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Farmhouse Initial Wreath for Late Summer & Fall

A perfect transitional wreath to take your home from late summer to fall.

It’s August…which means fall is right around the corner. Welcome fall into your home with this late summer/early fall farmhouse style wreath. It is relaxing to make and you can whip it up in an afternoon.

All of my supplies for this project are from Hobby Lobby (** they basically own my wallet). I will always try to include where I purchased my supplies when possible, so that you can find them, too! I love some materials that I see featured on blogs and it drives me crazy when I can’t find them…so I am happy to share.

All products used to make this wreath came from Hobby Lobby.

What you need…

  • Styrofoam wreath
  • 30 feet of Gingham or plaid ribbon (wide & wired is easiest to work with for this project)
  • Wood letter (either store-bought or made on a Cricut) or other shape
  • Floral pins. A lot of floral pins.
  • Floral wire cutters
  • Paint and a brush (not pictured)
  • Faux flowers and greenery

How to make it…

I found that working on this project was calming. I wound the ribbon around the wreath form while watching tv…it’s definitely a passive project at first!

  • You’ll want to start by pinning your ribbon end to the back of the wreath form. This will help keep it in place throughout the creation of your wreath. Keep the ribbon on the spool, and wind it around your wreath form. I made mine so that there was minimal overlap, but you can decide what looks best for your ribbon. As you work, stick floral pins into the back of the wreath to hold it in place. I used one pin each time I brought the ribbon around the back.
  • Continue winding your ribbon until the wreath is covered. Secure the ending with a few additional floral pins.
  • I decided to add a ribbon to my wreath. I will admit that ribbons and bows are NOT my strength…I have always struggled with making them look decent (maybe for the same reason that I struggled with learning how to tie my shoes as a child!). Pinterest has a lot of simple tutorials (images and videos, take your pick) on bow tying for wreaths. I decided to wrap the remaining length of my gingham ribbon around the bottom of my wreath, and tied a double knot before I began making my bow design. This helped the ribbon stay put and made the ribbon easier to work with while I created it.
Tie a double knot to help hold your ribbon in place as you make your bow.
  • Using this tutorial as a guide, I added three loops to my bow on each side. I pinned them to the wreath underneath as I worked to help hold them in place. When I had all of the loop layers made, I fluffed them how I wanted and used hot glue and more pins to secure. I then took one of the loose ends and used it to make the center of the bow, and then used hot glue to finish it.
I also pinned and glued an additional loop on the top of my wreath with ribbon, for hanging.
  • The next step is to add your decorations to your wreath – add as much or as little as you’d like. I used one sprig of leaves and two flowers (similar to ranunculus…one of my favorite flowers of all time!). Cut your florals to your desired length with floral wire cutters. I left a little bit of extra length on mine so that I had enough room to pin the stems to the wreath without the pins being overly visible.
Leave your stems a little long, and trim after you are finished pinning, using your floral wire cutter.
I like the depth that the two tones of greenery add to the wreath.
  • Once my flowers and greenery were added, it was time to finish the wreath with our initial. Here you could put any wood or acrylic shape that you like. I painted the letter black with acrylic paint, then hot glued the edges of it to the wreath form in the back of the letter. Depending on the letter or shape you are using, you may also be able to use floral wire to secure it to the back of the wreath. I didn’t have enough space, so I simply put my hot glue gun to work, and it holds nicely.
We have a front porch that is covered from weather elements. If your wreath will be hanging directly outside, you may want to spray your wood letter with a water-protecting sealant.

Thanks for reading my quick tutorial on how to make and style a wreath that will take you from late summer to early fall! Stay tuned for more fall wreaths as the season approaches…the best season of the year!

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