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Fall décor is on sale. Use it to make a wreath.

Wreath is perfect fall décor

Fall is finally here and while I love just about all colors, this year the fall palette has really struck my fancy.

So much so, in fact, that I couldn’t wait to get to my nearest craft supply store and start shopping for a fall-themed project.

I had promised myself I would try a different store from the one I always shop at for craft supplies, but convenience (and the fact I wanted to buy while inspired to create) forced me to break that promise.

I think one of the best things about this time of year (and complain about it I have) is that stores are prepping for Christmas while we’re just settling into the cooler, crisper temperatures of autumn.

While many may find it irritating, it made me relatively happy as this meant the fall items were 40 percent to 50 percent off.

I walked out of the store with $16.50 worth of fall décor items and with that was able to make myself a wreath for my door and still have enough flowers and leaves to add to another wreath.

In fact, I could make several more wreaths with the leaves and such that I have left over.

For this project, I wandered the aisles of the store looking for inspiration. While most of the fall décor is located largely in one place, I find that you can pick up little things throughout the store when you’re being creative.

Following is my supply list for this project:

1 10-inch straw wreath

1 scarecrow pick

1 bunch of silk mums

2 packages of fall leaves

1 stem of silk, fall-colored sunflowers

1 small plastic pumpkin or gourd

1 spool of fall-colored ribbon

Tools you’ll need:

Scissors

Hot glue gun or craft glue

Florist’s wire

In shopping for this wreath, I also bought a pre-made bow (because I cannot make a bow despite many attempts by my sister to teach me) but ended up not using it because I liked how it looked without the bow and thought it would take away from the simplicity of the wreath.

Step 1: Wrap the straw wreath in the pretty orange, wired ribbon and hot-glue the ends together on the back of the wreath.

Step 2: Insert one end of florist’s wire into bottom of plastic pumpkin (or gourd) and seat pumpkin in the center bottom of wreath; wrap wire around wreath so it’s snugly around and insert other end of wire into pumpkin. Hot-glue pumpkin where it’s base meets the wreath.

Step 3: Break stick off scarecrow pick and place it where you want it on the wreath, using hot glue to secure.

Step 4: And, here’s where you get to be creative. Place your flowers and leaves around the wreath however you desire. In this case I used leaves from the two packages of leaves I bought, as well as the leaves that were with the silk flower stems I bought. My advice is to make your placement first before adding the glue and committing. With hot glue it is easier to reposition but it’s always best to just have to glue once.

Step 5: Stand back and admire your work.

I was so happy with how this wreath turned out that I started planning others.

Of course, I have only one door on which to hang a wreath, so others aren’t necessary, but one can dream.

Joyce McCartney is not a craft expert. She is, however, interested in crafting of all types. She shares her experiences and those of area crafters. To reach Joyce, call 461-8364 or e-mail craftyliving@jg.net. Also, go to the blog at www.journalgazette.net/craftyliving. Hear podcasts on knitting at Crafty Living: Math4Knitters.

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