While I’m no Martha Stewart, I do enjoy crafting and art projects, especially with the kids. I’ve experimented with these cutout burlap wreaths in the past, but I wanted to try something new for fall. These DIY fall wreaths on the front door are a great way to celebrate the season.
When we think of decorating, we often think of Christmas, but decorations can be made to fit any season. A door decoration helps set the ambiance at Halloween for visitors and trick-or-treaters (who get healthy treats of course!). It’s also a fun way to display the bounty of the season from your front porch.
If you want to keep your autumn wreath nicer looking, then use it for home decor inside your home instead. Wreath making is a full-time profession for some people, but these easy DIY tutorials are fun and simple enough to do.
Fall Wreath Ideas
These fall decor ideas are adaptable to whatever you prefer. I start with natural materials in fall colors, a wreath base of some kind, and things like a glue gun, floral wire, thread, and ribbon to attach everything together. And don’t forget the hanger for your door wreath!
You can use a wooden embroidery hoop from the craft store for a minimalist option. Or use a grapevine wreath as your wreath form base. A straw wreath form works well for something like a cornhusk wreath.
Here are some options for what to include on your fall wreath. A lot of these can be foraged from your own yard or found at a local farmer’s market. This place offers dried decor that will ship to your door.
- Burlap ribbon
- Acorns and other unshelled nuts
- Greenery like dried leaves and ferns
- Dried fall flowers, like hydrangeas, marigolds, and chrysanthemums
- Brightly colored fall leaves, like maple leaves
- Magnolia branches for a twig wreath
- Wheat stalks
- Corn husks
- Small gourds and pumpkins
- Dried berries
- Eucalyptus leaves
- Seed pods, like milkweed, or sycamore seeds
- Wood flowers
- Dried goldenrod flowers or sumac berries
DIY Fall Wreath Ideas
While you can use almost any seasonal item in a rustic fall wreath, here are some ideas to get you started.
I’ve made several of these DIY projects before for my own front door and to give as gifts. I start by cutting out a seasonal shape from burlap. I then paint the fabric, stuff it, and sew the edges together. You could do an orange or white pumpkin shape or even a chunky leaf shape.
Get the tutorial for a burlap wreath here.
If you live near a wheat farmer they may let you buy a few of their wheat stalks for this project. Try to get wheat that hasn’t already been sprayed with glyphosate right before harvest though! If you don’t have any local to you or can’t forage any, then you can buy it online.
You can also put a Halloween decoration in the middle (like a ghost or bat) for a Halloween wreath theme.
- Start with a wreath form (straw or grapevine will both work).
- Arrange the wheat stalks in a spiral pattern around the wreath.
- Add hot glue as you layer to hold the wheat on.
- Weave in some dried autumn leaves or berries too.
Pumpkin Fall Wreath Ideas
You can make a pumpkin wreath using a burlap cutout (see above). Or glue miniature pumpkins onto a wreath form along with dried leaves and flowers. Another option is to use orange burlap ribbon and bunch it up around a wire wreath form. Top off the orange “pumpkin” with some green burlap ribbon at the top for the leaves.
Get the tutorial for a burlap ribbon pumpkin wreath here.
Dried hydrangeas look gorgeous on a floral wreath! Apply a little glue to the base of the flower and poke the stem into a straw or grapevine wreath form. You can cover the whole form to make a fuller wreath. Or create a more minimalist version and only go halfway up each side.
Get the tutorial for a dried hydrangea wreath here.
Pine Cone Wreath
This is similar to the DIY Christmas garland I made. You can keep the colors monochromatic and use pine cones, leaves, feathers, seed pods, and other brownish items for your wreath. Or switch it up and use pine cones amongst bright leaves, branches with berries, and colorful dried flowers. Use hot glue and wire to attach the items to a grapevine wreath form.
Flower Fall Wreath Ideas
This fall wreath tutorial is similar to the hydrangea wreath above but uses different varieties of flowers. You can use dried flowers, or artificial ones from the craft or dollar store if you want an option that lasts longer. You’ll need a grapevine wreath form, hot glue, floral tape, and dried flowers for this.
- If using smaller, dried flowers, make small bunches and attach the stems together with floral tape. This makes them sturdier to attach. Something like sunflowers have sturdier stems and don’t need to be bunched together.
- Poke the stems of the dried flower bunches into the grapevines and secure them with hot glue or wire as necessary.
- Arrange the dried flower bunches as desired and add leaves, nuts, pine cones, or whatever else you like to fill out the wreath.
This wreath is a simple, yet beautiful decoration. A large embroidery hoop works well for the front door, and smaller ones make great indoor decorations. Choose small seasonal items like leaves, flowers, acorns, branches with berries, and miniature gourds.
- Arrange your nature items as desired on the bottom edge of the embroidery hoop. You can center the times on the bottom, or place them off to the side for a more whimsical look.
- Use hot glue to attach the items to the embroidery hoop.
- Tie a ribbon or twine onto the top to hang your hoop wreath.
This one is a little time consuming, but probably one of the simplest to make! You’ll need dry, colorful leaves, a needle, a wire wreath frame, and some heavy-duty thread.
- Thread the needle and poke it through the center of each leaf, creating a long stack of leaves.
- Once your leaf stack is long enough to cover the wireframe, attach the two ends together.
- Use twine or wire to attach it to the frame.
Fall Crafts and Wreaths
I’m a type A personality when it comes to decorating my home for the holidays. But it’s also fun to do some DIY and get the kids involved too. I hope you find these fall wreath ideas inspiring to decorate your own home!
How do you decorate your home for Autumn? Do you usually hang a wreath on the door? Let me know in the comments!