Wreath-making can be intimidating, but this DIY fall wreath doesn’t take much skill or money to pull together. You’ll love how it dresses up your front door. The great news is that it takes only 10 minutes to make!
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How to Make a DIY Fall Wreath
I love this style of wreath because it’s whimsical, messy, and asymmetrical…just like me! Autumn wreaths are a great way to celebrate the start of fall or the Thanksgiving season.
When you tackle this project, I suggest starting with the ribbon in mind. Then you can bring in statement elements (like my giant pumpkin) before adding the floral pieces.
I found this amazing dupioni ribbon that I’ve had in my stash for a full year just waiting to become a door decoration. I love the fall colors that are a bit brighter than the traditional orange and yellow.
With my color scheme settled, I chose an oversized pumpkin, greenery, and peonies to cover the grapevine wreath form.
Watch this Tutorial (1-minute)
- Grapevine wreath (18-24 inches in diameter)
- Main ribbon (4-inch wide)
- Accent ribbon (2-inch wide)
- Faux pumpkin
- Peony bush
- Berry spray
- Pipe cleaner (a.k.a. chenille stems)
- Floral wire (optional in place of pipe cleaner)
- Hot glue
- Wire cutters
- Staple gun
Note: I picked up the artificial flowers for this craft at Hobby Lobby, but they are not currently available online.
Step 1: Cover the grapevine wreath with greenery
I used a frosted green birdnest grass bush to cover the grapevine wreath form. You can use wire cutters to trim the branches off of the bush and insert them in a spiral pattern.
Another option for adding color and texture is interspersing natural elements like faux fall leaves. Magnolia leaves are among my favorite as a backdrop for a fall wreath.
Note: Although this tutorial uses a grapevine wreath form, you can substitute a different wreath base like a foam wreath form.
Step 2: Insert artificial flowers
One spray of cream peonies was enough to add a floral accent to this fall wreath. You’ll want to trim the florals down leaving about 2-3 inches of the stem to insert into the grapevine wreath.
You can keep a few leaves with the flowers for added texture. I spaced my flowers out about every 6-8 inches around the entire wreath.
Again, play with the position of the flowers to find a balance that suits you before gluing anything down. Once you add the ribbon and accent pieces, you might want to rearrange things a bit.
Step 3: Insert accent berries
To add more texture to this DIY wreath, I included a few autumn berry stems that I picked up at Hobby Lobby. You can usually find these at any local craft store.
I used two berry stems in opposite directions on the lower right portion of the wreath leaving some space in between to place the pumpkin. Consider including accents of various sizes for more visual interest like pinecones, acorns, or twigs.
Step 4: Attach the pumpkin to the wreath
Attaching a pumpkin this large took a bit of trial and error. I love going “big” with a statement piece like this, but this gourd caused some challenges!
First I tried attaching the pumpkin to the wreath with hot glue and a ribbon base, but that failed miserably.
The best way to attach a large pumpkin to a wreath is by using a heavy-duty staple gun and several pipe cleaners. If you go this route, you’ll definitely want to be generous with the staples to make sure they don’t fall out.
Before you attach the staples, it’s helpful to hang your wreath and mark the spots where you think the pumpkin will need to be attached. I marked one spot near the top of the pumpkin and one spot near the bottom for two points of contact.
Step 5: Attach the accent ribbons
To form a relaxed bow, simply loop your two ribbons together 3-4 times using a pipe cleaner to tie them together. Leave two long tails on each end.
You can secure the tails to the wreath using more pipe cleaners, or you can let them hang naturally. I felt that attaching them to the wreath looked better considering all of the wispy pieces sticking out with the greenery already.
This was a fun and QUICK project to dress up my front porch and welcome guests for fall. If burlap is more your style, you can also check out my Halloween rag wreath, which is a budget-friendly spin on a beautiful fall wreath I saw at Williams-Sonoma.
Below you’ll find more inspiration for fall decorations and crafts. Then once you’re ready to transition into Christmas, check out my DIY winter wreath with real greenery.
Don’t forget to pin this project on Pinterest. You can also share your creations with me on Instagram!