It is October and fall is more than in the air.  We had a blast at last Saturday’s workshop making Fall Wreaths!  Everyone left with the fall wreath of their dreams and had fun doing it!  To be exact, you just may have inspired us with your winning combinations and groupings.

The theme of this program was Tips, Tricks and Tools.  All life skills that you can apply to a wreath making project or otherwise.

Let’s start with the TOOLS.

First question:  Do you all have your own tool box that is just yours and not accessible by the someone that you live with?  This is important.  Own your tools and keep them safe from borrowers. These are the essential tools that you will need for a fall wreath and many other projects:

  • Pruners – for items that were once living and are now not.
  • Wire cutters – for items that were never living, but have wired stems.
  • Bolt cutters – for items that were also never living but with thicker, wired stems.
  • Scissors – a sharp one, for ribbon and ribbon only.
  • Zip ties in all sizes.
  • Taped floral wires – you can buy these at Tonkadale. We stay up all night taping floral wire for you!

tools including pruner, wire butter, bolt cutter, scissors, zip ties, taped floral wire

Next the highly regarded TIPS.

  • Keep your selections simple.  Start with a leafy element, add a pod or a berry and then a textural item.
  • Think about your focal point.  A focal point is usually a larger item, something that adds visual weight; a place for your eye to rest.  It is usually something in a group or cluster, something you use just one or twice in your wreath.  Think a bow, cones, a fruit or a pumpkin, bells, etc.  So it’s like this – three different stems and a focal point.
  • Then there is structural balance and visual balance.  Will the wreath hold the weight of the items chosen and how will you make the wreath balance where I hang it if I concentrate and cluster my items?  Is my wreath visually balanced?  There really is not a great way to sum up visual balance other than this:  When you look at your wreath, does all feel right with the world?  Your eyes will tell you if the visual balance is not there.   How will you transition your chosen elements to the next season?
  • Leave room for addition.  As the season progresses, might you add pine, berries or a ribbon?  We’ve talked a lot lately about transitional elements and transitioning everyday items throughout the seasons.
  • Lastly, there is twisty vine!  A fan favorite that adds a little snarl, a little wild, dimension and a finishing touch.
All of the elements for Tonkadale Greenhouse wreath #1

All of the elements for wreath #1

And here are the TRICKS of the trade!

  • Choose your wreath form (this is what you attach everything to).
    • Will your wreath be dimensional or flat?
    • Where are you going to hang it?
    • How big is the space?
  • Create your clumps.
    • Bunch together the elements you have chosen and zip tie them together

  • Attach your clumps.
    • Use zip ties to do this – try to avoid the glue so it doesn’t get so gloppy.
  • Attach your focal point.
    • High/low or top/bottom or left/right.
    • Balance it out.
  • Finish with Twisty Vine for goodness sake!
Finished Fall Wreath #1 by Tonkadale Greenhouse

Finished Fall Wreath #1

Let’s do another recipe.

All of the elements for fall wreath #2 by Tonkadale Greenhouse

All of the elements for fall wreath #2

Dangle the temple bells from bark wire (the best thing since wired ribbon).

bells on bark wire

Bells on bark wire

  1. Attach bells into top-center of the wreath using bark wire.
  2. Attach leafy clumps in opposing directions to the left of center leaving room for the ribbon using zip ties.
  3. Attach ribbon in the center of the clumps using taped floral wire.

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See you at Tonkadale!