I have always admired pretty fall wreaths on front doors. They’re so inviting. Those already-made fall wreaths sold online and at crafting stores are gorgeous and worth every penny…if you have those pennies, that is. So what to do if you are like our family and living on a not-so-big-income but still want to bring the beauty of fall decor into your home? Well, you make your own wreath of course! Don’t be intimidated. It’s super easy and I will walk you step by step through the process. You can do this, you really can, and have fun in the process. Once you know the steps for creating a fall wreath you can use the same method to make wreaths for Christmas, spring/summer, the 4th of July, or whatever else you desire. Easy peasy.
Have I mentioned that I love fall? I am one of those people who love pumpkin spice lattes (check out my recipe for making your own pumpkin spice latte with real pumpkin), or really pumpkin spice anything, and I am so excited that the socially acceptable season for consuming pumpkin spice is here again. No shame. Mid-September is close enough to fall, right? And since Starbucks has already officially brought back their Pumpkin Spice Latte, I say we’re good to jump into all things fall-related. Let’s do this!
Supplies Needed for Your Fall Wreath
- 18″ vine wreath: $2.49
- Fall leaves bouquet or two, depending on size of leaf bouquet you choose: 2 at $2.99 each
- Accent piece such as large sunflower pictured: $2.39
- Wide burlap ribbon (I needed about 10 feet for the bow): $5.99
- Floral stem wire 20 gauge: $1.99
- Floral tape: $2.99
- Floral tie wrap (or long twist ties): $1.50
- Rafia: $3.59
- Wire cutters
- Total Cost: $26.94
I was impatient and didn’t wait for Hobby Lobby’s sale on the floral wire and tape, so I spent more than what I could have. If you didn’t know, Hobby Lobby regularly rotates all the sections of their store through sales (usually between 30% – 50% off) that last a week at a time. Plus, you can always use a 40% coupon off of one regular priced item. The easiest way I’ve found to check out what’s currently on sale and get the coupon is through their phone app.
Occasionally I have seen floral supplies at the Dollar Tree, so you could check there, too.
Also, a few of the supplies above such as the floral wire, floral tape, straw, and burlap ribbon will give you more than you need for one wreath. If you are able to use those items again for a different wreath that would lower the cost per wreath. This would also be a fun craft to do with a friend or group of friends (girls night, anyone?) and you could split the cost for those items.
Confession: I may have a *slight* addiction to Hobby Lobby. Really, I try to stay away from there but the endless crafting and DIY possibilities pull me in every time. Before I know it I’ve spent 2 hours at the store and my husband, at home with our littles, is calling to ask when I’m coming home. Oops!
You could save even more money on the wreath by purchasing the fall decor items when they start putting fall items on super sale after end-of-season. But then of course that means you would have to wait to make the wreath…
So grab those supplies, find your favorite Netflix show (my husband thinks it’s so weird that I like to watch TV shows while I’m working/crafting, but hey, we’re women and multitasking is what we do, right?) and let’s make a beautiful fall wreath that will instantly add curb appeal to your front door.
Step 1: Separate the Leaves
The first thing you’ll want to do is use your wire cutters to cut apart the leaf bouquet so that you can place those leaves exactly where you want them on the wreath. I did leave some sections of two or three leaves together. It’s really up to you, the look you’re going for, and the how the leaf bouquet you purchased is constructed. I wanted the leaves on my wreath to be a little more spread out than they would be if I just wired the leaf bouquet as-is onto the fall wreath. You can see the progression below:
Step 2: Add Floral Wire
You can see that now the stems on the single leaves are quite short and would be hard to attach to the wreath. This is where our handy-dandy 20 gauge floral wire comes in. If you have a different gauge floral wire on hand feel free to use that. The important thing is that you can bend it at least a little so you can weave it into the fall wreath later on.
Savvy tip: the floral wire stems are longer than needed for this project. I cut my stems in half and get double the stems that way.
Take your wire and fold the tip of it over a “V” in the original leaf stem. This will help secure the wire to the stem after you’ve wrapped it with the floral tape. See picture below:
Now use your floral tape to wrap the wire tightly to the stem. Floral tape has a little stretch to it, so when you are wrapping try to stretch it out a bit. This helps the tape adhere tightly to itself. You don’t need to go all the way down the wire with the tape, just a few inches will do.
Step 3: Wiring Individual Leaves
The process for adding floral wire to individual leaves without any stem is a bit different but still very easy! It is nice to be able to add these leaves exactly where you want them on the wreath. All you need to do is poke a tiny hole through the very base of the leaf, as low as you can, with the floral wire. Then fold the wire over and tape with floral tape the same way you did the stems. You got this!
There! The hardest (and probably least fun) part is done.
Step 4: Make the Burlap Bow
Okay, for this step I’m going to refer you over to a great tutorial (with pics) at Tidbits & Twine. No need to reinvent the wheel. Take a look at Kim’s gorgeous fall wreath and then scroll down to her wonderful tutorial on how to make a big burlap bow. I found her instructions very easy to follow.
After experimenting a bit I found that I needed about 10 feet of wide burlap ribbon for the size of bow I wanted. This was the perfect amount of ribbon to give me three nice big loops that could be easily positioned. You may want to do yours differently. I also used an extra long length of floral twist tie to secure the bow together. This way there was plenty leftover to tie the bow to the fall wreath.
Step 5: Secure Leaves to Fall Wreath
Now for the fun part where you get to see all the elements come together to make a gorgeous fall wreath.
Begin placing your leaf stems and individual leaves where you want them on the wreath. I like to start with the stems that have several leaves and place the individual leaves last to fill in any gaps. Leave a little space for where you want the burlap ribbon and sunflower to go.
Working one stem at a time, once the stem is in place turn the wreath over and use your floral tie wrap to secure the wire to the wreath. I just twist it the same way you would a twisty tie.
Continue until you have placed all the stems and leaves on the wreath. Here is what my fall wreath looked like after completing this step:
Step 6: Secure Bow and Flower to Fall Wreath
We’re almost there. I hope you are getting excited to see your finished, beautiful fall wreath on your front door.
The burlap bow should have a bit of floral twist tie or flexible wire from when you secured it all together. I used this to add a bit of rafia which hangs down on either side of the bow. You could leave this out and your fall wreath would be just as pretty, but I thought it added a nice accent.
Using the extra length of floral tie wrap secure the bow to the wreath.
Place your sunflower directly below the burlap bow and secure it in the same way. Adjust the loops on your bow to be exactly how you like them…AND you’re done!
Yay! Aren’t you happy?
Now go hang up your fall wreath, make your favorite fall beverage of choice, and admire your new fall decor. Pretty soon all your friends will be asking where you got your gorgeous fall wreath and then you can say you made it yourself!
I love helping other moms find ways to live more resourcefully, whether that is by saving time or money, or by improving their home environment to bring peace of mind or sense of enjoyment. I would love to hear from you if you enjoyed this tutorial or have any questions. Thanks for reading!
Happy fall ya’ll!