Apple Branch Wreath with Twig Shelf

Last fall I fell in L.O.V.E. with this branch and apple wreath from Karin at Your Cozy Home.  I knew it was something I wanted in my home for fall.  Yes, that’s a catch on words because Hometalk is hosting a Home for Fall Blog Hop which has inspired a whole bunch of diy bloggers, including myself to discover our own “home for fall”.

What stole my heart with the wreath from Your Cozy Home was the use of real apples nestled into the wreath as if it were a basket, a nook, or a “shelf” of produce plucked right from the fall harvest and placed gently into a home decor project.

Here is my rendering of real apples-on a branch wreath-on a twig shelf:  

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Instead of loosening a grapevine wreath, I made my wreath with a diy twig shelf.  The challenge being that I don’t want to have to glue or wire-attach the apples because that would ruin them for eating if one was so inclined?

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Supplies used to make a real apple branch wreath

Branch wreath /aka: Grapevine wreath (I found mine at the thrift store)

Twigs or mulch pieces at 4″ – 6″ pieces

(Can also use wood shims, Popsicle sticks, bamboo skewers)

Several longer twigs for back side of wreath

Hot glue (Or alternately use E6000)

Chalk

Apples

 

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To make the twig shelf or basket

  • Give twigs or mulch a vinegar wash and let dry (or bake them with this method)
  • Decide how you want to lay out your fruit and mark with a piece of chalk
  • Apply glue to 1/3rd of the stick and then insert into the wreath at a 45 degree angle downward.

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  • Start about 3 per apple to create a “fork effect” if you will.
  • Hang wreath and test to see if placement is good and if fruit seems secure

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  • I found that adding more twigs by wedging them together, once I was sure they were in the right place, made the shelf more sturdy.  So, most likely one would want to insert more twigs, mulch or sticks up against the first 3 pieces, but the general idea is to create a pocket, basket or shelf that will hold your fruit without falling.
  • Lastly, glue several longer twigs to the backside to create more of a pocket for the apples.

The longer the twigs, the better because it makes a bigger pocket.  Trim twigs afterwards if they still seem too long.  Once again, the 45 degree angle is the key to fight gravity.

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This look is rustic enough, with apples, grass and bits of hay. 

Makes me think of my sister’s horse barn.

Hot glue can be messy, so adding hay, raffia, or other types of fall garland to hide the glue is recommended.

Alternately, a stronger glue such as E6000 can be used.  This glue is much less messy, but has a longer drying time.

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I took this project a step further by writing the word “HARVEST” like I did for my fall sayings on apples with edible marker.

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In the end, I toned down the garland for a simpler look

Once the twig shelf is in place on the branch wreath, the wreath could be changed out for other holidays.

I’ve already got my thinking cap on for that one;)  

 
   

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In the meantime, please check out all the amazing fall inspiration  below, to help you discover your HOME FOR FALL.


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20 Responses to Apple Branch Wreath with Twig Shelf

  1. Jennifer @ Town and Country Living October 18, 2015 at 8:03 pm #

    This is so cute! I love it!!

    • Amy October 18, 2015 at 8:16 pm #

      Thanks so much Jennifer!

  2. susan October 18, 2015 at 8:06 pm #

    This is so lovely! I love that it’s real apples!

    • Amy October 18, 2015 at 8:19 pm #

      Thanks Susan. Apples = fall in my book, lol

  3. Lucy @ Patina Paradise October 18, 2015 at 10:09 pm #

    I just saw some realistic apples at the dollar store today and need to go back and get some to make a wreath like yours. I just love it! Thank you for the inspiration. ;o)

  4. Angie @ Knick of Time October 18, 2015 at 10:32 pm #

    Cute, cute cute – Pinned!

  5. Funky Junk Interiors October 18, 2015 at 11:04 pm #

    Amy, this is soooooo gorgeous! I LOVE the addition of real apples and grass. Perfection!

  6. Anne@DesignDreams October 19, 2015 at 7:52 am #

    so cute Amy! I love the apple wreath!!

  7. Lindsay Eidahl October 19, 2015 at 8:18 am #

    Perfect wreath for fall!

  8. chris aka monkey October 19, 2015 at 10:20 am #

    my dear apples are a big hit in this house also and i think this is the most original way i have ever seen them displayed love it xx

  9. Thea October 19, 2015 at 8:49 pm #

    What a delightful wreath! I have never seen the idea of creating supports within the wreath to hold the apples without glueing them. I will file that idea for perhaps a future project! I also loved reading your narrative. You have a lovely writing style!

  10. Sharleen October 19, 2015 at 11:18 pm #

    Love your wreath Amy. well done 🙂

  11. Feral Turtle October 20, 2015 at 8:55 am #

    What a great idea Amy!! This is just the cutest wreath ever and I do love your apple art!!

  12. Vanessa October 20, 2015 at 2:52 pm #

    What a great idea. I love this fall wreath reminds me of up north. Lovely

  13. Jill Flory October 21, 2015 at 8:31 pm #

    Awesome wreath for fall 🙂

  14. Doreen@househoneys October 25, 2015 at 6:03 pm #

    You did an amazing job on this Amy! The apples look like they’re truly in a nest, and I see you’re still writing on fruit ;).

    • Amy October 26, 2015 at 9:12 pm #

      I am loving my nest wreath, but yes it has been fun to bring fruit into the decor action;)  Thanks Doreen xo

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