Where I live, Sumac is kind of a ditch weed. It's everywhere. So when looking for thrifty (ahem... free) materials to make an autumn wreath for my door, Sumac berries were a fabulous solution!
To make the wreath, start with some big, red, fresh cut Sumac seed heads. (FYI: Poison Sumac has white seeds, avoid that!)
We went for a short drive along some country roads and it didn't take long for me to fill a tote.
You'll also need a wire wreath form and some wire. I suggest working on this outdoors, the Sumac will shed some berries.
Start by wrapping one end of the wire around the wreath form to secure it.
Working with bunches of two or three seed heads at a time, wrap the wire firmly around the stems and the wreath form so that they are securely fastened together.
without cutting the wire, continue wrapping new bunches onto the wreath until you get back to where you started, being careful to cover as much stem and wreath form as possible. Don't worry about small gaps, they can be filled in later.
To fill in any little gaps, I used some pine cones I had because I was out of sumac. You could use anything to fill in gaps. (Wheat stalks would look great if you can find them!) Just wrap pieces of wire around an item and then push through the wreath and twist in back, like a twist-tie, to hold in place.
Try not to stress too much about perfection. It's a real wreath made with things found in nature, it will be a little imperfect in spots. I think that's part of it's beauty.
Except for the little drive in the country to collect supplies (which I hardly consider work!) the whole project took me about half an hour and cost me nothing. And now my front door makes me smile!
[This is day 3 in a 31 day series about celebrating autumn. Click here for more fall inspiration!]