I thought I was a little late with my fall decorating this year, but based on my Facebook and Bloglovin’ feeds, I’m certainly not the only one! Maybe the start of fall has been a little busier for us all, or the weather didn’t change soon enough, or we are too intimidated, thinking we aren’t crafty or creative enough? Whatever the reason, I’ve got two DIY’s that anyone at any skill level of craftiness could make up quickly this weekend. And then maybe consider sharing your creation on Instagram, and tagging me in it? I’d love to see what you come up with.
I saw this tablescape and this wreath on Pinterest, and wanted something very similar. With the tablescape, I did not want to mess with cutting and staining wood – because who has time for that with a newborn and husband who works 11+ hours a day? I also wanted this to be accessible to almost anyone, and very simple. Aaand Hobby Lobby had a sale on all trays and baskets recently. And fall foliage. And pretty much everything else. So this is what I ended up buying, which was enough for both projects. (I already had the three taper candles at home.) You don’t have to do this exactly the same. Get a different basket, or tray. Use different foliage and candles. Find different elements to add instead of pumpkins. Try raffia instead of Spanish moss.
- a long basket
- pack of floral foam
- two leaf picks
- two miscellaneous fall foliage picks
- two bags of gourds & pumpkins
- bag of Spanish moss
- grapevine wreath (not pictured)
What you will need in addition, for both DIY’s:
- glue gun & glue sticks
- command hook, magnetic wreath door hanger, or thumbtack
- fishing line or twine
- wire cutters
First up, the tablescape. (See all that clutter in the background? Yep, we still haven’t fully unpacked from our move in July. Real life, ya’ll.)
I glued two floral foam blocks together with the glue gun. Next, I pushed the candles down into the floral foam, two in each corner and one almost in the center. Make sure you get these blocks and not this type. You will never get the candles in otherwise.
For detailed “how to assemble” please visit the original inspiration piece here. I don’t feel my arrangement was substantially different enough to warrant my own directions. It would feel like stealing. I don’t like thievery.
Next: the wreath.
Again, this turned out a lot like my inspiration piece. I think I’m in love with grapevine wreaths. They are sooo easy to make up. You literally stick bits of foliage in the wreath until it is arranged the way you like it. And then you add whatever additional elements you’d like to the wreath, and glue gun them down. This wreath took maybe twenty minutes to put together.
*A note on hot gluing the leaves down – it is much easier to get the glue gun under the leaves than it is to slather glue on the stems, and then attempt to reinsert the stem into the vines without getting it stuck on anything else. I still had to do it for a few leaves, but generally it was easier the other way.
That’s all there is to it! To hang the wreath, you can do what I did: stick a command hook upside to the back of the door (inside), then loop twine or fishing wire around the wreath, and tie it to the command hook. Like they did here. Or, you could use a thumbtack in the top of the door instead of a command hook on the back.