Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Welcoming in Fall...

Autumn is my favorite season.

Pumpkin everything, warm boots with tights, chunky knit sweaters hiding a few extra pounds, the smell of wet leaves in the air while apple picking....I am all about it.

The family and I went away to the Finger Lakes for Labor Day weekend and up there by the water it sure felt like fall was here and summer was slowly fading away.

Emma and Sara enjoyed taking some souvenirs going on daily "pinecone hunts", gathering the little treasures in buckets as if they were seashells.

I decided a craft was in order! We decided to make an Autumn wreath to remember our last vacation of the summer. What better way to welcome in fall?!

To make one yourself, you will need:
-Pinecones of various shapes and sizes (feel free to spray paint them gold or silver for a more holiday feel)
-floral wire for shaping and securing
-glue gun
-12" wreath frame found here...
-yarn scraps
-fancy ribbon for hanging

First, wrap your yarn around the wreath frame. This creates an interesting texture and allows the pinecones to stay secure.

Second, wrap the ribbon for hanging, leaving enough length to hang from your door or wreath hook.

Next, hot glue the pinecones in place, holding for 15-20 seconds until the glue cools.

I chose next to also tie the pinecones on to the wreath using wire and yarn, and weave the ends into the yarn on the frame. You could skip this step, but this will help to make the pinecones stay in place as your door will open and close daily.

If you have some home oil scents, try adding a drop to each pinecone before hanging for a subtle scent of autumn. Once everything is dry, you are ready to hang on your door!

Feel free to add other treasures like acorns, leaves, pompoms, cinnamon sticks...These also make great little housewarming gifts for the kids to make with their fall findings. Enjoy!

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