This year I am learning to be gracious with myself and recognize this home is in transition (very much so). We moved in about two months ago and are working tirelessly to renovate our kitchen, pantry/laundry room, and master ensuite, not to mention take down a load bearing wall in our living room (eek). With all this work happening on the interior, the change in season has me dreaming about the exterior.
Time to pull out the pumpkins! I wanted to have a little fun with the front porch this year and make my own vintage inspired, Autumn wreath. Instead of using the traditional colors of Autumn, I decided to enhance the colors already at play in our home: white, ivory, beige, sage green, light and dark woods along with touches of rust pulling from our chunky brick exterior. For those of you who have asked (or are wondering) how to make your own Autumn wreath, below is a quick tutorial on how to start the process.
1 Grapevine wreath
2-3 stems of cotton
3-4 stems of lambs ear
2 baby succulents
A handful of small pumpkins in green, white and orange (these can come pre-bundled at craft stores)
Hot Glue Gun
STEP 1: To start I deconstructed an old wreath down to the grapevine base. I then added my cotton stems. To do this I simply wedged the stems into the woven wreath, but you could break out the glue gun for good measure. I decided not to wrap the floral all the way around the wreath, instead stopping about half-way.
STEP 2: Add in the Lamb’s Ear (Dusty Miller works, too). I used the wire cutters to clip some of the stems varying lengths. This way they are easier to work with and piece exactly where you want them.
STEP 3: Break out the hot glue gun and start piecing in the succulents and baby pumpkins. I recommend circling the bottom of each pumpkin with a ring of hot glue for the most secure placement.
Simple as that!
More from our porch! Who knew there was such variety in pumpkin size, shap and hue. My new favorites are the Stackable Cheddar Pumpkins! I am enchanted by their muted pastel color. We loaded up this year paying a couple visits to a local pumpkin patch (even Buddy got a pumpkin).