Hi there! I’m dropping by with a fun, simple fabric wreath for Fall! Nothing says “Welcome Fall” more than a welcoming entrance – what better way to create a welcoming entrance than with a pretty Autumn inspired wreath all decked out for the season?
I’ve been so short on time that my front porch has still been wearing a bit of Spring, and a little bit of Summer. It’s time to move on, people! Fall is here! At least according to the acorns we found the other day and all of the comfort food I’ve been consuming as of late. We won’t talk about that.
I did some scouting on Pinterest and came up with more than a few ideas – please, check out my Wreath Mania board.
Some of my favorites were this wood and burlap wreath at findinghomeonline.com,
and this unique and simple apple wreath.
. But, my absolute favorite was this cardstock wreath made by Alice Carmon at bellablvd.
As much as I loved it, doing a wreath for my front door using paper for the leaves was probably not going to work out – at least not for more than a day or so! So, I borrowed some of the elements and decided to do something similar in fabric.
I gathered together a pile of things I might need – this is how I plan for projects when I’m winging it.. which is what I was doing here! What is not in this picture is mod podge, which is I used for stiffening the fabric and give it a little bit of protection from the elements.
I ended up using the following:
- a straw wreath form
- mod podge (I made a home-made version using craft glue and water which worked just fine. You can find a tutorial for that here.)
- Five fat quarters of coordinating fabric in autumn colors
- a narrow roll of burlap
- natural jute twine
- enough wired burlap in sage green for the large bow
I also used hot glue aplenty, and one button from the scrapbook embellishment pack you see in the above picture, as well as four acorns, one stick of fabric wire, wooden letters spelling “Welcome” and red acrylic craft paint and beads that I had laying around.
To prepare the fabric, I coated each piece with a thin layer of mod podge, using a paint brush, and allowed it to dry. Lucky for me, it’s been lovely outside, and I was able to apply the mod podge and lay the fabric pieces out to dry in the sun, in a place they would not adhere to the surface. Another idea would be to hang them to dry.
Once dry, I created and cut out a leaf template out of scrap paper. I then traced the leaf onto the fabric pieces and cut out the leaf shapes. This was time consuming, but stick with it, because you will love the finished result!
To prepare the wreath form, apply a small amount of glue to the burlap and wrap the burlap around the form tightly, overlapping as you go. You want to ensure there are no gaps showing and to completely cover the form, gluing the end to secure when you’ve gone all the way around.
I then began to apply the leaves to the wreath in my chosen pattern. I applied the glue to the lower section of the front of the leaf, and applied it to the burlap, folding the leaf back after, creating the look of a seam. I began adding leaves on the outermost edge of the wreath form. Continue around the wreath form, adding the second row approximately a half inch in front of the first row, and a third row about a half inch in front of the second, in your desired pattern.
Turning the wreath over, gently glue any leaves that are not cooperating and staying in line – if only that worked with kids! Ha!
For the ribbon, I created a regular bow out of a long strip of wired burlap ribbon. The nice thing about this stuff is that it’s stiff and a bit sticky, which helps to hold the form of the bow nicely. I then created a second bow out of a long piece of jute, attaching acorns to the ends with glue and knotting over the stems. I staggered the lengths of each string, and attached the entire bow to the burlap bow, completing the look with a small button embellishment.
The welcome was creating by threading beads onto a piece of floral wire. I then glued wooden letters to the wire, between the beads and painted them red. The floral wire was threaded through the burlap on either end and spiraled to hold.
And.. That’s all folks! Truthfully, I wasn’t entirely sure about it until I added the acorn tassels, but I love it now! Now, it feels festive, and my front entrance is on the way to saying.. “hello, fall! I’m here!”
Thanks for following along!
Pin for later: Fabric Leaves Fall Wreath