How to Make a DIY Fall Wreath For the Front Door

This DIY Fall Wreath for the front door is perfect for an autumn and so easy to make. This posts shows how to make a fall wreath with a grapevine wreath from Hobby Lobby, burlap ribbon, and dollar tree florals for an inexpensive craft with a rustic farmhouse look!

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Introduction

It's that time of the year again! Pumpkins and gourds are starting to grace front porches and the gorgeous colors of orange, red, yellow, and green are front and center. Autumn is my absolute favorite time of the year. I love using the warm colors of fall decor for both interior and exterior home decor!

A couple of years ago, I was in need of a new fall wreath for my front porch. The bright one I made for summer was still holding up well, but I wanted a door wreath that wasn't quite as bold and tied in some of my favorite warmer fall colors. Wreaths are one of those things I almost always make myself. They're so easy to DIY at a fraction of the price you're going to pay at craft stores like Hobby Lobby or Michaels. So I whipped a new wreath up.

This is an easy tutorial for even those who aren't gifted in the craft department. It really just requires making a bow and placing a few florals! By strategically placing some very inexpensive materials, you'll have a beautiful, unique autumn wreath that will welcome guests all throughout autumn.

And, while I've highlighted a few florals and accessories in this post, the possibilities for what to put on your DIY wreath are endless. Faux apples, acorns, wheat, corn husks, pinecones, feathers – there are so many fun and unique options for really making this autumn wreath your own!

how to make a fall wreath - introduction

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How to Make a DIY Fall Wreath for the Front Door

You'll only need a few very basic supplies for this homemade wreath:

  • A 16-18″ grapevine wreath (also available at craft stores like Hobby Lobby – a twig wreath that is available in various sizes)
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • 3 yards each of 6″ burlap ribbon and 3″ white burlap ribbon
  • Floral wire
  • 8-12 floral stems in fall foliage colors, varying in size (3-4 large, 3-4 medium, 2-3 small/leaves) These can be inexpensive ones from the dollar tree, mine were! Fall leaves or even faux berries/acorns/apples from the dollar store would also be gorgeous in this wreath.

Step 1: Make the Wreath's Bow From Burlap Ribbon

how to make a fall wreath - making burlap bows

Measure out several pieces of burlap fabric ribbon. For the natural color, you'll need about a 25″ piece and two 18″ pieces. For the white, you'll need a 25″ piece, 2 18″ pieces, and a 8″ piece (to wrap your bow).

how to make a fall wreath - making bows from burlap ribbon

After the burlap ribbon pieces are cut, glue the two 25″ pieces and two of the 18″ pieces into circles.

 making bows from burlap ribbon

Starting with the smallest burlap circle, bunch the center into a bow and secure with floral wire. Leave some of the wire hanging off of the back to secure the other bows together.

making bows from burlap ribbon

From there, repeat with the other circles and keep securing to the back of the bow, alternating colors.

diy fall wreath - making bows from burlap ribbon
diy fall wreath - making bows from burlap ribbon

Fold the small white piece in half and glue around the middle of the bow.

diy fall wreath - making bows from burlap ribbon

Fold the remaining two 18″ pieces in half. At the crease, secure the pieces of ribbon to the back of the bow with floral wire and glue, creating the hanging parts of the bow.

making bows from burlap ribbon

After the bow is done, it can be secured to the bottom part of the grapevine wreath (your wreath base) with floral wire. I preferred placing the bow a little bit off to the side, but that's up to the crafter. Bottom or top would work too!

diy fall wreath - attaching bow to grapevine wreath

Step 2: De-Stem and Separate Florals, Leaves, and Accessories

Next, take your floral stems or leaves and remove the actual flower part from the stem. It should pull right off. You can discard of the stems, we won't need them for the rest of this project.

separating florals

Organize your large/medium/small floral pieces into piles. You don't have to sort by color, mine just kind of worked out that way.

organizing florals and leaves by size

Step 3: Distribute Larger Flowers and Leaves

Start by attaching your larger florals. For me, this was the green hydrangeas. Spread them out to roughly cover the whole part of the grapevine wreath that will have florals – it's ok if there are gaps right now. If you don't have very large pieces of flowers, you can of course bundle several like-colored flowers together to make some.

fall wreath for front door - attaching florals
fall wreath for front door - attaching florals

To attach your faux florals to the grapevine wreath, simply put hot glue around the base of the flower…

fall wreath for front door - attaching florals

…and reeeally hold it in the grapevine wreath for 5-10 seconds. Careful not to burn your finger!

fall wreath for front door - finished product

The point of using the larger florals is to give the wreath its overall shape. It does not have to (and probably shouldn't) look perfect at this point.

Step 4: Fill in the Gaps with Smaller Items

Once the larger flowers are in, start filling in gaps by using the medium flowers. It looks so much better if it's nice and full. Make sure you fill everything! This is also a great time to add in small pops of color where needed or even use added touches, like acorns, berries, pinecones, or leaves.

fall wreath for front door - finished product

Step 5: Final Touches

Then, finally, use any smaller leaves or fillers (like faux berries, acorns, or apples) to fill in any last gaps in the middle and to trail off your florals at the ends. Hot glue 1-2 leaves on each end of the flower section to give your floral pieces tapered look, so the flowers and leaves don't just end abruptly.

fall wreath for front door - wreath on front door

And yes…that's all you have to do to make this DIY wreath!

Video: How to Make a DIY Fall Wreath for the Front Door

How to Make a DIY Fall Wreath – Final Thoughts

You can definitely have this DIY project done in under an hour and it's looks so professional. I love the little pop of fall foliage colors all throughout the flowers. I'm excited about rocking this wreath into the cooler months! It's the perfect front door decoration to welcome guests, from trick or treaters to Thanksgiving feasters. I've used this wreath for a few years now and it has held up wonderfully.

There are so many DIY fall wreath ideas out there, but I really think this tutorial for how to make a fall wreath is unique. The wreath is understated and super simple to throw together. The colors could even be switched out to bolder, brighter tones to make a spring wreath.

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3 Comments

  1. I love wreaths and making wreaths! Thank you for this great tutorial.
    Janet

  2. Christine says:

    Great tutorial for such a pretty wreath!