Crafts have never been my thing, which may make you wonder why in the world I am doing a blog filled with DIY projects and things such as a DIY wreath. Ever since I was 9 and until college, I could not finish any craft type project I started.
When I was 9, my parents signed me up for a weekend retreat for my age group with our church. I was excited because all my friends were going, and my parents were not going. I felt like such an adult because this was my first trip without my parents. I absolutely love my parents, but adulthood has always excited me. I was thrilled with all the possibilities that awaited me and my future, and I loved being independent. That is still true today. I really love being an adult, forging my own way, and making choices for myself.
The trip started off great, and I was having a wonderful time. The first day we had some fun activities, until it came time for crafts after dinner. The rule at this camp was that you had to finish anything you started, and they took this rule to an extreme.
I was doing pretty well with the craft activities, and I decided to try out this one where you use a hammer to place nails in a pattern on a wood block. Then you use colorful string to wrap it around the nails, so it makes a pretty design. Well, I wanted to create my own pattern rather than the ones the camp provided, but, for some reason, this was not allowed. Then, I thought I was doing as Jesus did by letting everyone else use the hammers. I was born with a propensity to be incredibly sensitive to others’ needs, even to a fault. There were only 2 hammers for the 15 of us doing this craft at the same time. I would get the hammer, only place 2 nails in the block, then give the hammer to someone else. I felt good because I believed I was being very selfless, and earlier that day, there was a lesson on selflessness over selfishness. So, I believed I was doing what I was supposed to be doing.
Well, it came time for crafts to be over, and we needed to go to bed. I tried to hide that I only had about 5 nails in my block of wood, and it was not anywhere close to being completed. But, the leaders had hawk eyes and told me I needed to stay, until I finished that awful craft. I told them how I was letting everyone else use the hammers making sure everyone had a turn. I refused to finish this craft because I believed I was doing the right thing by being selfless, and I should not be punished or singled out for that. Well, they did not like what I had to say, and they had me sit in the craft room, until midnight. Finally, they decided it was not worth disciplining me any longer, and they told me I was the first person ever in that camp’s history to not finish something that was started. I’m pretty sure I rolled my eyes and said, “Yeah, right,” in my mind. While I was sweet, I was also quite sassy. I felt fed up, and this was only the first night! The rest of the weekend was awful. I was dying to go back home. One of the parents who went on the retreat decided it was their duty to discipline me for everything I did, whether it was good or bad. Once I got back home, I told my parents I would never go on a weekend retreat ever again, and they were pretty horrified when I told them what happened.
I was exposed to a very valuable life lesson during that retreat. Sometimes, it is ok not to follow the “rules.” Not everyone is going to see things the way I see it, everyone is entitled to their own opinions, and not everyone is going to like me. But, I do not have to allow someone else’s opinion change how I feel about myself as a person or who I know myself to be. I can still fight for what I believe in despite opposition and criticism. And, I learned many years later, it is also important to get my own needs met. I can’t help others in the ways I want to if I am running on fumes.
I think it’s relatively ok to say, I have gotten past my issues with finishing crafts. I loathed crafts for years, and they still are not something I want to do in my free time. But, there are some crafts I have always wanted to do, and I did not have the motivation. Making my own wreath for my front door was one of them!
Sometimes I think we pigeonhole ourselves with believing that we have to do something the exact same way as someone else. Part of my issue with doing crafts is feeling like I have to do exactly what someone else did. Then, my mindset started to change, and I embraced my creativity once again. I like to look and see what others have done for inspiration, but the only way I enjoy crafts is if I do something that reflects my taste, style, or personality. I think everyone should create things that reflect who they are and what they enjoy. For me, this is anything with leopard print. When I saw leopard ribbon at the craft store, I did not care if it matched my wreath or not. I knew I had to use it. So, the leopard bow was born.
I say all of that to encourage you to do things that you love, reflect who you are, and impart your unique style and taste on the world even if someone else doesn’t like it! Mine just so happens to be incorporating leopard print in my decor.
How to Make a Fall Wreath that Reflects Your Individuality
Grapevine Wreath (Mine was 18″)
Ribbon of Choice (find one that you feel reflects your style!)
Any other Fall Foliage that you enjoy!
- Take your grapevine wreath, and decide how you want to arrange all of your materials.
- Cut the stems off of any flowers you want on the wreath, and use a hot glue gun to place them.
- I bought two big, silk Chrysanthemums, and one small one. I think I could have placed more on this wreath, but I decided not to. I placed these in between the foxtail millet and berry spray on the right side of the wreath.
- Finally, make your bow, and place it on your wreath with a hot glue gun!
- To hang your wreath, take some ribbon or twine, tie it around the back side of your grapevine wreath, and wiggle it in between some of the branches. Make a bow, and secure it to a hook on your door!
I love my wreath, and I feel that the leopard bow reflects my personality. I think I will go back and add a few more flowers, but otherwise I feel like the house is more fall ready! I will probably make a wreath for every season. This project was incredibly easy, and I am excited to make more in the future!
My next post will be another recipe! We are showcasing our first panini on the blog. 😀
What would you put on your fall wreath?