Do you sport a wreath on your front door? In some areas, seasonal door wreaths are an all-year decoration. Making them is easy and can be fun to change them with seasons or events…Sometimes “less is more,” but then there comes a time when less is just not quite enough and we want more! In this case, my mother had a seasonal fall wreath that I had made for her several years ago. It was modest and made of natural dried plant material. I show it here as the starting point of this blog’s topic, how to jazz-up a tired wreath.
The project started with the simple wreath of dried natural materials contrasting nicely against the white panels. Mom retrieved it from storage and hung it once again on her front door. Then the phone call, “I need you to do something with my wreath, it’s bland and tired and I need it punched-up.” “Punched-up”, Mom’s favorite phrase for having me come spruce-up a room, re-arrange contents on bookshelves, or generally make minor changes to her interior design.
I liked the warm, modest colors and natural textures of the wreath, but knew what she wanted. So I dove into my stash of crafty supplies and with glue-gun in hand, I went down to her house, removed the wreath from the door and began to clip my boldly colorful, fake flowers and berries to “punch-up” her wreath.
The density of the original wreath with its woven grapevine frame stuffed full of dried vegetation made it easy to insert the new additions practically without need of the glue. But to be sturdy and able to tolerate windy days and the door opening and closing, gluing was the best bet. Brilliant Black-eyed Susans, golden mums, orange berries and related foliage began to infuse and punctuate the wreath with shockingly festive autumnal color!
The entire process took about 6 minutes -seriously. This is not rocket science. The idea is not to be afraid, go for abundance, but stop short before you achieve over-load. The definition of over-load might be like beauty – which it is in the eye of the beholder. So I leave it up to you. If you do not have natural grapevines growing in your yard like Martha Stewart, go get a grapevine wreath at the local hobby store. If you do not have natural dried vegetation poking around heading for seasonal hibernation in your gardens or woodland property, again, the hobby store will have it all. I did the natural version, made a raffia bow and originally stopped there – which was fine at the time and for several years. Then with the same wreath, not removing a thing, I “punched it up” with a selection of hobby store flowers and berries that are available in all the wonderful colors of the season as the year progresses. So arm yourself with a glue gun and have a blast!