3 Easy Ways to Make a Fall Wreath

fall wreath hanging on a teal coloured door

The kids are finally back in school and the nights are cooler. Summer is finally over and fall has arrived! Last year, I began investing more in my home decor. Little by little through sales, thrifting and DIY. I have learned that wreaths are the easiest way to decorate and show to the current season. They are safely stored in my attic, wrapped in plastic waiting for the next season. Changing them only takes a couple of minutes and the room or the front of the house can reflect the current season or upcoming holiday.

When I decided to purchase a wreath I realized a few things, there are so many options for wreaths! From colors to the textures and styles! Majority of my favorite stores have wreaths for decor. Finding one was not a problem but choosing one felt daunting. The other issue? The price of wreaths was higher then I wanted to pay. I love a good sale but I was also building a very small (almost non-existent) collection of decor and trying to stretch my budget to get the most bang for my buck.

At my photography studio, we are always creating and putting together setups for client’s pictures and I knew that I could use the same principles and ‘rules’ (I say rules loosely because they are more guidelines that really do work!) and create a wreath. With my little girls in tow, we headed to the city to buy our supplies. It may feel complicated but trust me, these are 3 easy ways to make a fall wreath.

Begin With a Twig Wreaths at Michaels

twig wreath from micheals with picks of  fall leaves, small pumpkins and berries

The first step is to get a twig wreath from Michaels (or any store that carries them) because they are the perfect base. These wreaths are a great neutral. The brown twigs are a nice color of brown that is not too cool or too warm and will work well in most homes. This style of the wreath has also been around for decades! I can remember picking hop vines with a neighbor, when I was a kid, to make these wreaths! We would go to a secret spot in the woods, where the hop vines grew long and thick. Picking the vines for hours in the sun and then in the evening, we would wind them into wreaths. It would take a week or two for them to dry and harden into workable wreaths. Now, you can run to the craft stores and pick them up for less than $6-8. That is so much easier! However if you really want to keep your budget low your could make one of these wreaths yourself…but that is another project for another day.

These wreaths also last so long. They are sturdy and strong, I have not had one to loose its shape. Hanging them up is easy too because you only need to snug one of the twigs to hang from the wall. The woven sticks are also great for adding the decor onto the wreath. The picks of florals and wreaths slide in easily!

Keep All the Colours in the Same Family

warm and cool color reference picture.

It can be completely overwhelming walking into a store and looking at all the fake flowers, leaves and little bits of decor! There have been times I walked away because there are too many options. The second step is to decide what colors you want. Traditional fall decor colors are ones found in nature. Browns, reds, oranges and maybe a touch of muted green. A more modern color scheme could have the buffalo plaid (bland and white checkered pattern), cooler greens, greys and muted purples. Perhaps you would like to go with something bright like a sunflower and base colors around the bright yellow and contrasting with a bright jewel tones teal? The options are endless.

When browsing different elements to add to your wreath, pile together and see if the colors are all in the same family. Aim for 2-4 different colors. I went with the reddish smaller berries, the larger lighter yellow berries that were more yellow and have tiny bits of orange. My home has quite a bit of white and wood but I love to bring in traditional colors for my seasonal decor! A little of the outside brought inside, this is my personal preference. When piled together in my cart I was able to see that the the tones all went together. The lightest part of one berry would be the shade of a different one, and the darkest parts of the leaves matched the lighted part of a pumpkin and so on.

Build the Wreath By Size of Decor

diy fall wreath with twins wreath from michaels

Once you have everything at home, lay everything on a flat surface like a table. Take all of the tags off and using wire cutters cut the ends of the picks (the bunches of leaves, pumpkins, etc) off so you have smaller easier to handle bunches of decor. Putting a wreath together can feel like a chaotic mess waiting to happen. The easiest way to make it simple is to divide your wreath decor by the color and by the size.

The groups of pumpkins were the largest but I kept those off to another pile. They would not be laying underneath anything but rather showcased. There was also a small bag of pinecones and bright orange pumpkins. Laying those out I wasn’t even sure if I would use them but I knew I could decide later.

DIY a wreath for the front door by layering the larger berries on top of the orange leaves

The first step was to lay my bottom layer of the leaves. You can wind the wire stems into the wreath and use a little hot glue as well. Don’t worry about covering every inch but rather having a consistent and even layer. When anchoring the leaves focus more on the stem. Having the leaf part looser give it a more natural and 3d look. Once all of the leaves are secure, add the next largest size element. The first layer was larger in size and fluffier and I was able to slip the stems of the smaller pieces under the leaves.

When adding your smallest sized stems of decor, allow them to be a bit more elevated and raised higher than the first layers. It makes the wreath look fluffier, more rounds and have more visually pleasing. I call the larger pumpkins ‘showcase’ pieces (my own terminology). They are larger and catch the eye more. You can be creative and have them all together in a spot or spread them out.

fall wreath hanging on a front door

Fall Wreath Ideas for the Front Door

Fall wreath ideas for the front door can be endless! Using different color schemes, adding different elements. Adding one larger focus to the wreath and/or going the entire way around the wreath. A darker coloured from door would need lighter colours that don’t get lost and a lighter front door can be compliment by darker colours.

fall leaves and small pumpkins

Before hanging that wreath on the front door give it a good shake or two. Double check that nothing will fall off or needs a bit more glue. When using glue if you find you have those tiny little web like strings, simply take you blow dryer and point at the wreath and blast the hot air on high. The heat will dissolves the strings and clean up is a breeze.

I hope these three easy tips help you create a fall wreath for your front door. Walking through the aisles at Michaels I used to feel a little overwhelmed at the options but once I started using these guide lines of a twig wreath, keeping the colours in the same colour family and layering by the size of the decor, it all fell into place easily!

fall wreath on your front door

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