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11 Easy and Beautiful DIY Fall Wreaths to Get You in the Autumnal Spirit

published Sep 24, 2022
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After the long, lazy days of summer, fall can feel like a bit of a whirlwind. From back-to-school time on toward Halloween and hosting season, the weeks (and then months) go by fast. And it can feel like an extra short period when you start to see stores fill with winter holiday decor.

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But fall is a lovely time of year, and it’s worth taking a beat to savor the crisp temperatures and colorful leaves, among other offerings (apple cider! pumpkins! corn mazes!). One easy way to celebrate the season? With a DIY wreath that gives your home — whether apartment or house, rented or owned — a touch of festiveness. Here, 11 easy and creative DIY fall wreath ideas that you can use to welcome guests all through the fall season — and in some cases, even longer.

1. Pinecone Wreath

Yes, pumpkins and leaves are fall standbys — but pinecones are just as seasonally appropriate, and suit a range of decor styles. Jane and Sonja of Sustain My Craft Habit are pinecone crafting pros who show off how to make a wreath using no glue or wire.

2. Wood Bead and Dried Floral Wreath

Get creative with color palettes and experiment with frame materials for a wreath that truly reflects your home. Take a cue from Rhonda of Hallstrom Home, who used wood beads to create her wreath’s foundation and reached for dried florals in less expected fall colors like light blues and pinks.

3. Feather Wreath

This wreath, from Tanya of Dans le Lakehouse, is a labor of love: Every single feather you see was collected from her chickens over two years. The end result is a stunner, full of patterns and colors that suit the fall season but feel a little understated, too. Of course, not everyone has their own chickens; if you want the same look without the coop, you can find ethically sourced feathers from small bird owners on Etsy.

4. Minimalist Dried Yarrow Wreath

Try the rule of three if you’re new to wreath making: Use three different complementary components to create a minimalist but striking display. The key to pulling this off? The elements should share either a color palette or a texture, but not both. For example, this wreath from The Honeycomb Home features yarrow, wheat grass, and ribbon; they all coordinate with warm neutral tones, but contrast in texture to add some visual interest.

5. Frame Wreath

Thrift stores can provide tons of DIY inspiration. For example, Christy of Confessions of a Serial DIYer found a unique frame at an estate sale that became the perfect base for her pumpkin wreath. To recreate this look, keep your eyes peeled for circle- or oval-shaped frames. Don’t forget to look at the frames filled with artwork, too.

6. Pampas Grass Wreath

You don’t have to use fall foliage to create a stunning fall wreath. Here, Brittni of Paper & Stitch gives her wreath autumnal vibes using dried botanicals in various shades of brown and tan: pampas grass, bunny tail grass, dried palm leaves, and mushrooms. To keep everything in her tone-on-tone wreath from blending together, she made sure to vary up the texture in each element.

7. Rustic Dried Grass Wreath

You can use dried grass to get a more rustic look, too. In this DIY, Manda at The Merrythought evenly weaves bunny tails, stardust gypsum, wheat bunches, and other foraged botanicals into a complete circle. A foam or wire base is helpful for getting a perfect circle shape.

8. Gilded Leaves Wreath

Dresden wreaths — the ones made with brass figurines shaped into a circle — were the inspiration for this gilded leaf wreath by Sugar & Cloth. If you want even more of this look at home, there’s also a tutorial for making a matching garland.

9. Rattan Wreath

Rattan wreaths are similar to grapevine wreaths but a little tighter in their construction, which means you need fewer florals to make this style look full. Pair your floral additions with gingham ribbon and a small chalkboard sign, as seen here on 1111 Light Lane, and you’ll quickly have a beautiful new piece for your threshold.

10. Corn Wreath

That’s not wheat you see — it’s corn! Delia of Delia Creates layered fresh cornstalks to create this classic-but-still-fun look to her front door. The best part: It lasts for the season, is compostable, and is easy to make, too.

11. Fallen Leaves Wreath

Of course, classics are classics for a reason — they work! Case in point: this wreath from Design Improvised that’s made up of beautifully colored fallen leaves. These vibrant red, orange, and yellow preserved oak leaves make for a stunning display that lets nature do all the heavy lifting.