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I’m back again with another fall craft tutorial, the burlap wreath. I got this one from somewhere else and modified a bit. This is not just a fall-only wreath, but burlap seems autumn-esque to me.  The original idea for this wreath came from Emily at Jones Design Company.  Which, by the way, she has some really cute projects on her blog!

To make this wreath, you will need the following: a cheap-o wreath (can be foam or wicker, like mine. I got it at the dollar store!), burlap, string/twine, large needle, a hot glue gun, and embellishments.


You first need to cut the burlap into long strips about 4″ wide. Emily suggests the strips be 70″ long, but that all depends on the size of your wreath. I didn’t measure my strips, but I do know that my piece of burlap was not long enough to accommodate the length I needed.  So, I just joined pieces together until I got the look I wanted.

Take one (or however many you need) strips of burlap and wrap the wreath, completely covering it. Since I used a wicker wreath, I just hot glued the burlap in several places to secure it to the wreath. I also made sure the ends were nice and secure. Be very careful when hot gluing burlap. You can burn your fingers very easily!


Next, sew along the edge of a strip of burlap with the twine/string. You will need to tie the end to the burlap (instead of making a knot) to ensure that it stays in place.


Once you get the the end of your piece of burlap, pull the string to gather the material. I gathered the burlap until I got the look I wanted and then placed it on the wreath to make sure I had the desired length of gathered material.


Hot glue the burlap into place.


Flip over the wreath and repeat (sew, gather, place, hot glue).


Then, just trim the strands and the edges of the wreath to get the look you want.


Then add some embellishments and you’re done!  I pinned on a scrunched up fabric flower and a little bit of brown material to make it look more fallish.


What’s great about this wreath is that you can swap out the embellishments to match the seasons! Happy Fall!


Fall To Do List :: Put up Fall Decorations

As promised, I have our fall home to show you today. I was a little late getting things together this year. The sweltering heat makes it hard for me to feel fallish. But, today, my friends, it was a crisp 75 degrees when I stepped outside. It’s cloudy and I think there’s a good chance it’ll stay below 90 today!

Here we go!


I’m still acquiring fall decor items, so it’s still a little sparse.


I showed you how to make this yesterday.




The dining room, by far my favorite fall arrangement.


There you go! Hopefully next year will be even better! In a week or so, I’ll have some Halloween decor to show you! Happy Fall!

I am way overdue to show you the fall decor in our house. I promise to have that to you tomorrow! The weather’s been crummy here, so I haven’t taken a good outdoor shot.

I’m always up for a good craft project. I especially like one I do on my own (without instructions) that turns out looking halfway decent!  Oh, and just so you know, Matt was away this past weekend, so I was in super duper craft mode. I have several crafts to share with you in the next few days!

This fall craft was inspired by this page in my Pottery Barn catalog.

PB Magazine

I thought it exemplified everything I love about fall: candles, warm colors, crunchiness. Here’s what you need to make a homemade version of this Pottery Barn magazine decoration:

Glass candle holder,Indian corn with husks, a candle, and some string/twine. You will also need some rubber bands, scissors, and a hot glue gun (these aren’t pictured)


First, you want to fold the husk part of the corn up, around the corn and place a rubber band around the corn and husk. I didn’t have any rubber bands, so I had to use hair ties. Don’t judge!

Rolled husks

Next, you’re going to hot glue the corn husks to the bottom part of the glass candle holder. I found that the key to this was to use a lot of glue and to get as much glue as possible on the corn part instead of the husk part.


Here’s what it should look like when you are done:

glued husks

The cut off all the rubber bands and glue down any stray husks. Next, wrap your twine or string tightly around the center of the husks, making sure to tie it really tight to pull everything together. Keep wrapping and trying until you get the look you want.  Place a candle in it and viola!


Fall at its finest!

Here’s a price breakdown with where I got the supplies:

Glass candle holder  – Dollar Store   $1.00

Corn – Publix  – $1.99 per bunch (used 4 bunches)

Candle – Dollar Store  $1.00

Twine – already had

Total: $9.96

Not too bad! I really think you could find the corn cheaper somewhere other than the grocery story, but I didn’t have a chance to hunt them down.  I really like the way it turned out! Happy Fall!

We are now less than a week away from the official start of my favorite time of year, Autumn. Now that I live in Florida, I don’t really get to experience fall, but I still pretend that it’s fall. I decorate the house and hope that maybe, just maybe, it cools down enough to open the windows.

So, in honor of my favorite season, I have decided to make a list of things I want to do in the next couple of weeks. These are all the activities/events/tasks I could think of at the moment, but I might add to the list.  And if you have any ideas of items I can add to the list, let me have ’em!

Make some major progress on the yard  ::   Read a book a week  ::  Reread all Harry Potter books before the movie comes out in November  ::  Go see Harry Potter 7 – Part 1  :: Make handmade Christmas gifts  ::  Put up fall decorations ::  Go on a weekend trip  ::  Plant a vegetable garden ::  Harvest and use the vegetables from the garden  ::  Go to IKEA  ::  Go to the Space Coast Art Festival in Cocoa Beach  ::  Find somewhere to pick pumpkins  ::  Carve pumpkins :: Take Sewing Lessons

I’ll keep you updated on my progress and the details of each task as they are completed! Happy Fall!

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