Fall is my favorite season – I love crunchy leaves, cozy blankets and warm spicy drinks. To celebrate my favorite time of year, I created a DIY rustic fall wreath that includes inspired vintage-style accents like rusted tin, burlap, crocheted lace and glitter velvet ribbon. Make a one-of-a-kind wreath to adorn your own home, and enjoy the process of altering each candle tin with your favorite shapes, textures, colors.
DIY Rustic Candle Tin Wreath Supplies:
- Darice 12″ Wire Wreath Form
- Burlap Ribbon or Burlap Strips
- 9 Darice Rusted Candle Tins
- 1 package 1.5″ Darice Rusty Folk Hearts (3 hearts)
- 1 package 2″ Darice Rusted Tin Mini Stars (3 stars)
- 1 package Darice Rustic Tin Maple Leaves (3 leaves needed)
- 2+ Colors of Contrasting Cardstock
- Tinsel Stems (I used red and gold)
- Assorted Ribbon (I used crocheted lace ribbon and glitter-flocked velvet ribbon)
- Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
- Scissors & Pencil
- 2″ Circle Punch (optional)
The fun of this DIY rustic wreath is in decorating the nine candle tins — you can get creative and alter the tins with any color paper or texture of ribbon you like.
Step 1. Trace around the bottom of the candle tin on the back of a piece of card stock. Cut circle out. Punch or trace a smaller circle from contrasting card stock (mine is 2″).
Step 2. Glue the smaller circle to the center of the larger circle.
Step 3. Add a rustic tin ornament to the center of the smaller circle.
Step 4. Glue circles into the candle tin.
NOTE: You can add additional DIY rustic embellishments at this stage, such as a lace ruffle underneath the smaller circle before you glue it to the larger circle. Experiment and have fun.
Step 5. Add additional embellishments once the circle is glued inside the tin. To add a ruffle around the edge of the circle, place a small line of hot glue along the crease, and quickly pleat a piece of crocheted lace along the line of glue. Continue around the circle in this way, working in small sections.
Step 6. Optionally, add a tinsel stem around the edge of the circle. First, bend the tinsel stem around the circle to shape it, then trim to fit. Glue the stem around the circle, working with short lines of hot glue like you did in the previous step.
NOTE: Get creative with embellishments in this stage as well. I used glitter ribbon around the edges of some tins, or left some edges plain. You can also use glue and glitter, or add beading details.
Once you have all nine of your tins decorated, it’s time to put the DIY rustic wreath together!
Step 7. Wrap the wire wreath form with burlap ribbon or strips of burlap. Hot glue every few wraps to keep the ribbon secure.
Step 9. Arrange the tins around the wreath to get a balanced, DIY rustic design. I tried to stagger my shapes, colors, and materials evenly around the wreath.
The process of altering the candle tins is a lot of fun, and you can really get creative with the process! You can customize the wreath to any season, theme, or color scheme, depending on the materials you choose to use. There are also shabby chic white candle tins, as well as star shaped tins you can use for this project.
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Heather Mann is the mother of four boys and designs and shares clever crafts with a frugal twist at her site Dollar Store Crafts. She’s also fascinated by the unsuccessful (yet humorous) side of crafting, and explores it at her site CraftFail, and in her new book, CraftFail: When Handmade Goes Horribly Wrong.