Before you roll your eyes at the title, just hear me out. As summer months are at its inevitable end. The Holidays are upon us. Retailers start stocking their shelves early so we DIYers can prepare for the holidays. Once people decide it is time to purchase, many of these items are gone. Especially when it is just a dollar! Every single year the dollar tree is improving their inventory. I hope you enjoy reading this post as much as I enjoyed making it. Let’s get started.
Items you will need:
- Wreath Foam (Dollar Tree)
- Dollar tree leave garland ( Dollar Tree)
- 1 silver serving dish ( Dollar Tree)
- 2 rolls of burlap (Dollar Tree)
- Your choice of minature decor. ( At the Dollar Tree they have a squirrel, owl, and two scare crows. I choose the squirrel, because he is carrying a daisy!
- E6000 ( walmart 2.98)
- Glue Gun with 2 to 3 glue sticks. ( aldis 3.99 came with 10 glue sticks. I purchase this a year ago)
When I unrolled my burlap, it looked like this. Please be careful with the tape. The ends come off relatively easy. No worries! I will show you how to fix this problem.
So grab your wreath foam, and take the end of it, super glue that end on the inside of the wreath. Begin to wrap the burlap around the wreath. To keep a neat roll overlap each layer half way until the end. when you come to the end of the strip, just super glue that end down.
If you have long stray aways, go ahead and cut them off. Make sure to glue the ends down for a more polished look. I took burlap roll number two, which was a nicer roll, and went over the first layer. I also cut the strays, and glued the fraying areas. If you look at picture 1, that was before the second roll of burlap, and the next photo is the finished look.
There are two options if you want more control on how the leaves will be positioned. You can pop the leaves off of the tab easily with your fingers. The other option is you can wrap it carefully around the wreath. I tried to wrap it several times without any glue to make sure I would be happy with the end result. I suggest if you wrap the garland around do not wrap it tightly. If you wrap it loosely, it will have a beautiful and natural feel.
When you have the placement of your leaves just right, go ahead and gently turn it over. It is time to for your E6000. I find that smooth surfaces do not properly adhere to fabric with hot glue alone. I use a combinations of E6000 and hot glue for the next step.
So, when your plate is upright you need to line the rim with E6000 thick all the way around. Make sure to line it up. This glue does not dry quickly , so you will have time to adjust the plate for the right placement. When the plate is where you want it, press it down with your hand for at least 2-3 minutes, and give the glue time to work its magic. You can do this longer if you choose.
If you look closely around the plate, there will be some holes. Fill the gaps in with super glue for a tight fit. Check all the way around the plate for holes, to ensure the wreath properly adheres to plate.
For the final step. Test out your little fall decor item for placement before gluing. If you choose the squirrel. I used E6000 on his tail and on the bottom of the feet. I also went around the gaps with super glue. Before you begin this project, determine whether you want your wreath to be displayed on an easle, or hang it on your door. You can get either twine, or a small piece of rope and glue it in between the wreath and the plate for a tight fit. Second option is you could tie it on the wreath before you glue the plate on as well. I choose to use a dollar tree easel.
Yay! Now you can admire your work, because it is finished! This entire project minus the glue was 6.00. I had an easel, but they sell them at dollar tree if you choose this option for display! Thank you so much for stopping by. After finishing the project, I really cannot wait for the holidays.