When making a wreath, I let my materials guide me. I start out with a color scheme. For one wreath, I might intersperse strips of black material with strips of brightly colored Halloween material. The darker colors make a more elegant and subtle wreath for those who don't like to be too flashy. For another wreath, I might use a variety of bright fall colors. Once I've finished with the material, I consider what item will complete the look. For some wreaths, a variety of fake leaves is best. This year, I used maple and oak leaves. For other wreaths, an adorable witch head is the way to go. I think my witch wreaths are especially perfect for classrooms because they have a friendly look to them. For other wreaths, I weave in a string of lights and hang a painting in the middle to heighten the feeling of mystery that wraps the wreath like a foggy Halloween night.
The look of my wreaths are also determined by the size and shape of their hoops. This year, I gathered a large quantity of hoops in all shapes and sizes from tiny circles and egg shapes that are perfect for a window, cubicle, or classroom door to large wreaths for those large, grand doors. I also gathered a very exciting variety of materials and organza that make this year's wreaths pop with color, texture, and style.
Besides being one-of-a-kind, another benefit to the wreaths I make is that you can store them in a box and use them year after year. They make a unique gift among neighbors, and they are also perfect for a wreath swap with friends and family. Imagine coming home to a wreath on your door from someone you love who might live far away. Like Christmas trees and ornaments, wreaths are keepers and givers of memories. To approach a door with a wreath is to walk into holidays past, and to see a wreath on display is an invitation to share happy memories with those around you.
Spread some harvest cheer this year by decking your doors with autumn and Halloween wreaths. Don't forget, if you buy a wreath on my Etsy shop, enter the code BLOGPOST for a 10% discount. You can also pick up a wreath in person at the Lafayette Art & Wine Festival on September 19th and 20th!