Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A Fall Wreath for the Front Door

Well, it was time to take down the "summer" wreath last month, so I made a wreath to last through October and November.

I vaguely remember (again, I don't know where!) a wreath made out of corn husks.  Maybe it was here at Martha's place (Stewart, that is):

Or from The Nesting Place:

Or perhaps At The Picket Fence:

Or how about this lovely wreath from The Lottery House (via Remodelholic):


Perhaps I should have looked for some examples of corn husk wreaths, but I just decided to wing it on  my own! 

First of all, you should be able to find corn husks at your local grocery store this time of year.  Corn husks are used to make tamales (yum! yum!), which are traditionally a Christmas specialty for Mexican Americans.  We usually have tamales for Christmas Eve.  There's a great place up in Dallas, but you have to order ahead of time!

So, get some corn husks:
I bought the bare wreath at the Dollar Store (for $1, of course!),
and 2 flowers from Jo-Anns (on sale plus a 15% coupon off floral stems)
and some ribbon from the bottomless closet:
 I got out some telephone wire that I have used in the high school homeschool science
class I teach (I've got gobs!).
I took two husks, sorta rolled them up, laid one on top the other
and wrapped with wire:
Then I wrapped the wire around the wreath.
(I used 2 husks at a time, overlapped, to save some time): 
 I neatened and tightened up the wires on the back:
 I hot glued on the two flowers, some of the leaves that were on the flower stems,
 and loops of ribbon:
 And Ta-Da!  A fall wreath for less than $5.00.

 And we've even gotten some fall weather to go along with it.
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Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

So charming!! Thanks so much for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!

Jane said...

Thank you!

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