Making a fall weed wreath has become somewhat of an annual tradition in our house. It all started years ago when things were especially tight financially. I still wanted to make something to decorate for fall, but I had to be a bit more resourceful. I noticed that the fall weeds were especially pretty and thought I could somehow turn them into a wreath. I recruited my daughter to help… let’s just say she has an eye for detail. ;) We were both pretty proud of how it turned out and a tradition was born.
I sort of love how making these wreaths every year is a reminder of harder times. I guess that sounds a little backwards. You see, the hard times themselves aren’t necessarily a fun memory, but we managed to turn it into something positive. I just hope that my girls remember the message behind this…. that we should always take what we are given and make the best of it, that a little creativity can brighten dark days, and that sometimes, if you look hard enough, you can find the beauty in unwanted things.
We took some pictures this year to share the process. Actually, we did this when it was still summer because I was going to be a good blogger and post this early on. HA! I actually ended up not loving that wreath (it used more clippings from my flowers than actual weeds) so we made a true fall weed wreath this week. I kept the dried out cone flower stems- they are a fun accent!- but everything else was replaced with fresh cut weeds.
We have learned over the years that some weeds dry better than others. Smart weed/lady’s thumb (the pink ones) and fox tails dry out perfectly! Anything that looks like a daisy usually makes a big mess as it dries. I also don’t like to put these wreaths on doors that open inwards because they can drop petals as they dry out and that makes a mess.
We make the base out of weeping willow branches. Our trees always need trimmed and if we jump we can usually reach some to pull down enough to cut. I am sure there are other options but this is what we do.
Just keep wrapping them around in a circle of the desired diameter. Secure with floral wire every so often. If there is a weaker side of the wreath, start wrapping there because the thicker ends of the stems will give it more stability. Don’t worry about the leaves sticking out- the more the better! It gives great texture to the base (this is actually not our best one).
When you have a good, firm base, add in the flowers. We like to take make a little bundle of weeds and fasten them to the base with floral wire. Then we keep working in the same direction until the wreath is full.
We always add in the foxtails at the end and this year I added the coneflower stems last. Weeds/trimmings like these have stiffer stems so they are easier to arrange at varying angles.
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