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I am not ready to take down my patriotic decor and put up a fall wreath, but this is one I made a couple of years ago and wanted to share again. I had seen wreaths incorporating a cornucopia and decided I could make a custom one myself. Follow along the tutorial and you will be hanging a custom fall wreath on your front door as soon as you are ready to make the switch from summer to fall!
I began with a basic 22 inch grapevine wreath and a wicker cornucopia, both from Michael’s. Most cornucopias you find will have little feet of some kind on them like these. This one also had a ring on one side so you could hang it on a wall for decoration. I needed to remove the feet, so I took wire cutters and simply cut the part of the woven cornucopia where it was going through the feet to remove them. I did the same with the hook on the back.After you have removed the feet and anything else on the outside of your cornucopia, use floral wire or chenille stems like I show you above and pull it through the wicker. You will use these to attach your cornucopia to your wreath. You will want to use at least three of these to make sure that the cornucopia is securely attached to the wreath.
Pull those wires or stems through the grapevine wreath and twist them securely. If you are using wire, make sure after you have them secure you tuck the ends back into the grapevine wreath so they don’t scratch your door when you hang your wreath. You should have something that looks like this. I hung my wreath on an easel to work on. Fill your cornucopia with dry floral foam. My cornucopia was large so I used one and a half blocks to fill it.
Hide your floral foam with a little bit of Spanish moss and then use a wire across the front of the moss to secure the foam in the back of the cornucopia. (Sorry, I forgot to take a picture of that step)I used wooden sticks stuck securely in a collection of faux vegetables to make my cornucopia appear as if it is overflowing with the bounty of the harvest.Before I started with this great faux squash vine. Isn’t this fantastic? I found it set out for the trash a couple of years ago! I attached a green berry runner beneath the vine and attached it with wire. I wanted to stay away from gluing these pieces so I can use them in a different configuration in the future. Next I began adding my larger faux pieces first, making sure all were secured in the floral foam, adding extra wire to secure the larger vegetables to the wreath.When all of the larger vegetables have been added it is time to begin with some tiny ones and some filler florals. A couple of sunflower buds, some dried florals and some wheat add to the lushness of my cornucopia.
I am so pleased I have this Fall wreath which such a lush display of the harvest to greet visitors. Will you be hanging a wreath to greet guests this Fall?