So I find all of my ideas on Pinterest lately. Last night, we had some friends over for dinner, and everything but the dessert (which was courtesy of Marie Callender) was from Pinterest. AND THEY WERE ALL DELICIOUS! I made stuffed peppers, Crock Pot mashed potatoes, and homemade bread. Ah, it makes my mouth water...
Yesterday, I gave you a sneak peek of something I was in the process of creating (for "Create" for my Photo a Day challenge). Well, wait no more because here it is:
I made a lovely fall wreath! I saw one on Pinterest and fell in love with it. I loved it so much that I pinned it twice! (No, it wasn't an accidental pin the second time around, as in I pushed the button too much. This was my very first pin on my Holidaze board, and months later, I pinned it again.)
Zach and I like natural holiday decorations rather than whimsical or ostentatious ones. We like our decor to be somewhat traditional and look as if it could have been plucked from the outdoors. If, for the most part, Alcott's Little Women couldn't have made it, then we don't want it. (Think pine boughs and cranberries and pinecones for Christmas.) *lol* So this wreath seemed perfect for us. After all, I can hang this from September through November, and it will work just fine for Halloween and Thanksgiving. The original was moss-covered with some realistic pumpkins and a simple burlap ribbon to tie it up. I decided to recreate it with very few changes!
I had also seen on Pinterest how to avoid buying expensive styrofoam wreaths by using plumbing tubing instead! The size I would have needed for this wreath would have cost me around $10 or more, according to my estimates, but I got a six-foot-long tube for $1.37! I felt so proud marching into Lowe's and heading to the plumbing section as if I knew what things were. ;) This was great because we are short on our budget this month, and I didn't have much to spend on this wreath. I simply cut where needed and taped them together. What is even better is that this tubing doesn't flake like styrofoam does. :)
I hot-glued moss around my tubing. I didn't do the backs because 1) I was lazy, and 2) I wanted the wreath to lay flat, and 3) hot-gluing moss is hella messy! I knew it would be very, very messy, but it was MESSY. I decided to go with a variety of pumpkins to create interest, and I bought ones with picks (except for the very orange one in the center). I trimmed the picks to fit, poked them into the wreath where desired, pulled them slightly out, coated the pick with hot glue, and stuck back in. I had planned on using burlap ribbon, but I had some of this lovely brown fabric leftover from my bathroom shelf curtain and decided to cut a "ribbon" from it. The ends and sides will fray, so it won't look too neat. :)
Ah, it was an adventure making this. Our kitties kept hopping up on the table to investigate the moss, and I was certain they were going to ingest some and die or get burned by my hot glue gun or knock the gun to the floor, getting hot glue everywhere. Every five minutes, I was yelling, "Hobie! No! Dinah! No! Zaaaaach!"
I hung it in my kitchen to see how it will look on the door. We have got to get a wreath hanger or put in a nail on the door. I think it looks fab! Don't you? :)