Guest Blogger: Whitney Arpasi

Each season, I like to change up the décor in my house and challenge myself with a new DIY project. What better way to mark the arrival of the season than to create a festive wreath in the shape of Fall’s official flower? Having recently fallen head-over-heels for decorative mesh, I wanted to try my hand at making a larger than life sunflower wreath. In the end, I came up with my own design that looks great all on its own, but also gives me the option to pop in different embellishments as the mood strikes me.

I began my trip, as always, at Old Time Pottery where I found my supplies, but also found myself stumped as to what I would use for the center of my wreath. After wandering the aisles in search of inspiration, I found a shimmery, bronze woven placemat. It was large, easy to work with and best of all, it costs less than $3.00! In my opinion, the placemat is what really pulls the center of the wreath together and makes people do a double-take. It always takes them a guess or two to figure out what it really is. The lesson here folks, is don’t be afraid to look in unexpected departments to round out your next DIY project!

If you’d like to try something similar, I’ll show you how you can make your Sunny Sunflower Wreath. I made this myself for $20.00.

Supplies needed:
One 24” work wreath form
One roll of 21” x 10yd sunflower yellow fabric mesh
One pack of chenille stems (18 stems, cut in half, 1 full length)
An old pair of scissors to cut the chenille stems
One woven round placemat to your liking

Directions:
1. Begin by unrolling the mesh and cutting into 10 in. segments. You will need 31 sections cut, which will end up being nearly the entire roll. If you find the mesh difficult to keep in place while you cut, set coasters or coffee cups on the mesh to weight it down as you cut your strips. You will then have 31 strips of 21”x10” mesh. Cut them in half, so you’ll have a total of 62 squares of 10.5”x10”.

2. Go ahead and prep the wreath and chenille stems at this point. Take the tinsel pieces and wrap them back around the wire frame, this will help camouflage the wire should any show afterwards. Cut the 18 chenille stems in half using an old pair of scissors.

3. You will use 18 squares for the bottom layer, 12 squares for the middle and 32 for the top layer. Take each square and fold two opposite corners to the middle and scrunch together at that center point. Bend it in half and use one of the small chenille stems to twist around the center. Repeat this until you have folded and tied the 30 needed for the bottom and middle layer. The top layer will be folded like these, but not tied with the stems, so do not worry about folding the 32 for the top just yet.

4. Place the wreath form over the placemat and secure using 6 pieces of small chenille wire at the middle of each of the 6 main joints of the wreath. The place mat should rest flush against the top layer of the wreath form.

5. Time to attach the petals! The wreath has 6 main sections when viewed from top down, each section gets 3 mesh fabric petals evenly spaced. Once you’ve tied down the bottom row, you’ll tie 2 mesh fabric petals per section on the middle row, making sure to overlap the spaces left from the bottom row.

6. The top row is attached in a slightly different manner. The squares are folded opposite corner to corner as before, but instead of securing with the chenille stem, the center of the folded square is pushed through the top row, the ends come up and over and through the center. Pull to tighten down and continue around until the desired fullness is reached. Loop a chenille stem through the back of the wreath frame to hang.

The finished product looks fantastic, but there is no reason you have to stop there! The large center makes a great canvas to showcase further embellishment. You could easily wire in or hot glue any number of things such as:
-A floral pick with a pretty bow
-The heads of a mum bush to fill the center
-Pheasant feather picks that could be tucked in.

Here’s how my wreath turned out. Make one on your own and share your OTP-inspired craft by following them on Instagram @oldtimepottery and using #myOTPstyle


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