I have a small collection of wreathes that I like to rotate with the seasons. The first one was made with the purchase of our first home, and although I was up to my neck in wedding preparations at the time, I took a break one afternoon to make a wreath for the front door. It was my way of saying to the neighborhood “We’re home!” It is a bit worse for wear, and desperately in need of refurbishing but I still have that wreath.
This past week I took a few hours’ time out of our post-move-in frenzy to make this pumpkin wreath. A new door (albeit still spattered with paint) needs a new wreath; and while this “neighborhood” is entirely different than that first one, I still felt the need to announce “We’re home!”
The inspiration for this wreath came from something I saw in a very upscale foodie catalog to the tune of about $100.00 (believe it or not). Collecting the materials from Hobby Lobby, mine came to more like $25, and with a burlap bow, it gives more of a relaxed, country feel that is better suited to our barn than the original foodie catalog offering. It is very simple to make: a series of small artificial pumpkins are attached to a wreath and the remaining space is filled in with reindeer moss. Mine came together one afternoon in about two hours.
For this project you will need:
A wreath, size and material of your choice. While styrofoam would work fine, I opted instead for grapevine. I wanted to allow the moss to “breathe” a bit by not covering every square inch. The grapevine peeking through gives a more natural look that I preferred.
15-16 artificial mini pumpkins
1 package of reindeer moss
About 2 yards of ribbon, I’ve used a loose weave, wired burlap ribbon
Wire or ribbon for hanging the wreath
In order to space your pumpkins while gluing: evenly divide your wreath into quarters, using the clothespins as markers. Then divide into eighths. This step isn’t absolutely necessary but it gives you a sense of proportion while you are working with your wreath. Your eighths may not be completely even. I personally think a “free form” gives a less stuffy feel but if that bothers you why go ahead and measure exactly using a tape measure.
With your glue gun, glue eight pumpkins towards the outer edge of the wreath, then glue 7-8 more towards the inner edge of the wreath. Make sure to leave the top center pumpkin-less in order to allow for the bow.
Fill in the space between the pumpkins with the reindeer moss using as much or as little as desired. Be careful with the glue as moss is porous and the hot glue can seep through the pores, burning your fingers.
Hold up the wreath often to make sure the moss is distributed as desired, and that the pumpkins and moss together are making a cohesive arrangement as opposed to looking like random objects applied by a small child.
When you are satisfied, cut two pieces of ribbon to the desired length. If you are a talented bow person, make a double bow. If you are like me, and not a talented bow person, slip the ends through part of the grapevine and tie a bow, arranging the loops and cutting the ends as you wish.
Attach florist wire or ribbon to the back for hanging and hang your wreath!