The previous owner of our home did not invest in exterior improvements within the past decade or so and in the months proceeding our purchase, even the lawn went uncut. As a result, the outside of our house needs a lot more than just maintenance.
Much of the work my fiancé and I have done to the house and much of the budget we established up to this point have focused on the interior — refinishing the floors so we could move in, fixing the leaks in the bathroom walls, and moving the house’s stove from the basement to the kitchen. With Fall among us and several other projects needed to prepare the home for winter, improving the home’s exterior aesthetic will most likely not happen until 2018.
That being said, I find joy in little touches that make the house look lived in and cared for to the outside world. One of the recent projects I completed was to decorate a bit for Fall — pumpkins and mums line the front steps and a budget-friendly handmade wreath hangs on the door.
Below I share instructions for making your own autumn-themed wreath. Not only is the wreath quick to make, it won’t cost more than a few pumpkin spice lattes!
– One bunch of large fabric flowers
– One bunch of small fabric flowers
– Hot Glue Gun and extra glue sticks
On the price of materials: I purchased a 14-inch Ashland wreath from my local Michaels store. Originally, the price was $4.99 but one of the great things about Michaels Craft Store is a coupon is almost always available. With my 25% off coupon, I paid $3.74. Having used my own glue gun, my total cost of materials from Michaels was less than $15.
You’ll notice in the photo, I have ribbon. Should you not have a wreath hanger that fits over your door, you can always use a little ribbon and a nail to hand your wreath. A deep red ribbon like the one shown would look great with the color scheme I used!
I ended up having enough left over flowers that I purchased another Ashland wreath and made a second wreath for my mom.
Step 1: Pull the flowers and leaves off the stems. Heat up your glue gun.
Step 2: Find an arrangement you like. I think this is the most time-consuming part. I like to take a photo of my flowers arranged a few different ways and compare the photos before deciding on the arrangement I will glue down.
Step 3: Glue down the leaves first, then the bigger flowers, and the smaller flowers last.
Step 4: Add extra glue to any loose flowers and remove any hot glue “cobwebs” like those pictured below.
Placement of Glue: I tried placing the glue on the wreath first and also placing the glue on the back of the flowers. I thought it was best to put the glue directly on the wreath. It helped me be more accurate in where I wanted to place the flowers and helped them stay better.
Mistakes: Mistakes happen. Whenever I didn’t like the placement of a flower, I gently pulled it off and glued it down again.
Most importantly, don’t forget to have fun!
Feel free to comment with any questions you may have or to tag me in your finished photos on instagram (@homesweetgomez). I can’t wait to see them!