It is that time of year where we all take time to reflect and give thanks for the wonderful things in our lives. With this in mind I thought a simple thankful wreath for my front door would tell the world that I am giving thanks for all the wonderful things in my life.
What you Will Need:
Foam or Straw wreath; I chose an 18″ burlap covered straw wreath to celebrate the harvest season
Burlap ribbon if yours is not already burlap covered. 2-3″ is a good size
2 Gold felt squares
1 brown felt square
1 green felt square
Remnant of harvest or Thanksgiving fabric
either real or faux leaves with berries. I live in Southern California so it was faux for me.
Gold paint pen
Give thanks ribbon
1 1/2″ wide tan ribbon
1/2″ wide harvest ribbon
Small piece of wire
The first step is to cut out all of the felt and fabric to make your roses and leaves. To make your roses, cut 14-18 2″ circles. The number will vary depending on the size of your wreath and the number of other colored roses you may want. I cut sixteen gold circle and six circles from my harvest fabric. To get the 2″ diameter, I simply used the bottom of a spray can. Of course you can make your roses bigger or smaller. It is entirely up to you. Once you cut out the circles, cut out 5-7 leaf shapes. I cut 4 large leaves and 1 small leaf for my project. Some of my leaves were brown and some were green. Again, you can add more or less depending on your own taste. Once you have cut the leaves cut the same number of burlap leaf shapes slightly larger for the leaves to sit on.
Once you have cut out all of your pieces it is time to make your roses. This is really simple to do. Just take your circle and cut it into a spiral. From there, roll the spiral tightly from the middle keeping it together using the glue. This will make the rose shape. Make all of your gold and fabric roses.
Take your gold paint pen and create the leaf pattern on the leaves. Glue the leaves onto the burlap background leaves you previously cut out. Once all of these small things are made it is time to place them on the wreath. I placed my vignette of roses on the bottom of my wreath. You can just as easily place them on the side if prefer. I began by gluing the gold roses on the bottom in the middle and worked out evenly from there so that both sides were even. Once the roses were complete, I added the leaves to each end. After the glue dried I added the faux leaves and berries to either side of the rose vignette and hot glued them so they would stay.
The next step is simply to take your pre printed Give Thanks ribbon and glue it across the center of your wreath. You can use other types of ribbon, garland, bunting, flags, or nothing at all on yours. I liked the Give Thanks message so I used it on my wreath.
In this step I measured out a long length of tan ribbon. I think it was about 36″ but it may have been longer. I then measured out the same amount of the harvest ribbon I had in my stockpile from last year. I adhered the smaller harvest ribbon to the tan ribbon using fusible tape. It was really easy to do just sandwich the fusible tape between the two pieces of ribbon and iron with an ironing cloth.
After making the ribbon, I began to make the bow. I did this in three steps. First, I wrapped some of the ribbon around a piece of cardboard I had so that my ribbon would have three loops on each side. I took the ribbon off the cardboard and scrunched it in the middle and tying it with a small piece of wire that I had on hand.
Once this was done, I took a small piece of ribbon and glued it around the center of the bow to mask the wire and create the illusion of a knot. Then, I cut two separate lengths of ribbon to act as the legs and glued those onto the wreath at the top center. Once the legs were clued on, I glued the bow on top of the legs so that it had the appearance of a perfectly tied ribbon bow. Once that was finished, my autumn wreath was complete. I then hung it on my front door for all to see.
I would like to give thanks to Sarah Zimmerman at repeatcrafterme.com for the inspiration for this wreath.