Fall is my favorite season and I love filling my house with the warm and festive colors. From my mantel to my front door and all through the house, I tuck in pumpkins or sunflowers to brighten things up. I did realize after browsing Pinterest, that I was lacking a wreath for our front door for the month of September. I wanted something fall-ish yet could also work for the end of August as well. After browsing Pinterest ideas, I fell in love with the idea of incorporating the last letter of our family name, and our 12” Paper Mache Letters were perfect for this project. I decided to make two versions, one for me and one for my best friend.
With ideas in my head, off I went to the local craft store (taking one of the letters with me for size reference). I wandered and browsed the isles packed full of wonderful fall ideas, that just got me more excited for the season…and of course ideas for more projects….but first the door wreaths! I am easily distracted in a craft store! I found a grapevine wreath, some fall leaves, sunflowers, and some narrow burlap ribbon that would work great along with the fall buttons and such that I had in my stash at home.
Once home, I paint ed my letter “M” Lamp Black, and painted my letter “B” with Dark Chocolate. This took about two coats for a completely smooth finish. While the letters dried I laid out my flowers and leaves for placement around the wreath. Once the letters were dry, I sprayed them with DecoArt Acrylic Sealer Finisher Matte Spray. I gave the letters three coats, making sure each coat dried before I did the second. After the varnish was dry, I gathered up my hot glue gun and went to work.
I am happy with how both of them turned out, and my wreath is already hanging on my front door! My first sign of fall! I hope these ideas inspired you to get a paper mache letter and create something wonderful to display in your home.
Happy Painting and Creating!
With a new house comes new home décor inspiration! I am ready for some fall weather and the rich colors that come along with it. After seeing Diane’s lovely wreaths, I wanted to make my own!
I knew that I wanted to paint my letter a deep purple and DecoArt Americana Black Plum #13172 is a beautiful Autumn color. I basecoated my letter in Black Plum and let it dry. Once dry, I stamped the letter with our Cling Jumbo Leaves Stamp #70905 with DecoArt Extreme Sheen in Antique Bronze #16081, Rose Gold #16076 and Bronze #16079. I wrapped the top of the letter with some burlap #40139, and added some fall leaves, flowers and pinecones I bought at my local craft store.
I love the color this wreath added to my front door! Thanks for the inspiration, Diane !