For those of you coming over from The Artsy Girl Connection’s Fall Crawl, welcome to Ode to Inspiration! Today is my turn to share a fall project with everyone. Fall is on it’s way and we need to welcome it in properly! To help welcome it, I’ve decided to make a new fall wreath for the front door. Join me, won’t you!
This is what you will need:
- 6 Small faux pumpkins
- Jute (I used 6-ply)
- Turquoise and orange spray paint
- f-a-l-l wooden letters (or chipboard letters)
- 2.5″ and 2″ wide ivory lace ( 40″ long of the 2.5″ & 2 yards of the 2″)
- Burlap ribbon
- Brown ink stamp pad
- Painting sponge
- Hot glue gun
- Optional: brown paint, small tip paint brush, and sanding paper
First thing we need to do is all the spray painting. Be sure to cover your workspace. We are spray painting our pumpkins turquoise. Yup, you heard that right… turquoise pumpkins! In my part of town, pumpkins exist in any color your heart desires! ;) The small pumpkins I happened to find were on picks, so I inserted them into a styrofoam block. [In case you are wondering abut the aluminum foil, it’s from a previous project. :)] Next, spray paint the letters and 2.5″ lace orange. Before spray painting, cut four 10″ long pieces of lace (cut the same amount for the 2″ lace and set to the side along with the remainder). Spray paint the 2.5″ lace lightly. The lace dries up almost instantaneously.
Once your pumpkins are dry, you can leave the stems as is or paint them brown.
Once dry, you can slightly sand your letters. The spray paint I used has a gloss finish which I didn’t want, so I slightly sanded my letters to get the gloss out.
After you paint your stems if you chose to do so, using the sponge painting technique, lightly sponge “ink” onto your pumpkins creating a distressed look. I used an ink pad (Versafine) that dries up almost instantaneously. For any other ink pads, handle your pumpkin carefully to avoid smudging.
In between your spray painting, wrap your wreath with jute. Hot glue the beginning and end of the strand. I used 6-ply; the thicker your jute the less you will need of it. If you have a monster of a jute roll like I do, you may want to cut off a guesstimated amount and wrap it around something (like a popsicle stick, finished toilet roll paper, etc.) to make a smaller roll. It’ll make the wrapping process easier and faster.
By the time you are done wrapping your wreath, all of your spray painted items will be ready for glueing. Start off by glueing on the letters at the center bottom of the wreath. Next glue on your pumpkins. Then glue on your orange lace first and the ivory lace directly on top.
Finish off your wreath by creating a loop from burlap ribbon and ivory lace and tie off to the length needed.
Our fall wreaths are ready to go to welcome in the fall!
So go ahead and hang them up!
I hope you enjoyed the tutorial. Let me know what you think!
Thanks for stopping by!
Don’t forget to join the Fall Crawl by linking up some of your own stuff too!