Pumpkin spice (SO BASIC), plaid scarves, crisp air and colorful leaves are all things that most would associate with autumn but when you live in Houston the leaves don’t change and the extreme heat drops down to just heat. In an effort to add a little bit of fall foliage around this place, I made a wreath out of paper and then I stood in the scorching heat (98 degrees Fahrenheit with a heat index of 102) to photograph it for you. Here is how the wreath making process went down.
Several pieces 12×12 Scrapbook Paper
9″ Embroidery Hoop
Hot glue gun
Glue gun glue sticks
Pencil (to shape and bend pieces)
Design on the size and shapes you want to use. I used a selection of two different succulent files and stretched my wreath pieces to make the longer, dangling succulent. I resized a few of the succulents before I cut. It really depends on your desired look. I wanted two bigger succulents and the rest to be smaller fillers.
Using the Silhouette Cameo, cut the design files. I chose to cut the paper without the cutting mat. Lately it’s been my laziness but I’m starting to really enjoy cutting without a mat.
Wrap the paper around the pencil to make the leaves of the paper succulents stick up. This part takes practice but it helps to look at real succulents via google images.
To assemble the succulents, use hot glue to layer the individual pieces.
I chose to stain the the embroidery hoop but I think it’s pretty left natural. I received a stain to try at Haven but I’m not going to share which stain yet because this wasn’t the best project to try it on.
You can’t see it but the embroidery hoop as a metal tension adjuster. I chose to put that behind the succulents. Practice succulent placement before you glue them down with the hot glue gun.
To take away the hot glue gun strings (I clearly didn’t) you can run a hot hair dryer over your project when it’s finished…
I’m pretty happy with it. It won’t stay out permanently as it’s only for when we have guests over because it is paper and not water resistant. I have another weatherproof wreath (you can see it in the post from last years fall decor).
And today is your lucky day. 17 wreaths in one spot! I’ve teamed up with some fantastic bloggers to share our fall wreaths with yall. You can click on the image below to go directly to the other blogs to see how they made theirs. Oh and if you love them, feel free to share because there is a wreath style for everybody in this round up.
I hope you have a beautiful September 1st! It’s our anniversary month and I am so excited! We have some really cool stuff lined up for you this month and I can’t wait to share!
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