Fall Burlap & Bronze Garland {A Prudent Life guest post}

Hi all! I’m Melissa from A Prudent Life and I’m so excited that Ariean is sharing her little corner of the internet with me today. I really admire the way she can pull colors and rooms together and make everything look so well designed but still welcoming. And I can’t post without mentioning that she is just as warm & genuine in real life as she is on OneKriegerChick. I was able to visit with her at the SNAP Conference and came home loving her even more!

Over at A Prudent Life, I’ve been busy finishing up a laundry room makeover, so I just started my fall decor projects. At an estate sale over the summer, I picked up a big fall grapevine wreath for $2.50. Total steal, right? The wreath wasn’t my style, but I knew I could pull all the decorations off and start over. What I didn’t realize at the time was that I could also use the decorations separately in other projects. I ended up making three projects out of that cheap wreath! I’m going to show you how I made a fun fall garland here, then I’d love you to swing by A Prudent Life to see the other fall projects.

Here’s the $2.50 wreath:

Estate Sale Wreath BEFORE

Once I pulled all the pieces off, I realized I could do something cool with all the leaves. There were WAY more than I expected, so I decided to make a garland out of them. But, I wasn’t a fan of the two-toned orange and green thing they had going on.

Fall leaves BEFORE bronzing

I’ll paint just about anything with acrylic craft paint, so I grabbed a brush and made a couple gold leaves. They didn’t look quite right. Or perhaps they were SO not right that I didn’t even take a photo. Which brings us to the reason I’m not afraid to paint anything – everything that can be painted can be repainted. Thank goodness for that!

I found some bronze paint in my stash and tried that next. Not only was it better, it was beautiful perfection. Now I want to bronze all my fall decorations.

From ugly leaves to bronze leaves

Once all the leaves were painted, the garland came together in minutes. I leave little command hooks on the fireplace mantle all year round for various garlands. I used them to swag some bakers twine as the base for the garland.

Easy fall burlap & bronze DIY garland

Once the twine was up, I started filling it in with leaves. I love blending glam metallics with more rustic pieces, so I paired the bronze leaves with some burlap leaves from Hobby Lobby.

I started with the bottom of each swag so they would be even.

Easy fall burlap & bronze DIY garland

The burlap leaves had wire stems that I simply folded over the twine. The stems of the bronze leaves were not in great shape after I pulled them from the wreath. Most were either missing or covered in hot glue. I ended up cutting off all the stems and using some miniature clothes pins to attach the leaves to the twine. I love that the clothes pins turned into little faux stems!

Within minutes, I had a full garland. Can you believe those beautiful bronze beauties were unattractive the day before?

Easy fall burlap & bronze DIY garland

Easy fall burlap & bronze DIY garland

I’m so thankful that I didn’t throw those wreath leaves in the trash. This may end up being my favorite fall decor item.

I’d love you all to stop by my blog and check out the other two projects that came from my bargain wreath. Say Hi & let me know which of the three projects is your favorite!

 Thanks so much to Melissa!  She is super talented you guys!  You have to go check out her blog.  Here are some of my personal favorites:

A Prudent Life

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