Cheap Wreath for Fall

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Are you looking for a cheap DIY wreath for fall? You’re going to love this one! It’s so budget-friendly, you’ll want to make two! Let’s get started!

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how do you make a fabric wreath?

One of my Instagram followers messaged me and told me about an amazing deal she came across at my local Habitat for Humanity. She thought I might be interested so I hustled myself over there to see the deal.

And I am so glad I did! There were two full boxes of pre-cut squares of flannel fabric plus lots of scraps from cutting the squares.

Each box was only five dollars!! Yes, 5 buck-a-roonies!

That was late last fall and I didn’t have time to take a good look at what the boxes contained. Come to find out, the pre-cut fabric was wool, not flannel like I originally thought.

There were various plaid patterns in lots of colors. I knew I could come up with some kind of project! Plus some of my blogging friends had a plaid (flannel) challenge going on and I wanted to join in!

You can see their projects at the end of this post. You can also see our challenge from last month by clicking the button below:

Let’s talk supplies for this month’s easy and cheap wreath for fall:

list of supplies for fall wreath:

  • 12″ straw wreath
  • fabric scissors
  • hot glue gun
  • glue sticks
  • fabric – wool or flannel plaid shirts, skirts or by the yard
  • jute twine

My squares were precut but they were in different sizes. I cut about 70-3″ squares so that they would be uniform.

I also picked through the box of wool and selected colors and plaid patterns that would work together for this cheap wreath for fall. Browns and blues looked so good together and they said ‘fall’ to me!

**If you don't come across a box of pre-cut squares of flannel or wool like I did (not your typical thrift store find for sure!!) then you can use thrifted clothing like shirts, skirts, wool jackets, and scarves. You can even purchase wool by the yard at your local fabric store.

steps to make a budget fall wreath

This inexpensive wreath for fall is so easy to make. The steps are the same throughout the whole process.

  • grab a 3″ square
  • find the center of the square with a blunt tool (I used the blunt end of my scissors)
  • wrap the square around the end of the tool
  • apply hot glue to the tip
  • push into the straw wreath

Repeat, repeat, repeat.

I spaced the squares around the top of the straw wreath leaving space in between.

how do you make a homemade wreath?

This wreath is definitely homemade so I’m not worried about perfection. I added the squares to the top of the wreath first.

After the first pass, I went back around the circle and added more to fill in the empty areas.

I also left room for the other colors and patterns of the wool fabric.

You can see below that the wreath is starting to get fuller with each pass around the circle shape of the straw wreath.

how to make an easy fall wreath

Seriously, that’s it.

This is one of the easiest and inexpensive wreaths for fall that you can imagine!

Really, for any season, not just fall.

In fact, I have red, gray, and black wool squares in my boxes!! Christmas is just around the corner!

how much fabric do I need for a fabric wreath?

That question can be answered only by you. With this type of handmade project, you get to decide how full or how sparse you want the finished wreath to look.

If you want a fuller look, purchase more of the clothing items I mentioned or wool yardage. One yard of fabric (measures 44″ wide by 36″ long) will give you about 168 3″ squares. You could purchase a 1/3 yard of three different wool fabics and have enough to make two wreaths! One for you and one for a friend 🙂

Keep those measurements in mind as you look for clothing items. A large woman’s skirt that has lots of fabric will yield more squares than a small child flannel shirt.

While you shop, look for pieces with large areas of fabric. The sleeves can be used, the fronts and back of shirts, scarves and of of course skirts!

how to finish this cheap wreath!

Let’s get back to this amazing and affordable wreath for fall!

After going around the circle two times, I started to add some of the other patterns and colors to the fall wreath. The browns and the blues looked so good with the first fabric.

I could hardly believe the hard part of selecting fabrics was already done for me! Look how well all these coordinate!

Just for fun, I made two wreaths using the blues and the browns. You can see both of the wreaths for fall towards the end of this post.

And you can watch how I created the second wreath in the YouTube video I created for you. The video is a little lower down in this post.

full or sparse – you decide!

This wreath can be made as full or as sparse as you like. I suggest that if you want a sparse look, cut the squares smaller – around 2″ – so that the squares won’t flop around after being inserted into the straw wreath form

I also suggest that if you have several patterns and colors like I do, space them around the straw wreath evenly to keep the wreath looking uniform 🙂

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finishing details for this cheap wreath

Next, let’s get this adorable and affordable wreath for fall ready to hang!

Cut a piece of jute twine about 20″ long. Join the ends so that you create a loop.

Wrap around the wreath and make sure to weave between the fabric squares so you don’t smash them down.

Go through the loop and pull it tight.

Make a knot and you are ready to hang your gorgeous wreath!

YouTube Video for you!

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how to hang a wreath

And now your wreath is ready to hang!

Mine is hanging on a picket fence wall hanging that I made. I love layering decor pieces like this!

For now, this wreath is hanging in my sewing room. By this weekend or next, this inexpensive fall wreath will be on my front door!

What do you think of this project? Super easy, right??

two wreaths |two looks

Remember I said I made two wreaths? Here they are!

I switched up the amount of the blues and browns I used in each and it created a bit of a different look for each.

Which one do you like best? The one with more brown on the top or the one with more blue on the bottom?

Let me know in the comments!

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More Thrifted Ideas

Be sure to check out my blogging buddies posts for more Thrift Store Decor Ideas! This group is so creative and I know you will love their projects. Tell them Cindy from Reinvented Delaware sent ya’!

**Many of the projects you will see were inspired by my blogging friend, sarah, who wrote an amazing crafting book called Crafting with Flannel. Sarah, creator of has some fun craft projects using flannel. The images and the instructions are so helpful! If you would like a copy of the book for your crafting adventures, you can purchase it by clicking the link below! She would really appreciate your support and you will love the book! Win, Win!!

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia Easy DIY Fall Flannel Pumpkins

House of Hawthornes Rag Wreath DIY

Organized Clutter Flannel Covered Books

Reinvented Delaware Cheap Wreath for Fall (that’s me!)

Our Southern Home No Sew Flannel Pumpkins

Domestically Speaking Plaid Pumpkin and Acorn

My Repurposed Life DIY Flannel Scraps | Easy Projects

Petticoat Junktion Flannel Wrapped Wreath

Sadie Seasongoods Blue Fall Decor With a Pumpkin Throw Pillow

Shop at Blue Flannel Embellished Hand Towel

Looking for more fall inspiration: Here are a couple of posts you will enjoy. Just click the image to go to the post!

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Until next time…

Suggested materials:

  • Wool plaid fabric squares
  • Hot glue gun and glue stick

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Frequently asked questions

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  • Jay29675407 Jay29675407 on Sep 17, 2021

    I can’t find a link to Sadie’s book?

    oh - and I like the top one best - it looks more like a wreath.


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  • Anne Anne on Oct 01, 2021

    I absolutely LOVE this wreath, so clever and wonderful result!

  • Zoe Emiko Zoe Emiko 5 days ago

    Denim & yellow. It reminds me of wearing jeans to work in the garden.. a patch of daffodils or daisies! Yes, yes, yes. Wonderful idea for a spring wreath!

    I've made my denim version for a Christmas wreath. It's various shades of blue denim, an off white fairly tight weave burlap (called Irish burlap) and lots of pieces of different lace trims.

    Denim began making it's appearance in my home during the pandemic when I was given a huge box of old denim blue jeans. It started with reupholstering a wing back chair in fabric I made by piecing denim together from the jeans and has been going non-stop from there.

    The wreath used up about half of the squares I had left. The funny thing is now that I've been using it so much the thought of finally coming to the end it making me feel a little like a empty nester. Then again there is that bolt of burlap & the bolt of muslin hanging out in my closet waiting to be made into roman shades plus all the scraps & leftovers to keep me busy.