Fall has arrived – but does your home reflect it? One trip to the stores and you’ll see there’s no shortage of décor options – sandwiched squarely between Halloween plastics and Christmas glitter. But instead of looking to the shelves for ceramic, mass-produced renderings of all things autumn and Thanksgiving, perhaps you’ll consider making a themed wreath from scratch.

Hung fall wreath
Hang your fall wreath on your front door to help welcome guests to your harvest home.
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Fall wreath supplies
Gather your supplies and lay them out on a table.
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Arranging fall decorations
Arrange your decorations in different locations around the wreath form to discover which design looks best.
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Floral pins
Use floral pins to inconspicuously attach your dried flower stems.
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Ice pick gourd
You may need to use an ice pick to puncture the gourds, then insert a wooden skewer (cut to length) or floral pick.
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Feathers for wreath
Feathers make a soft touch that completes a fall wreath.
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It’s actually easy to do – just head out into your yard for a few natural decorations, pick up a few supplies at your local craft store and put it all together for one beautiful fall wreath. What a great way to open the door to a new season, as well as welcome all who come to visit.

Materials

  • Straw wreath
  • U-shaped floral pins
  • Floral wire
  • Floral picks or wooden skewers
  • Decorative ribbon
  • Hot glue gun

Natural wreath adornments of your choice (I used dried flowers, Indian corn, miniature gourds, magnolia leaves and seedpods – even feathers.)
 Place the straw wreath on a flat surface, like a table. (You may want to cover the table first with an old tablecloth for easy cleanup.) Spread out your supplies and play around with how they could be arranged on the wreath, trying different decorations in different locations until you get the look you’re going for. (I started with dried flowers arranged around the wreath to ensure the colors flowed in a complementary fashion. You may want to leave part of the straw wreath exposed since it lends itself to the seasonal design scheme, or you can cover it entirely – the choice is yours.) Next, attach your dried flower stems using the “U”-shaped floral pins. Work around the wreath so the pins are covered by overlapping stems.

Now attach the heavier objects – like the Indian corn and gourds – with floral wire and floral picks. I tied the dried corn to my wreath by wrapping the floral wire inconspicuously around the corn and the wreath itself. I used one end of the floral pick to puncture through the flesh of the gourd, while I punched the other end into the wreath. (You may also need wire to hold the gourds in place.) Test the wreath’s weight by carefully lifting it into a vertical position, making sure the gourds and corn are secure before moving onto the next step.

For a contrast to the papery, dried flowers, I attached leathery, green Magnolia grandiflora leaves and seedpods with more floral pins. (For gardeners in Northern regions, you may want to substitute American holly, Rhododendron leaves or cold-hardy evergreens.)

We happened to have some turkey and guinea feathers around to add to our wreath, too (and of course, you can use store-bought feathers as well). Just stick the quills right into the straw wreath, or use fastening pins or picks if you prefer. (I like the look of the feathers in the wreath, and it’s a nice way to acknowledge the beauty of wildlife and the balance we strive for in sharing our resources.)

Now, though I’ve proclaimed more than once, “I’m not a ‘bow person,’” wreaths are one of the exceptions. To punctuate the muted flower blossoms, add a soft orange bow with flowing streamers. Once formed, it’s easy to attach with floral wire.

Again, gently lift your wreath to the vertical position to make sure your materials are secure and then look for any unintended bare spots. Now’s your chance to add some filler flowers, leaves, berries or acorns with a hot glue gun to complete the look. Once dry, all that’s left is to hang your creation on your front door – to welcome friends, family and a whole new season (and reason) to celebrate!