A Simple Way to Decorate Your Porch for Fall & Winter
At the heart of the Tuscan style is a simple, no fuss attitude that refuses to get all caught up in the frenzied, hectic whirlwind that often characterizes the American Halloween to Christmas holiday season. Peace on earth begins at home, and one could argue it starts right at the front door. This year, why not greet your family and friends with a beautifully simple Tuscan wreath of fresh greens and florals? We’ve created this alternative wreath as an easy, unexpected way to surround yourself with beauty and share it with family and friends, especially throughout the fall and winter season.
Getting Started: Tuscan Wreath DIY Steps
If you've been following us, you may have heard the Tuscan lifestyle is about finding beauty in the simple things, and taking the time to slow down and enjoy them. With that in mind this fall, I began to re-think the way I decorate for the holidays, and came up with a few ideas to decorate the porch in a way that looks great without a lot of the usual fuss. This wreath is one of them. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
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I was looking for a wreath I could use starting in the fall, straight through to Christmas. The evergreen sprigs look like they were collected from the forest, which makes this wreath perfect for transitioning into the holiday season. I foraged for those around my neighborhood. The florals came straight from the grocery store. I hunted for a bouquet that was cheery, and contained flowers that would dry nicely. I bought these in October, so this combination of three bouquets (cost: $9.00) happened to have a blend of carnations, mums, snapdragons, and a sunflower to name a few. This was so simple to make, I knew I could easily get another bouquet later if it started looking a little tired.
I started with a plain, circular grapevine wreath that I already had, the kind you can find at any craft store, or online. I don't know why I never thought of re-using these wreaths, but found it quite easy to strip it of some tired silk florals and bring it new life. Since the wreath part is already made for you, all you have left to do is fill it in! How awesome is that?
First, I began weaving some cypress cuttings into the grapevine wreath, fitting the ends under and around the twisted vines. I chose an asymmetrical focal point, designing around the bottom left corner of the wreath.
Next, I added sprigs of Nandina, a Southern bush-like plant with glossy green leaves (from the front yard). I interwove the ends into the grapevine wreath as I did before, layering the leaves around the shape of the wreath, and off of the sides a bit.
I finished the design by interweaving various sizes of the floral stems into the wreath, until it had the fullness I wanted. I used a light green floral wire to spiral around the design and help hold the cuttings into the design.
I added an ivory and burgundy craft ribbon to the top to hang the wreath on my porch. If you really wanted to make the design more festive for the holidays, you could easily add battery powered twinkle lights, garland, or holiday hued cuttings. It's easy to customize, so you can dress it up or down based on your needs at any time of the year. My flowers looked great for about two weeks before they began to dry. The evergreen base still looks pretty good, so I plan to add another bouquet closer to Christmas.
How about you? Did you give this project a try? Let us know in the comments below. Send us a picture on Facebook so we can share the floral love! For more Tuscan decorating ideas, check out our some of our other decorating articles.
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