Thursday, September 27, 2012

Fall Yarn Wreath and DIY Faux Window

I have a pretty fall yarn wreath and a faux window to share with you today.
Warning - This post is photo heavy.

My inspiration came from Decor Chick's fall mantel post here.
She used a window that she found at an antique store, but I couldn't find one that I was willing to bring into my home.  I showed my husband her window and asked if he could make me a faux window and he said yes! Woo-Hoo!! (my window does not have any glass)
I also knew that I wanted to make a fall yarn wreath as well.  I made a Christmas yarn wreath last year and you can see that video here.
Let me tell you about the window first. We made a trip to Home Depot for the wood.
We bought 5 pieces of this 3/4" x 36" wood for our cross pieces.

We bought 2 of these 2x2-8ft strip wood pieces for the frame of the window.

Here are the directions from my husband and various pictures of the building stages.

We made the window a 30x30 square. Using a miter saw, he cut the frame pieces at 30 inches and 45 degrees on each end.

He used finish nails and wood glue to secure the frame.

He attached the cross pieces with finish nails as well. The top cross pieces are 6 inches and the bottom cross pieces are 20 1/2 inches.  We attached the cross pieces at 7, 14, and 21 inches on the frame.

He then sanded the whole frame with 220 grit sand paper.

We decided to use some leftover house paint for the window. The first coat is called Toffee Bar by Behr paint. Then we painted over that with our white trim paint. Then we took 120 grit sand paper and distressed the entire window to make it looked aged.

Okay, now onto the wreath.

Here are my supplies used. Everything came from Michael's.

18 inch straw wreath with the clear wrapping left on
Fall leaves, feathers, and a fall ornament
3 colors of yarn by Vanna's Choice (Terracotta, Mustard, and Copper)
Ribbon of choice

Since I used three different colored yarns, I measured out 4 inch sections on my wreath. You just start wrapping your yarn around your wreath and secure the end piece with some glue. I used Fabri-Tac. 

Once the yarn was all wrapped, I used my glue gun to adhere the leaves, feathers, and ornament to the bottom right hand corner.

I looped some brown burlap type ribbon over the top of the wreath for my hanger. See my last picture below on how I hung the wreath on the window.

Here are some more pictures of the completed project.


To hang the wreath over the window I used some ribbon and a command hook. I placed the 3M command hook upside down on the back of the window and looped my ribbon knot over it. I like this method because you don't see the hook and I can remove it in the future if needed.

I am working on some more fall projects and will share those over the weekend and into next week.

To see this project up close, please view the YouTube video below.

Whew, did you stick with me through all of that!!  If so, I hope you like the project and that you are inspired to create.

Thanks for looking!

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  1. Hi Shelly, what a great tutorial...your window is perfect for your wreath...thank you so much for taking the time to share with us...xo Lucy

  2. Such a pretty blog! And I love the faux window look! The wreath is gorgeous with the fall colors and flair!

  3. Oh my goodness how beautiful! I love the wreath, I love the window and well, I just love everything! Thank you so much for inspiring me and for hanging out at Happy Hour!!!
    Jaime from Crafty Scrappy Happy

  4. The wreath is super cute and I love the idea of making your own "window"! So clever!

  5. Oh my gosh!!! Ok, first, Emily is my SIL, I've seen that window, I LOVE that window. I've wanted one forever and searched and searched for one like it. I never thought of making one. DUH! Whats a craft blogger good for if she doesn't think "I can make that" about everything! Second, GORGEOUS! I love your wreath. You did a fantastic job! :)

  6. This is adorable, and I absolutely love the colors you used!!!

  7. That is stunning! Great work- love all all the details in the tutorial. Just became follower #70.

  8. WOW - this turned out so great! I have an old window and yours could be its twin! I'll be featuring your wreath and window a little later today ... thanks so much for sharing!


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