Outdoor Wreath Makeover with a new Happy Fall look! With just a little cleaning, some autumn inspired decorations and a snazzy new bow, you can turn a dusty, tired, old wreath into something new and beautiful again.
Do you have a wreath that needs refreshing for the fall? I sure did, until my old wreath was revamped with a Happy Fall Outdoor Wreath Makeover! Last spring, I found an old, dusty, wooden wreath at Goodwill that was in great need of a redo. It looked gorgeous after receiving a fresh coat of gold paint, a pretty bow, some eucalyptus leaves, and a few faux strawberry branches. However, after spending 6 months outdoors in the elements, the strawberries were worn and moldy. The tired, spring wreath is fresh and vibrant once again after receiving a “Happy Fall” woodland animal sign, some cattail look-alikes, a few silk leaves, and a snazzy pumpkin ribbon bow.
▪ large wooden wreath
▪ floral wire
▪ “Happy Fall” sign
▪ 2” wired ribbon
▪ floral picks- I used silk leaves and colored, dried wheat
▪ faux eucalyptus
▪ cattails, or cattail look-alikes
▪ jute-for hanging the “Happy Fall” sign
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HOW TO MAKEOVER AN OLD WREATH FOR FALL
My Happy Fall Wreath was quick and easy to make, especially since the wreath was already spray painted gold, and the eucalyptus leaves were still attached. I thought about removing the eucalyptus leaves, but didn’t. I liked the green foundation they provided for the fall foliage.
Step 1: I trimmed my cattail look-alikes, and inserted them into the wooden wreath on both sides. No glue or floral wire was necessary.
Step 2: I added the colored wheat on both sides.
Step 3: I placed a thick pick of fall foliage on both sides of the wreath. Make sure all items are securely inserted into the crevices of your wreath.
Step 4: Time for the fun part! There’s always at least one fun part to every project. It usually lies in the finishing details. Let’s make the bow. Using 2” wired ribbon, fold it back and forth into 6” or 7” strips, one on top of the other. I made 5 “folds.” You should have one ribbon end on the bottom, and one on the top. Cut downward triangles into both ribbon ends. This will give your bow a nice, finished look.
Step 5: Cut a 10” piece of floral wire. Pinch the ribbon firmly in the middle, then fold the wire in half, and twist it tightly around the middle of your ribbon. You should have two wire tails. You’ll need these later to attach the bow to your wreath.
Step 6: Take the top loop on the right, and fold it towards the middle, to make a center loop. Then, shape all of the other loops. Tie the finished bow onto the wreath with more floral wire.
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Step 7: Take a 12” length of jute string, and make a 3” loop to hang the “Hello Fall” sign onto the wreath hanger. Trim the ends, then hang the finished wreath over your sign. Adjust if necessary.
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