Updating your outdoor décor for fall is easy as pie when you add a simple autumn wreath to your front door. And simple does NOT negate drop dead gorgeous. On the contrary, you can design a beautiful fall wreath with just a few supplies without spending a ton of money. I’ve got a great tutorial of my front door DIY wreath plus I’m linking to 10 others beautiful fall wreaths that make you stop and stare.
I recently converted to seasonal decorating and I’m over the moon excited with the small changes I’ve made to say fall is here without screaming pumpkins are in season.
A few years back I made a non-seasonal beautiful wreath for my front door and it added a layer of charm that I loved. At that point it was neutral so I could leave it up year-round. My husband also had to be convinced of the need wreath outside of the Christmas Season. Sigh. I won him over by coming up with a simple front door wreath.
I guess he’s on board now because he doesn’t balk at. He also doesn’t acknowledge it either. So there’s that.
Now I’ll give you the rundown on how I made this simple glam fall wreath. (Ok my definition of glam is anything that sparkles-gold, silver, mirror, jewels, so humor me, please.) This can be used all season long including greeting your guests at Thanksgiving.
How to Make an Autumn Wreath
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DIY Fall Wreath Supplies
- Wreath Form (I already had one on hand)
- Brown gross grain ribbon
- Hot Glue
- Hot Glue gun
- 2 metallic magnolia leave picks (I found mine instore at Joann’s)
- 1 Lotus Pod and gold magnolia leaf pick. (I found at Michael’s)
- Staple Gun and staples
- Gold craft paint (optional)
Step 1- Wrap your wreath form with ribbon.
Use a dollop of hot glue to start at the back side of the wreath. Continue wrapping overlapping each row and pulling taught until you reach your starting point. Close it off with a second good dollop of hot glue.
I used my Spring/Summer wreath as the base of my fall wreath and let me tell you, I’m in love. It took me 15 minutes to get this thing together. Because I didn’t rewrap my wreath form, I’ll use photos from my original tutorial on the spring wreath.
Note: I started out with the thin wreath form, but ended up using the straw form. If I hadn’t already had that one on hand, I’d use the smooth Styrofoam one. The sun faded this brown ribbon, so I’m sure my Christmas wreath will need to be re-wrapped.
Step 2 -Determine your pick arrangement
Because I was re-using my old wreath, I made sure to cover the old glue marks. You can choose to put your flowers wherever. I kept mine on the lower left.
Place one floral pick on the top, glue down. You’ll need to glue down each leaf in enough places to ensure they don’t fall off. These particular picks are pretty heavy, so use your glue liberally. Flip the second pick around and glue as well.
Add your middle piece using the same glue technique.
Step 3 – Lighten your Lotus Pod (optional)
The Lotus pod looked a tad dark so I took some gold craft paint and highlighted the cone. And I fully admit to painting it while it was hanging on the door.
Step 4 – Here’s how to hang your wreath using ribbon
This wreath cannot be hung with a wreath hanger because it’s too think. I measure out a scrap of ribbon to hang. Get a second pair of eyeballs to help you determine where to hang the wreath. Once you determine placement, use a staple gun to staple it to the top of the door. You may be able to get away with a heavy duty flat stapler, but I’ve never tried.
(I do this alone by opening the door, standing on a chair and centering it. Because the top of my door is glass, I’m able to judge from the front and the back.) The thin ribbon and staple do not interfere with the door opening or closing.
And that’s it. Easy as pie glam fall wreath.
I will tell you, I’m REALLY picky when it comes what goes on my front door. Most wreaths I found on Pinterest are a little too froufrou for my tastes, so I rounded up 10 of the best fall door wreaths on the internet I could find (at least I think they are anyway.)
Now let’s take a closer look…
- First up is, of course, my wreath. LOL. I think it’s fab.
- But seriously, This modern burgundy hoop wreath by Sarah at Making Joy and Pretty Things is perfect for fall. I love the use of pink and greenery.
3. Now Kerianne of Thistlewood Farms didn’t make this amazing drop cloth wreath for fall, but it can pass. So very pretty.
4. This amazing yarn wreath is knitted with no tools required. I haven’t tried it but Laura at the Yellow Wheelbarrow says this chunky rustic wreath can be made in 30 minutes.
5. Kelly at the Lilly Pad Cottage hand-lettered this modern embroidery hoop wreath and it turned out spectacular.
6. Can you even stand the cute on this gold yarn and felt leaf wreath? Check out the tutorial by Tiffany at Tiffanyzajas.com.
7. Pine cones and paint–two cheap supplies, make the white and yellow wreath by Jelica at A Pretty Mix magical.
8. Navy polka dots and a big ole orange bow? Hello Fall! I really wish there was a tutorial by Sharstin but I bet you could figure it out.
9. Linda at Craftaholics Anonymous created this pearled studded wreath using a million tiny little pearls. Easy, but not fast and well, I think the time investment is surely worth it.
10. A scarf? on a wreath. OMG so incredibly good. Check out how Kim at Made in Day made this pretty fall wreath.
11. Sometimes the simplicity of a thing is really what makes a DIY work and boy does this beige and black stripe ribbon wreath work! There’s no step by step tutorial for the wreath, but it’s another one you could probably replicate easily.
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