A late summer wreath is a wonderful way to begin transitioning your decor from summer to fall. I am so looking forward to fall, but the temperatures in Charleston remain summer like. With the days still sweltering, putting up a fall wreath just doesn’t seem right, but I was ready for a change. Making a transitional wreath was the way to go. This late summer wreath combines coastal elements with some fallish flowers.
I started with a grapevine wreath that I’ve used before. I removed all of the embellishments and started from scratch.
Instead of attaching the metallic R to the wreath, I tied it onto the hanger. This way, I can easily reuse it on other wreaths.
I purchased several long stemmed floral pieces from Joann’s recently. I love that there is always a sale going on in the floral department! Rather than cutting the stems off so that they would fit this wreath, I bent them around the back of the wreath. I often disassemble wreaths and use items for other projects, so this way, I’ll still have long stemmed pieces.
DIY Late Summer Wreath with Shells and Stems
I like the look of these pieces because they have a hint of fall to them. In keeping with my coastal decor, I wanted to include some coastal elements to the wreath, too. I started by adding a cluster of shells and adding some netting over them. The shells are glued in place and I used clear fishing line to secure the netting.
These driftwood pieces came in a package of vase filler. I glued a few of them to the wreath.
*Tip: Don’t Use Hot Glue for Outdoor Wreaths. I use E6000.
The final addition to the wreath was a starfish. I love the color. It goes well with the late summer look I think. I glued it to the wreath, but to make sure it was secure, I also tied a bit of fishing line around it.
I thought about adding some ribbon, but decided that it looks full enough without one. I wanted it to be a simple wreath that’s welcoming.
I’m happy with how it turned out and I’m enjoying having it hang on our front door. While I’m still hoping for cooler weather soon and I can’t wait to get started on fall decor, this Late Summer Wreath has just the right look until it’s time to bring out the pumpkins!
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Late Summer Wreath
Have you started your fall decorating yet?