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Woodsy Fall Log Wreath


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Here’s another project from last year, but last year it was a crafting FAIL!.  Let me explain.  My neighbor was trimming his tree and had these beautiful branches in the front yard ready for the trash pile.  So what does a crazy, DIY addict do?  Asks if I can have all the branches 🙂  I grabbed a bunch and put them in with my wood stash in the garage.  Then when fall hit, I had a brilliant idea to turn them into a wreath!

The perfect rustic wreath for fall. Bring all the beauty of the woods home. Tutorial on Houseful of Handmade.
So I figured out my measurements, cut out my logs, then dry fit them together.  I was so excited at this point.  It was going to look so good.  But then I couldn’t figure out how to connect all the pieces.  I obviously wanted to use wood glue, but the angles would not work with my clamps.  Then I couldn’t figure out how to pre-drill and secure with screws.  And last year I didn’t have a nail gun.

The perfect rustic wreath for fall. Bring all the beauty of the woods home. Tutorial on Houseful of Handmade.

So in a moment of brilliance (or so I thought), I used hot glue!  I could hold each side together long enough for the glue to dry without any clamping necessary.  I was so excited and hurried and glued it together.  Then I added a little moss to make it beautiful and hung it over my fireplace.  I was so proud that I had figured it out.

The perfect rustic wreath for fall. Bring all the beauty of the woods home. Tutorial on Houseful of Handmade.

Two days later… I was minding my own business working on the computer after everyone was in bed and CRASH!!!!  Scared me half-to-death.  I turned around to see my beautiful new wreath in pieces on the floor.  Apparently hot glue is not suppose to hold heavy things for extended periods of time.  At this time I put all the pieces in a bag and stashed it away.  Not totally ready to give up on my idea, but not willing to try again anytime soon.

The perfect rustic wreath for fall. Bring all the beauty of the woods home. Tutorial on Houseful of Handmade.

This year I decided to try and pull out the wreath because I am now the proud owner of a nail gun!  Thank you hubby, best Mother’s Day present ever.

I scraped off the dried hot glue with a razor blade and using wood glue and a large amount of 2″ nails per joint, I made sure that sucker was not going to fall apart again!  If you want to make your own log wreath, gather some wood branches about 2 to 2 1/2 inches diameter.  Then cut them into 6 inch pieces with a 22 1/2 degree angle on each side angled towards each other.  You need 8 of these to make a full circle.  Using wood glue and a nail gun, secure those together at each corner into a circle shape.

The perfect rustic wreath for fall. Bring all the beauty of the woods home. Tutorial on Houseful of Handmade.

Then add some moss around the joints.  You can see here that the logs are not all the exact same size and the angles were tricky because the wood is round so it can rotate slightly when cutting it on the miter saw.

The perfect rustic wreath for fall. Bring all the beauty of the woods home. Tutorial on Houseful of Handmade.

I just kept adding in moss until all the seams were hidden (except the very top one that I was going to hang it from) and I liked the way it looked.

The perfect rustic wreath for fall. Bring all the beauty of the woods home. Tutorial on Houseful of Handmade.

Once it was all pretty, I wrapped the top joint with a piece of burlap ribbon to cover it up.  I secured it with some more hot glue.

The perfect rustic wreath for fall. Bring all the beauty of the woods home. Tutorial on Houseful of Handmade.

Then I made a simple bow and glued it to the front.

The perfect rustic wreath for fall. Bring all the beauty of the woods home. Tutorial on Houseful of Handmade.

To hang it up, I stapled some grosgrain ribbon to the back and it was ready to go!  No chance of this one falling down 🙂

The perfect rustic wreath for fall. Bring all the beauty of the woods home. Tutorial on Houseful of Handmade.

I just love how it looks so woodsy!  Perfect for fall.

The perfect rustic wreath for fall. Bring all the beauty of the woods home. Tutorial on Houseful of Handmade.

And the moss looks like it was suppose to be there, just growing in the cracks all natural like 🙂

The perfect rustic wreath for fall. Bring all the beauty of the woods home. Tutorial on Houseful of Handmade.

I found this beautiful old window to hang over the mantle with the wreath.  I can’t wait to get it all put together.

The perfect rustic wreath for fall. Bring all the beauty of the woods home. Tutorial on Houseful of Handmade.

Now just a few more small details and my fall mantle will be all done.  Just in time for school to start and nights to cool down 🙂

The perfect rustic wreath for fall. Bring all the beauty of the woods home. Tutorial on Houseful of Handmade.

Happy fall to you!

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The perfect rustic wreath for fall. Bring all the beauty of the woods home. Tutorial on Houseful of Handmade.

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44 Comments

  1. Catherine

    September 12, 2016 at 5:57 am

    Hi Kati!
    Oh, my I LOVE this wreath!! So glad you kept going with the idea. We’ve all had those moments where the idea in our head just would not get to the “completed” phase the first or second try! The moss really adds a pretty touch. Lichen would also look pretty….hmmmmm… the possibilities!
    Happy Creating,
    Catherine (newest follower of your blogging adventures!) 🙂

    1. Kati

      September 12, 2016 at 9:55 am

      Thanks Catherine. I have never used Lichens but they would look so nice on this wreath too.

  2. Amanda @ The Kolb Corner

    September 11, 2016 at 9:49 am

    I remember this wreath from last year. I have had several projects that have met their demise shortly after making them lol. Glad the nail gun came to the rescue this year!

    Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday!

    1. Kati

      September 12, 2016 at 9:53 am

      Thanks so much Amanda! I hate when a project doesn’t last, but luckily this one was easily saved.

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  5. Barbara

    September 1, 2015 at 6:42 am

    I love your log wreath! I’ll be looking for some branches to cut into pieces to make one of these. What creativity – you are truly blessed, and we are in return for your sharing with us! Happy Fall!

    1. Kati Farrer

      September 1, 2015 at 10:27 am

      Thanks for your sweet words! I hope you can find some branches. I love that I could make it out of found items, free crafts are the best!

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  8. Cathy

    August 29, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    LOVE LOVE this!!! So cute & creative!! I am featuring this tom over at MMM! Yay!! 🙂
    Cathy

    1. Kati Farrer

      August 30, 2015 at 12:39 pm

      Thanks Cathy! I’m so happy you like it 🙂

  9. Christie

    August 27, 2015 at 6:21 am

    This wreath looks great! Thanks so much for sharing it at Totally Terrific Tuesday this week. I want to make one of these, now!

    1. Kati Farrer

      August 27, 2015 at 7:15 pm

      Thanks Christie. It’s a fun wreath to make, I hope you try it!

  10. Megin

    August 26, 2015 at 9:55 am

    What a great idea! I love the moss you’ve put on the seams, too.
    Thank you for sharing this week at Brag About It link party on VMG206 (Mondays at Midnight).
    ~ Megin of VMG206

    1. Kati Farrer

      August 26, 2015 at 11:34 pm

      Thanks Megin! Isn’t it funny how adding the moss to cover the seams made all the difference in the wreath!

  11. Laurie

    August 26, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Kati,
    This is awesome! Love the moss! Thank you for sharing your project with us at Brag About It!
    ~Laurie

    1. Kati Farrer

      August 26, 2015 at 11:33 pm

      Thanks Laurie. I love how the moss turned out, and I only added it to cover the less than awesome seams. Worked out though 🙂

  12. Whitney @ Come Home For Comfort

    August 25, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    I love it! It’s very fall-ish without being bright orange, which is a win in my book! 🙂 I have a window hanging in my dining room like that, and I love displaying wreaths there.

    Stopping by from the Creative Corner linkup! 🙂

    1. Kati Farrer

      August 25, 2015 at 4:40 pm

      Thanks Whitney! I agree, fall without too much orange it perfect 🙂

  13. Cat @ Pocketful of Posies

    August 24, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Kati

    Your wreath is so cute and unique! I love those kind of projects! We would love to have you stop by and share this at our Dream. Create. Inspire. Link! Party. It goes live tomorrow at 7pm CST.

    Thanks for an awesome project!

    Cat

    1. Kati Farrer

      August 24, 2015 at 9:29 pm

      Thank you Cat! I will definitely come check out your link party.

  14. Sherry

    August 24, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    This is an awesome idea! It’s so creative and fitting for the upcoming season. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Funtastic Friday:-)

    1. Kati Farrer

      August 24, 2015 at 9:26 pm

      Thanks Sherry. I just love it when an idea works out!

    2. Sherry

      August 27, 2015 at 4:52 pm

      P.S. Your wreath will be featured at this week’s party:-)

  15. Natasha in Oz

    August 23, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    I LOVE this wreath idea! You could add some great festive elements to it for the holidays too. Brilliant!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

    PS My weekly Sundays Down Under linky party is on now and this would be a wonderful addition-please pop by and say g’day if you have a moment!

    1. Kati Farrer

      August 24, 2015 at 9:16 pm

      Thanks so much Natasha! You could definitely use this with holiday decor, or even some cute butterflies for spring.

      1. Natasha in Oz

        August 27, 2015 at 2:12 am

        I just popped by to say thank you for sharing your projects at the Sundays Down Under linky party! Hope you can link up again this weekend.

        Best wishes,
        Natasha in Oz

        1. Kati Farrer

          August 27, 2015 at 7:15 pm

          Thanks Natasha! And thanks for hosting the party 🙂

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  17. lorraine williamson

    August 22, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    love how it turned out thanks for sharing pinning have a great day

  18. Gina

    August 21, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    I love this DIY! I’m not one too good with geometry, but I love how you mapped it out. And of course it looks absolutely gorgeous. Nicely done! 🙂

    1. Kati Farrer

      August 21, 2015 at 6:16 pm

      Thanks Gina! I had to do some serious math to figure it out, but eventually I got it to work 🙂 I’m glad it’s helpful.

  19. Tiffany

    August 20, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    Hi, Kati ~ I’m so glad you persevered and figured this project out! It’s gorgeous! I love the way the moss looks, and it’s such a unique shape! So cool! I really want to make one! Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Kati Farrer

      August 20, 2015 at 7:15 pm

      Thank you Tiffany! Some projects I can just see in my head and am determined to figure out, this was one of them. And I love how it turned out too! I hope you make one, I’d love to see pictures if you do 🙂

  20. Alexis @ Chemistry Cachet

    August 20, 2015 at 4:01 am

    This is the cutest idea! This would be adorable in the garden and I have hundreds of logs laying around 🙂 Love it!

    1. Kati Farrer

      August 20, 2015 at 7:13 pm

      I wish I had hundreds of logs, I have lots more fun ideas and inspiration to use them, but I had to bum them off my neighbor. It would definitely look awesome in a garden, I thought about adding some mushrooms to the moss too, but couldn’t find any I really liked.

  21. Laurie S

    August 19, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    Hi Kati… Found you via chemistry cachet’s IG account. This log wreath is wonderful! I would have heart attack if it crashed in my house… Glad you were able to secure it. Looking forward to reading your other posts… Thanks!

    1. Kati Farrer

      August 19, 2015 at 11:10 pm

      Hello Laurie! I’m so glad you came by to visit. Yeah, my heart was really racing when it fell behind me 🙂

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