An Cheerful Autumn Wreath Made From A Bike

by Linda
8 Materials
2 Hours

I love taking old things and making something new. This post is about a child's bike wheel that is made into a cheerful, not so traditional, autumn wreath.

Recently I found an old child's bike and I needed a autumn wreath for my front door.

You know that moment when the light bulb goes off in your head? That moment when you see the round shape of a wheel and you connect the need for a wreath with the wheel? Well, that was the beginning of something fun and different.

Here is what you will need to create your very own bicycle wheel autumn wreath.

  • old bike or wheel
  • spray paint
  • vise grip or pliers
  • screw driver
  • paper towels
  • artificial flowers, greenery, berries and small pumpkins
  • zip ties
  • glue gun and glue
  • scissors or wire cutters

Step 1: If you are a lucky person and you found just a wheel then you will not need this step but if you found a bike this information will be helpful.

Begin by using your vise grip or pliers to remove the bolts on each side. After the bolts are gone lift the wheel out. It is very easy!

Step 2: Then take a screw driver and wedge it between the tire and the metal rim. Wiggle it in there and drag it around the rim until the black tube inside peaks its head out.

Grab the tube and keep pulling it around until it is all out except for where the air nozzle is located. Next push the air nozzle up into the tube so you can pull the whole tube out.

Now the white tube will fall off of the rim.

Next if there are any reflectors simply remove them by using the screw driver and unscrewing them.

Step 3: Spray paint the wheel with whatever color you like. I used gold because I thought it would compliment the flowers and match my door.

Step 4: Learn from me and take the center piece off before you finish the wreath. LOL!

Simply take two pliers or vise grips and attach them to the nuts on each side of the center of the wheel. Then turn counter clock wise. One will go one direction and the other will go the other direction.

Then unscrew the nut and pull out the center rod. Unless there is another nut then you will have to remove it first then the center rod. You will find a lot of grease and some bearing inside. Bearings look like little bebes. Wipe out the center and remove the bearings. I used a paper towel under the wheel while I did this part.

Step 5: Begin adding the flowers with the greenery. Use the zip ties to attach it to the wheel. I only want my flower arrangement to be on a third of the wheel so I added one sprig.

Step 6: Now add the large flowers. Because I want an asymmetrical wreath I will add three large flowers on one side. Use the zip ties when needed or you can thread the stem into some zip ties that are already on the wheel.

Step 7: Since many of my colors are not the traditional autumn colors now is a good time to add some seasonal items like berries. I tossed in some berries on the end that doesn't have all the flowers.

Step 8: Next fill in with pumpkins. I already had some white pumpkins and a light orange/pink one so I used the glue gun to add the pumpkins all around the flowers.

Step 9: This step is also optional but if you feel like your pumpkins need a little color grab some orange paint and lightly paint them.

Now all you have to do is hang your wreath. I hope you have enjoyed this DIY on how to make a bike wreath.

If you are a more traditional autumn color person simply changing out the flowers for more autumn ones like sunflowers and such.

If you would like more fall decor ideas check out my post. These ideas are more traditional fall decor ideas. I think you will enjoy them too.

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For more creative DIY fall decor ideas, discover the best DIY fall wreaths on Hometalk here and the most unique fall ideas here.

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  • Mamma Mamma on Aug 26, 2019

    I looked all through the blog. I could not find this project. How did you anchor the ribbon on the inside of the door? What protection is there on the wreath center from not breaking the glass?

  • Dee Dee on Sep 09, 2019

    Hi Hometalkers, regarding the glass issue on the door, it looks like the wood/vinyl frame stops the wreath from hitting the glass. Maybe glue something to the back of the bike wheel as a buffer... how about those felt pads that go on the bottom of chair legs or small corks cut in half?

    By the way, this wreath looks awesome!

  • Nancy Peterman Nancy Peterman on Sep 25, 2019

    I was wondering the same thing as all the comments below. My immediate thought was to get some Scotch@ Removable Mounting Putty to put on the window framing. This will hold the wreath in place and keep it from slapping the door, thus eliminating any damage to either the frame or the glass.

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  • Goldbeargirl Goldbeargirl on Oct 04, 2021

    I do not normally like your typical wreaths but this one is great! I mean, it's different and pretty at the same time 👍️♥️ I can easily see many ways to secure it or add something so it doesn't't hit the glass. I love this - ty for sharing!!!

  • Katen Katen on Jul 25, 2023

    I like the idea of using old bike wheel. Nice change of pace, rustic but not; you painted and dressed it up then decorated. As far as window issue goes, you can use command hooks to pin wreath to window or door to keep elements from causing damage to window or door. I just hang whatever, determine where I think hold needed and place hook in place to hold down. Has saved me so much from wind, plus you don’t hear sliding or banging on door or window