What's the next-best fall activity, after apple picking and sipping pumpkin spice lattes? Crafting a pretty autumn wreath for your front door. No, but really. If the thought of a wreath makes you think of outdated arrangements and fake-looking florals, think again. These nine modern designs feel as fresh as the season, and use unexpected botanicals, such as orchids and air plants. Grab some supplies, invite your friends, and deck out your door in fall's finest.
Above: Studio Choo is a California-based floral design studio that's had a big influence on modern floral design—and wreaths in particular. If you've never made a wreath before (or just want a refresher course), Studio Choo's The Wreath Recipe Book breaks each project down to "ingredients," such as a dose of asters and a dash of rose hips. See one of the resulting masterpieces below.
To get enough corn husks to make this sophisticated fall wreath, look for husk tamale wrappers at specialty food stores. Find the full tutorial on Martha Stewart.
This gorgeous yet simple wreath highlights one of the season's most beautiful blooms—hydrangeas. Use pre-dried bunches in a range of colors so that the wreath will last forever. Follow the instructions on Elements of Style.
Mums, pinecones, and fall leaves come together to form this ombre door decor from BHG.
Moss and air plants make up this living decoration that survives with just a spritz of water from a mister. Find the tutorial on The Rainforest Garden.
North Story assembled this ever-lasting wreath out of twigs and felt leaves.
A cross between a woven wall hanging and seasonal swag, this modern asymmetrical wreath from Design Love Fest would look beautiful adorning a front door or decorating a wall for a fall party.
Don't hide your house numbers when you hang your wreath—this brilliant design by Somewhat Simple puts your home's digits on display.
This easy berry wreath only takes 15 minutes to put together. See how the one above was crafted on To Simply Inspire.