Saturday, September 08, 2012

Autumn Decorating: Wood Shim Wreath

Craftiments:  Autumn Wood Shim Wreath

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!

Craftiments:  Wood Shim Wreath

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.

Craftiments:  Wood shim wreath closeup

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.

Craftiments:  Wood shim wreath back

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.

Craftiments:  Painted willow wreath

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.

Craftiments:  Autumn wreath sash
Craftiments:  Closeup of autumn wreath sash

And after assembly ......

Craftiments:  Autumn wood shim wreath closeup
Craftiments:  Autumn Wood Shim Wreath

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.


  1. This turned out great! The weathered look of the shims is perfect and I love the big ribbon!

  2. Love your wreath. Saw it at Skip to My Lou Link Party. I will pin it on my Wreath Pin Board. I love unusual wreaths and you nailed it!

  3. Love this one of a kind wreath, and thanks for sharing it at my Nifty Thrifty Tuesday Party. Please be sure to list the party with a link back to my blog on the post...thanks:)


  4. What a great idea for Fall! I am hosting an "It's Fall Y'all ~ Linky Party" .... I would like to invite you to share this project, and other Fall related projects/recipes, you may have. All links will be pinned to a board dedicated to the party. You can find the party at Love Bakes Good Cakes. Hope to see you there!

  5. This is so freakin' cool. I love the fabric!

    I have another Weekend Link party goin' in if you're interested:

  6. Thanks so much for joining in with this week's Say G'day Linky Party! I have just shared this post on Google+ and I've pinned it as well- I love it!

    Hope to see you again this Saturday.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  7. another creative idea...i love how you think outside of the box...ox

  8. This is one of the best fall wreaths I've seen! Love the wood shims! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Pinning!

  9. I am in LOVE with this wreath! I am so thrilled you linked it up to the Wildly Original linky party! You are a STAR tonight featured over at I Gotta Create!

  10. Cute and cool wreath!!!