Here in Southern California, some rain is just about as much fall weather as we get. Please notice that I didn’t even say rain, but some rain. For example, last week the weather report kept saying we’d get rain for two days. Reality: it rained for maybe five minutes one morning haha! That’s just how it is - and I’m okay with that!
That’s why the inside of the house is where I create “real” fall weather. Well it’s a group effort, my husband has the air turned down low (#firefighter) and I decorate with autumnal leaves ;)
And you know there’s a small time in between fall decorations and Halloween decorations :) I love pieces like this DIY fall asymmetrical wreath, though, because it transitions throughout the fall time beautifully!
For this DIY, you’ll need:
19” steel ring (aka macrame hoop)
Rose gold spray paint (if you can’t find a hoop in the color metal you like)
Assortment of autumnal spray (aka the leaves and things) ;)
First, you’ll want to spray paint the hoop. Make sure you are in a well ventilated area (like outside) and you put something down so you don’t give your floor a metallic makeover :) Spray one side and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Flip it over and spray the other side. Follow the directions on the can for best results, but I let my hoop sit for at least 30 minutes - 1 hour after spray painting it.
Find the quarter of the hoop that you want to decorate. Think of finding 6 o’clock to 9 o’clock on a clock. Measure a piece of floral wire that is the size of the starting point to the ending point. Cut two pieces of this length.
Then, wrap the end of one piece of wire at the starting point. Add a bit of hot glue to hold it there. Wrap the wire slightly loose with each wrap about one inch apart (see photos below). The goal is to make it tight enough to hold your spray, but not too loose so it falls out. When you get to your end point, wrap the end of the wire (cut off any extra) and add another dot of hot glue to hold it.
You’re going to want to fill your wreath from the fullest to the thinnest spray, working from the outsides and meeting in the middle. For example, the leaves are more compact and “full” than the berries with so much space in between. Taking the stem of the leaves, feed the stem through the wire you previously wrapped around until it is held. Feel free to add hot glue wherever you think it is needed. You can use it to place the leaves just so or even to make sure the stems are held in place. Do this with both the “start” of the wire and the “end” of the wire. You may need to trim the stems a bit as you work farther in.
Use the second piece of wire you previously cut to wrap around just like before to create more holding room for the rest of your spray. Just keep adding in spray and glueing to your liking.
When you get to the detailed spray (like the pumpkin), add more wire as needed to hold down the stems and hold the detailed pieces in place.
I took some more detailed decor items (small pinecones) to add a bit more dimension to the wreath. They can fill in some empty space and also cover any wire that may be showing.
I hung my wreath straight onto a door hanger, but you could also add a ribbon on the top and hang it from that too!