One of my favorite things to do each fall is to scavenge my yard and garden for beautiful natural items to create a lovely wreath for the season. Earlier this spring, we planted a bunch of new hydrangea bushes in the gardens. Living on Cape Cod, hydrangeas seem to be synonymous with our seaside living, so it seemed only natural to clip a few of the dried blooms and incorporate them into a wreath. I love the way the once vibrant blooms fade to greens, pinks, maroons and browns.
Lay out some paper to protect your workspace. Start with your grapevine wreath. With a pair of scissors, remove any unruly parts of the vine.
After you have scavenged around your yard, feel free to take a trip down to the local craft store to supplement your natural finds. I find the craft stores tend to have great dried floral goods during this time of year that make wonderful filler for wreaths.
To complete the wreath, I took some dried wheat stalks, trimmed them down and glued them into place. I also added some small dried berries to complete the look.
Next, take about 12 inches of ribbon or twine and loop it around the top of the wreath to create a hanger. This wreath should be protected from weather and the elements. Try hanging it on a door, above the fireplace or even laying it in the center of your dining room table and filling the center with a few white pumpkins or candles for a fall inspired centerpiece.
You may also want to lightly spray the dried hydrangea blossoms with hairspray to help protect them and extend their life.