A Rustic Front Door Wreath
Rustic decor rarely appeals to me except in the Fall. The idea of harvest and fields full of ripened grains, gardens and apple baskets all brimming with the harvest bounty is very rustic to me. Scarecrows, willow baskets, old wood crates all look amazing in the autumn months.
Vignettes are easier to arrange when you start with something high as a background. Last fall we made a tall welcome sign but this year I choose to do something a little bit different: this year’s background most certainly is that.
This piece was found at an estate sale and I knew I wanted it for a front door display in the fall. I could have opened to it and stack things on but our front porch is a bit small, so for this year at least its a backdrop.
Can you guess what it is?
I appreciate its beat up look it obviously served its family well and I have no intention of trying to make it look any other way. I love how clunky and worn it is. The stand had been sitting in a shed for countless years and belonged to the owner’s grandfather forever.
The first step was to give it three good scrubbings with Murphy Oil Soap. The only way to describe the process is “Ick”.
Once washed it was cleaned using steel wool and Tung Oil to protect the wood. The super fine steel wool works the Tung Oil down into all the wood cracks. Let it sit for five minutes and wipe off the oil. This was done twice, the tung oil darkened it quite a bit and hopefully added some much-needed moisture to the wood.
Once clean I folded the legs in and the used it as the tall back for the vignette.
Once you have made the embellishments made the wreath only takes about 10 minutes to put together. There are several easy steps to make the different embellishments ahead of time and I will go through each one individually.
This grapevine wreath is purchased. We will start by making the hello swag.
You will need:
Large birch branch
Cutting Saw (hubs used a chop saw)
Black Sharpee pen
Cut the large birch branch into 1/4 inch thick slices. Hubs did this for me, you can purchase precut slices as well.
Seal both sides of the wood slices with clear poly. Do one side and let it dry before flipping it over and doing the other side. I applied poly to the bark edges as well.
Once the poly is dry, hand write the letters on the slices using a black sharpie pen.
Drill a hole in the top of every slice and thread with burlap string.
Hang the letters on the wreath. To make the letters stay separated use a hot glue gun and glue the thread to the wood slice on the back side.
The Rag Roses
Take a long piece of muslin about 18″ long or other leftover material. Fold the material in half lengthwise so you have a crease along one side. Seal the open side with a simple running stitch. Cut a small circle for the bottom. Roll into a rose and attach with glue.
Here is a video from Flower Art that shows how to roll a rag rose its the same process except she used chiffon.
The Paper Leaves
You will need some leathery style craft paper and leaf pattern of your choosing.
Print out any type of leaf you like, there are two on Picmonkey that work well. Place a paper leaf pattern on top of the leathery type scrapbook paper and cut out with scissors. I found my cutting machine did not work with this leather style of card paper that I just love for the leaves.
The Wire Leaf
Hubs has a garage full of all sorts of wire and whathaveyous so I took a couple feet of thin copper wire and twisted it to match the printed out oak leaf pattern. I love these wire leaves, I made a few extra for my stash.
Decorating the Wreath
Tie the wreath to the backdrop with a plaid ribbon. Depending on the thickness of your ribbon you may want to tie on a second ribbon like I did.
Place once embellishment (wire leaf) on the bottom right hand of the ribbon.
Place two leaves on the upper left hand side of the ribbon with glue.
Glue the roses together into a small bouquet first and then glue them to the plaid ribbon.
Depending on how your wreath hangs, you may want to wire it to different spots on your backdrop to hold it in place.
The backdrop is an old washing stand, back when women use to use a scrub board and two galvanized tubs to do their laundry. This little stand would keep the tubs at the correct height and could be folded away when not in use.
The final picture for the vignette on the front porch is not ready. I need to do some more DIY projects and shopping before I create it. Instead, I placed two cushions one in dark red, one in bright orange and a teal throw that are part of this year’s colour scheme.
I am holding my breath waiting for my granite countertops to be installed. Thankfully I still have some time before the fall decorating season starts. When do you typically start your fall decorating?