color dyed wheat wreath


This fall we are warming up our mantel with a bright, festive wreath made with color dyed wheat. It’s a little bit fraggle rock, a little bit country, loads of fun, and a festive way to welcome guests into our home. The process of bright color dying allows this wheat to work great for welcoming in trick-or-treaters and Thanksgiving feasters alike. One fun project that will brighten up any space all season long.

Color dyed wheat wreath

Color dyed wheat wreath

In straight form, the color dyed wheat makes for a sweet way to finish off favor packages and doggy bags, leaving guests with my favorite bright look of fall.

Color dyed wheat wreath

To make the wreath you’ll need: wheat, a wreath form, pushpins, small clear rubber bands, and paint for dying the wheat.

We tried a couple different dying techniques before finding the right way to get this festive, vibrant color. Fabric dye has a hard time holding to the wheat, and paint dying got a little too clumpy to use. The best way to color dye the wheat is by spraying the color directly onto it. Set the wheat out on an painting canvas and using bright colors (like these) spray directly onto the wheat. Wait for the wheat to fully dry and turn to coat the other side.

You will also want to paint your wreath frame to match the color of the wheat for the most graphic display.  

Posted October 15, 2014 6 Comments
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crepe paper wreaths

Crepe paper wreaths

I am so excited to welcome in a new fall season with you today! Fall is one of my favorite times of year. Everything from the schedules, to the pumpkins, I just about die of inspiration every fall. One thing I don’t love is the loads of neutrals this season can often get drenched in. That’s why I’m excited to continue our annual tradition of keeping fall bright and festive this year.

Starting with these colorful crepe paper twist wreaths.

Crepe paper is a cinch to work with, and these wreaths will bring just the right amount of bright pizzazz to your decorating this fall. Make one for the door. Make a bunch to gussy up a mantel. Coordinate the colors for a quick party wall. You can even make a stash to hand out for cheering on the team this weekend.

Hooray for fall!

Crepe paper wreaths

Crepe paper wreaths

Crepe paper wreaths

Crepe paper wreaths

To make the crepe paper wreaths you’ll need; crepe paper, scissor and a length of jewelry wire. We used 24 gauge wire, but any thickness that will hold your wreath form will work. A good rule of thumb – the bigger the wreath, the thicker the wire.

How to make a crepe paper wreath

Cut the crepe paper into ovals. Make the ovals about 3 inches for the small wreaths, 5 inches for the large ones.

Fold the ovals in half and gently twist around the wire. Continue cutting, folding and twisting until the wreath is fully formed.

Crepe paper wreaths

A festive way to adorn the walls and welcome in a new season of crafty, revelrious bliss!

PS. More bright fall ideas right here.

Posted September 02, 2014 1 Comment
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bright accordion paper wreath

Bright Accordion Paper Wreath

Bright Accordion Paper Wreath

I am always looking for simple ways to brighten up the house, especially during summer. A burst of color on the door, a gorgeously hued corner – bright festive touches make me so glad to be home. And the festive deatils around the house make it easy to throw together a party in 10 minutes flat!

Bright Accordion Paper Wreath

This accordion paper fold wreath is fabulous for hanging up to brighten the house today, and will be a great party backdrop tomorrow. Accordion folds are some of the simplest folds imaginable, and the bright colors of this wreath make it a new favorite of mine.

Read on here for the full instructions. And while you’re at it, fold a couple more pieces of paper, because – miniature accordion wreaths also make great party hats! Isn’t paper magical?

(Photography by Jocelyn Noel for A Subtle Revelry.)

Posted July 10, 2014 1 Comment
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pineapple honeycomb wreath

honeycomb pineapple wreath

I am so happy to welcome March this week, with its bright burst of spring it is ALWAYS a sight for sore eyes. I am dreaming of all things warm, and there’s no reason not to revel in the new season quickly approaching; even though our weather might be still catching up.

Brighten up the door, the wall, even the day by harnessing your best warm weather vibes and making this fun pineapple honeycomb wreath. It’s an amazing antidote for those lingering spring dreams.

honeycomb pineapple wreath

pineapple honeycomb wreath

pineapple honeycomb wreath

DIY: pineapple honeycomb wreath

To make the honeycomb pineapple wreath you’ll need a bunch of pineapple honeycombs (affordable ones right here) and a foam wreath frame. The idea could be created with any honeycomb you might want – limes, apples, or a fruit cocktail wreath would be fun!

To create the wreath simply open the honeycombs and use hot glue to attach each one to the wreath form. Connecting the bottoms first and moving around the wreath. Hang with a  length of fishing wire indoors or outside to welcome in the first sunny day of the season.

Photos done in collaboration with Jocelyn Noel Photography for A Subtle Revelry. Find more bright wreaths right here.

Posted March 03, 2014 1 Comment
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plastic spoon olympic wreaths

Plastic Spoon Laurel Wreaths

Along with the rest of the world, we are thrilled to be watching the Olympics this week. With games starting today and the opening ceremony tomorrow the kids have been dying to have a little Olympic revelry of our own.

Inspired by this pretty white wreath, we decided to try our hand at crafting with plastic spoons and made these vibrant and fun laurel wreaths. A great activity the whole family can get involved with while watching your favorite sports (ours is so obviously the bobsled). Go team USA!

Plastic Spoon Laurel Wreaths

Plastic Spoon Laurel Wreaths

The process to make the wreaths is crazy simple. Purchase a bag of plastic party spoons, these wreaths took about 24 spoons each. Glue the back of one spoon bowl to the handle underneath. It helps the form to also glue the end of the under handle up, that’s what give the wreath such a pretty curve.  

Posted February 06, 2014 6 Comments
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{because bright is best}

cupcake wrapper wreath

DIY cupcake wrapper wreath | A Subtle Revelry

We finally took down our Christmas wreaths last week. I couldn’t bear to see them go a moment earlier! In their place, I wanted to inject a bit of brightness to offset the wintery weather outside. A collection of bright cupcake wrappers seemed to do the trick. In just about 20 minutes, this pretty wreath was happily adorning my wall.

Although not able to withstand the blizzard we are having today, it is a great accent to brighten up my walls or doors inside. The colorful display will make an adorable back drop for the baby showers and birthday’s we have coming up. Who knew there was such fun decor hiding out in the baking aisle!?!

DIY cupcake wrapper wreath | A Subtle Revelry

DIY cupcake wrapper wreath | A Subtle Revelry

To make the wreath you’ll need a wreath form that measures under 2 inches wide, and a stash of bright colored cupcake wrappers, plus a couple pieces of tape.  

Posted January 30, 2014 5 Comments
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christmas salsa wreaths

christmas salsa

One of the joys of the holiday season is gathering with our friends and family. It also means that I am often looking for something quick to bring over, or to put out, while we wait for the feasting to begin. In the summer, my favorite appetizer to bring and enjoy is a wonderful homemade salsa from our garden. I’ve been awesomely surprised to figure out it makes a great stand-in for the Christmas season as well.

Adding in an extra dose of bright red diced tomatoes, and using an entire bunch of cilantro, makes the salsa taste amazing and look extra festive for the holiday season. I’m calling it Christmas salsa, if you will.

Christmas Salsa Wreath

I like the appetizer best when served in little wreath bunt dishes, or patterned in a huge wreath on a large plate with a cilantro and tortilla chip bow (guests always love this idea!). The Christmas salsa is festively fun addition to whatever gathering we’re having.


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{because every door needs a bright punch}

bright fabric ball wreath

Changing out the wreath is a yearly fall tradition. This year in keeping with my bright and festive theme for fall I decided on a more colorful display than usual. Since our front door is dark, the bright balls of fabric work well to lighten the entrance and the wreath is colorful enough to hang for any season.

When the door eventually needs a new look again, the bright fabric ball wreath will fit just perfectly inside my sweet girl’s room. Casting a shadow of bright festive fun, that will grow up with her.   

Posted September 24, 2013 Comments Off
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