I love decorating this time of year, especially with all the gourds and mini pumpkins you can get from an orchard. I usually get the gourds and set them on the deck railings or up the stairs but this year I wanted to try something a little different and make a wreath.
I don't love buying materials for DIY projects and tend to make due with what I have on hand, so instead of buying a wreath base I made it all from ivy in the yard.
Items You Need:
(Giant Dog Not Needed)
Ivy - I used some that was growing up trees in my front yard, I know one kind was English Ivy but I'm not sure what the other type of ivy I grabbed was. Although, I know it wasn't poisonous, so don't be grabbing any poison oak. Any branch or ivy (non-poisonous) that is bending will probably work for this.
Wire - I used some floral wire I had on hand. Most any wire will do.
Scissors - or wire cutter
Gourds and/or Mini Pumpkins
Start by making one of the ivy branches into a circle and then secure and then continue to add ivy branches until it looks like a full wreath. Secure each main branch as you go and I tucked the off shooting branches in where they fit so they didn't stick out everywhere.
Then lay out where you want your gourds and/or mini pumpkins before you start securing so you get the look you want.
Now start securing the gourds and pumpkins to the wreath with your wire. This is the hardest part. I have no great way to do this. A little tip though is to know which way is up when you will be hanging your wreath and wire according to which way gravity will be pulling.
And viola, hang your gourd wreath!
I love how it looks and adds more interest then just setting some gourds on my deck railings.
UPDATE: We made this wreath our centerpiece at an Autumn dinner party here!