Originally, I was going to buy a fall wreath this year. Then I had a case of sticker shock. (Price sticker) I have two front doors and I have a tobacco basket on one door and the other door seemed neglected. (My two front doors are not side by side, one is on the side of my house but because that is the door you see first as you come up the sidewalk, most people come to that door.) I had trouble finding a wreath that wasn’t too fru fru and also didn’t cost an arm and a leg. I do know that floral picks are expensive so that has a lot to do with the cost but I wondered if I could make a wreath that was both budget friendly and pleasing to the eye.
How to Make a Fall Wreath and a Fun Idea, Too!
There are a number of places that you can go to get your supplies. I went to Joann’s and just by luck they were having 50% off all fall decor. I got everything you see here plus my grapevine wreath for $17.
I posted a video that I tried to make the best of both worlds, it has a minute of detail and then a minute of the tutorial speeded up on how I assembled my wreath. (I got all dressed up for the video and all the shots of me ended up “on the cutting room floor”. So to speak... )
I like to use wired ribbon to make easy bows for my wreath. I use an 18 inch piece of ribbon to make my bow. I simply use a piece of jute twine to tie the center of my bow. If you would like a video tutorial on bows, I can add that. (Y'all, I tried my best to screen shot me doing a bow and I just move too fast in the video and too slow IRL to capture the right shot so I gave up and went with this shot.)
Before I cut or attach anything, I roughly lay out the items and try to find a pleasing arrangement. So, here I began placing a pattern; maroon floral, orange pumpkin, brown wheat berries, Maroon pumpkin, brown wheat berries, orange pumpkin, and finally ending with another maroon floral pick.
I used a wire cutter to shorten the floral and pumpkin picks.
I cut some brown pipe cleaners in half. I am attaching the items with pipe cleaners instead of hot glue. I love hot glue and use it all the time but today I wanted to try something new but if you want to use hot glue, go right ahead. Now in the video, you can especially see the pipe cleaner on the first maroon floral pick and this is why. As I begin securing the picks on the wreath, I give it a few twists to hold it in place with the pipe cleaner tails hanging. I don’t cut the tails off until I am finished, that way if I need to take it off and rearrange it, it’s easily done.
My grapevine wreath has a wire running around it securing the branches in a wreath shape. With that wire it is easy to slip the pumpkin picks into the wire and they are snuggly attached.
It turned out just the way I was hoping. Just the right amount of color for my door.
Now here is the fun tip. This is a suction cup wreath holder. I don’t use it to hang my wreath (but you could), I use it to hang signs for the center of the wreath. I position it right below the hanger/bow. As soon as the sun comes out again, I am going to move the suction cup up a bit so it is more hidden behind the wreath.
And then you can add a sign and change them out as often as you like. Or remove it and have no sign in the middle obviously.
It can be generic.
What is your favorite wreath and color combo? I am going to make another wreath that isn't fall colors and I would love some inspo from all of you.
I was thinking "Farmhouse Style" and I was going to repurpose a picture frame as the base. What do you think? "Yes, do it!" or "Nah, stick with a round shape." Or "Yes, I love farmhouse!" Or "No, farmhouse style is on its way out."
One more Question friends, front of my frame or use the back of my frame?