It's my favorite time of year! Once Labor Day passes, I cannot wait to get my hands on some pumpkins for our front stoop. This year, I decided to keep it simple and natural and include a quick wreath DIY. I love how this sophisticated-yet-festive look came together.
First, the wreath. I made a quick trip to Target to snag a few artificial stems including these fig leaves, aspen leaves, and alliums. I then scavenged the neighborhood and collected acorns and pinecones to finish off the grapevine wreath.
Using floral wire, I got to work attaching the stems to the wreath. I find it's best to start from the bottom and tuck new stems behind the ones you've already placed to be sure you get the right shape. The wire makes it easy to adjust as you go should you change your mind about the placement of something. I did end up snipping off a few individual leaves and adding those into bare spots to cover up exposed wire and stems. Once all the leaves were in place, I tucked in my pinecones and acorns and hot-glued them so they wouldn't budge. Super glue is a great alternative if you don't have a hot glue gun.
I'm really happy with how natural the final result feels. It's seasonal without being chock-full of the typical orange pumpkins and yellow mums. Better yet, this wreath will stand the test of time; I'll be able to use it for years to come.
Next, I made a quick trip to the garden center and the grocery store for plants and pumpkins. I wanted to keep to a darker color palette so I selected a decorative chili plant (with black chilis!), orange coleus, an ornamental cabbage, dusty miller, and a maroon mum. The combo brings in the bright fall hues but feels just moody enough for trick-or-treating. I kept my pumpkins in muted tones. The white one adds a bright pop against my darker pots, while the pale green and orange help to pull in some color to the other side of our doorway. I topped it all off with a funky dark green gourd. Anyone who knows me knows I love a funky pumpkin--bring on the warts!
The trick to getting the final look is creating balance with odd numbers. Our eyes are naturally attracted to sets of three, which I created with two planters and a pumpkin on one side and three pumpkins on the other. The plants need some time still to fill out the pots, but I made sure to put my taller plants at the back so as they grow you'll be able to see all of them from our front walk.
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