Hey everyone! I hope your week is off to a great start. Today I thought I would share with you my wreath tutorial for the wreath I have on my Faux Mantel
First I am going to share with you how I to make the base of the wreath. How you want to embellish is up to you, but I’ll show you what I did to mine to. I may or may not have cheated a little, but you’ll just have to read through to see how cause it’s kind of a secret ; )
and here is what it looks after I “embellished mine”
Here is what you will need for the wreath tutorial
– Pool noodle or wreath form
– Duct tape (if you go the pool noodle route)
– Modge Podge
– Foam brushes
-2 packages popcorn kernals
Take your pool noodle and determine how big you want your wreath, trim it accordingly and then duct tape the ends together REALLY WELL!
Next I covered my wreath in burlap using modge podge. I didn’t want my burlap to be perfectly smooth across my wreath form because I didn’t want that perfect look.
Now comes the time consuming part. Once you get your wreath wrapped in the burlap I took modge podge and painted it over sections of the burlap, then I sprinkled on the popcorn kernals. Once that dries, I did another layer of my homemade modge podge on top.
Home Made Modge Podge is just 1 part Elmer’s Glue 1 part water. I mixed mine up in a mason jar and shook it until it was mixed up.
The reason I did this was because the modge modge you buy is quite thick and kept pulling the kernels off when I would brush over them. This is a lot runnier and got down in the crevices really well.
You just keep doing this until your entire wreath is covered. I found that since you have to let each section dry before you can move on, it helps to point a fan on it.
Next I added the strap at the top to hang the wreath from.
I just took a long strip of muslin and ruffled it. Then I took a strip of canvas that was a little bit wider and sewed the ruffle strip straight down the center. Then I tied a bow at the top to hang it from.
And that’s it. After all your hard work you will have a popcorn kernel wreath!: )
Now, like I said, this is just the “base” of the wreath. I added this lovely stem of leaves from Hobby Lobby. Remember how I said I cheated a little? Well…instead of attaching the leaves to the wreath I just stuck the stem inside the mason jar below it. hehe… sneaky right? It just worked out perfectly, the leave covers the stem so you can’t even tell what I did. Check out my Fall Mantel for how exactly I did all that
While you are here you might want to check out a few of my other fall projects:
– Orange and Aqua Fall Mantel
– Fall Centerpiece
– Fall Printable
– Projects using leaves round up
– Fall mantel round up
Ruth @ Living Well Spending Less says
SO cute…..I just love it! Thanks for the tutorial! :-)
Thank you! I kinda love it too : ) Thanks for stopping in, have a great night!
Steph @ Crafting in the Rain says
Beautiful! I love what you added to it too!
Thanks so much Steph! I got kinda lucky with those leaves :)
chelsea @ Making Home Base says
I saw your wreath on your faux mantel (which I also loved) and I was hoping you’d share how you made it. Thanks! it’s beautiful and I love the ruffle.
Thank you so much Chelsea! You are too sweet. That ruffle was the first thing I thought of when I was figuring out what I wanted to do with my wreath. So glad you like it!
What a great wreath! I am the Queen of (Eating) Popcorn, so this is a must for my fall decor! thanks so much for the clear instructions. Btw, I found you on Pinterest, and now I’m going to check out your other fall decor and browse around your blog! :)
Thanks so much Lisa! So glad you like it… I just started trying to figure out how to make homemade kettle corn! We love popcorn here too!
Crystal @ 29 Rue House says
Hi – Stopping by from Hometalk! Absolutely adorable. Most favorite wreath I’ve seen so far!
Thanks so much Crystal… its definitely my favorite too! Maybe I’m a little partial ; )
That is just so cool. If you like wreaths check out http://hometipster.com/autumn-decoration-ideas/ this has some great Autumn Decorating ideas, including wreaths.
Thanks so much! I’ll be sure to check it out!
Kelly @ View Along the Way says
What a great project! I love the texture!
Thanks Kelly! Even though it took me FOREVER, it was so worth it : )
Really love how that turned out!!!! I’m inspired!
Thanks Gina! So glad you like it : )
Wow! That’s A LOT of work, but it looks great. I really like the idea of using the pool noodle and your trick with the jar underneath the wreath was great!
Thanks so much! Yes, pool noodles are much cheaper. I wish I would have grabbed some more over the summer! Thanks for stoppingby!
That came out fantastic. Such a beautiful texture.
Thanks so much Mel! So glad you like it!
Love this guy…thanks for keeping us company again…it’s always so great to see familiar faces …:) xo
The 36th AVENUE says
So beautiful. I featured it today on my blog… Thank you for sharin!
Thanks again for the feature Desiree! Always an honor to be featured by you!!
Tilly's Nest says
I love this! Might I convince you to share this on our blog hop? I would be honored.
Your wreath is adorable, I can see one for the birds like this too using PB, but I really love it on the door :)
Thanks so much Suzanne! I’ve seen some edible bird wreaths out there : ) That would be pretty fun to do, and a great project with the kids!
This is beautiful Ashley! I really like the leaves on it, I think it give it a great finish.
You are too sweet Crystal! Thanks so much! : ) Those leaves were a lucky find!
Laura @ House Of Joyful Noise says
I really like this, Ashley! Popcorn kernels must be fun to play with. lol.
I especially like your simple burlap/ruffle hangar, for a little sweet feminine touch too.
Thanks Laura! hmm… popcorn, fun and time consuming! lol. Still so glad I followed through because I LOVE it! That ruffle part though I had in my head before the wreath, so I’m kinda partial to it too! Thanks for stopping by!
Great tute Ashley! So adorable! Tweeted and stumbled :)
Thanks so much for sharing Heather! You are too sweet ; ) Have a great night!
So pretty Ashley!
Thanks so much Johnnie! I always get so attached to what I make… I won’t want to take it down now after all the effort. But I’m already thinking Christmas ; )
Andrea @ This Pug Life says
Wow, this is really different. I never would have thought to use popcorn kernels, but it totally works!
Thanks Andrea! I had so much fun with it!
Carol ( Answer Is Chocolate) says
What an awesome idea!
Thanks so much Carol!
Jessica @ Mom 4 Real says
Really cool! I would never think to do that…now I’m thinking I have to!
Thanks Jessica! It’s a time commitment for sure ; ) So worth it though!
What a great idea! Love it—totally Fall! Found you at Lizmarie’s Blog congrats on your feature!
Thanks so much Barbara! So glad you stopped by : )
Thanks Barbara! So glad you stopped by!
Aimee - It's Overflowing says
I totally love this wreath Ashley! Featuring you! Xo,Aimee
Thanks again Aimee! You are a sweetheart!
Great post! Would love if if you linked up on my blog hop http://www.w-t-fab.com/search/label/bloghop. Also let me know if you’d like to follow each other!
Megan @ Our PInteresting Family says
What a neat idea! I love how you made the wreath look two completely different ways. You are so talented. :)
Thank you so much Megan! I always try to get the most out of something ; ) Have a great weekend!
Laura Harring says
For crying out loud, this is sooooooo cute!!!! I know what I’m doing the rest of the day!!! Thank you so much!! :)
Thank you Laura! I would love to see how yours turns out : ) Have a great weekend!
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I have to say is kinda awesome! I’ll be doodling on there soon! : ) And I am loving my Popcorn Kernel Wreath on those stripes! You can see how I made it here
I loved your beautiful wreath so much that I made my own. However, it is really heavy and I’m having a hard time hanging it. I wanted to put it on our mantel over our mirror. I tried tucking the thick burlap garland I used in replace of the canvas but I can’t get it to stay. Any suggestions? Thank you! love your site!
Hi Tricia, a little trick I use is to turn one of the 3M command hooks upside down behind the mirror to help keep it in place. Hope this helps! : ) I would love to see how yours turned out!
very simple and pretty!
Use the indian corn The colered fall kind!!!!
Do you do the kernels over the entire surface (front and back)?
I made this wreath years ago. It turned out just like this one. I loved it, but it was too heavy to hang anywhere. Unless you are just going to prop it up somewhere, I’m not sure it is worth the time or money.