Sunday, November 4, 2012

Hickory Nut Wreath

What a great time of year
for a nature walk.
I took a bag
because I had a plan.
I knew I wanted to make
a wreath
that had rhythm.

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Design Rhythm.
I wanted natural elements that
would have a repetitve pattern
with a lot of symmetry.

I really was looking for
smooth large acorns.
The squirrels wanted that kind too.
But they didn't like
the hickory nuts
like I did!
Perfect brown beauties
covered the ground
and I couldn't gather them
fast enough.

I knew I wanted the wreath
to have a mounded rounded form.
I cut the backing from cardboard
making a 10 1/2" circle
with a 4" center.
Really, next time I might cut the center hole larger.

Then I cut a circle of batting slightly larger.
I also cut strips of batting and clipped
to shape into a high center.

Now cutting strips of craft paper,
anchor with a glue gun
and keep wrapping around
for a smooth form.

Spray paint black or dark brown
so you have a nice blending background.

Then start gluing the nuts on.
I think next time I would start
at the very back edge and work my way to the center.

Lake Girl Glues

and glues...

But oh so worth it.

A coat of Clear Glossy Sealer
really brings out the brown, orange , red, and black.
It will make a great fall addition
and even Christmas too.
It reminded my friend of old antique jingle bells.
Love that!

Really, you could get a similar look
with acorns or walnuts.

I hope you're all enjoying the fall season.
So many outings and gatherings to look forward to,

Some fun link parties:

Sunday:        Debbie Doo's
                     Nifty Thrifty Things
                     Twigg Studios
Monday:        DIY Showoff
                     I Should be Mopping the Floor
                     Between Naps on the Porch
                     Keeping it Simple
                     Alderberry Hill

                            The Farmhouse Porch
Tuesday:      Cozy Little House

Wednesday:   Lady Behind the Curtain
                       Southern Lovely

Thursday:       Stone Gable
                       Brambleberry Cottage
                       Beyond the Picket Fence
                       Embracing Change
                       From my Front Porch to Yours
                       The Shabby Creek Cottage
                       House of Hepworths

Friday:           Common Ground
                      At the Picket Fence
                      The Shabby Nest
                      The French Country Cottage
                      Stuff and Nonsense
                      One Artsy Mama

Saturday:       Funky Junk Interiors
                      Tatertots & Jello
                      It's Overflowing
                      Cheerios and Lattes

Thanksgiving Lnk Party:    Freckled Laundry

TDC Before and After

Home Stories A2Z

Boogieboard Cottage

Creations by Kara
The 36th AVENUE
A Delightsome Life


Unknown said...

Now that is beautiful!! I luv the 'opening' at the bottom of the nuts. Hmm.. there are pecans from a tree at the office that might work for this. Nice!
Than ks for sharing your nature walk inspired wreath.
Cheers, Gee

Deb Hrabik said...

So glad you liked it Gee! Get plenty of glue sticks. :)

Unknown said...

Nice, it looks eye-catching!

Jen said...

I love that you used nuts!
Looks great!

Number Fifty-Three said...

Wow! That wreath is gorgeous! Thank you for the tutorial and inspiration!


Samm Spangler said...

I have close to 15.3 million acorns in the front of my yard right now... I am DEFINITELY trying this!! This you so much for the tutorial!! Pinning away!

-Samm @

Deb Hrabik said...

Hey Samm, sounds like you can have the whole neighborhood for a craft party!

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

It's beautiful! Thanks for sharing at Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)

The Alchemist said...

I love it! I'm going to pin it, it's so gorgeous!

Melissa @ The Alchemist

Jenny said...

This is so cute! I love the impact and texture it brings! Well done! said...

This is so cute-and I love the lime green ribbon.

Unknown said...

I love this, Deb! Great idea. :)

Sunflowers With Smiles said...

Looks beautiful!

reFresh reStyle said...

I love it and that ribbon is such a pretty color!

Kaysi @ Keeping it Simple said...

I LOVE this!!! It looks so great and that green just gives it a pop of color!

Rhonda's Favorites and Flops said...

Thanks for the tutorial, I have to try to make a smaller version. Baby steps for me, I am not that great at crafting. I will use acorns because I have 3 oak trees.
I just love it!

Kammy's Korner said...

Amen about gettin' plenty of glue sticks! I made a similar one using acorns about a month ago, time consuming but so worth it! Here's mine if you're interested:

Happy Wednesday!

shelley said...

Love the simple stunning beauty! wish I had some hickory nuts!! :)

Dani - Diane - ATA Girls said...

Beautiful - I'm heading to the woods to see what I can find! Joining from Look What I Made -

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Your wreath is fabulous! It really does look like weathered jingle bells.

Moe Talks A Lot said...

Oh my goodness gracious - this is LOVELY! Found you via show and share wednesdays and this is by far the gem of this weeks sharing time!

Newest follower, looking forward to gawking at your creations and wondering how a real person is capable!

I'd love a follow back if you like


Desiree @ The 36th AVENUE said...

One of the best wreaths I have seen around. You are getting a sticker from me ;)

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

This is beautiful! I wish I had hickory nuts to gather! I am a floral designer and am wondering why you didn't just use a wreath form for your base? It turned out beautifully. Thanks for the tutorial. XO, Pinky

Deb Hrabik said...

That made me smile because it was a spur of the moment project and I didn't have a I really wanted the mounded high center. Thanks for visiting,

Cottage and Broome said...

Love the wreath, I also like your give thanks tags. Nice for the holidays, Laura

Athena at Minerva's Garden said...

This wreath is so striking, Deb, and I love the chartreuse ribbon that you used to hang it--lovely!

Jeanette said...

What a beautiful wreath! The color of the ribbon is striking against the beautiful dark colors of the nuts.

Bethany@ said...

I love the colour and texture of this wreath! I especially LOVE how you used what others would see as garbage to make the base for your wreath! Very inventive!


I had to PIN this gorgeous project! grab I featured button. Lovely!

Debbiedoos said...

Your wreath turned out so stinkin cute. I adore it. Thanks for sharing at the party.

J9sHappiness said...

oooh I love this wreath - what a fantastic idea - thanks for sharing!! i'm your latest follower! J9

Ann-Marie ~ Brambly said...

Okay, that is awesome! I am so drawn to it and want to create something similar.

Unknown said...

Love this! Wanted you to know I featured it on my Saturday favorites- have a great weekend- Claire

Debbie @ MeandMyDIY said...

Wow, great job! That's just beautiful and so elegant. I'm sure it took some time, but the results are worth it. I'm off to Pin!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

This is just gorgeous!!! So pretty, I'll be featuring it next week.
Kristin said...

Newest follower here! I found you through the Saturday blog hop :) That is Wreath is incredible!

P.S. I’m doing a $50 Shabby Apple giveaway on my blog. You should check it out here:

Unknown said...

Looks awesome. I am featuring this at

Gaby said...

Hi Deb! Lovely job!
One question: you put something to nuts ( gloss, paint) so they do not rot o something like that.

Deb Hrabik said...

Yes, first I rinsed with water and then let dry. Then after I put the wreath together I sprayed it with Krylon Clear Gloss Sealer.
Thanks for stopping!

Our Pinteresting Family said...

Such a beautiful wreath. :)

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Oh my goodness, that is a beautiful wreath!

Mackenzie said...

This is beautiful! I love it! Thanks for the great tutorial it would be so easy to use this pattern for so many different wreaths! Thanks for sharing this on Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes this week! We love having you join us! Have a great week!
Mackenzie :)

Kara said...

So pretty! And I love how you made your own wreath form. Great idea!

Stephanie said...

This is so gorgeous! I'm your newest Follower!

Kathy said...

Wow, very creatively done! Love the natural look of the hickory nuts! Beautifully done! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

Desiree @ The 36th AVENUE said...

I am featuring your wreath tomorrow. It is so pretty!

Roeshel said...

Beautiful, Deb! Love it!

Unknown said...

Thanks so much for linking to Make The Scene Monday at Alderberry Hill, you are being featured later today!

Heather said...

Love your blog! Thanks for linking your beautiful wreath to the party - I am featuring it today on my blog!

Tonya said...

Now that is pretty amazing! I have hickory nut trees everywhere in my yard and considered them a problem....until now!!! I loved this post and pinned it....thank you!

Nancy said...

Thanks! I crush these nuts every day walking my dog. Tomorrow I'm taking a bag!

Deb Hrabik said...

Great Nancy!
You won't even have to hunt them down. I think it makes a beautiful wreath!