Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Quick, Easy & Simple DIY Fall Grapevine Swag - Fall Welcome Sign


I just completed the Fall Welcome Sign to give to the HR director at my job. The pattern review for it was a bit long so I decided to post the Fall Grapevine Swag in a separate post. The pattern I purchased, does not come with instructions were creating a fall swag.

Supplies I Used - any floral pieces will work!

   - 18" Grapevine Swag (JoAnns)

   - Small floral picks (JoAnns) - many of these are seasonal so if you see something you like, GET IT! It probably won't be there for long. These range in price from $0.99 to $3.99 and are usually found in small bins in the floral department. I got all of mine on sale - 40% off! The pieces I purchased aren't available online and don't have names on the tags - just stock numbers.

   - 16" of Burlap Ribbon (JoAnns) - ANY decorative ribbon should work for this, just as long as it will hold the weight of the piece you're making.

   - Optional: Hot Glue and Glue Sticks

   - Optional: Wire Cutters - Found in the floral or jewelry departments. You will need these if you want to trim down the stems of your floral pieces. Do NOT use your scissors - it WILL mess them up!

   - Optional: Floral Wire 

Time Spent:
   This grapevine swag is so simple and quick! It will take you less than 10 minutes and will look great in any combination! Honestly, it will probably take you longer to decide exactly which pieces you want to put in it, than it will take you to actually put the pieces together.

Measurements:
   The swag is 18" long, and 3" or so tall.

Assembly Notes:
   I did not use the hot glue or floral wire to hold any of my pieces in. I found that the wrapping in the center of the swag was sufficient enough to hold in the floral stems. 

Assembly:

First, I laid out my supplies to make sure that how I wanted
them to lay on the swag.
I started by inserting both of my berries pieces.
See picture below for a close up on where to insert them.

Just slide the stems of your pieces into this bundle of
grapevine-ness. There is so much going on in there that they
will stay on their own. If you want added security, you can
cut a few pieces of floral wire and wrap your floral pieces to
pieces of the grapevine swag and/or to each other.
You can also apply hot glue to them as an alternative.
After the berries, I added in the big beautiful flower. It also has
some cotton tail like stems to the left of it.
You may be able to see the stem sticking out on the right
hand side. It was a little too long for me.

To trim your floral stems, USE WIRE CUTTERS to cut to your
liking. IF YOU USE REGULAR SCISSORS (like I did), YOU WILL
RUIN THEM! There is a metal wire in the stem of the floral piece.
Wire cutters are much better suited to handle this cutting job.
To balance out my swag, I added this solo piece to the right
side but sliding the stem through the center of the swag just as
I did the other pieces. 
The swag is finished! Minus the center part.
Notice there is a ring around the center and some space to the
left and right of it from where your floral pieces to cover up.
Have no fear! This is where your ribbon comes in handy!
I was in a rush when it came time to add the ribbon piece. I
did not get any shots of me making it but basically I cut 16"
worth of the burlap ribbon, then I folded it in half and placed the
half way crease on the bottom of the ring on the swag with the
ties facing up. I wrapped the ribbon around the center twice to
give it extra support (since the ring made it a little off balance).
Then I tied it ONCE on the top, left a little hanging space, and
then made a small bow. Trim and you're good to go!
I also tucked in the excess ribbon on the side so it wouldn't
be as wide.
If you're floral pieces are buried by your ribbon, just pull them out
a little. 

I LOVE how my finished Welcome Fall Sign turned
out and the HR directors LOVES it too! She put it
on her door at work IMMEDIATELY.
If you missed my Pattern Review on this Welcome Sign,
check it out HERE.

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