Early fall in these parts means it’s also apple season. There are apple festivals, apple picking and baking with apples. So I thought to transition from summer to early fall, I would make a DIY early fall wreath with apples (and a few pears thrown in for good luck).
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:
*Grapevine Wreath, 15.5-Inch
*Decorative Red Apples
Assorted faux leaves – I used some from a leftover garland and cut them off.
*Glue Gun and glue sticks
Make the Leaf Base:
Start with a 15-18″ grapevine wreath and lay your leaves out in a semi circle. I made two overlapping rows with the tips pointing outwards from the centre. Glue each leaf in place with hot glue.
The apples I bought had sticks attached to the base so that they could be used in a floral arrangement. I cut off these sticks before adding the apples to the wreath.
Lay your fruit out in different directions so that they look random. Glue in place – use lots of glue to make sure they are secure. Alternately you could use a small stick and poke it into the bottom or back of the fruit and wire it into place.
Tuck in some extra leaves and berries (optional) to fill in the spaces between the fruit.
Add Raffia Finishes:
Adding some natural raffia gives the wreath some lightness and life. Make small “clusters” of raffia and tuck them into the fruit area. Start by folding three strands of raffia into a 6″ bunch and secure in the middle with a piece of florist wire about 6″ long:
Then fold that bunch in half and wrap the florist wire around the base:
Trim off any extra lengthy pieces and glue into place by tucking it between the fruit. I used five bunches on this wreath. But you can add or subtract to that amount depending on your taste.
Add a raffia bow to the top and let the tails drape over the top of the leaf section – glue into place with little dabs of glue holding down the strands.
This diy wreath will greet guests while summer fades into fall. Apples, pears and raffia remind of this early September days where the sun is shining bright but there is a chill in the air.
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