Sometimes it helps to learn from the mistakes of others…Here is a “mini public service message” aka my fall wreath tip…
When you are buying decorative items for your home, pay attention to the words, “For Indoor Use Only.”…
Let’s take a look at this lovely dried wreath I hung on my front door…
When I spotted this wreath at the store, I just knew it would look perfect hanging above a bunch of mums and pumpkins on my porch.
How could I go wrong with dried leaves, vibrant colors and a burlap bow for fall?
Just as I had imagined, when I brought the wreath home a couple weeks ago, it looked fabulous against my black door. It was decorative but subtle and classic looking.
Since my porch is covered I wasn’t worried about the wreath getting rained on.
Unfortunately, I learned that when the tag says “For Indoor Use Only”, they aren’t kidding.
This morning, I discovered that my pretty autumn wreath was dripping all kinds of weird oils and sticky liquids.
Apparently, the humidity…or the sunlight…or something was causing this problem. I have no idea if the wreath was specially treated or if the natural oils of the leaves were just weeping due to the outdoor temperatures…
Whatever the cause, the sticky liquid drizzled down the door and started puddling up on the doorstep. Not exactly a welcoming sight.
Needless to say, I quickly tore the wreath off the door to prevent any more dripping.
You can see the droplets splattered around next to the thing. What a mess. (I would have cropped out my toes but showing my bare feet exhibits how fast I acted on this situation. I didn’t even take the time to put on my shoes because I just wanted the thing down!) Plus, I just got a pedicure last week and wanted to show off my toes…
Immediately, I tossed the wreath in the garbage and scrubbed down the porch and door before my darling dog, Rosie had a chance to investigate. I didn’t want her to get sick from licking up the liquid. Who knows what it was!
So just remember, if a tag says, “For Indoor Use Only”, there is probably a good reason for it!
Besides that disaster, I’m really not having the best luck with wreaths this fall season. I actually bought another wreath before this one. The first one I bought was so adorable, or so I thought. How can you go wrong with mini white pumpkins with raffia? Well, let me tell you, I didn’t even have time to take a picture of it. After hanging it on the door, I stepped back to admire it, and I realized that it looked like a bunch of garlic bulbs! Welcome to my Italian restaurant! Needless to say, that wreath went back to the store the same day…
Luckily, I still have my colorful faux leaf wreath from last year. I think I will just stick with that one for now. At least it won’t be dripping…
You can see more on this porch and others here – Fall Porches from the Past.
If you are looking for an outdoor wreath without the “for indoor use only” warning, I linked up a few suggestions below.
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Although, I couldn’t find an exact match to the mine, I found a few that would be pretty for fall (with descriptions that they are approved for covered outdoor use…yay!)
This faux berry wreath has that rustic, farmhouse look and this vibrant fall wreath would look great against a black door like mine. Another one that would be pretty and natural looking is a faux magnolia wreath.
And don’t forget a wreath hanger!
Hopefully, my fall wreath tip will help you avoid making the same mistake!
Do you pay attention to warning labels?