diy // felt rosette fall wreath.

diy // felt rosette fall wreath.

In the spirit of Fall, my patio is all kinds of pumpkin'd out. Which gots me thinking: A nice Fall wreath would tie it all together. But I didn't want just any normal wreath. Oh, no no no. Of course I had to do something different! So enter snazzy felt rosettes. I've always loved the idea of felt rosettes but never knew a classy way to use them without looking 'too cheesy crafty'. Although the idea of felt rosettes on grapevine wreaths are nothing new, so it's been challenging trying to figure out how to make it really unique from the pack. Here's what I came up with:

diy // felt rosette fall wreath.

Materials // Grapevine wreath. 10-12 felt sheets of various colors (I've used 4 shades of orange). 6-8 flower stems. Scissors. Permanent Marker. Glue gun. CD case and/or Paper towel holder.

How-to // 1. Using a permanent marker, trace circles onto the felt sheet using a CD case and/or Paper towel holder. I used both 'cause I like the idea of varying rosette sizes. Two (maaaybe 3) is the max number of circles that can fit onto a felt sheet. // 2. Cut out circles. Don't cut along the black permanent pen trace, instead cut inside the pen trace. That way, no black markings will be seen on your rosettes. // 3. Now with your newly acquired felt circle, cut a wonky imperfect spiral all the way to the middle. The wonkier, the better! It adds a bit of character to the rosette! // 4. Starting from the outside edge, roll up the spiral. Make sure the bottom of the rosette is flat as you roll along. // 5. When done rolling, glue gun the remaining piece of felt onto the rosette. // 6. Repeat steps 1 to 5 until you have the desired number of rosettes in need. // 7. Start playing around with a design in mind! Then commit by sticking the flower stems in and glue gunning the rosettes onto the wreath.

diy // felt rosette fall wreath.
diy // felt rosette fall wreath.
diy // felt rosette fall wreath.
diy // felt rosette fall wreath.
diy // felt rosette fall wreath.

In hindsight, I probably should've scaled back on the glittery flower stems. Kinda takes away from the felt rosettes and grapevine wreath itself, 'cause that wreath looks like it's on fiy-ah a la Hunger Games style. Perhaps, place the the flower stems behind the wreath? Or go minimalist next time and let the felt rosettes do all the talking. But overall, I am diggin' the different textures on this wreath. Now on the hunt for a mini stuffed fox to place inside of it!

diy // felt rosette fall wreath.
diy // felt rosette fall wreath.

besos ... jin.

diy // gold polka dot pumpkin.

DIY // gold polka dot pumpkin.

Been meaning to spruce up that pumpkin you've picked up weeks ago, but don't have time to deck it out and just now realizing Halloween is next week? Awesome. We're in the same boat. Into gold detailing like me? Double awesome. Grab some gold paint and a sponge. Ho-hum ordinary pumpkin, no more!

DIY // gold polka dot pumpkin.
DIY // gold polka dot pumpkin.

Materials // Gold acrylic paint. Sponge of any kind. Small container to hold paint. Pumpkin.

How to // 1. Sponge can be any shape, size, type. If you're like me and too cheap to buy an already affordable sponge, an old kitchen sponge will do. Just cut out a circle and you're good to go. // 2. Pour a small amount of gold paint into the container and dip sponge into paint. // 3. Stamp away! Make sure you press a little harder into the crevices of the pumpkin to get some paint in it's nooks and crannies.

DIY // gold polka dot pumpkin.
DIY // gold polka dot pumpkin.

Totally lovin' how my raggity old kitchen sponge makes the most imperfect gold polka dots ever. Kinda gives a fun, rustic vibe, no? Now to get fall festive on my patio and find a spot for all that imperfect gold-dotted pumpkiness!

besos ... jin.

pumpkin tree branches.

mini pumpkins on a branch.
mini pumpkins on a branch.
mini pumpkins on a branch.
mini pumpkins on a branch.
mini pumpkins on a branch.
mini pumpkins on a branch.
mini pumpkins on a branch.
mini pumpkins on a branch.
mini pumpkins on a branch.

I saw these pumpkin branch lovelies at Whole Foods and immediately picked up a 'bouquet' without hesitation. Anything with an unexpected twist - I'm on it! Actually, those aren't really mini pumpkins on a stick. They're really ornamental eggplants, or edible eggplants, if ya bravely curious enough to stir-fry away. Def gonna give that a go one day! But purely on the ornamental side, I'm in love with how these branches are utterly simple, yet adds a quiet whimsical-fall-foliage-in-the-forest statement piece in a classy way. Stick them in wine and Perrier bottles. Boom. Good to go. Festive autumn merriments, à la country chic meets city coffee shop, in just a couple of steps. Happy Friday!

besos ... jin.