DIY Fall Apple Wreath

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DIY Fall Apple Wreath

We’re a big time apple family around here, especially in the Fall. Apple cider, a refrigerator drawer full of apples, apple scented candles, apple-themed clothes, you name it. But I have to admit I’ve rarely used apples as a part of my Fall decor. It’s always been pumpkins, gourds and more pumpkins. Well all that is about to change! This fall apple wreath is about $50 to make and the best part—you need just one hour to throw it all together. Turn on your favorite show, grab a mug of hot apple cider and let’s begin!

DIY Fall Apple Wreath

You’ll Need:

Step 1: Wrap Wreath Form in Burlap Ribbon

DIY Fall Apple Wreath

Quite a bit of the actual wreath form itself will show (especially on the back), so I wrapped the entire thing in burlap before I began attaching apples. I used my hot glue gun as I went, securing the ribbon tightly as I wrapped it around the form.

Step Two: Glue the Large Apples to the Wreath Form

DIY Fall Apple Wreath

This will be the most time intensive step of them all, as we’ve got nearly 50 apples to glue on! I used a large amount of hot glue on each apple, first glueing it to the form, then to its neighboring apples. The multiple glue points (at least 3 for each apple) is what makes the apple-d wreath extra sturdy, so be sure to complete this step! Below is an up-close view of those multiple glue points. Don’t worry about the glue showing at this point. We’re going to cover it all up in just a moment.

DIY Fall Apple Wreath

Half-way through this step, I stopped the apple glueing process and added the hanging ribbon. Because I wanted my hanging ribbon to live under the apples, instead of over, I had to do this step before going any further. Also, be sure to keep your hanging ribbon long. I’ll tell you why in Step Six!

DIY Fall Apple Wreath
Here’s how it will look when all 20-25 large apples are applied. Lots of coverage, but plenty of gaps to be filled in. Cue the small apples!

DIY Fall Apple Wreath

Step Three: Glue the Small Apples to the Wreath Form

DIY Fall Apple Wreath

The small apples do an excellent job of filling in all the gaps, plus the extra volume is what really makes the whole thing work. As I glued, I was sure to alternate the direction and angle of the apples (both large and small) to be sure nothing looked too uniform.

Step Four: Add Natural Moss

DIY Fall Apple Wreath
I chose natural moss to 1.) help cover all of the glue! and 2.) add some texture to the otherwise smooth and shiny apples. The moss is what really amps up the rustic/farmhouse look of the wreath, which is just perfect for Fall. The exact moss I used (also found at Hobby Lobby) is a tan/green color and is called “Natural Excelsior Moss.”

I continued to play with the moss to fill gaps and cover glue. A few more bits here and there did the trick.

Step Five: Add “Fall” Burlap Pennant Banner

DIY Fall Apple Wreath

This step is completely extra (the wreath looks good without it, too!), but of course I couldn’t help myself! I made this simple burlap banner using jute string and small burlap pennants. Using a Sharpie, I quickly wrote “Fall” in a curly font.

DIY Fall Apple Wreath

Step Six: Hang Your Wreath

I have a little trick for hanging wreaths. I like for the front of the door to look seamless with my wreath, meaning no hanging apparatus in sight. I finally figured out that an upside-down Command hook is the perfect solution.

DIY Fall Apple Wreath

DIY Fall Apple Wreath

Step Seven: Enjoy!

DIY Fall Apple Wreath

DIY Fall Apple Wreath

DIY Fall Apple Wreath

I hope you enjoy making this wreath as much as I did! Those quick projects are the best! Also, how many of you decorate with apples in the Fall? Or are you Team Pumpkin? Let me know in the comments below!

xo,

emily

 

This article originally appeared on Angie’s List.

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How To Amazon Prime Your Porch Decor This Fall

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First things first—this post is NOT AT ALL sponsored by Amazon.

Calling all Amazon Prime freaks! This post is for you. If you’re like me, you’ve pretty much limited your shopping choices to Amazon and Target these days, because who has time to mess with the less convenient options? This was a fun challenge—here is a fall porch decorated entirely with awesome finds on Amazon with Prime shipping.

Except the mum—you’re going to have to go to your local garden center for that one. 😉

 

Shop the items here:

Faux Green Foliage Wreath

“Thankful” Tin Sign

Crow Front Door Mat

Plaid Rug (If you want more rug to stick out underneath its top layer, go with the larger 47″ size)

Black 12″ Planter

Cast Metal Pumpkins (Free Shipping)

Outdoor Lanterns with LED Candles

 

Send me some pics if you Prime-out your porch and I’ll share on social media!

xo,

emily

 

 

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Otto’s 6-Month Update

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Otto 6-Month Update

We just got back from Otto’s 6-month appointment today, so I wanted to write everything down before I forgot! I am not ready for this baby to grow up. Our pediatrician said as we left, “Just think—the next time you’re here he’ll be crawling!” All the nopes on that one. I need him to stay little. I can’t really tell you why, but I have learned these 2.5 years of being a parent that time is fleeting. And this time when he is so little, the last baby, feels very special. I’m holding on as much as I can.

STATS

Weight – 17 lbs 14 oz

Height – 27.5″

Head – 18″

Teeth – 0

Diaper Size – 3

Sleeping Through The Night? – Yes (But still in his Rock ‘n Play—oops!)

Likes: Watching his brothers play, kicking in the water, eating purees, napping on mama, playing hide ‘n seek, bouncing up and down, touching Biggie’s fur, gnawing on his blanket and looking outside

Dislikes: Diaper changes, being put down for a nap, loud noises, getting strapped into his car seat, when mom ends nursing sessions

PERSONALITY

Otto 6-Month Update

Otto is a hoot! He’s got the best faces. And he gives us these “Y’all are crazy” stares all the time. I think he is going to be a little jokester—I swear he knows what makes us laugh. His big trick right now is blowing raspberries while eating, which sprays food everywhere, which gets all of us smiling and laughing. He gets a kick out of it.

Overall, he’s a very calm baby (thank goodness!). He’s really along for the ride, which is good, because it feels like we’re moving a mile a minute all of the time. He’s outspoken though—and will let you know when he needs more attention or if he’s ready to move on. He laugh-screeches for us in the morning to come get him and it’s the sweetest thing. I’ve mentioned this before, but the kid knows how to command the attention of the room. A select few have been lucky to hear his glass-shattering Mariah Carey-style scream. (It’s actually pretty impressive.)

His favorite thing to do right now is to stand on our knees, with his legs locked, and then let go and bounce up and down for as long as you’ll let him. He squeals and giggles the whole time, especially when he’s with his daddy.

LIFE WITH BROTHERS

Otto 6-Month Update

Both Nixon and Teller are beyond sweet with Otto. They talk about Otto all the time. When Otto starts to fuss, the boys act like it is a national emergency and yell, “Baby crying!” as they rush to his side. Soothing includes throwing a blanket over his head or shoving a paci in his mouth (don’t worry, there are interventions that take place).

Teller is often sitting next to me while I’m feeding Otto and I’ll look over to Teller holding Otto’s hand or patting his arm. It is beyond sweet. And I hope it stays this way when Otto gets mobile. I keep telling myself that the big boys are so used to a life of sharing that adding a third person to lay claim on toys won’t be as big of a deal (maybe?).

And Otto is incredibly curious about his brothers. His head is on a swivel, whipping back and forth, as he watches them zoom around the house. He drools over what they eat, he laughs when they laugh and he’s just generally ready to get in there and play. He will have to wait a few more months, but he’s almost there.

FOOD & NURSING

Otto 6-Month Update

We just started him on some purees this month and my gosh—he is a fan. He smacks his lip and opens his mouth wide for more. His favorite so far appears to be prunes and as you can imagine, stretches my laundry skills to new heights. 🙂 He also is loving pumpkin and mango. We got the OK to add in some variety today at our appointment, so we’re about to go full throttle into the world of “real food” and some of the handheld stuff. I wouldn’t consider myself a BLW (baby-led weaning) mom at all, but I’ll let him suck on a banana or another type of fruit if he reaches for it.

And from a nursing perspective, Otto is my first baby that has been 100% breast milk fed. I pumped for the boys and supplemented, so this “all in” thing has been a whole new adventure for me. Do I love it? Yes. Do I want it to be over? Yes! Ha! I don’t do a ton of nursing in public because Otto is a very, erhm, passionate eater and him nursing sort of looks like I’m wrestling a crocodile under my shirt, which isn’t a great look. I’m thankful for a pretty big freezer stash that saves me from some of those moments.

Also, not sure this is worth nothing but I’m not a “breast is best” snob AT ALL—I’m so laid back about the whole thing in general (just feed your baby whichever way works best for you—no biggie), but the whole nursing thing has been a personal challenge/goal of mine that I’m glad I’m still doing.

ADDING IN A THIRD BABY

Y’all. Going from two to three is no joke (and doing so in 2 years was also aggressive lol). Everything they say about adding a third is true. It took a long time for us to get into a routine, and we’re still working out the kinks. The biggest daily hurdle is being outnumbered, particularly when we are wanting to get out of the house and go to some kind of event as a family. The boys are still young enough that they need to be watched close/need assistance and Otto is well… a baby. Otto is actually the easiest part—it’s keeping the other two together and safe that gets tricky. Aaron is usually chasing the big kids (and they run in opposite directions), while Otto is strapped to me. I can chase, but I can only do so much with a baby on me. And when I have to stop to feed the baby? Oh boy… it’s a little nuts!

But even with all of those challenges, we try to get out of the house a lot. No matter how painful or inconvenient it might be. We need to exist and participate in the outside world in order to feel normal. We’ve truly had a great summer and we didn’t feel like shut-ins at all, which I’m thrilled about because I was sure it would be the exact opposite. That being said—those outings all come with a serious dose of “oh my gosh, this is hard” (ask us about our camping trip, or our weekend at the lake), but we’re always glad we did it.

I’ll be back at 12 month (in 2018! Eep!) with another Otto update, and my big boys are actually 2.5 as of today, so I’ve got another update to write. This blog is sort of acting as my baby book (I try to do updates every 6 months) and I am so thankful to have these posts to look back on!

Otto 6-Month Update

We love you so much Otto boy. If feels like just yesterday you were born a St. Paddy’s Day baby and now we’re so excited to show you what mom and dad’s favorite season is all about.

xo,

emily

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