I started by cutting down some of the ornamental grasses that we have outside. Some of them had fallen over during our last storm and didn't bounce back so they were just looking messy. I took the grass and made it into a wreath form.
At first I tried to just wrap the grass around itself but it wouldn't hold a bit. I ended up using twine to tie it off in places.
When I had the wreath base the way I wanted it, I cut and cut a whole bowl of semi-dry hydrangea blossoms. I've read that if you clip the blooms when they're past fresh, they will be more likely to dry nicely.
I brought in a whole bowl of flowers (and then some,.. check out the centrepiece at the end of this post) along with spiders, tiny crawlies, and something that looked like a miniature praying mantis. Ick!
I just got out the glue gun and started gluing the hydrangeas to the grass wreath form.
The ribbon was the only thing I had to purchase. It was in the sale bin at Michael's for $1, so this entire wreath cost me a buck.
I had enough hydrangea flowers leftover to make this centrepiece for the kitchen table. The basket was $1 from the thrift store - a huge steal.
Notice anybody sneaking into this shot?
This is where I'm partying: