Did you know that I’m part Hispanic/part Farmer’s Almanac? Yup. You may think that the first day of autumn is September 22nd, but it’s actually whenever I hang up my fall wreath. (So don’t listen to the calendar. Listen to me. Also, listen to Starbucks.) And since I just finished hanging up my new DIY whitewashed twig fall wreath, the weather should start getting cooler any minute. You’re welcome.
Don’t have your fall wreath plans lined up yet? Well, ándale! The time is now! (The Farmer’s Almanac says so.)
DIY Whitewashed Twig Fall Wreath
Before you read this tutorial, know that you have 2 options for creating this thing:
- Option 1: The Easy and Sensible Way
- Option 2: My Way
Le choix is yours. (FYI, I’m in a French mood today. I think it’s because I’m headed to Italy in a couple weeks. Which makes no sense. But that’s my way.)
Step 1: Le fabric pumpkins
Option 1: The easy and sensible way to acquire pumpkins is to buy a baggie full of small, plastics ones at the dollar store. Done!
Option 2: My way involves using fabric scraps (I’ve got oodles!) to craft my own pumpkins. If you are a money-saving time-waster like me, here is how you can make your own fabric pumpkins. Just cut the fabric circles to 6″ and 4″ diameter for itty bitty ‘kins. 🙂
Step 2: Le twig wreath
I LOVE twig wreaths because I can simply tuck stems and other greenery in discreetly amongst the branches and they stay put. And since I like to change up my wreaths every year, I can just pull everything out and start again. (This also means pulling out dead grasshoppers who decided to nest in my wreath.) Here was my fall wreath from last year:
It was cute, but this year I wanted a lighter wreath so it could stand out better against our blue door.
Since wood is easy to paint, I decided to whitewash my twig wreath. For the whitewashed look, again, you have 2 options:
- Option 1: Spray paint the wreath easily like a sensible person.
- Option 2: Paint the wreath my way by using a brush and watered-down white paint.
If you chose Option 2, take a shower afterwards because you’re probably covered in paint.
Next, allow the wreath to fully dry.
Step 3: Remove le chat.
If they fits, they sits, but then you must kicks them out.
Step 4: Attach le foliage
Foliage can either be free or cost money. And if you know Mrs. Smith, you know she likes FREE!!
As a way to layer in some warm color, I gathered up a couple small bundles of dried stalks (arugula from my garden) and tied them together with fishing line:
Next, I carefully tucked them into either side of the wreath:
Then I secured the arugula bundles to the wreath using more fishing line:
Step 5: Remove le chat. Again.
Step 6: Add leaves, pumpkins and other shenanigans
Okay, time to add all the juicy fall bits! Again, you have two options here:
- The Easy and Sensible Way: Secure leaves and pumpkins in place with hot glue.
- My Way: Sew leaves and pumpkins to the wreath because you no have-y le hot glue gun.
No hot glue gun. I’m surprised someone hasn’t taken away my blogger’s license yet.
I like to tell myself that string is stronger than hot glue.
At least tucking in these colorful red buds was easy.
Step 7: Make le pumpkin stems
My fabric pumpkins needed some flair so I crafted some simple twirly twine stems. Here’s how to make ’em:
- Wrap 6″ of green twine tightly around a pencil.
- Spray the dickens out of the twine all over with heavy starch.
- Allow twine to dry fully while still wrapped around the pencil.
- Carefully slide twine off pencil and tie one end to pumpkin stem.
Step 8: Le pièce de résistance
For the final touch, nestle a mini chalkboard into the center and secure with either hot glue or, if your chalkboard has holes in it like mine, secure to the wreath with fishing line.
Then write something charming and obvious on it like “Welcome Fall” or “Welcome Fall, Bitches!” or “Buzz Off!”
I’m loving how the whitewashed twigs stand out against the blue!
I’m also loving this cooler weather! Thanks, me. 😉
Is your fall wreath up already?
Catch me in action on my Facebook fan page where I post weekly videos of me making a fool out of myself! Yay!