6 DIY fall wreaths – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


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Open your front door and the sights and sounds of fall are all around you — beautiful yellow and amber trees, carved pumpkins, kids jumping into piles of leaves. But your front door itself can make quite a statement this season, too. And it all starts with a do-it-yourself wreath.

Thanks to Pinterest, craft magazines and niche television shows, inspiration is all around you. And with so much to choose from, you can find tons of wreath ideas no matter where your skill level — or budget — lies. From simple and chic to artistic and personalized, the autumn sky is the limit.

Before embarking on one of these fall crafts, take inventory of what you already have. Some floral sprays you bought a few years ago can be repurposed into a modern arrangement for your wreath. Or some fabric scraps you’ve had lying around forever could be just the thing to take your front door from ordinary to extraordinary. All of these wreath ideas below certainly will.

The yarn wreath

Your options are endless with this wreath. With so many combinations of yarn and floral arrangements, you can customize this wreath to fit any décor. I found that one package of yarn was perfect for this size wreath.

Materials needed:

  • 14-inch straw wreath
  • 1 standard skein of yarn
  • Artificial flowers
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Tie the end of the yarn around the wreath form. Keep wrapping…and wrapping…and wrapping until the wreath is fully wrapped in yarn. Hot glue the end into place.

Next, plan out how you would like the floral arrangement to be. That big burgundy flower in the middle also covers the stems of the other flowers. So keep stem coverage in mind as you plan your arrangement. Next, hot glue each piece to your yarn wreath. Let cool for around 20 minutes before hanging.

The fabric scrap wreath

Who knew duck cloth could make such a chic wreath? If you’re planning on dolling up your front porch with tons of other decorations and pumpkins, a subdued wreath like this can be a nice juxtaposition. You can use any size wreath frame you’d like. Keep in mind that if you purchase a smaller one, you’ll need less fabric.

Materials needed:

  • 18-inch wire wreath frame
  • 2 ½ yards duck cloth (also called duck canvas fabric)
  • Scissors

Start by cutting strips of fabric that are about 1 inch by 8 inches long. These don’t need to be perfect by any means. Then crunch them up in your hands to give them an organic, crumpled look.

Next, start tying the fabric around the wreath frame. Keep bunching your tied scraps together to get a lush, full look. Now, hang your wreath up and it’s ready for all to enjoy.

The monogram wreath

Adding a monogram to your fall wreath gives it a personalized touch. This one from the blog Addicted 2 DIY also incorporates sunflowers, cotton and burlap for and elegant yet homey decoration. If you don’t want to make your own rosettes out of burlap, you can buy them at your local craft store.

Materials needed:

  • Paint
  • Wooden monogram letter
  • Burlap ribbon to make rosettes and to hang wreath
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • 3 artificial sunflowers
  • Artificial cotton stems
  • 18-inch grapevine wreath

Start by painting the wooden monogram. Set aside to dry.

Next, use burlap ribbon to make rosettes, if making homemade rosettes (see tutorial in neutral wreath instructions). Set aside.

Use hot glue gun to attach decorations to wreath (including the monogram and rosettes). To make this wreath, the blogger took the cotton balls off the stems and attached those to the wreath. Let everything cool for 20 minutes before using burlap ribbon to hang the wreath.

The neutral wreath

Abby from Just a Girl and Her Blog makes her own rosettes out of duck cloth to dress up a wreath form that’s tied with burlap. Using monochrome rosettes adds an understated sophistication, but you can certainly use different colors to suit your taste. And if you don’t want to make rosettes yourself, you can also purchase them at a craft store.

Materials Needed:

  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Burlap ribbon
  • Foam wreath form
  • Scissors
  • Duck cloth, to make rosettes and hang wreath
  • Needle and thread, to make rosettes
  • Pins, to make rosettes
  • Felt, to make rosettes

Use glue gun to attach the end of the burlap ribbon to the wreath form. Wrap the burlap around the form until it is completely covered. Glue the other end in place.

Making your own rosettes is easy; you just need a little patience. Start by cutting 2-inch by 22-inch strips of duck cloth (one strip per rosette). Sew a line down one side of the strip and pull the tread to create a ruffle. Fold the ruffle in half and roll it around itself. Use a pin to hold the rosette in place. Then hot glue the ruffles together, taking the pins out as you go. Glue a small circle of felt to the rosette so it has a flat surface to rest on.

Hot glue all the rosettes in a bunch on the wreath. Cut a wide strip of duck cloth to hang the wreath.

The fragrant wreath

With cinnamon sticks, dried oranges and pine cones, this wreath from the blog Artsy Chicks Rule smells as good as it looks. The trick to this wreath is mastering the arrangement and playing around with your materials before you glue them to the wreath.

Materials needed:

  • Artificial flowers and sprays
  • Grapevine wreath
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Artificial fall leaves
  • Small artificial pumpkins
  • Pine cones
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Dried orange slices

Take the long floral sprays and tuck them into the vines of the wreath. Next, hot glue several leaves in the middle of the two sprays. Then glue pumpkins and pine cones on top of the leaves in the middle. Intermittently glue cinnamon sticks, orange slices and more leaves to the rest of the wreath. Now, hang and enjoy!

The burlap wreath

Burlap is one of the most popular craft items right now, mostly because it strikes the perfect balance between rustic and chic. This wreath from Dallas Moms Blog uses three colors of burlap plus some floral elements and pumpkins to create an adorable wreath that screams home.

Materials needed:

  • Pipe cleaners the same color as the burlap
  • 3 to 4 rolls burlap (use varying colors if you like)
  • Wire wreath frame
  • Embellishments or floral elements, optional
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks, if adding embellishments

Use a pipe cleaner to attach the end of the burlap to the frame. Pull loops of burlap through the outermost ring of the frame. Continue around the frame using a pipe cleaner to attach the end of the burlap when you finish the roll. Continue through the next innermost ring (feel free to switch up the colors or patterns). When all three rings are covered with burlap, add embellishments or bows with hot glue gun if you wish.

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