Originally posted in the fall of 2013, we still love this project from Emily + Erick of Heidi's Bridge and had to bring it back for our Best of DIY series. Check it out! J+E
Recently, we went on a beautiful autumn walk and were inspired to make a garland from all the wildflowers and acorns we gathered on the way. After we realized that the wildflowers don't stay very long out of water, we decided instead to incorporate one of fall's most abundant (and hearty) flowers into our garland--the mum!
While it seems as though mums grace every porch this time of year, this is a playful way to pay homage fall's favorite flower. We also like mums because they're sturdy and hold up longer than most flowers, even when they dry out. While we suggest mums, have fun customizing your garland with whatever you have on hand, it's half the fun!
Things You'll Need
Mums, in assorted colors
Needle + Thread
Awl, or an electric drill
1.) Pick the mums off of your plant and decide which pattern you'll be arranging them in. (We choose to arrange them in an ombre gradient starting with deep red fading into yellow.)
2.) Using your awl--or if you're less rudimentary then us, your electric drill--hammer/drill holes in your acorns.You will want to do this on top of a wooden block.
3.) Measure out about four feet of thread. Double thread your needle and tie a large knot at what will become the end of your knot.
4.) Begin stringing your garland together. Using your needle, simply thread right through the center of the flower, back to front. When you get to the acorns, thread through the holes you made with your awl or drill. Repeat in whatever pattern you desire.
Note: Our garland follows the following pattern: gradient of our flowers red to yellow followed by small acorn, large acorn, small, large, small, then another gradient of flowers. Repeat. However feel free to create your own!
5.) When you come to the end of your garland, tie another large knot to secure the garland closed.
Emily + Erick