Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Mini "Pumpkin" Wreath
Courtesy of Marian Parsons
Instead of making a wreath with bulky plastic gourds, try using putka pods, which are natural dried seed pods that look exactly like tiny pumpkins. This wreath makes an elegant fall statement. Although the tiny orange shapes covering this wreath look like diminutive pumpkins, they're a great stand-in for mini pumpkins, the dried organic seed pods don't deteriorate, so your wreath can be displayed year after year. Get crafting to make your own.
12" foam wreath form
7-8 cups dried putka pods
hot glue gun and glue sticks
Apply Putka Pods
Preheat hot glue gun. Apply a small dab of hot glue to foam wreath (Image 1). Immediately press a dried putka pod into hot glue and hold into place until glue cools (Image 2). Repeat until entire front and sides of wreath are covered, arranging pods as close together as possible (Images 3 and 4). The back side of the wreath can remain uncovered unless wreath is going to be hung in front of a mirror (Image 5). Note: Some of the wreath form will still be visible through the pods at this point.
Add Second Layer of Pods
Place a small dab of hot glue on underside of a pod and press it into a place on the wreath where form is showing through (Images 1 and 2). Continue to apply pods to fill gaps until wreath form is no longer visible (Images 3 and 4). Tip: Step back from wreath a few times during this step to make sure second layer of pods is evenly applied.
Clean Wreath and Hang With Ribbon
Once all pods are glued in place, use your fingers to gently remove any strings left by hot glue (Image 1). Loop a wide ribbon around completed wreath to hang indoors or out. Tip: This simple, rustic wreath would also make a beautiful candle ring for a fall centerpiece or you could make miniature wreaths to hold tea lights.
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