. Start by lying the strip down, and putting the wreath form on top of the strip, centered its length. Use hot glue to secure each end of the strip to the middle back of the wreath form.

4. Work around the wreath form making sure there are no gaps in the bark where the straw will show through.

5. Once the wreath is covered, poke a couple of twigs through the bark, and use hot glue to secure.

6. Cut leaf shapes from the paper or fabric and hot glue them to the tips of the twig… or dive directly into winter and use some silver leaves or little fabric berries.

7. Hang on your door and feel the holiday cheer.

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