After Halloween, and before Christmas, our front door always has a bit of an identity crisis. This year, I solved it with this cozy wreath: fall colors and a little chalkboard love all tied off with a scarf.
I formed the wreath, itself, from grape and wisteria vine (but a craft-store-bought grapevine wreath would do the trick nicely), looped together with a little raffia-covered wire to keep the shape. I scavenged a few small branches of sweetgum leaves from my neighbor’s yard, and since the leaves are still green here in SoCal, I hit these with a couple light sprays of paprika-colored spray paint to give them a hint of color, and to help preserve them. I hot-glued the leaves in place, along with several sprigs of craft-store berries.
The little frame started out white, but I gave it a basecoat of the same paprika spray paint I used on the leaves, then dry-brushed a mint-color craft paint over the top. I removed the glass from the front of the frame, then spray-painted the inside of the back of the frame with chalkboard spray paint. With a white paint pen, I wrote my ‘Hi’, then I ‘seasoned’ the chalkboard by dry-rubbing it with the tiniest bit of watered-down white paint (to mimic the look of a well-used chalkboard, but hold up to the elements).
The pièce de résistance, of course, is the casually-tied scarf. Cozy.