“Welcoming fall” craft project

September 5th, 2011 5:48 pm

Even though calendar summer is still in effect until September 21st, we tend to welcome the change of seasons much sooner. Bright-flowered mums get added to our landscapes. Front door decor is switched from bright summer floral to toned-down shades of autumn. Being a naturalist, recycler and handy-woman I am, this year I made a new front door decor piece. And you are welcome to do the same.

I’d like to say it was my idea. I took the main concept from a Lowe’s Creative Ideas catalog, and refined it a bit.

To make a wooden dowel door wreath, you will need:

– 2″ x 48″ round wooden dowel (cost approx $7.00)

– Titebond wood glue (cost approx. $5.00)

– Medium-grit sandpaper or sanding block

– Access to a miter saw

– Three different shades of wood stain (cost approx. $4.00 per can, total $12.00)

– Compass, cardboard and wax paper

Step One:

Cut the round wooden dowel into 36 discs:

– 9 at 1/4″

– 9 at 3/4″

– 9 at 1″

– 9 at 1 1/4″

The reason why you want to cut the discs at four different heights is to create dimension and interest to a wreath. Stain each disc according to personal preference. Allow to dry overnight.

Step Two:

Pair the two thickest size of discs (each 1 1/4″ disc with a 1″ disc) and glue them side-by-side first. Allow glue to dry for several hours.

Step Three:

Draw a 9 1/2″ circle on a piece of cardboard. Cover the cardboard with wax paper; it will prevent any glue from sticking. Arrange the 9 pairs of glued discs around the drawn circle. Glue all the pairs together, maintaining the circular shape. Allow ring to dry for several hours.

Step Four:

Arrange the thinnest discs (3/4″ and 1/4″ size) in a second ring outside the first, alternating sizes. Glue them to the discs within the first ring. Allow to dry overnight.

You can hang the wreath by a metal hook glued to the back or a ribbon tied around it. I chose a piece of raffia to hang my wreath on the door. It goes along the rustic look very well.

Easy? Let me know how you did. Happy crafting!

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