I don't know why I never made a wreath before--it was very simple!
Grapevine wreaths can be found in many stores, including Wal-Mart. I got this one many years ago, and cannot remember how much I paid for it, but I saw someone recently say that they found one for $3. The fall mums were from Big Lots for $5, and the roses were from Wal-Mart for $0.97. I looked high and low for a small chalkboard--I had seen a wreath featuring one on Pinterest and loved it. There was not a single chalkboard of the right size to be had anywhere, so I decided to just paint it instead.
I started by clipping the flowers, leaving the stems pretty long. Those things are surprisingly hard to cut, and took some twisting as well. I then sorted the colors.
I arranged things on the wreath, making sure to leave enough room for the board. My initial thought was to wire each of the flowers, but actually, I ended up just curving the stem a bit to match the curve of the wreath and threading them in. If any felt a bit loose, I would then reinforce with the floral wire, but, for the most part, they seemed quite secure. I began with the mums and then filled in with the roses.
To make my faux chalkboard, I measured a 1/2 inch border, and then blocked it with painters tape.
Then, I covered the board with black acrylic craft paint. It took two layers to get it nice and opaque.
I had planned to create a stencil for the monogram by printing a letter on printer paper, and then cutting it out. However, half way through this project, I remembered my printer wasn't working. I took an hour break while doing far too much unproductive research and experimentation with downloading drivers and compatibility mode and so on. I gave up and carefully free-handed the "W" in pencil while looking at the font I liked from Word. I then used the white craft paint to outline and then fill in the monogram.
I used floral wire to make a hanger on the back, securing it with super-glue, and then covering with tiny squares of painters tape for good measure. I then attached it to the wreath with a bit more floral wire, giving it a bread-tie-twist to keep it secure.
Done! I am displaying the wreath on a wreath stand my mom bought be from a gift shop in Meadows of Dan, Virginia. No one uses our front door, and the side door, which everyone does use, would not be nice on a wreath (storm door would squish it). I am happy with the arrangement, and I am already planning a new Christmas/winter wreath.