Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A dollar store fall wreath

Hellooo there! I’m finally pulling out the fall decor this week! This is SO late for me -- usually I’m itching to get it out in August! This year I wanted to make sure I was completely done going through the basement before I started lugging the (cough. numerous.) bins up.

One of the projects I wanted to tackle this year was a DIY fall wreath. I was inspired by this one last year:

But because I was too cheap impatient lazy to come up with a rectangle shape, I just did a smaller, round one. It’s pretty darn cute, but also a bit wimpy. :)

So this year, I was determined to make a large, square, fluffy fall wreath. I started with some thick foam core board from Hobby Lobby for $5 – it was half an inch thick and it was already 20 inches wide, so I cut it down to 20 inches in length as well:

I wanted it to be four inches thick, so I marked a square in the middle accordingly:

I used my jigsaw to cut it out (it cut like butta!), but you could probably get away with cutting it with something else (especially if you use a thinner foam board – I use scissors on that stuff) – just be careful!

Remember it does not have to be perfect – you won’t see the exact shape when you’re done!

I did a really quick spray of the edges, (with red because it was the closest to me) just in case they’d show through at all:

They don’t, so you can save the two minutes and skip this step.

You’re welcome. :)

Last week I bought four swags of leaves from Hobby Lobby to use for this project, and they were half off, at $5 each. But the $25 price tag for all the supplies was getting a little expensive for something that may not even turn out how I envisioned.

I was trying to think of a cheaper way to do it, and remembered some packets of leaves I bought at the Dollar Tree a few weeks ago for another project. I absolutely loved the colors, the texture, and they were large – perfect for this project!

WHOO!!

I started laying them out to see what I liked:

Hmmm – it wasn’t random enough for me. So I tried a willy nilly way:

MUCH better, but the leaves were a bit flat for my liking. I wanted some POOF.

Because they’re made with wire, that was an easy fix – I crumpled up a few at a time (gently) and gave them some dimension:

(I ended up snipping off the wire stems.)

I fired up the hot glue gun and started placing them here and there, filling in any empty spots:

There was no rhyme or reason to it – just stick ‘em on!

And less than an hour later, I had just what I was looking for!:

(Our door always photographs blue, but it’s a dark brown.)

I love love LOVE these leaves! They look so real! They are made of a material that reminds me of crepe paper – but not nearly as delicate:

You do have to be gentle with them though – they tear if you’re not careful. I didn’t mind though – it made them look more real.  ;)

If you have a door that’s exposed to the wind, you’ll want to add weights to the “frame” because it is very lightweight. We don’t have that problem, but I may add some sticky tack to the back just to make sure it stays put. And I’m not sure how these leaves would hold up to the elements – so you may want to test out a leaf or two.

Last year some of you suggested using a large frame as the base, and I thought that was a great idea – it would be heavy enough too!

I absolutely LOVE it – lots of color, texture and it’s simple. The best part is that it only cost $11 total! (Five for foam and six packages of the leaves at a dollar each.) And that’s only because I got the thicker foam – if you got a thinner piece from the dollar store, you’d get this done for well under ten bucks!:

DIY fall wreath

It's gonna look FAB with the rest of the fall decor on our porch! I’ll share that with you next week!

It’s getting just a bit cooler here…slowly but surely. It was in the 80’s today but there was so little humidity, it felt pretty fantastic! Yay…it’s coming!! :)

 

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116 comments:

  1. That is so cute! I love the square shape!
    I need to get my fall stuff out..... Gosh! I feel
    way behind all of the sudden!

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  2. That turned out gorgeous! Square looks so much more interesting, and the colors are perfect!

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  3. I love it! I actually bought a few packs of those same leaves last week with a few projects in mind! Currently they are hanging from a Fall Bunting on the Mantle ... but maybe I'll re-purpose them into a wreath! Great idea!

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  4. LOVE this! It turned out perfectly! Another great project Sarah! You go girl! ;)


    ourveryblessednest.blogspot.com

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  5. Dang girrl, that looks good! I'll def be adding this to my fall craft list which is growing, and growing, and growing!

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  6. This turned out so great! I love it. And I kind of like your door blue :)

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  7. Oh! I need those leaves. It is beautiful!

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  8. square wreaths are my absolute favorite! Love this fall wreath!

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  9. So very cute! How creative. Love it!!! Thanks for sharing! =)

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  10. This just might work for my door. I have a storm door in front of my door and wreaths tend to get smooshed. But this seems like it doesn't stick out as far as something like a grapevine. What do you think? Whould a storm door get in the way? Oh I hope the dollar tree still has leaves!

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  11. Hey I saw those leaves at the Dollarama here the other day and was trying to think of what to use them for! Great idea.
    Shannon
    www.akadesign.ca

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  12. LOVE IT! LOVE, LOVE, I {heart} it! Fall leaves are my FAV...I must steal this idea.

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  13. I love this idea, will have to find some leaves.

    Funny about your door color. I have met dogs that had brown eyes, but they photographed blue. Kind of quirky.

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  14. So pretty I love it. I love all the colors!!!

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  15. Very cute! I love the square shape -- adds so much interest!

    Great job!!

    xox
    Jen

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  16. this is really, really a cute wreath! g'job, thrifty!

    angie

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  17. I love your wreath! I especially love that it is square!!

    I made a dollar store wreath last week as well. Check it out of you're really bored. lol

    www.houseofhepworths.com/2010/09/07/dollar-store-fall-decor/


    ~Allison @ House of Hepworths

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  18. That turned out super cute! Love the square.

    I used fall wreaths as centerpieces for our October wedding when I had to fire our floral person one month out. They were frosted fruit and actually turned out really great with tall candles in the center. (I did get a new florist to do my bouquet, etc.)

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  19. You could put magnets glued to the back to keep it from moving around if you have a metal door. Then you might not even need a wreath hanger if they were strong magnets. :-) Love the project and i might have to stop at dollar tree tomorrow! thanks for the inspiration!

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  20. Wait a minute - your brown door photographs looking like it's blue? Something is wrong with the space time continuum.

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  21. ADORABLE! I've just found your blog, and l.o.v.e it. And just in time. . . we closed yesterday on a huge new (old!) house and I will most certainly need some decorating help. I've found so many cute ideas here already!

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  22. I love it!! Big bang for your bucks!!

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  23. This is a great idea! Can't wait to try it out. Thank you for sharing!

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  24. very cute! And I hear you about Fall...it's my absolute-without-a-doubt FAVE time of year (we only live one state over, so I too am dying from the summer heat and so ready for the cooler weather - COME ONNNN, 70's!!!)

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  25. I've been planning to do a wreath covered in acorns... and um.... I'm still hoping to get to that sometime soon.

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  26. Beautiful! Wish I could find leaves that look like that!

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  27. I Love it. Great colours. It's Sept 15th - TIME TO BRING OUT FALL!! My own wreath that I made a few weeks goes up today!!!!!

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  28. First time commenting. Your wreath is beautiful and looks very expensive. Also, your front door is wonderful. How did you paint the "Welcome"?

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  29. Cuuuuuuute!!! Love it! I need to get me to te dollar tree! :-)

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  30. Awesome!! Last night I was actually googling "cheap fall wreath." This is perfect. Thanks for the frame tip...the previous owners left a lot of old frames down in the basement. Thanks for another beautiful idea.

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  31. I love the wreath! Our door is plain jane white but hubby is trying to convince me to paint it. Maybe a cranberry (our house is a creamy beige w/ white trim... yawn!)... we shall see! In the meantime I think a nice wreath and a welcome sign would go a long way to help perk it up.... Any ideas for the peak of a roof over a two car garage? It screams adornament of some sort but sits empty and pouting right now!!

    Keep up the great work!!! :)

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  32. What a great idea! I haven't been to the dollar store in quite a few weeks and I am just so ready to head over there and see all the inexpensive fall decor!

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  33. Just right for fall and I had to look at your door in a few shots after you said it photographs blue but is in reality brown. WHAT!?! That is some crazy brown paint...Janell

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  34. I would have never guessed these were dollar store leaves - they look so good and I assume the cheap leaves look, well, cheap! Amazing job!

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  35. What a cute little wreath! I actually prefer yours to the inspiration photo since the square is more symmetrical. I hope to be puttinng our our fall decor soon. Thanks for more great inspiration, as always!

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  36. I love this! Such a cute, easy, cheap project! Off to the dollar store to copy! (www.thismommyloves.com)

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  37. I can't believe how real those leaves look!! Your wreath looks just beautiful. I'm TOTALLY headed to the Dollar Store. ;-)

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  38. Love it! I've got a trip planned to Dollar Tree and now when I stand there with the package of leaves in my hand, I'll know what to do with them. : ) I will probably go the frame route though because I have 4 11x14 frames sitting under my craft table waiting for a new life.

    How funny about your door photographing blue when it's brown. I have to tell you though, that the blue it shows up as is really pretty!

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  39. Maybe your door is secretly telling you to paint it blue.

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  40. How pretty! Such an easy project! How funny that your door looks blue in pictures. Maybe it wants painted;)

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  41. OMGoodness, it's prettier than the one that inspired you last fall. I love it. I also love those dollar stores!

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  42. I bought three packs of those leaves last week! I'm working them into my mantle decor. Your wreath looks great!

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  43. It's gorgeous, Sarah! :) I love the neat square shape b/c it's different!

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  44. Perhaps it really is just the photos but your door really does look Blue as you say. Anyway enough about door colours, your wreath is great, I love the fact that it is square as well, very different to what I have seen. Oh and beautiful photographs. From Helen who is now a reader of Thrifty Decor Chick!

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  45. Sarah,

    Where did you get your leaves? Which "dollar" store? We have Dollar General, Dollar Tree, and Family Dollar in our area. Our Dollar Tree has similar one without the wire but it was the wired ones we are looking for. And to think we were in Indy Saturday for a football game... at Lucas Oil Stadium! Man is it ever awesome! It makes me want to get tickets to a game this season....

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  46. I have a Dollar Store fall wreath too!

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  47. Square's where it's at. Love it.

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  48. Love that! Guess who might be heading to Dollar Tree to see what she can find?! Love how the door looks metallic blue in the photos! Very cool! :)

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  49. I love the rectangle shape! Seeing a trip to the Dollar Store after work tonight! Here in Connecticut the leaves are already starting to change (and fall)! Kinda early! A way to satiate my need to create while I wait to get my sewing machine fixed!!!! THANK YOU!

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  50. Ooops! I really did mean the SQUARE shape!

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  51. Love the rectangle wreath! So creative....
    Health and happiness,
    Angela

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  52. Oh my goodness, this is GREAT. I love it. It came out so, so pretty. Love your blog, you crack me up with every post :)

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  53. Love the wreath! And my favorite thing about hanging square things is that you can turn them...and they can be a diamond shape! That might look really cool! :-) Thanks for the great ideas- I definitely need to pull out my fall decor this week!!!

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  54. Nice!! I love that it's square! So much more original and unique! Great job! As always! :)

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  55. Wow! I love how you made the leaves stick up and look poofy! So beautiful! I feel totally inspired!

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  56. Ok the wreath is cute. But I'm totally fixated on the fact that your brown door shows up blue. What the heck?

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  57. YAY!! can't wait to make my own... Great leave hunting assignment for the boys =)

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  58. I featured your lamp today over at Sassy Sites! Come by and check it out! AND don't forget to grab a featured button if you don't already have one! Great job on your lamp revamp!! xoxo

    Marni @ Sassy Sites!

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  59. I love it!!!!

    Hmmm I wonder why your door chooses to be blue? I mean it really does look blue!

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  60. So cute! I add magnets to the backs of my wreaths to make them a little more wind-resistant. I definitely need to make one of these!

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  61. I was at the dollar store today and was staring at the leaves thinking of this post! :) I almost bought some to make one of my own. I ended up with some stuff to make some artwork for my kitchen...but this will definitely be on my to-do list!!!

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  62. The square is just gorgeous. I dont decorate my house a lot inside for the different holiday, but always change my front door wreath....

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  63. I love this! I might try it on the $1 goodwill hay wreath I bought a couple of weeks ago (it's kind of plain right now!) Love your blog - you continue to inspire me! :)

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  64. Beautiful fall wreath and gorgeous door!!

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  65. beautifulmessdecor.blogspot.com

    LOVE this! It is so beautiful. Love that you did it for less than $15! You are SUCH an inspiration to me. I just started my own blog. Would love for you to stop by :)

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  66. LOVE it! I think you've inspired me to try some Fall crafts. I love that the wreat is square because it stands out. Great job!

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  67. Very cute! I love decorating for fall, but it can get sooo expensive. My husband thinks he would be happy in a plain, white box of a room, but I know better. :) I'm doing it for him!

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  68. LOOOVE it!

    The only thing it's missing is a badger.

    By the way, I love square wreaths too. I have one that was a Christmas clearance, but I use it year round. It's a matte-ish bronzey gold color. Gorgeous.

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  69. I really like your wreath so I was inspired to make my own. I put it on my blog and linked back to you if that's OK. Thanks for the inspiration; I have been enjoying looking through your blog :)
    Jenn

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  70. What a lovely wreath, I just love it. I also LOVE the way you have 'WELCOME' written on your front door...I hope you don't mind, but I am going to steal that idea, I love it!!!!

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  71. We are wreath twins :) I made my wreath a few weeks ago with the same supplies from the Dollar Tree! I went with more of a round shape for mine. Yours turned out great!

    You can see mine at OurOneTree.blogspot.com

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  72. Looks fantastic!! I have been eyeing those leaves at the DT for a couple of weeks and couldn't figure out what to do with them!! Genius!
    Alyshia

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  73. This is a beautiful wreath! I've never been a big fan of wreaths- but I absolutely love this one! The square shape & the leaves that look so natural- it makes me want to make one! And the fact that it's made with inexpensive materials means I can actually do it!

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  74. LOVE! Because of you, I will now be going BACK to the Dollar Tree in the morning :) haha I will post my creation and link back to your blog for the inspiration. Wonderful Job! Thanks for sharing. I'm all about my fall crafts right now too. BRING ON THE COOLER WEATHER!
    New reader, by the way :)

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  75. Very pretty! Thanks so much for this, I'll be linking.

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  76. Heavens to Betsy- How I LOVE the no humidity factor :) My hair says "hallelujah!"

    Cute, Cute, Super Cute wreath. hummm.... one of those just MIGHT grace my door in the near future. :)

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  77. I LOVE this. I have two boxes of old frames and I Just found some fall leaf garland at the $ store, I am going to do this today!! THanks for the inspiration!

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  78. wow, its just great to know that we can make such beautiful things like that at home, i never knew being creative was so easy, i really like this wreath and would make it as soon as i assemble things for it

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  79. beautiful thing to decorate your home with, looks great on the door step, thanks

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  80. I am so jealous! I went to my dollar store looking for leaves but all I found were the cheesy fakies there. Maybe I'll have to hit up another to find the ones you scored..they are fab!

    Your project turned out wonderful.

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  81. I was all excited to do a square wreath, but my Hobby Lobby didn't have the foam board that was big enough. Was your 20in in a secret place?!

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  82. What dollar store do you shop at?? Love it!

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  83. so simple but great. i love this!

    thanks for the tutorial.
    i'm linking.

    many greetings, doro.

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  84. It looks great! So great that I made one for myself...thanks for the inspiration!

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  85. Beautiful! Send some of that cooler weather here, will ya! 98 today!

    Brittany
    http://www.prettyhandygirl.com

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  86. Love this project. I can easily include the 5 children in it. Thank you so much for sharing your talents!!
    Peace,
    Elizabeth

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  87. This is fabulous! I featured it on my blog today! http://mandysyellowcorner.blogspot.com/2010/09/favorites-week-2.html

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  88. I have these leaves, I have these leaves!!! Now I have a fun project to use them for!!! Thanks!

    And that's so funny your door photographs blue instead of brown!!!

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  89. I loved it so much I made one of my own! Thanks for the great idea!

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  90. Hi!

    Wanted you to know I posted a link to this tutorial today on my blog, PaperFriendly.

    nancy Ward
    paperFriendly
    http://paperfriendly.blogspot.com

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  91. I made your wreath last night and it is my post for the day! It was so easy - thanks for the inspiration!

    Jennifer (greendoordesigns.blogspot.com)

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  92. Love your stairs! I hope to do this in our home some day too. I have a question; at the top of your stairs in your hallway, do you have carpet or hardwood? I have carpet and am not sure how to do the top step should I tear the carpet up on the steps and leave it in the hallway. Do you have any suggestions?!
    Thanks! And btw, I just happened to run across your blog and LOVE IT! It's inspiring me so much, since my home is currently a work in progress and pretty much a blank canvas. ;)
    Stephanie

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  93. Beautiful wreath! I hope you don't mind that I linked this tutorial on my blog to give you credit for how I made my own fall wreath! Thank you soo much!

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  94. Thanks for the great fall wreath idea. My son and I made one last night after dinner and hung it on our front door. My son is 3 and I always love simple, easy craft ideas that we can do together that are inexpensive. I wish I could post a pic for you to see how it came out, but not sure how to do that. Thanks again!

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  95. Heading to Dollar Tree NOW!!! thanks for the idea. I have my fingers crossed that maybe...maybe....i hope i hope they might have foam, too. I want to make it tonight! Thanks for your inspiration!

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  96. I am definitely going to try this. I have been looking for a decent front door wreath that doesn't cost a zillion dollars and also doesn't fall apart in three weeks. Excellent idea and nice photos, too.

    Thanks! Wendy Mihm in Pasadena, CA

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  97. I love your blog! There are so, so many out there, I usually go from one to another - but I think I will spend mucho time on yours! Love the square wreath idea too! I can't wait to start one myself.

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  98. The colors of your wreath look stunning against the "blue" door!

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  99. ahh! You saved my brain:) I was just in dollar tree yesterday and saw those leaves and I was RACKING my brain how i could make a wreath witht hem!!!!!!!!!!! you ROCK!!!! :)

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  100. I just finished making my very own beautiful fall square wreath! I love it!! I had an old picture frame laying around that I used for my base. It worked wonderfully! Thanks a bunch!

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  101. I made my square wreath this weekend and it turned out amazing. I did end up using a square 11X14 wooden picture frame instead of the foam board because Joann's had them on sale. I just removed the glass and the backing.....it worked great. My husband drilled a hole on the inside of the frame and hung an M on some fishing wire for our last name. I tell you what, it is beautiful. Thank you so much for a FABULOUS idea. Love your blog.

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  102. Be careful where you use some of the leaves from the Dollar Tree, I had some that bled like crazy when they got rained on!

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  103. You are a thrifty gal after my own heart. Glad I found your blog. It's funny because when you look at the finished product you imagine that this sort of wreath would be kind of simple, BUT IT'S NOT! You really have to have a good eye to arrange the leaves in the perfect way or it looks sloppy. My family just made some fall wreaths. I posted a little how to on my blog. I'd love your feedback ^_^

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  104. I made a very similar wreath after seeing how cute yours is. I love your blog and get so many good ideas from it! I'm just starting my blog so there's not a lot to see on it yet, but if you want to see what you inspired you can check it out here ~

    http://cobblestonesandivy.blogspot.com/2011/10/leaf-wreath.html

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  105. You could also use canvas stretching frames from the art section of the craft store. You can pop your own together for anywhere from $5.00-8.00, or you could wait until canvases go on sale, buy a square one, remove the canvas, and just use the wood frame.

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  106. I love this idea! I am wondering though if I could use a box behind it instead of a canvas, because I have TONS of boxes. (that and I am cheap lol!)

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  107. I made this wreath and I love it!! Thank you for walking me through the steps!

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  108. Love this and I am featuring it today on my blog to kick off the challenge of the week, Fall Wreaths and porches. Just wanted you to know it inspired me and many others!!!
    www.thecsiproject.com

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