When I was growing up, wreaths were only a big deal around the holidays. When Christmas would roll around, all of our doors had a wreath hanging, and so did a few of our walls. I remember my sweet mama would take down pictures so that she could hang a wreath in its place, and all of our wreaths were made by my grandmothers.
They each had their own style. DeDe, my mom’s mom, would use fake greenery and plastic apples and walnuts, while my Gram, my dad’s mom, would sew her wreaths, making them look like circular pillows with sewn together calico swatches.
Just the same, each wreath was cherished, yet only hung during the holidays. Although my mom didn’t consider herself a crafty person, she always encouraged me to explore my creativity, and create a little out of the ordinary projects.
Like, say, a nut wreath.
I must say, I do follow in my mom’s footsteps with wreaths, but I do extend my wreath hanging season, and I start hanging my them the minute autumn comes into play. I love to create them, whether I use greenery, or pinecones, or faux stems, or even in this case, nuts.
Let’s Go Nuts And Make A Wreath!
I’ve lost count at the number of nut wreaths I have made over the years. I’ve had them hanging on our own front door, and have given numerous away to friends and family. I’m not sure what my fascination is with making a wreath out of nuts. Perhaps because I may be a little nuts.
We could go there.
But really, to me, nuts resemble fall. This is the time when they are mature. Nuts start to fall from the trees in the late summer, early fall months. If preserved correctly, they last a really really long time, and yeah, I’m going to say it – they make for a really gorgeous wreath!
Here Is How To Make A Nut Wreath
The materials you’ll need are:
- A variety of whole nuts, in their shells. I used pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, Brazilian nuts, almonds, acorns and black walnuts. One pound of each variety is needed.
- Hot glue gun and several hot glue sticks. (you’ll need a lot for this project, so be prepared)
- A 9-inch straw wreath form
- Clear gloss spray paint
- 36 inches of desired ribbon to hang the wreath
To start, choose nuts that are still in their shells. It won’t work otherwise. I bought all of my nuts, from this online store, and I recommend you do the same. Best selections and prices, and all that jazz.
Total side note: I was able to collect the black walnuts and acorns from a couple trees in our front yard. After a fierce stare down with a freeloading squirrel, I won and was able to gather up a pound of each and then some. The squirrel didn’t stand a chance.
Gluing The Nuts To The Wreath Form
Have all of your materials, nuts, glue sticks, wreath form, all organized, and hot glue gun preheated. Start glueing the nuts to the straw wreath form, one by one, making sure you load up the side of the nut you want to adhere to the form with a good amount of hot glue. Hold the nut in place for a few seconds to secure.
Hot glue the nuts close together, making sure you vary the pattern, layering the nuts and ensuring the wreath form is not visible. Not to worry about glueing any nuts to the back of the form, as that will keep the wreath from hanging flat on the door or wall. Keep glueing all the way around the form up until there’s two to three inches left of open area. At this time, wrap desired ribbon around the form so you can hang the wreath. Hot glue the ribbon into place, then continue to glue nuts until the entire wreath is covered.
Once the hot glue has dried, and the nuts are totally secure, take the wreath outside and spray with the clear gloss spray paint. Let dry completely outside.
Storage Tips For The Nut Wreath
Want this wreath to last a long time? Well then, follow these tips for preserving and storing.
To store the nut wreath when not in use, wrap the entire wreath completely in two layers of heavy duty aluminum foil. Then, place the foil wrapped wreath in a plastic bin along with a few shavings of Irish Spring soap, and close securely. This will prevent any unwanted varmint to help themselves to your fall craft project. It would be tragic to pull the wreath out of storage to hang, only to find nut crumbs and a shredded form. Follow my tip because it’s tried and true.
Is it un-PC to say embrace your nuts? Yeah, probably. But definitely don’t discard them when making an amazing fall wreath. Make one because really, we could all go for a little nuts.
You might think it, but I’m saying it.