Owl Garden Stake Becomes a Fall Wreath Accent

13 Materials
$25
1 Hour
Easy

Who doesn't love owls? So while parousing through the dollar store I found garden stakes with pretty, painted owls on them! That was my inspiration for this project along with all of those pretty leaves, I just had to go crafting!

Assorted Supplies Gathered

First things first, I used a pair of scissors, wire cutting snips, a hot glue gun, gardening wire, assorted Fall florals and stems, small Fall accents and a large accent which in my case was the owl.

I used a round grapevine wreath and a burlap ribbon to wrap around just half of the wreath. I secured it in place with small dabs of hot glue but it clings well to the grapevine anyhow.

Burlap Ribbon

Next up I start adding my florals starting with the larger backdrop items first which in this case was green, plastic fern stems. I bent the stems and laid them on top of my wreath form to find my placement area.

NOTE: With this style of wreath in my top section the stems will be pushed and glued downward into the grapevine. The lower section the stems will be pushed and glued upward into the grapevine. So basically the 9 o'clock position is your "center" and from that point the branches and stems fan out. See pic below to help you understand this placement and layout.

Planning Stem Placement

So as you can see above, I didnt need those stems as long as they were for this project so I visually marked what I'd need and cut the rest off. There are places along the stems that will make the cuttting job easier as noted by the arrows. But with good snips and a little hand strength they don't pose a problem to shorten. Add hot glue to the stem and push, push it into the wreath form to give the glue something strong to grip into.

Cutting Long Stems

With the next steps what I find what works best is if I just keep layering in my greenery in order of larger items first and build more layers up to my more delicate florals. So in this case I chose my large, oak leaves to add in next to the wreath.

The oak foliage was purchased as one large stem that I cut into 6" pieces on average to make it more workable for the curve of the grapevine. Once again, I found my placement first as to where it looked the best to my eye. Added a dab of hot glue to the stem end and wiggled it into place until it felt secure and repeated this with all of my oak stems.

Adding Oak Leaves

Remember I just mentioned that I find my placement of the stems first as to what looks good to my eye? Well my eyes need a little help with that placement, here's my tip...I add a small piece of tape at the top where the wreath will hang from. Why? It helps me with balancing the flower placement on my wreath. In this case I was aiming to have florals cover the left half so I really needed to know where my center mark was. Don't worry, I remove the tape after I'm finished.😄

Mark Hanging Location

My last step is adding in the "fillers" I call them, small add ons. Sometimes I'll hang the wreath on my wall while I'm doing this to look for the bare or lack of color spots. In those little, sparse looking spaces I glued in a pumpkin, a tree cone or even a single leaf to give it overall fullness.

Adding Accents

Now was the creme de la creme part, finding the perching spot for my sweet, little owl. First, the metal stake he was attached to had to get cut off, this was done by bending it back and forth until it weaked the metal enough to snap off. I then used my smaller pliers to bend the short stake end to be used as a spike to set down into the grapevine. I used hot glue to set the garden wire in place....Fail!

Preparing the Owl to Attach

So "instead" I fed wire in and out through one of those heart cut outs to secure the owl onto the wreath, you can't even notice it! So the wire spike is secured down into the vine and he's tired on underneath his left wing with the garden wire.

Garden Stake Owl Accent

Owl you like him now? Hahaha, I'm sorry I had to put one pun in this post... a little birdie told me to!😄

Completed Fall Wreath

A pretty pop of color, some different foliage shapes and textures and an eye-catching accent certainly make a fabulous wreath! Now that you know how easy this all goes together, are you going to try one? You can do it, I know you can!

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  • Texas Honey
    on Oct 29, 2019

    I love this wreath...I am going to try one...love OWLS!

    • Sea Trace Creations
      on Oct 29, 2019

      I hope you find an owl to use in your area, should be able to at your local dollar store hopefully, good luck! THANKS.

  • Joni
    on Oct 30, 2019

    I absolutely love your arrangement and I am looking forward to trying to do it. While looking at the beautiful colours in the leaves I thought it would look really cute if there were a couple of hedgehogs nestled there on another occasion. Thank you so much for sharing this with us, Joni

    • Sea Trace Creations
      on Oct 30, 2019

      Oh that sounds so adorable, thanks for the positive feedback you certainly making posting worthwhile! Good luck with yours and always personalize it with what you love!

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