Hi friends, and happy Monday! How are we already half way through September?! Wasn’t it just June??!! I am so excited to be back to sharing a craft project on the blog today.
When thinking about how I wanted to decorate our front porch for fall, I kept finding myself drawn to both sunflowers and cotton stems. Then, I spotted the best mat for our porch, and the idea was a go. I just knew I wanted a wreath to match the big graphic sunflower image on the mat, so that’s what I set out to do.
After a trip to Michael’s, taking advantage of their 60% off fall sale (hello!!), I was ready to get to work. I laid out all my supplies. Here’s what I got…
I got 4 sunflower stems, 4 cotton stems, about six stems of various types of greenery, and two stems each of two varieties of dried yellow flowers, plus a wreath frame and ribbon.
The first step was to trim the stems off, and then I got started tucking the greenery into the wreath. I love this type of wreath frame, because it makes it so you need very little, if any, hot glue, because the stems weave so nicely through the branches.
As you can see, I just sort of layered the greenery on top of the stem before it, and tucked and trimmed as I went. I knew I wanted it to be a one-sided wreath, where all my florals were just on the left, so with that as guide, I added and adjusted.
Next it was time to add in my sunflowers. Since this is the most prominent feature on the wreath, I made sure to balance out the placement so it wasn’t too heavy in one spot, but still felt organic.
After I was happy with their placement, it was time to tuck in the final stems. I started first with the cotton stems, then added in the dried yellow flowers. I like that each, along with the greenery, give the wreath some height beyond the circle frame.
The final touch was the ribbon. I really wanted the sunflowers to be the star, so I opted for a subtle beige and white striped ribbon. I also didn’t want a big bow to overpower, so instead I decided to just tuck strands of ribbon throughout, adding yet another texture.
And with that, it was done and ready to join the sunflower mat on the porch! I’m excited to add some hay bales, mums, and pumpkins to the porch to really dress it up for fall.
Tomorrow, I’ll be sharing a fun sunflower recipe, so be sure to stop back by.