Seasonal DIY Projects
DIY Fall Monogram Wreath
A personalized touch for Fall
Chelsea Lipford Wolf Expert Blogger 4 Projects
If you're as obsessed with monograms and initials as I am, then you'll love the wreath I made just in time for the fall weather!
Here are the materials I used. The full list can be found in the side bar to the right of this article.
OK, so the centerpiece of this wreath is the letter 'W'. I knew I wanted the letter to be oversized in the 18-inch wreath, so I aimed to make it 16 inches tall.
There are several ways to create a large letter on your computer. I used Photoshop to create the 'W' in size 1296 font, the largest available in that program. The name of the font I used is Desdemona. I saved it as a PDF file which I then opened in Adobe Reader. Then I clicked Print, selected the “banner” option and it printed on 4 sheets of paper. I then lined them up and used tape to keep them straight, overlapping as necessary.
Once I checked my printed 'W' against my wreath form to make sure I liked the size, I turned the paper over and started scribbling.
This is one way to trace the letter onto the plywood for cutting. Use a pencil to scribble on the back along the line you'll be tracing. I determined I wanted to trace the inside of the thick printed line, so I made sure to cover everywhere I'd be tracing with the pencil. (This technique also works well if you want to transfer words or a quote to a canvas.)
Then I brought it out to my workshop and taped it to the plywood, face up. You'll see later why, but tape your letter to the less pretty side of your plywood if there's a noticeable difference. Using the pencil again, I carefully traced the 'W' with steady pressure. You don't have to dig into the plywood, though. The pencil marks on the back will transfer to the plywood as you trace over it.
You can faintly see what it looked like after I was done tracing. Although, it looked darker in person than the camera could photograph.
I traced over the line, which was slightly indented, on the plywood to make it nice and dark before I brought out the jigsaw.
Since this plywood is so thin, you'll have a lot of jagged edges on the side you cut once you're done.
But flipping it over will look much better! Hence the reason to tape your letter to the less pretty side.
You'll still want to take a sheet of sandpaper and lightly sand the edges. It shouldn't take too long to get it nice and smooth.
With my letter all cut, I placed it in the wreath to get a better idea of what my finished product would look like!
Then it was time to go inside and get crafty! The garland I chose was pretty rigid so I just needed a little dot of hot glue to secure it to the back of the wreath before I started wrapping it around. 5 feet of garland is just enough to wrap it around and make it back to the same spot if you don't wrap it too much. Again I used hot glue to secure the end of the garland in place.
Next I tried out a few configurations with my artificial leaves before I stuck them in place with more hot glue. Be careful pressing the leaves down, though. The heat of the glue comes through the leaves!
If your leaves are like mine, you'll see the hot glue through the leaves. But that's OK because we are going to cover it up with some cute felt flowers!
This is where the empty coffee cans and CD come into play. I used a large and small coffee can and a CD to get 3 different sizes.
I traced each one on each color of felt to get a variety of sizes and colors to choose from. And then cut them out.
Once they were cut into circles, I then cut them in a spiral.
Then pick it up from the middle and start wrapping it around itself. Keeping it tight as you wrap, you'll get a perfectly imperfect flower. A little dot of hot glue will keep it all together.
As I made them I laid them out on the floor, trying out various sizes and colors until I liked what I saw.
With the lay out determined, I attached them to the wreath one at a time, starting with the bigger one in the middle. Each flower got a few squiggles of hot glue on the bottom.
Before I put my big 'W' in place, I made a small loop with some burlap ribbon, tied a knot, and cut off the excess. While not necessary for hanging, I love me some burlap and couldn't resist working it into my wreath!
Next I wedged my letter into the bottom of the wreath, making sure it was nice and snug. I did not use any hot glue since it was pretty snug and I'm hoping I can reuse the same letter for other holiday wreaths in the future.
Then with the feeling of victory that accompanies every project completion, I ran to the front door to see what my wreath looked like “in action”!
Not too shabby for a few dollars and an hour or two of work and hot gluing!
I love how many fall colors I was able to work onto the wreath between the felt flowers and the natural colors in the leaves. They compliment each other without being matchy-matchy.
I used a standard wreath hanger that hooks on the top of the door to hang my wreath. But I've seen people use nails and even a self-adhesive plastic hook attached upside-down on the inside of the door! Whatever works, I say!
Happy Fall Y'all!