We’re a big time apple family around here, especially in the Fall. Apple cider, a refrigerator drawer full of apples, apple scented candles, apple-themed clothes, you name it. But I have to admit I’ve rarely used apples as a part of my Fall decor. It’s always been pumpkins, gourds and more pumpkins. Well all that is about to change! This fall apple wreath is about $50 to make and the best part—you need just one hour to throw it all together. Turn on your favorite show, grab a mug of hot apple cider and let’s begin!
- 14″ straw or styrofoam wreath form
- 20-25 large faux apples
- 30-40 small faux apples
- 5.5″ wide x 30 ft. long burlap ribbon
- Wide, wire ribbon for hanging (I chose a red plaid)
- Small bag of dried, natural moss
- Jute string
- Small (about 3″ tall) burlap pennant flags
- Glue gun
- Glue sticks (and lots of them!)
- 5 lb. adhesive hook (for wreath hanging)
Step 1: Wrap Wreath Form in Burlap Ribbon
Quite a bit of the actual wreath form itself will show (especially on the back), so I wrapped the entire thing in burlap before I began attaching apples. I used my hot glue gun as I went, securing the ribbon tightly as I wrapped it around the form.
Step Two: Glue the Large Apples to the Wreath Form
This will be the most time intensive step of them all, as we’ve got nearly 50 apples to glue on! I used a large amount of hot glue on each apple, first glueing it to the form, then to its neighboring apples. The multiple glue points (at least 3 for each apple) is what makes the apple-d wreath extra sturdy,Â so be sure to complete this step! Below is an up-close view of those multiple glue points. Don’t worry about the glue showing at this point. We’re going to cover it all up in just a moment.
Half-way through this step, I stopped the apple glueing process and added the hanging ribbon. Because I wanted my hanging ribbon to live under the apples, instead of over, I had to do this step before going any further. Also, be sure to keep your hanging ribbon long. I’ll tell you why in Step Six!
Here’s how it will look when all 20-25 large apples are applied. Lots of coverage, but plenty of gaps to be filled in. Cue the small apples!
Step Three: Glue the Small Apples to the Wreath Form
The small apples do an excellent job of filling in all the gaps, plus the extra volume is what really makes the whole thing work. As I glued, I was sure to alternate the direction and angle of the apples (both large and small) to be sure nothing looked too uniform.
Step Four: Add Natural Moss
I chose natural moss to 1.) help cover all of the glue! and 2.) add some texture to the otherwise smooth and shiny apples. The moss is what really amps up the rustic/farmhouse look of the wreath, which is just perfect for Fall. The exact moss I used (also found at Hobby Lobby) is a tan/green color and is called “Natural Excelsior Moss.”
I continued to play with the moss to fill gaps and cover glue. A few more bits here and there did the trick.
Step Five: Add “Fall” Burlap Pennant Banner
This step is completely extra (the wreath looks good without it, too!), but of course I couldn’t help myself! I made this simple burlap banner using jute string and small burlap pennants. Using a Sharpie, I quickly wrote “Fall” in a curly font.
Step Six: Hang Your Wreath
I have a little trick for hanging wreaths. I like for the front of the door to look seamless with my wreath, meaningÂ no hanging apparatus in sight. I finally figured out that an upside-down Command hook is the perfect solution.
Step Seven: Enjoy!
I hope you enjoy making this wreath as much as I did! Those quick projects are the best! Also, how many of you decorate with apples in the Fall? Or are you Team Pumpkin? Let me know in the comments below!
This article originally appeared on Angie’s List.
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