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Good morning! I feel like the last person in Blogland to actually get a fall wreath made for my front door. Usually these sorts of things are done BEFORE the season is actually here, but I kind of failed on that one. And fall is definitely here, in all its glory. Just this last weekend it was sunny and 85 degrees; a few days later, it was 57 degrees and raining. Even I have to admit, seeing lots of leaves on the ground and all the pretty colors has me a little excited. I start thinking of all the holidays coming up, boots, scarves, flannel blankets, fireplaces, soup; ohhhh I could go on and on! I’m ready, so bring it on! But, I digress. Back to my fall wreath!
You didn’t actually think I’d make a wreath for fall and NOT use gold in it, did you? You’re going to be real sick of gold soon, if that’s even possible!
So, I saw a paper straw wreath on Pinterest not too long ago, and thought it looked SO neat. I wanted to make one too, so I got on Amazon and looked for straws. I came across these amazing birch tree straws and I just had to have them for my wreath! They were only $7 for a box of 144; a great deal.
The wreath itself isn’t hard, just a little time consuming. I managed to finish it in one day while my daughter took her naps.
- Kikkerland Biodegradable Birch Paper Straws (Box of 144)
- Faux leaves
- Gold spray paint
- Cardboard (to attach straws to)
- Ribbon/fabric for hanging
- Glue gun and lots and lots of glue sticks
I started out by using a couple of different sized bowls to trace circles on my cardboard. You can make it any size you want, depending on how big you want your wreath. I used an Xacto knife to cut it out. And it doesn’t have to be perfect, it’s going to be covered anyway!
Then, start taking straws one-by-one and gluing them to the cardboard ring all the way to the inner edge, leaving a little bit of space in between each straw so you can glue more later. It took 37 straws to do the whole ring.
Take 37 more straws and cut about an inch off of each one. Now, you could get really crazy and measure each one, but I’m not that crazy nor do I have the time. So, I just laid straws out flat and used a ruler and a pen to mark a few across so I had an idea of where an inch was, and then just cut the tops off in bunches. It really doesn’t have to be perfect, no one is going to come measure each straw to make sure they are all the same. And if they do, they might just have a slight OCD problem and you probably shouldn’t let them in your house. 🙂
The last part is the most tedious. I forgot to count how many straws it took, but I assume 37ish more. You can also leave your wreath as is if you want it less full, but I wanted more of the straws to show so I cut straws in half and glued them in-between each straw like in the picture. Again, don’t measure, just eyeball where half is and cut!
Some didn’t fit well so I just flattened one end, and put glue on either side to stick in between straws. This will NOT look pretty with glue all over, but I promise you won’t see it by the end once you glue the leaves on top. Go all the way around, making sure the short straws are glued between the other straws well (they won’t be on the cardboard, so you want to make sure they stay!).
After they are all glued and if you haven’t burned your fingers off yet, it’s time to glue the gold leaves on. I glued the first layer on and overlapped them a bit, making sure to put them high enough that they cover any dried glue from the straws.
Woohoo! A pretty and unique fall wreath to (finally) dress my front door with! Because it’s pretty dry here where I live, I’m able to hang it outside. Our porch is also covered so it doesn’t get wet. If yours does, you can always put it on an inside wall over a mantel to liven up your fall decor!
Do you have your fall wreath up yet?
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