Pumpkins and gourds can add a lot to a front porch or living space, but something that really ties together a fall-themed home design is an assortment of wreaths. If you want something that’s one-of-a-kind, you’ll want to make your own wreath by hand. Here are some of our favorite ways to make a Thanksgiving wreath, that allow you to make something lovely with just some creativity and hands-on effort:
Corn Husk Wreath
A unique but easy-to-make decoration for late autumn is a corn husk wreath, which you can make with just a basic straw wreath, some pins and some leftover corn husks you have from your own cooking or your other autumn decorations. The first thing you’ll have to do is soak the corn husks in water; this step is crucial in forming the wreaths, as dried corn husks are typically very brittle. After you’ve left them to dry (and patted them with paper towels to remove excess water), you’ll need to decide how you’d like to place your corn husks around the wreath.
Many DIY crafters will split each husk evenly in half and fold them before pinning them down to the wreath. Others will wrap each corn husk around the wreath, leaving the pointed edge sticking outward, leaving the finished products looking like blooming flowers. In no time, you’ll have a lovely craft that will add some fall flair to any door or wall.
If you’d like to make the most of the plethora of acorns that have fallen from trees in your yard, consider collecting them and using them to create a fun acorn wreath. Randomly glue acorns around a grapevine wreath using a hot glue gun. We’d recommend starting by spreading them evenly along the surface of the surface of the wreath rather than using them to cover multiple small spaces; that way, you’ll make sure you have enough acorns to cover the surface area. You can add some accent materials as well, such as greenery or pinecones. Then tie the look together (quite literally!) with a lovely ribbon in a neutral or autumnal shade.
Wreath of Fresh Flowers
Maybe you like the thought of including natural elements in your wreath but would prefer using something a little more colorful. Instead of using acorns and corn husks to form your wreath, you might decide to work with fresh flowers. If you have a good amount of blooms growing in your own garden, you might pick them right from your yard, but if your outdoor plants are starting to die in the cold weather, it might be wise to purchase flowers. At Teleflora, we work with local florists to give our customers the fullest, loveliest blooms. Whether you’ve got your eye on one type of flower, such as roses or chrysanthemums, or would prefer purchasing a floral wreath, we can supply you with an infinite assortment of options.
One concern you might have with using fresh flowers is preserving them for weeks on end. There are plenty of strategies you can use to keep fresh plants alive, even when they’re out of water. Going through regularly to mist the flowers with a spray bottle means you have to remember to do it every day, but it works like a charm. If you don’t see yourself doing this work every day, you can soak fresh flowers in water for 24 hours before placing them onto a wreath so they can absorb extra water. Another common way to keep your flower wreath from getting old and wilted is through drying them out. To do this, you will want to try to remove any excess water from the individual blooms by removing them from sunlight and hanging them upside down for some time, then using hairspray on them to preserve them.
When you’d like your wreath to double as a cute decoration and an inviting front door sign, try crafting a “welcome wreath.” It gives off the same vibes as a welcome mat, but is right at eye level with your guests. Plus, because you’re making it yourself, you can get your wreath to say something other than a traditional greeting. For instance, if you’re planning on hanging it up just on Thanksgiving, you can get your wreath to say “Gobble Gobble” or “Welcome to Thanksgiving Dinner.” When you’d like to keep it up for weeks to come, using words like “Thankful” or “Blessed” might be more all-encompassing.