I've been having a really busy fall so far, but I actually had some time to do some crafting this weekend.
A few weeks ago, my sister gave me a large grapevine wreath. Since then, it's been sitting on my coffee table, begging for attention.
Inspired by this wreath, I decided to try making my own version. The first task was to buy some thick paper in fall colors for making paper flowers.
I found perfect scrapbooking paper at The I. D.E.A. Store, and I believe it was 20 cents a sheet. I bought 10 sheets in brown, olive, mustard yellow, orange and burgundy.
Using this tutorial, I cut my 12-inch-square paper into quarters. Then, I cut each piece into spirals, after trimming off the corners and straight edges.
Using hot glue, I wound the spirals into flowers. The tutorial suggested dabbing hot glue at the bottom when you're done rolling to keep each flower together. I found that using lines of hot glue along the edge of the spiral throughout the rolling process was much more effective.
This replaced that T-shirt and sola flower wreath I made in April. It was perfect for the summer, but just a little too bright for autumn.
The new wreath turned into everything I love: Simple but pretty, easy to make and inexpensive. You just can't argue with all those things together.