Sunday, November 30, 2014

Bountiful November Wreath

This post has been visiting Mary at Back to the Basics!  As the month of November ticks down, it's time to bring it home.

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The SPOOKY Banner has been put away.  A Thankful Garland hangs in the kitchen.  I am hoping to create something that says "bountiful" and "November" to me!  Today's project involves small gourds and my Interchangeable Wreath.

One of my favorite hobbies is growing gourds and then decorating them!  I love how each one uniquely picks up color.  Their shapes, freckles and bumps are just beautiful!

Here are photos of a few I have done, but if you are curious, you are welcome to cruise my Crafts Page!

It is fun tossing small decorated gourds in baskets to adorn my coffee table.  There were several colors already in my craft room from previous holidays. 

Today's project began by giving each one a T-pin.  It's a pretty simple process.  Just squish out a glop of hot glue, then smoosh while twisting the T-pin into the glue.  Yep!  I talk all technical like that!  ;-)

If I want an arrangement to feel balanced, it begins by placing like items into thirds around the wreath form.  You can see how this creates pockets of color.  As the other small gourds get pinned, new islands of color form.  I was torn about whether or not to add a bow, but I really like the shapes and textures of the gourds just as they are!

Does it feel like a Bountiful November Wreath to you?  I'd love to hear your thoughts!

;-)  -Marci


  1. The wreaths are very cool, and I really love that bowl with the leaf on it! All very autumny. The wreath definitely feels like a Bountiful November Wreath! Unique and pretty.

  2. This looks wonderful. Thank you so much for showing your readers how to make it. :)

  3. I just love that wreath - so totally cool!
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  4. Very pretty I like the earthy colours.

  5. That wreath is beautiful and those gourds you did...LOVE THEM! I would like to try more crafty things...perhaps in the New Year.

  6. Very pretty. Is it hard to grow gourds? I love the wreathe. The gourda almost look apples. You could almost reuse them as Christmas ornaments. I think they would look pretty on a rustic pine tree with widespread limbs. :)

  7. Love the idea of an interchangeable wreath. Such a great idea for any crafter that is constantly making new things. Your gourds are so pretty and I had no idea they could be so vibrant in color. Thanks for sharing this idea on Merry Monday.

  8. Love those - never trued growing them, and never seen any like that for sale here in N Ireland!

  9. I like interchangeable! And it looks really great. Thanks for linking up to Snickerdoodle Sunday!

  10. I would never have thought to glue the spikes on like that. So smart!

  11. Really adorable Fall Wreath - I just love it!

  12. What a great idea, grow your own little bumpy lumpy gourds, love that. Used to be able to buy them at grocery store but not where we live so will look into growing our own.
    Your wreath is so gorgeous with all the shiny colored gourds, love that you kept to just gourds on wreath, perfectly lovely. Any advice about growing gourds?

    1. Thank you! Gourds are members of the same plant family as cucumbers and squash. They like lots of sun and a place to ramble. A sturdy trellis is a great way to give them plenty of space to grow! -Marci

  13. Oh my goodness, I love this idea!



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