Friday, October 5, 2007

Silk Flower Fall Wreath

I believe autumn is one of the most beautiful times of the year to display wreaths. It's as if fall knows just the right time to put the brakes of summer on. Everyone is tired by now of the bright reds, greens and blues of summer. It's time to start slowing down before winter sets in. Even the trees and flowers realize that fact. As gardeners begin to allow their roses to form rose hips, so nature begins to paint the landscape with the gorgeous hues of burnt oranges, yellows and browns.
Wreaths made from silk leaves are easy to make, and they will last for many years when properly stored. Packaged silk leaves, and various sized wreaths, are sold at most discount stores during the fall. I prefer wreaths made of pressed straw, because they have the form needed to easily glue the leaves to. Bows can be attached with florist's T-pins, which are sold in the gardening department at discount stores and gardening shops. This type of pin will allow you to change placement of the bow without disturbing the silk leaves on the wreath.
Simply glue the leaves onto the wreath, making sure that it is totally covered, with no straw showing. Make your own bows or, you may purchase them ready-made at reasonable prices. Make a wire hanger to attach to the back of the wreath. Store your beautiful creation in a box with a lid when fall is over, and it will last for a very long time.

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