I'm a little late, but I finally have a new wreath for Fall this year!
I thought I'd give a quick step-by-step for anyone who doesn't know how to get started but wants to make one of her own.
I gathered my supplies -glue gun and glue -grapevine wreath form -foliage (separated from bush if necessary) -flowers (separated from bush if necessary)
I usually cheat and buy a pre-arranged bush when I want an elaborate looking wreath but don't want to have to work really hard. All of the flowers on my wreath were on a $20 bush that I got for 50% off. The fern was also a bush and I think 50% off of $13. (I hate paying full price!)
I'm sure there are many ways to design a wreath, but this is the method I use most often because it's fast.
1. Lay a base of foliage, sticking over the edges however you would like - I chose circular in the same direction. It doesn't have to be perfect because much of it will be covered and extra can always be added (I always save a few bits of foliage just in case.)
2. Separate the flowers into groups, larger to smaller. 3. Arrange larger flowers in groupings that are a pleasing distance apart. (Dark orange) Nothing is glued yet, so this is not permanent. 4. Arrange next larger size/group of flowers until all of the flowers have been used. (Taupe and then cream) 5. I had a bunch of tiny flowers, ivy, and tiny berries that were also included and I spaced them out to fill any gaps. The extra foliage comes in handy now to fill in any other gaps!
6. Hang up your wreath, make sure everything is securely fastened and still looks "balanced" now that it is vertical, add a few bits of foliage if needed (I needed!) and admire.
I love vintage items! Just imagining the history behind an item makes me smile. I reuse everything. My Papa's old chair is my sewing chair, my Gramma's 1920s valentines are framed art, and my Great-grandmother's ruffly pillowcase is a valance in my daughter's room. And those are just my favorite things - I have way more!