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What makes you think of fall? Pumpkin Spice Lattes? Boots? Apple picking? For me, it’s Chrysanthemums. It just feels so much like fall when stores start putting Mums out for sale in huge pots. I love the orange, yellow, purple, pink, and rust colors of Mums because they just scream fall to me.
This year, I decided to make a crocheted wreath and use “Mums” for decoration since crochet happens to be my newest craft skill that I’ve taught myself. Now, I’m not a crochet expert, but I do have a few stitches under my belt. There are so many wonderful patterns available and many are free.
- Wreath form – I used this one from HobbyLobby
- Dark Chocolate Brown yarn – I’m not sure what I used as the wrapper was missing
- Caron Simply Soft in Gold Ombre yarn
- Dark Orchid Red Heart Super Saver yarn
- Spring Green Read Heart Super Saver yarn
- Sincerely Yellow Sincerely by Purl Essence yarn
- pompon maker – I used this one from Boye.
- crochet hook
- Orange Gross Gain Ribbon
This wreath really is about using what you have on hand and making it your own so there are no real instructions. To start, I crocheted a “wrap” for the wreath form that was 60 chains wide and as long as I needed for it to cover the wreath form. I single crocheted each row. I didn’t totally wrap this around the wreath form, as you can see in the photo below. I wanted to be able to easily remove this crocheted wrap, and use the wreath form for other wreaths and wraps.
To create the mums, I used a pompon maker and created 3 Dark Orchid and 3 Sincerely Yellow in a large and medium size. I created 3 Spring Green pompon in the smallest size I could and used them to simulate Mum buds. I created 13 pompons in the Gold Ombre yarn. You may have to create more or less depending on how full you want your mums to fill the space you choose on your wreath. I crocheted 7 leaves in the Spring Green using this simple crochet leaf pattern from Living the Craft Life. It literally takes 2 minutes per leaf. So easy!
To attach the mums and leaves to the wreath, I just used regular sewing pins. Again, I wanted to be able to remove everything and reuse the wreath form for different wreaths. I arranged everything first by just placing it on the wreath, and using a pin to anchor it onto the wreath form. Once I had everything to my liking, I pushed the pin in and fluffed the mums so you couldn’t see the pins. The leaves were pinned under the mums, and the pin head hidden using the yarn from the mums to cover.
To finish, I snipped all the long tails and added the orange ribbon.
And that’s it. Very easy, very simple, very classy. I may add some wooden letters or something at a later date, but frankly, I just wanted a little bit of bright fall color for my front door. What have you made lately that is inspired by fall? Leave me a comment to your blog post…I’d love to see what YOU are creating!
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