10 DIY Wreaths for Fall
Hang up a blaze of fall color and texture. This roundup of easy-to-make wreaths, many using items you can forage from nature, offers ideas to spruce up your front door and greet the season in style.
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If you think wreaths have to be round, this square twiggy design proves otherwise. Gather fallen twigs—they're usually abundant around birch trees—and separate them into four equal-size bundles. Wire the twig bundles together into a square design. For embellishments, collect wheat stalks, millet seed heads, sunflower heads, and other foliage or seasonal finds; wire them together to create a handheld bouquet. Wire the bouquet to the wreath. If desired, fill it out with succulents, billy balls, and variegated euonymus.
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Repurpose a past-its-prime rake into a conversation-starting door decoration. Remove the rake's pole. Use the handle as a gathering spot for strands of bittersweet and boughs of evergreen, placing them so they snake upward around the rake's tines. Wrap and tie jute twine around the handle to secure the embellishments.
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Into the Wild
Don't worry about perfection with this wreath. Part of its beauty is the natural, willy-nilly look. Cover a wreath form with sheet moss, wrapping it with florists wire. Secure gnarled magnolia stems to the wreath form. Hot-glue sprigs of huckleberry or other leaves around the wreath. Fill in by wiring clusters of burgundy hypericum berries, leucadendron flowers, and nearly black Aeonium 'Zwartkop' to the wreath form.
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Earthy color and lots of texture star on this dried wheat wreath. To make, trim dried wheat so stems are 1 inch long. Hot-glue the stems to a foam wreath form, overlapping tassels. For a spiral effect, point tassels in the same direction. Tuck in sprigs of faux bittersweet and purple broom corn; hot-glue in place. To change the look, add other colorful dried foliage such as red broom corn, eucalyptus, globe thistle, or blackbeard wheat.
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No need to wait until the leaves fall. This classic wreath gets its rich colors from seasonal items from a crafts store. Cluster dried artichokes, lotus pods, and pinecones on the bottom of a grapevine wreath, hot-gluing or wiring in place. Finish with a layer of leaves around the wreath, placing some between the twigs and at different angles for a freshly fallen look. Adhere leaves with hot glue.
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This lush corn husk wreath is a subtle reminder of harvest season. To start, soak husks in water until they are pliable; pat dry with a towel. Wrap damp husks around a straw wreath form and attach with T-pins, overlapping pieces until the entire form is hidden. For a pop of color, use husks from Indian corn for the final layer, and hot glue to secure. Quick-find tip: Tamale wrappers from the grocery store can be used for this wreath, too.
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Sticks instead of a wreath form. A triangle instead of a circle. This wreath is big on intrigue despite its minimalist look. Break a found stick or sticks into the desired lengths. Tie ends together with twine or jute, forming a triangle. For an asymmetrical look, adorn a corner with sprigs of greenery and seedpods tied on with a ribbon. If needed, add a few dabs of hot glue for extra security.
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Instead of going crazy with leaves and gourds to craft a fall wreath, go nuts with...nuts. Foraged acorns (empty shells work fine) team up with an assortment of in-the-shell nuts for this earthy delight. Wrap a floral-foam wreath form with burlap ribbon, then attach nuts with hot glue. (The process is easy, but be patient—it may take an hour or so.) For interest, add a few cracked empty shells. After the wreath is assembled, lightly spray the nuts with shellac for protection and a bit of shine.
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Ornamental grasses provide the wispy, fuzzy layers on this wreath. The clever idea, featured in the November 2015 issue of Better Homes & Gardens, is so unique yet simple it's worth revisiting. Gather 10-inch-long bundles of explosion grass and purple fountain grass seedheads (the fuzzy plumes). Wire the bundles to a straw wreath form, overlapping cut ends and varying the angles. Experiment with different grasses from your yard to create your own look. Most grasses dry beautifully.
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Shifting to Halloween for a few weeks is easy with this silhouette wreath that will scare up some fun without the gore. Simply spray a grapevine wreath black (here, a basecoat of matte paint was followed by a topcoat of glossy), and add a few Halloween embellishments. A glittery woven wire tree attached with crafts wire creates the silhouette, while a small artificial pumpkin hot-glued in place provides a hit of seasonal color.Visit Our Archive for Past Issues