Here we go with the first of my fall projects. I haven't done a lot of fall decorating yet - just a few things here and there. Why hasten it when our Keweenaw foliage is still mostly green? When we made our recent trip to Marquette, Steve said we should also hit up a few other stores, since Marquette has lots of stores we don't have in our area. Well, if I'm going to be within a hop, skip & a jump of a Michaels Craft Store, I'm not going to pass up the opportunity! Right? I had a list and admittedly took the time to look at everything. Needless to say, several items landed in my shopping cart. (OK, more than several.) One thing that caught my eye was a skein of gorgeous chunky copper yarn. I actually had "chunky yarn" written on my list with plans to make a fall wreath, so this yarn fit the bill perfectly. Dollar Tree was just down the road, so we made a quick stop there to pick up a foam wreath form and some faux maple leaves. (I'm sure the Dollar Tree items were also available in the Houghton store, but we had time for another stop in Marquette and it's a larger store.)
The yarn is made by Loops & Threads and the color is called Autumn Blend. It almost seems to have a metallic sheen to it - very pretty.
This project is fast and easy - good project words in my book. I simply wrapped & wrapped the yarn around the wreath - tucking in the ends of the yarn at the beginning and the end. I also left enough yarn at the end to make a knotted loop on the back to assist with hanging.
Now for some leaves. I purchased 2 bags of faux leaves - one being the typical fabric type - and this bag with leaves made with stiffened webbed threads sprinkled with a little glitter.
I snipped the stems on 3 leaves to make them shorter and tucked them under a few strands of yarn. I also reinforced their position on the wreath by adding a spot of hot glue to the back of each. Next came a simple rope hanger, and I thought I was done.
I tend to like wreaths that aren't overly fussy, but this one still looked a little too plain for me. I went to my craft stash and retrieved a small pinecone. That did the trick.
Now it was finished.
It's hanging in a window in our dining area. . .
but it's going to look much better when the trees outside are decked out in their full fall glory. That should take another 2-3 weeks up here. (Yes, I'll be posting some pictures!)
All is well in the Keweenaw.
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