Blessed Mabon! Today is the Autumn Equinox, when day and night are of equal length. From now on the nights will grow longer and cooler, time for warm scarves and getting cosy by the fire in the evenings.
I really like the idea of decorating the house for Autumn. It’s such a beautiful season, it’s lovely to bring some of those fiery leaf colours indoors.
This project is for an Autumn Wreath. It took me about 2 hours in total.
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Firstly, I thought I would tea-dye the muslin ribbon, to give the wreath a more rustic look. I boiled a litre of water and used 6 black tea bags, stirred in the ribbon and left it for around half an hour.
Then give it a good squeeze out over the sink and hang up to dry. Top tip – don’t hang out to dry with your usual washing, unless you want tea dyed clothes – I have tea drips on two jumpers now!
When your ribbon is dry, it’s time to make the fabric flowers.
Firstly, cut your muslin into lengths of around 30cm. Then fold the ribbon in half, and glue together just along the rough edge. Take your scissors and make cuts in the ribbon as shown. Then roll up from the end, adding blobs of hot glue every few turns, and glue together at the end of the roll. Turn the flower over and fold out the petals.
The flowers can be made in varying sizes by using different lengths of ribbon. When you have made your flowers, stick them onto the wicker wreath using a generous amount of the hot glue.
I was originally going to make a big bow with the raffia, but I realised that it would be easier to affix the silk leaves onto raffia than straight onto the wicker wreath, so I wrapped it around the wreath, and tucked in at the ends.
I repeated this at the top of the wreath, and then stuck on the silk leaves using more hot glue.
And we’re done! An Autumnal wreath, perfect to hang on the door to celebrate the Equinox, and the season.