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Bright DIY Fall Wreath

I’m not a very traditional girl. Or maybe I’m not very modern. The minute we moved into our house I wanted to change the various shades of tan on the walls to bright and bold colors. Well inspired by my friend Megan at Homemade Ginger, I decided to tackle my first-ever homemade wreath.

I was also inspired by this (which has 34 repins on my Pinterest board), this, and this. But I only had a few hours while the Rockstar was out of town one night and Liam was sleeping, so I took a much less-ambitious route, especially for my first time.

I knew I wanted bold colors, so I grabbed some clearance fabric and some sheets of felt and since I have yet to locate my glue gun, I used sewing pins for the whole project.


First I cut a strip of the yellow felt-type fabric and pinned it around the foam wreath. I’ve seen a lot of wrapping around wreaths, which probably would have looked nicer, but I don’t mind the effect here. I even kind of liked the pinned side.

Then I made the flowers, cutting two sizes of a stretched figure-8 type pattern, and I also drew a pattern for the leaves. I don’t trust myself without a pattern. I used double-sided tape to affix the pattern to the felt temporarily, which worked nicely. I used double-sided tape (again since my glue gun is missing) and pinched the middle of each petal set together. Then I pushed pins through the button and felt layers and stuck it right into the wreath.

I’m in love with all things yellow right now, so the teal/red/green combo was just the ticket. And I love the way it stands up against the dark door. It catches your eye from the street. And while it may not be the best wreath in all DIY-dom, I’m proud of it as my first attempt. Happy DIY-ing!

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About Erin Shipps

Life in your thirties can sometimes feel like you're stuck between what has happened and what's yet to come -- like being amidship. But I'm forging through with thrifty household decorating, DIY projects, health advice, and just life. When I'm not crafting my local Kansas City magazine VintageKC, I'm busy being a rock star's wife and mommy to the most beautiful 3-year-old. Welcome to our world amid the Shipps.

6 responses »

  1. It turned out great! Any thoughts of adding some craftiness to your Etsy shop??

  2. Thanks! You read my mind. I don’t have a ton of time, but I have considered the option.

  3. I love it! looks so cute!!

  4. It is great Erin. I didn’t know you were so talented! A big step up from waitressing..

    • haha! Thanks! I’ve come a long way, eh? I’m not sure I know I’m so talented either. I’m more confident in the furniture side, but we’ll see!


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