Autumn is not far off and everyone loves to decorate for the season. Begin your fall decorating by enhancing your front door area with a few seasonal items. A good place to start is to make a natural wreath for your front door.
This is the time of year its easy to find materials in your own yard for a natural wreath. Begin with a straw wreath, grapevine or moss. These can be easily purchased very reasonably. You probably have some sort of vines in your yard. If so, you can make the wreath base too. Just wind them like you would a garden hose, in the shape of a circle. Tuck in the ends until they hold the shape.
Pick out a seasonal ribbon. Choose a plaid ribbon for fall with browns, oranges and yellows. Using plaid instead of a plain ribbon gives you lots of colors and fall is all about a variety of color. Choose a wide ribbon at least two inches wide. The wide width covers a good area of the wreath. Wind your ribbon like a candy cane stripe all around the perimeter. Don’t try to cover the wreath, just a few wraps around is all that is needed. It will lie better and you want your wreath material to show. Glue only the two ends that should meet together at the bottom. That will hold it and you won’t need to glue it where it will show.
To make it personal, wander your yard and pick up pieces of nature. Acorns, pine cones, dried flowers or attractive dried weeds. You might find bird eggs, nests, twigs. Anything natural. Cluster your items in a pleasing way over a section of the wreath, leaving a perhaps three fourths of the wreath plain. This gives your wreath a very professional look. Look at your wreath like a clock. Arrange your bounty between where 2 and 5 would be on your clock. Decide approximately where each item should go. Then glue each piece in with hot glue. Let each piece be firmly on before layering another on top.
Your bow should be made from the same ribbon you used to wind the wreath. To make your bow, loop the ribbon around an object about six to eight inches tall. A drinking glass, for example. Loop it six times. Take it off and press it in the middle. Cut a small triangle out of each side and tie it with a 12 inch piece of string, yarn or wire. Starting from the inside loop, pull out and twist the loop. Do that on the bottom half, and alternatively until all the loops are pulled out on the same side. That is your bow. Tie your bow onto the wreath at about where 6 would be on your clock. Put a loop at where 12 would be on your clock to hang it.
Some like their bows to have ribbon tails. These are easily added. To add tails to the bow begin by folding a long piece of your leftover ribbon in an uneven half. Glue it under the bow to the wreath and then give the ends of the ribbon tails a finished look by cutting the ends at a slant.