How to Create a DIY Thanksgiving Wreath for Your Front Door

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In this tutorial I’ll explain everything you need to know to create a front door wreath for the Thanksgiving holiday using fall colored flowers, grapevine, hot glue and your choice of ribbon (optional). For this tutorial I’ve chosen to use peonies, but you can choose to use any flower of your liking, including hydrangeas (always popular), dahlias, or even magnolia flowers.

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Materials: To get started, you’ll need to choose three colors to make up your fall color pattern, and you'll need three flowers of each color. I chose spiced orange, crimson and champagne for mine, because I like the way it looks on my black door and it complements my brick color…it really allows the wreath to pop! You’ll also need a simple 16” grapevine wreath base, a pair of wire clippers and a glue gun. If you’d like a larger wreath, substitute a 20” grapevine base and use 12 peonies. This will create an approximate 24” wreath.
Clip all nine of your peonies so a stem of approximately 3” remains for each (make sure to keep the long stem as it has the leaves you will need later, if you choose to have leaves in your wreath).
Take your 16” grapevine base and place your first peony through its center as shown in the picture below.
You will then continue with the other flowers of that same color, placing them in a triangle shape on the grapevine with equal distance between each flower.
Proceed with the next color, placing each of those three peonies next to the first three, again in the center of the grapevine and forming another triangle shape.
Your remaining three peonies of your last color should now fit nicely in the spaces remaining on your grapevine base.
At this point, it is important to hold your wreath up and take a look at its center. The overall beauty of your wreath is dependent on its finished shape; it’s critical to make sure your wreath is round (not oblong), which is highly dependent on making sure that the negative space in the center of your wreath is in the shape of a circle.
After you’ve pushed all of your peonies down into the grapevine base as far as you can, make sure that they’re the same height above the grapevine. Turn your wreath face down and lay it flat on your table. Once your glue gun is plugged in and heated, make circles with the hot glue around the stems that are poking out like the picture shows. It’s important to get a good seal around each peony stem so the peonies stay in the grapevine.
After the glue dries for about 8-10 minutes, use your clippers to clip the ends of the stems down to the base of the grapevine as shown in the picture. It’s important to do this so you don’t scratch your door with the wire that’s inside the stems. Tip: for added protection, you can cut out pieces of felt to glue onto each stem.
Turn your wreath back over and check the center again. You may need to do some minor adjusting, but nothing major. If you prefer your Thanksgiving holiday peony wreath without leaves, you are finished! Consider whether you want to hang directly from a door hanger or if you’d like to tie it up with your fall-colored ribbon of choice! (See last photo in tutorial)
If you’d like to add additional dimension and a little more color to your wreath, continue reading and keep that glue gun plugged in! What I love about this particular wreath project is that you can use almost all parts of the peony stems. I really feel like I get my money’s worth ☺. Grab the stems that you set aside earlier and pull all the individual leaf “branches” off. Each stem should yield five larger leaf branches and one smaller leaf branch. Place them into separate piles as seen below.
You’re now going to glue and place a large leaf branch in between each peony on the outside of the wreath. With your glue gun, put a generous amount of glue on the bottom stem of the first large leaf branch. It’s important to get the leaf stem pushed down far into the grapevine so it has something to hold on to and seal to, but be careful not to touch the glue as it’s VERY hot! Continue around the wreath until you have nine large leaf branches sticking out from in between the peonies as shown. Discard the remaining large leaves.
Glue the smaller leaf branches to the inside center of your peony wreath in the same way you glued the larger leaf branches around the outside. You can use as little or as many as you want. For mine, I usually use about 5-6 small leaf branches on the inside.
Congratulations, you’re done! Your very own gorgeous Thanksgiving DIY wreath for all of your family, friends and Thanksgiving guests to admire! Best of all, you can say that you created it yourself!
Here is another option for you! The picture below shows the peony wreath without leaves, a different color pattern and a chocolate ribbon. Notice the wreath's center? Remember: the center circle is key to a great looking wreath! The options to create your own DIY wreath are endless!

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  • Judy Fussell Judy Fussell on Nov 01, 2016
    Regarding the glue gun: I have been making wreaths for years and suddenly nothing is holding to my wreaths. Do guns wear out? Do I need a certain temperature glue gun? Any guidance would be appreciated. I want to make this wreath but it is so discouraging to find wreaths parts all over my front porch!

    • TwoInspireYou TwoInspireYou on Nov 01, 2016
      Hi there, Are you using enough glue? I always use the glue gun with "high temperature". It's a lot hotter than the "low temperature", so you really have to be careful. Glue guns do definitely wear out but you will definitely know because you won't get any glue out of them. :) I hope this helps!

    • Irish Pack Irish Pack on Nov 01, 2016
      try using gorilla glue sticks, i use them in both my lo-temp and my hi-temp (depending on how sturdy a bond i need) good luck!

    • Irma Salazar Irma Salazar on Nov 01, 2016
      I'm a floral designer and when I make a wreath with silks for outdoor use especially for long term, I wire my flowers to the wreath and hot glue to keep them secure. When you cut your silk flowers off of their stems it's best to leave at least 3 to 4 inches of stem so that you can hot glue and push that stem into the wreath. Using wire and high temp hot glue should keep the flowers in place on your wreath until your ready to change it out for a fresh one. Happy crafting.

    • Judy Fussell Judy Fussell on Nov 01, 2016
      Thank you all for the advice and encouragement! I will try all of the above. Thanks again!

    • Amber Amber on Nov 02, 2016
      This is the most beautiful, easiest to make wreath I have ever seen. It's classic and makes a big impact. And thanks for the user friendly instructions, too. (Your whole doorway looks wonderful!)

    • TwoInspireYou TwoInspireYou on Nov 02, 2016
      Thanks so much, Amber! So very kind for you to say... I felt it made a big impact too. I think the colors are a god representation of fall! :)

    • Linda Terranova Linda Terranova on Nov 05, 2016
      I am a florist & I use a glue pot ! Which is nothing more than a old crock pot from second hand store . And the inch or two is excellent help also ! Just heat glue chips then shut off & reuse time after time !

    • Louise Louise on Nov 20, 2016
      glue pot is faster and you have more control on the amount of glue and where to apply it!

    • Sheba92766 Sheba92766 on Dec 14, 2016
      Linda Terranova, AAHHH!!!!! Never ever crossed my mind to use one for that. Now I know what I'll be using my extra 1.5 qt crockpot for.

    • Mandy Katz Mandy Katz on Oct 09, 2017
      You can actually purchase a glue pot in case you don't want to sacrifice a slow cooker. Glue chips work best but you can always shave chips off glue sticks. And hey howdy for Gorilla glue sticks. What took them so long?


      Gorgeous!!! You have such a high level of taste...I don't. Thank you for sharing!!!

    • Cherharst Cherharst on Nov 10, 2018

      That’s why I try to wire as much as I can

    • Carolyn Brown Carolyn Brown on Nov 10, 2018

      Hot glue will not continue to hold flowers to wood. I have had this same problem. Might try E6000 glue. Lay the wreath down and glue flowers in place then wait 24 hours before hanging it vertically. Best of luck to you.

    • Dorothy Sittler Dorothy Sittler on Nov 10, 2018

      Glue guns are only a couple of dollars at the dollar store. Fret not!

  • Norma Norma on Jan 28, 2017
    ABSOLUTELY STUNNING WREATH!!! For sure I will make one. Question -- I'm really bad with ribbons and bows and hanging loops. Please explain how you affixed and tied the ribbon.

    • TwoInspireYou TwoInspireYou on Jan 29, 2017
      To create the ribbon box shown, loop the ribbon around the grapevine, in between the flowers. Then simply bring the ribbon up and create a shoestring tie as if you're tying your shoes. It's truly the simplest way to tie a bow for a wreath. :)

    • Mary Mary on Nov 11, 2018

      Hi she did not make holes in her door . She used a over the door wreath hanger and hung her wreath with a ribbon.

  • Janet Janet on Nov 10, 2018

    I love your project. I also love the color of your door. Could you please tell me the color ans what kind of paint you used. Thank you. Happy Holidays!

    • TwoInspireYou TwoInspireYou on Nov 10, 2018

      It's just black! Unfortunately, I'm not sure what color black but thank you for asking!

    • Bwi33301443 Bwi33301443 on Nov 10, 2018

      She has a hanger over the frame of the door! I use them all the time!

    • August Moon August Moon on Nov 11, 2018

      It looks a lot like Valspar...I believe it is in the historical collection called Lincoln Black...???

    • Judy Collins Judy Collins on Nov 11, 2018

      Don't know the shade, but it looks to be a Satin finish. That's important to get the desired look. Print the picture, w/pumpkins, and take it to match up with paint swatches.

  • Sally Alter Sally Alter on Nov 10, 2018

    Yes, I am definitely inspired. Never made a wreath before, but this one is beautiful and looks easy. What I want to know is how do you attach it to the door? I don't want nail holes in the door. My door is not wood, but a kind of composition material.

    • Jean Holling Jean Holling on Nov 10, 2018


    • Shannon W Shannon W on Nov 10, 2018

      You can also use Command Hooks. They can be found at craft stores and even Walmart, they are sized to hold different weights. They are reusable so have a sticky tape piece that leaves no residue when you remove it :)

    • Becky Becky on Nov 10, 2018

      Yes, I use an over-the-door wreath hanger too - they usually have them at my local dollar store, but they are also available at places like Target or Walmart (or Amazon of course). I have a super basic one, but they do have cute ones available with bells and stuff for Christmas, and they can be spray painted if you like.

    • Neva Dew Neva Dew on Nov 10, 2018

      For my wreaths I put an old fashioned thumb tack in the top of the door and use a loop of fishing line to hang the wreath. The line is clear and it looks like the wreath is floating in the air. The tack head is flat enough that it doesn't interfere with closing the door.

    • Sally Alter Sally Alter on Nov 10, 2018

      Wow, you two. Thanks so much for your ideas. I think at least one of them will work.

    • Nana Nana on Nov 10, 2018

      yes I was also going to say you can paint it to match your door too.

    • Sally Alter Sally Alter on Nov 10, 2018

      Thanks everybody

    • Karen Karen on Nov 10, 2018

      The second wreath is hanging with a dark wreath hanger and a raffle ribbon!

    • Julie Julie on Nov 10, 2018

      When it gets cold, I have had trouble with command hooks sticking on the outside of my door. So, I just put the command hook up side down at the very top of the inside of my door and ran fishing line or a ribbon from the upside down hook To the level where I want my wreath

    • Ewe32134973 Ewe32134973 on Nov 11, 2018

      Use a command hook

    • Jane Plastaras Miller Jane Plastaras Miller on Nov 14, 2018

      WOW! great idea!

    • Daisy@TX Daisy@TX on Nov 13, 2019

      Dollar Tree also has the wreath hangers in clear yes clear. I love your wreath the peonies the colors and ribbon beautiful.

    • Jane Voepel Jane Voepel on Nov 13, 2019

      Door hanger

    • Cel Cel on Nov 13, 2019

      You can either buy one of those wreathe hooks that slips over the top of your door, or you can use Command hooks. But if you are in a very cold climate, like here in NJ, they may not stay on the door too long.

    • Sharon Welton Anderson Sharon Welton Anderson on Nov 13, 2019

      you hang wreaths with a wreath hook that hangs over the door. The Dollar Tree has them as does most craft stores.

    • Ppaske Ppaske on Nov 13, 2019
      1. Gold or Silver over the top of door

  • Joanie Joanie on Nov 14, 2018

    Your wreath looks like it is store bought. I love the leaves around it. Just gorgeous!!

    I had a grapevine wreath from my Mom's funeral. I had saved it. It is heart shaped....I was goin' to make something for Valentines Day, but I got this idea: I went to the Go To store, $ Tree, and bought a couple bunches of Leaf bouquets. I popped them off and glued them around the wreath and added a burlap bow I had saved. I put it above the fireplace. It just doesn't stand out with the reddish brick and fall leaves could I make it stand out more?

    • Starkeeper Starkeeper on Nov 13, 2019

      Try attaching bunches of small white flowers in with the leaves and greenery and maybe a bow the color if your fireplace to hang it on.

    • Mary Boger Mary Boger on Nov 14, 2019

      Or maybe add flowers that your mother was fond of, change seasonally or for holidays. Maybe a special card or picture, momento. Seashells if she loved the beach, etc.

    • Deborah Deborah on Nov 14, 2019

      Add diminutive cream-colored flowers or "pinhead" fillers.

      Also, use differing shades of leafy greens intermittently throughout the present design

  • Jeanne Jeanne on Nov 13, 2019

    The wreath the diameter measurements is that OD outside diameter or ID inside diameter?

  • Debbie Debbie on Nov 13, 2019

    The colors go together so nicely and are perfect for fall! May I ask where you bought the peonies for this project? I've done a little searching online and don't see those colors anywhere.

  • Toni Toni on Dec 31, 2020

    Hi, what is the size of the peony itself? Thank you.


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