I’ve been following the comments you’ve left in the The Inspiration Giveaway, and thank you for your suggestions. It sounds like several readers are looking for new wreath ideas, so let me introduce the beautiful Velvet Mushroom Wreath. Cozy fabric, jewel tone colors, and the most whimsical mushrooms make this the perfect DIY Fall Wreath. For those who are looking for more ornament tutorials, why not make a few extra mushrooms to hang on the tree? Pin glittering sequins or home-style buttons on the mushroom cap, add a ribbon hanger, and you have a homemade ornament.
To make a Velvet Mushroom Wreath, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
- 2” x 12” x 12” sheet
- One each 3″, 2″, and 1 ½” balls
- Knit fabric resembling crushed velvet, 1/3 yd. in burnt orange; and ¼ yd. each olive green, deep blue, and cream
- Natural materials, such as deer moss, small pine cones, acorns, leaves and twigs
- Sawtooth picture hanger with nails
- Low-temp glue gun
- Thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; sharp pencil; serrated knife; bar of soap or old candle; straight pins
To make a Velvet Mushroom Wreath:
- Using a ruler and sharp pencil, score a 10” square in the center of your foam sheet. Wax the knife blade with the bar of soap or an old candle, and cut out the center, creating a 2” frame.
2. Cover the square wreath with the burnt orange fabric:
- Cut the fabric into three, 3″ wide strips.
- Pin and glue one strip to the back of the square wreath, and wrap it around the wreath.
- Stretch the strip as you wrap it, so that the ends curl under as you go.
- Pin and glue the other end to the back of the wreath.
- Repeat with the two additional strips, till wreath is covered.
- Corners: Center a fabric strip over the corner as you wrap. Fold over any excess fabric, and pin and glue to the back of the wreath.
3. Cut the mushrooms stems from the leftover, 10” foam square:
- Cut out five stems, one each 3¾”, 3″, and 1¾” tall; and two that are 2¼” tall.
- Cut away the corners, and press the edges on a tabletop to flatten.
- Roll each stem on the tabletop till it’s round.
- Roll more firmly near the top edge, so that the stem tapers at the tip.
4. Wrap the stems in the cream fabric and glue the edge. Cut away excess fabric, leaving ½” extra at the top and bottom. Using the scissors or another pointed tool, tuck the excess fabric into the top and bottom of the stem. Add a dab of glue, if needed, to help hold the fabric in place.
5. Cut the foam balls in half. Match up each half ball, or mushroom cap, with a stem. Cut a ½” deep hole in the flat side of each half ball to fit the stem.
6. Cover the mushroom caps with fabric:
- Cut a circle of fabric large enough to cover the half ball, and add ½” all around.
- Gather the fabric around the half ball, pulling fabric snugly to the bottom of the mushroom cap. Glue fabric in place.
7. Glue mushroom stems into the mushroom caps.
8. Arrange and glue mushrooms in place on the wreath. Decorate the wreath with natural materials.
9. Dip the picture hanger nails in glue, and insert through the hanger into the back of the wreath. Let the glue dry before hanging the wreath.
Here’s another idea for a fall wreath – the Totally Textured Cork & Burlap Flower Wreath.
Another fall favorite of Crafts ’n Coffee readers is the Shabby Burlap & Buttons Wreath.
The colors are brighter in the Felt & Flowers Fall Wreath, and the felt gives it a warm and cozy feeling.
I hope you find a new fall wreath for your front door here on Crafts ‘n Coffee. I’d love it if you entered The Inspiration Giveaway and told me more about your holiday crafting plans. Please go check it out and leave a comment.
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