I've pinned many elegant, clever, and cute autumn wreaths that I would love to recreate, but alas it will never happen. You see, my front door is completely exposed to the elements. Beautiful silk flowers and faux berries, forget about it, they will disintegrate in the rain. Gorgeous glittered fall themed wired ribbons, no way, they will rust or fade within a week. Elaborately decorated wreaths held together with hot glue, not a prayer in the blazing morning sun. Yes, I have to get really creative to come up with wreaths that can withstand the crazy St. Louis weather!
So this past week I brainstormed. Do you remember my Wood Shim Crates? After making my husband cut seventy-two wood shims by hand, I had thought it best to keep the scraps for a future project. I saw them and thought, wood can handle the weather, especially if it is intended to look "weathered ", and my autumn wreath was born!
I began with the base of my wreath. I wanted my shims to look old and weathered, but felt way too lazy to stain them. What did I do? I dyed them with grey Tulip permanent fabric dye.
Then I glued the shim scraps to a floral ring using both super-glue and wood glue. I used the superglue for an instant hold and the wood glue for additional strength.
I thought a double layered wreath would add some interest and texture, so I picked up a willow wreath at the dollar store. I first painted the willow wreath with flat yellow spray paint, which I had on hand. It was fine indoors, but out in the bright sun it looked anemic. I warmed up the color with a light coat of liquid gold leaf.
I could not find weather-proof ribbon in a color and pattern I liked. Instead I made a fabric sash from fall themed fabric, which I cut and sewed similarly to the sashes I make for my daughters' dresses. My finished sash is approximately 5 inches by 42 inches.
And after assembly ......
I love it! In a way I am glad that the location of my wreath restricted the materials I could use because it forced me to be creative instead of just recreating something I saw elsewhere.