Every fall I make a new wreath for my front door. Overkill I know, but I enjoy doing it and it’s a fun craft to keep my hands busy while watching a million hours of football with my husband. I still adore the yarn holiday wreath I put together last year and will probably break it out when it gets closer to winter time but I wanted something a little more natural to help welcome autumn.
I didn’t really have a solid game plan when I went to the craft store; I knew I wanted to use a branch wreath and some spray painted pine cones but that was pretty much it. While rummaging through the miscellaneous fall decor bins, I found a feathered foam owl. He is on the verge of being a little creepy but tis’ the season, right? At the end of the aisle I spied a rack of pretty glittered papers. I snagged the brightest gold color and went in search for some cork paper to help keep the natural theme going. On my way out, I picked up a 1/4″ dowel for the owl’s perch, some jute string, and a bunch of dried flowers.
I hadn’t intended on making feathers for my wreath since I made fabric ones last year, but I was inspired by the MOST ADORABLE teepee party by super talented artist and designer, Kelli Murray. To celebrate her little girl’s birthday, she made a feather cake topper/bunting that is just too cute for words. She put together an awesome step-by-step DIY on her blog. Since I can’t sew (yet), I didn’t have a needle and thread laying around so I put a dab of tacky glue on the feathers and secured them to the string that way.
Originally, I wanted the owl to be perched and inch or so towards the middle of the wreath, but he is a little too top heavy. After struggling to come up with a way to keep him upright, I decided to cut my losses and just attach him to the side. I kind of like how my feathered friend is sort of peeking out from the side of the wreath now anyway.
This year’s wreath was much less time consuming than last year’s. If you’re looking for an easy way to bring a little fall into your home, a branch wreath is the prefect choice because it’s so easy to customize. If you’re really short on time, even tucking a handful of autumn leaves into the wreath would do the trick!