Thursday, September 20, 2012

A pumpkin wreath (on the patio)

fall outdoor decor

Heya! I’m back today for the next par-tay in our fall link up series: fall linky parties

Today we’re linking up fall outdoor decor over at Rhoda’s place (Southern Hospitality).

Last year I shared how I dress up the front of our house this time of year:

This year I wanted to do something for the back of our house – we had an AWESOME patio put in off our deck last summer and we are thoroughly enjoying it. The best part of the whole backyard is the stone fireplace we had installed.

I wanted to create a wreath I could hang on the fireplace – but it had to be able to handle the elements. Cause let’s be honest…I never take the outdoor stuff in. Like…ever.

I use the fake pumpkins from Hob Lob in our window boxes every year, and they hold up year after year. So I figured I’d start there. I had a stick wreath (from Hobby Lobby…of course. You know by now all this stuff comes from there.):

pumpkin wreath

I just started sticking in faux pumpkins. A few bigger ones first:

pumpkin wreath

And then some smaller ones around those:

pumpkin wreath

These all have a wire pic that comes out of the bottom of them, so I just stuck that into the wreath. NO GLUE baby. If the pic stuck out in the back I just bent it back into the wreath. Make sense?

I had most of the pumpkins already, but I did pick up some beady stuff (again, are you surprised??) on sale. They were in big bunches, so I took them apart:

pumpkin wreath

And filled in between the pumpkins:

pumpkin wreath

Three of the beady bunches (say that three times fast) were plenty for this size wreath.

It still needed some FLUFF, so I grabbed some feather jobbies as well (all this stuff is 40 percent off ALL the time at HL):

pumpkin wreath

I had them in gold and brown and used both colors – I just snipped each one off the pic and stuck them in here and there:

pumpkin wreath

And because I could NOT resist them…I added just a couple little butterfly pics too:

pumpkin wreath

They matched too well not to. I tried to resist the butterfly cuteness but they won out. :)

It took about 20 minutes to stick everything in (no glue helps to speed things along), and I was THRILLED with how it came out:

pumpkin wreath

I rigged it up around the top of the fireplace with some jute twine – I tried one of those sticky wall hooks but it didn’t stay up for two seconds on that stone. The addition of the feathering things may make it a little less weatherproof – but I SWEAR I’ll bring it in when it rains. I love it that much. ;)

It is the perfect fall addition to the patio!:

pumpkin wreath firplace

We spend more time out here in the fall than any other time of the year – for two reasons. 1. Summer is too hot for fires. ;) 2. Mosquitoes LOVE ME. I can’t even be outside after sunset or I’m eaten alive. Uck.

I added some mums for some more pops of color, but didn’t have any extra planters. So I hid the cheapy plastic pots with some burlapy fabric I had:

decorating with mums

I just tore off a strip and wrapped some twine around it to keep it on there. I wanted those cute wood planters some of the mums come in, but the stinkin’ mums are more than DOUBLE the cost just for those simple little planters with them. Nah way.

Last year I had big mums in the pots, but the plants I put in there earlier this summer are doing so well I will leave them:

fall planters

I have no idea what they are, but they grow big and full – love them! The petunias survived our drought summer -- the twisty evergreen trees I planted in the spring did not. :)

The placemat pillows have been out constantly for the past year (even some of the winter…told you I don’t take stuff in) and other than being a little faded, they are doing quite well!:

placemat pillows

The patio is ready for plenty of crisp fall evenings – around here they usually consist of a fire, some wine, maybe some marshmallows and a barking (but adorable) dog:

stone patio outdoor fireplace

When are you heading over? Bring an extra blanket and you’ll be set. ;)

Can’t wait to see all the outdoor spaces over at Rhoda’s!

Don’t forget the Show Us Your House shindig will be this Monday, the 24th (I moved it back this month.) This month’s space is basements, rec rooms, playrooms – anywhere you relax and have fun!

We’ll be back with a couple more fall posts to finish up this series next week!

53 comments:

  1. LOVE that wreath!! I made a very similar one last fall that I've been wanting to update a little, and I think I may take some of your inspiration. Thanks!!

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  2. Next time you decide to roast marshmallows, roast Peeps instead (they bring some out soon for Halloween). You will thank me - roasted peeps get carmelized and delicious.

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  3. That wreath is beautiful AND easy! That back patio is definitely one to covet! Soo stunning and perfectly decorated for fall!

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  4. What a beautiful wreath!! It looks great over the fireplace. Your mums and other fall decor look fabulous too. So cozy!! It's still so hot here, but your outdoor space makes me long for cool weather and nights in front of a fire. Enjoy!

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  5. Paula, I have a feeling I WILL be thanking you. ;) Brilliant.

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  6. Tara it's been uncharacteristically cool here the past couple of weeks -- after this summer it's been SO awesome! I just hope it doesn't hit 90 again. :)

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  7. Very pretty pumpkin wreath :-)
    Thanks for sharing..
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    Cheers, Gee

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  8. The wreath looks great! But everytime you post something about your awesome patio it makes me dream of someday having a place like that! I love what you did!

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  9. Love love LOVE that outdoor fireplace! As soon as we retire from the military, we can't wait to build a home, and that's definitely on our must-have list.

    Great job on the wreath!

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  10. Love that wreath! I love pretty much anything that can be done in 20 minutes ;)

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  11. You have a talent, my friend! That wreath is ador-a-ble! Love the entire back patio. Costco sells a lantern thing-a-ma-bop that is actually a mosquito repellant (actually it's more of an attractant that zaps them, no chemicals). It worked amazingly well. Of course, it's now packed away so I can't look up the exact name for you, but there are some great options out there now that don't involve deet or stinky body sprays =)

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  12. Super cute wreath! And your patio looks so PEACEFUL! Makes me want Fall already, but I'm stuck in Sunny Southern California. Won't be til Mid November knowing my luck!

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  13. It looks great!! And sounds pretty simple too.

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  14. The wreath looks really nice hung over the fireplace. I am totally in love with the fireplace. On my "want list"....

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  15. Very pretty Sarah!! I just love your back patio!! Gorgeous!!

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  16. Love your wreath! Thank you for sharing all of your fun Fall ideas, you have such great taste and talent! :)

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  17. Love, love, lurve your wreath! It is the perfect size on your chimney, too! I want to just "fall" into your sofas out there!

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  18. The wreath looks great and your outdoor sitting area looks so comfy!

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  19. You could have hung a toilet seat from that fireplace, and it would have looked great! Love that thing! However, the wreath you made is pretty darn stunning! Beautiful!

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  20. So inviting! I'm on my way & brining my blanket...in my dreams! Maybe I can fit one of those wreaths between my storm & front doors...hmmmm.

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  21. I LOOOVE that wreath! I always have a thing for little pumpkins.. and think about doing a wreath with them, and yours is by FAR my favorite! Love the extra touches you added to it. So perfectly done. And it looks great on your patio :) ~Bre

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  22. beautiful! love that wreath! and your patio yet again! We use our back deck more in the fall too - way to hot here in GA to be outside in the summer.

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  23. How adorable- I love how the whole setup just oozes fall goodness!

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  24. Absolutely gorgeous! That wreath adds sooo much character to your fireplace area that it's unbelievable. I can't believe you made that! You inspire me so much! I visit your blog everyday for my daily fix of quality decor and design and each day you impress me even more than the day before. I could read your posts all day. -Blessings! Eloise.

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  25. I love that you chose to decorate your patio - we enjoy ours, especially at this time of the year too! Great idea to extend the fall feel there. Also, love how the wreath turned out.

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  26. NOw this is a fall wreath! LOVE all the pumpkins and the festive berries! YOur porch is just gorgeous!!!! I would live outdoors if I had that outdoor room!

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  27. Love your fall decorations and ideas! I'm soo ready and excited to decorate my first home,not to mention fall is my favorite season!Check out
    kelseysinspirations.blogspot.com

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  28. Love the wreath.. Your entire outdoor space looks great.

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  29. The wreath is fantastic. Of course, the fireplace backdrop doesn't hurt the presentation any! ~ Maureen

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  30. Beautiful! The entire patio looks so welcoming! Your wreath turned out so well.

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  31. Ohhhhhh, love the butterflies! And the location. Still loving that patio!

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  32. Absolutely love the wreath and your outdoor setting!
    www.createyourdecor.blogspot.com

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  33. So pretty! Seems our weather is changing too quickly (to cooler) for us to be spending much more time hanging outside. And it's so dry here we have a burn ban on or we could rev up our little fire pit in the evenings. But I sure have some great ideas from your beautiful wreath for indoors now :-)

    Thanks for sharing.

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  34. I was at Hobby Lobby yesterday here in MI but didn't see those flower fillers you put in the wreath. The long garland were over $40 - I kept walking....

    I did stop at the dollar store & managed to find small battery operated flickering candles for a buck. Not bad - picked up 5 of them. Now to recreate a project that I've seen you do!

    Liz

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  35. That's an AMAZING outdoor space!!!! WOW! and I love your wreath...you've just helped me decide on my fall wreath!

    Thanks!

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  36. WOW! Emily! when can I come over and have some s'mores?? Its beautiful!

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  37. The flowers in the pot behind the petunias are, I think, Begonias.

    LOVE your patio! And to whomever suggested roasted peeps, I am going to try that!!

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  38. Such a cozy space, love it! Mosquitos love me too, really it is ridiculous, through clothing, the works! Bring on FAAAALL!!!

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  39. Beautiful! When you say you started sticking the pumpkins to the wreath, did you do that with hot glue?? Thanks for your help! Kirby @ kirbyathome.blogspot.com

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  40. omg it's fabulous!! you did such a great job!!

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  41. that.wreath.is.AWESOME! I love it :)

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  42. Great project. Where did you find your patio furniture? Trying to find some on sale any ideas?

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  43. Love the wreath! Enjoyed the square one you did last year, too (loved that one so much that I made one myself).

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  44. Ok, the burlap covering the plastic pots... AMAZING! Easy and looks great. The patio looks so cozy and inviting! Thanks Sarah!

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  45. Sarah, this looks like heaven! I'm on my way!

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  46. I will be there as soon as I can...should I bring a blender?
    I love your patio would just hang out there all the time. If you don't have a fence...you might find me there some evening. ;)
    I wish I could hang a pretty wreath out back. With the way the wind blows here...it would be in the next county. :)
    Kelly

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  47. Your pumpkin wreath is lovely on your patio fireplace! And you blew me away with using the burlap and twine to cover your plastic mum pots--that's so pretty and quick.

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  48. Simply beautiful! And I covet your fireplace patio.

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  49. QUESTION ABOUT YOUR PATIO FURNITURE: Do you bring it in during the rain? Does it get mold in it? Or maybe its just a florida thing. I love the furniture, so just curious! lol :) Thanks! :) Love your decor btw! The wreath (esp the butterfly) is beautiful!

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