This post shows you how to make a late summer wreath for your home. This is the perfect wreath to transition into fall.
As much as I hate to admit it, we are almost in the month of August. This means that we are on the downhill side of summer. While I am in no way ready for all things “pumpkin” – I have to acknowledge that hydrangeas are blooming and the summer days aren’t quite as long.
So today, to honor these late summer season days, I am showing you how to make a late summer wreath. It’s a wreath that marries the foliage of summer with the trending color of fall.
Late Summer Wreath
This is one of the easiest wreaths to assemble! This one took me about an hour to put together. As with many wreath projects, you are going to start with a basic grape vine wreath.
As with any project, the first thing we have to do is gather our supplies. Most of these supplies are available at your local craft store such as Michaels or Hobby Lobby. However, for convenience, I have linked similar items found online.
- grape vine wreath
- 10 artificial hydrangea heads
- 6-8 artificial ferns painted gold or a similar leaf painted gold
- 4-6 dried hydrangeas (I had some that I dried last year)
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Ribbon or twine to hang the wreath
- Wire cutters
Prepare the Foliage
The first step is to remove any price tags from the artificial foliage. This is the most difficult part of this project. Those pesky price stickers really adhere to the artificial stems!
Here is a TIP – if you can find artificial hydrangeas that have similar tones but slightly different colors, they will give your wreath more depth. Try to buy the hydrangeas in 2 or 3 different shades but in the same color family. I opted to buy 2 different shades of a rust -brown colored hydrangea.
Make the Wreath
Before attaching any of the artificial foliage, take some time to layout a design on your grape vine wreath. Try to group the hydrangea heads together and alternate with the ferns or leaves.
It’s always best to figure out your design before you glue anything into place.
While you are figuring out your design, now is the perfect time to snip the ends of any stems of artificial foliage that is too long. I used a pair of wire-cutter needle nose pliers. Snipping off the extra length on the stems will ensure you won’t have any sharp wire ends poking out of your wreath form.
After the artificial foliage was in place, then I started to tuck in the real dried hydrangeas. Secure everything with hot glue as needed.
Enjoy your Late Summer Wreath
Congratulations! You just made a late summer wreath. Hopefully, if everything went as planned, it took you less than an hour. Below are some photos of the completed wreath. Feel free to pin them for future reference.
While this wreath has colors of autumn, the foliage is from the plants of late summer.
So, it’s the perfect way to bridge the gap between summer and fall.
In Closing . . .
Thanks for stopping by the blog today. I hope you found some inspiration.
If you aren’t interested in making your own wreath, I found some already assembled wreaths you can buy online.
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