This is my time of the year. As in, I bake and craft and decorate my way through the next four months and enjoy every minute of it. To me, nothing quite adds to the entry to your home like a fun wreath. This adorable scarecrow wreath door autumn decoration will usher in the fall and delight the guests to your home, both young, old and young at heart.
Dress up Your Entry with This Scarecrow Wreath Autumn Door Decoration.
I love projects that make use of what I have on hand, or that can be put together for very little cost. To me, the fun of the decorating is making the projects. I like to display them of course, but I have so many of them that, now, I just want things that are fun to do, can be put together in a few hours or an afternoon and cost very little.
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The inspiration for this adorable scarecrow wreath came from one that I saw years ago in a neat shop on Etsy called Ritzy Wreaths and from a worn out old gardening hat that had seen its better days. The straw hat was coming apart at the top and I had replaced it with a newer one, but I just tossed it in a corner, knowing that I’d put it to use some way, some how in my crafting endeavors. (Waste not want not as my grandmother used to say!) All that was needed was a dob of glue and it was good as new and waiting for whatever I would do with it.
- One floppy straw hat with a wide brim. Be sure to get one with a floppy brim. You’ll be folding it and you don’t want it to be too stiff.
- Autumn floral picks. I used some leaves, some pussy willows with berries and some cat’s tails for mine.
- 1/2 package of Natural Raffia..
- 2 large wiggle eyes.
- 4 silk autumn leaves.
- Hot glue gun and 2 hot glue sticks.
- 1 roll of 1 1/2″ wide wire wrapped ribbon.
- Long piece of black felt.
Take out about 1/2 of the package of the natural raffia and find the center and wrap it with a piece of the raffia. Hot glue the ends and then position it on the middle top of the hat dome.
Fold over the brim of the hat and hot glue it in place securely. Next, take your floral picks and separate them from the end so that you have individual pieces of greenery. I used a pair of wire cutters to snip them to the lengths I wanted. On the folded over brim area, start poking the pieces through in a pleasing arrangement and finish with a sprig of leaves straight through the center into the back area of the hat and secure by twisting the stems. (You won’t need to secure the others. Just leave plenty of stem on them and they will stay put.)
Now comes the fun part – making the face for the scarecrow wreath. I used some of the berries from one of the picks and hot glued it into the middle of the top of the hat for the nose. Two dobs of hot glue go under the wiggle eyes. Take your black felt and cut it into a smile shape, or a frown, or a scowl, or whatever floats your boat. I wanted Mr. Scarecrow to be happy so I made a smile. Use a stripe of hot glue to paste the mouth in place. By the way. Do you know that you can paint felt? Don’t ask me how I know. Oh heck, I’ll tell you. Bad planning and green felt plus acrylic paint makes black felt and messy hands. (More bad planning…story of my life!)
The next step is to arrange the raffia hair the way you want it and hot glue four silk autumn leaves so that they look as though they are falling from the trees on the scarecrow. This also sort of holds the raffia in place. Mine was very curly from being in the package and he almost needed a hair straightener to get it right. I considered ironing it, but if I won’t iron my husband’s shirts, I’m sure I am not going to iron Mr. Scarecrow’s hair!!The last step for making this scarecrow wreath is to make him a bow tie. Well, a actually a HUGE bow tie. Did I mention I love making floral bows? I use them on all my Christmas packages cause I enjoy the process so much. Here is a tutorial to show how the bow is made. My hat has a tie around the brim, so I just slipped the ends of my bow under it and tied a knot. If yours doesn’t, you will need some more hot glue to position the bow tie in place.That’s it. Drum roll please………………… Meet Mr. Scarecrow! I love that my wreath has been featured two years in a row on Country Living website!I made this scarecrow wreath in about an hour. Total cost to me was about $2. I had most of the supplies on hand and only had to buy a package of raffia , some floral picks, and a big package of wiggle eyes. Thank you very much Dollar Store. I still have plenty left for my project.
Do you decorate for fall? What sort of projects do you like to have around your house. I would love to hear in the comments below.
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