Wednesday

Fresh Cut Flower Wreath, 29 Bloggers Fall Ideas Tour


Is it getting Fall-sie where you live?

Do you bring the outdoor colors inside?

At my place there are crisp nights, apples galore, and tons of Autumn decorating inspiration from the group of bloggers in this tour of ideas.

This is an annual tour for five days with 28 other bloggers, and I'm excited to be part of it.  There are links at the bottom so you can come along on the tour with me and see what each day of the week holds in store.

You might be stopping in as one of my readers, or you might be checking Bliss Ranch out from the links at the other participating blogs.  Which ever it is I'm happy you're here!

Fresh Flower Door Wreath Pallet Wood Dahlia Bliss-Ranch.com

At the ranch lately it's been all about dahlias as I am a proud first time flower gardener. 

Since I have a bounty of the blooms I wanted to find a way to incorporate fresh flowers into a door decoration so that every time someone walks through the door they can enjoy the beautiful flowers I have been cutting.

Fresh Flower Door Wreath Pallet Wood Dahlia Bliss-Ranch.com

I don't know if a wreath has to be round to be called a wreath, but I'm calling this a wreath anyway, even if it's square.

This wreath is made with fresh flowers.  As in- just a few steps away from the actual cutting off the stem- fresh.

Fresh Flower Door Wreath Pallet Wood Dahlia Bliss-Ranch.com

Not dried flowers, not artificial flowers, real live flowers, cut as needed (about once every 1-2 weeks) from my very own dahlia flower garden. There will be links below if you want to find out how this little garden came to be.

I usually change the mudroom door decor with the seasons, and since that's the door that gets used most of the time, it made sense to put the flowers where people could enjoy them going in and out regularly.

I rounded up some pallet scraps, literally the stuff that should have been in the burn pile.  I sanded them up and bit, and cut off some of the ends and these will become the background for the wreath.

Fresh Flower Door Wreath Pallet Wood Dahlia Bliss-Ranch.com

Looking at that picture it's hard to believe that splintered pile of pallet pieces is going to be turned into anything!

The pallet wood scraps were nailed onto the back of that really crappy piece of square  wood and it will provide a nice flat back that will lean flush against the door so it doesn't wobbly and splatter.  

Fresh Flower Door Wreath Pallet Wood Dahlia Bliss-Ranch.com

A cabinet in my kitchen holds a tin collection, some antique or vintage, some not, so I found one that I wouldn't mind putting a nail or two through.  

Fresh Flower Door Wreath Pallet Wood Dahlia Bliss-Ranch.com

I didn't use the lid, and the can itself was nailed right to the wood.  I did rub some Howards Restore-a-Finish over the wood to bring out the natural tones of each piece.

Inside the sugar tin is a galvanized can that was collecting dust in my cedar porch, and happened to be the perfect size to fit inside the sugar tin.  It will hold the water for the fresh flowers as well as keep the dahlia stems close together so they don't move around each time the door is closed.

Fresh Flower Door Wreath Pallet Wood Dahlia Bliss-Ranch.com

When I need to change the water and/or the flowers, all I have to do is lift that center can out and the rest of the wreath stays in place.

I stenciled the wood with words you would find on pallets from stencils you will find at Old Sign Stencils.  You can get your own pallet stencils as well as Autumn sayings at via my link and you can stencil up all your old wood too!

Fresh Flower Door Wreath Pallet Wood Dahlia Bliss-Ranch.com

You might notice different dahlias in some of the photos.  I took additional photos when I changed out some of the flowers that were getting old and dropping petals right before posting.

The first batch had more reds and oranges, the next wave of blooms that showed up in the garden had a lot of purples.

Fresh Flower Door Wreath Pallet Wood Dahlia Bliss-Ranch.com

If you come to my house and use the mudroom entry, which most everyone does unless they drive a big brown truck and are dropping a large box off, this fresh flower wreath will greet you, and you will exclaim  "are those real flowers?".

Why yes, yes they are.

Fresh Flower Door Wreath Pallet Wood Dahlia Bliss-Ranch.com

The dahlias will bloom till a hard frost, so I hope to have a fresh flower wreath on my door through most of October.

Fresh Flower Door Wreath Pallet Wood Dahlia Bliss-Ranch.com

And since it's getting Fall-ish now, I can tuck in some wild grasses that are changing color too.

The wreath is hung with a very sophisticated and fancy set up....

Fresh Flower Door Wreath Pallet Wood Dahlia Bliss-Ranch.com

Yup those are the pop tops from soda cans.  They work great in a pinch to hang picture frames too.  The tops are stapled right to the wood.

Fresh Flower Door Wreath Pallet Wood Dahlia Bliss-Ranch.com

When I hang light weight wreaths on this door I just use fishing line which works great because you can't see it. 

This wreath was a little heavier so I threaded a couple zip ties behind the window grid and through the pop can tops.  Tightened up it holds the whole thing from slapping around - not one drop of water spills out and no flowers go flying.

That is unless you tried at first to use the buckle from an old belt and fishing line.  Then the whole shebang would crash to the ground, dump water everywhere, bend your flower stems and knock your pallet wood off the backing so you would basically have to start all over.

Not that it happened to me of course.

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Fresh Flower Door Wreath Pallet Wood Dahlia Bliss-Ranch.com

I'm pretty happy with this door wreath, might just be a favorite that I have made.  It spreads the dahlia love around other than just in a vase inside the house, of which I currently have three of.  

There is a nice crop of blooming flowers to bring along wherever I go and deliver them to friends.  The first person I'd bring them too lives 2000 miles away, so she's just gonna have to enjoy this virtual wreath made with flowers from her husbands family farm. Thanks for hooking me up Jojo.

Below are all the links 
where you can click to your hearts desire 
for ideas to Fall-ify your own slice of the Autumn pie. 

Fresh Flower Door Wreath Pallet Wood Dahlia Bliss-Ranch.com

Monday - Mantels


Tuesday - Tablescapes
 Sand Dollar Lane / Aratari at Home / Nourish and Nestle
JenRon Designs / Salvaged Living / Our Southern Home


Wednesday - Wreaths

Petticoat Junktion / Lora Bloomquist / Exquisitely Unremarkable
Bliss Ranch / The Interior Frugalista / Chatfield Court


Thursday - Crafts & DIY

Domestically SpeakingDIY Beautify
HomeroadChristina Faye Repurposed
not pictured Weekend Craft


Friday - Porches


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23 comments :

  1. Gorgeous! You always come up with the most unique ideas. This is perfect for you beautiful dahlias. You could use it any time of year. And may I say great job growing such beauties! So nice you might want to store them over the winter for next season.

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  2. Your fresh flowers are fabulous this year! Wow...what a treat. Love the layering of the vintage containers against the wood, too. Bravo and Happy Fall!

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  3. Sure, you can't just throw a wreath up on the door, you have to outdo us all by making a freakin' awesome box to hold your flowers! Very cool looking and very YOU!

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  4. There's nothing quite like a bouquet of bold, fresh flowers and these are showstoppers! Wow, just gorgeous!

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  5. Wow! This is so colorful and pretty. And I love that you used things you already had and make it look so easy to do. I haven't ever had any dahlias but you've got me wanting to try to grow some. So happy to have you on tour with us!

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  6. How colorful and gorgeous! Your fresh flowers are absolutely beautiful. I love the rustic, farmhouse feel.

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  7. You flowers are drop-dead gorgeous, Bliss! I've never tried Dahlias before, cuz of the whole tuber thing, but think I definitely need to! Love the pretty flowers against the rustic pallet wood; perfect combo! So fun to be hopping with you!

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  8. LOVE everything about the rustic vintage charm of your wreath, Bliss! Great idea having a living wreath and I'm swooning over your dahlias. Wow, wish mine looked that good.

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  9. Wow! This is so pretty! I love the idea of using a pretty tin for your container and using pallet wood scraps for holding the tin. Your Dahlias are lovely and seeing them makes me want to grow them again.

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  10. Fresh flower wreaths, soda can tab hangers, zip ties -- you're just full of clever ideas. I'm in love with your dahlias and your wreath. I've always wanted to grow dahlias, and this might actually nudge me into planting some.

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  11. I love that you used found object to create this look it is fall perfection! Plus your use of fresh flowers is out of the world, and the Dahlias are ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!!

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  12. I LOVE that you can remove and replace the flowers as your garden changes! And those Dahlias!!! Stunning...I am a tad jealous.

    Thanks for the inspiration.

    So happy to join you on this fantastic blog tour!

    Hugs, Lynn

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  13. Those flowers are gorgeous!! Love them in the wreath!

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  14. I am sooo jealous of your gorgeous flowers!! Really, I love the whole wreath, square is great! You must be loving your garden! Great job.

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  15. Hey Girl! Had to pull out all the stops and go for real flowers didn't you?? Awesome! Those colorful dahlias are beautiful. I love your wreath.

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  16. So creative and I just love your beautiful dahlias! Nothing like fresh flowers hanging on your door to greet you!

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  17. Bliss it's beautiful just like everything else you make! I am glad your link is up and working I hope mine works now too!

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  18. Genius with the pop top hanging idea! I love all the vibrant fall flowers - turned out SO CUTE!!!

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  19. Wow Bliss, I can't believe you grew all these beautiful dahlias! I love how you paired them with the rustic wood!!

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  20. This is so pretty, Bliss...your dahlias are beautiful!

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  21. Oh my gosh, I can't decide which I love more the container and backing or that you use fresh flowers! Im going to find a way to put zinnias on my door right now!

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  22. I have serious flower envy! Excellent job growing those beauties, I will have to add them to me want list! This wreath is seriously up my alley, rustic and unique! I LOVE it and may have to copy this once my future dahlias grow!

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  23. This is so lovely! Your garden must be beautiful! This is such a creative way to display fresh flowers. :)

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