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Front Door Fall Wreath Tutorial

This Fall wreath tutorial is full of tips and tricks for making a pretty Fall wreath for your front door. This front door wreath was made from things I had on hand. That’s the best way to DIY. Don’t buy anything new. Use what you have. You might have just what you need to make a wreath. Remember you don’t even need to have a grapevine wreath or wreath form.

You can make a “wreath” using a purse filled with flowers or maybe a tennis racket with a circle of flowers. There are all kinds of front door wreath ideas. I bet you can think of things you can make a wreath with after reading this tutorial. Think outside of the box.

Colors Of Fall Sunflower Grapevine Wreath

This wreath is perfect for Fall but I can also hang it on the front door year round. Sunflowers are always in.

How To Make A DIY Front Door Wreath

I gather things to make my wreath before I get started but sometimes I have to hunt for more things mi-project. Don’t be afraid to take a detour from your original idea.

flower bouquet from Hobby Lobby

Gather Wreath Supplies

Supplies For The DIY Front Door Wreath:

Branch or Leaf Stems

Sunflower Bouquet or Other Type Flowers

Grapevine Wreath


Hot Glue

grapevine wreath

Use a grapevine wreath for the main form or as I mentioned earlier start with a purse. A purse with a strap for hanging works best. I’ve used this grapevine wreath over and over. I make a seasonal type wreath then take the wreath apart when I get ready for a new look.

Fall flower stems

Long stems work best for filling out the edges of the wreath display.

Outline The Wreath

I call this part outlining or determining the outside edges of the floral part of the wreath.trim flower stems for wreath.

Clip stems apart with a wire cutter if needed.

stick flower stems into grapevine wreath

Stick the stems into the grapevine wreath. A lot of the time the stem will fit snugly in the vines but sometimes you might need to hot glue the stems in place.

DIY Front Door Wreath Tutorial

For this DIY front door wreath the leafy stems are the outline for the floral part of the wreath. You can see the placement of the stems in the photo above. The center area between the stems is where the sunflower, berry stems, etc. will be.

flower stem from Hobby Lobby

Add Center Floral Elements

The sunflower flower bouquet I bought last year and used in my purse wreath needed to be taken apart. The stems were wrapped with thick twine.

taking a flower bouquet apart

Under the twine was a layer of paper wrap. I cut all the stems apart and selected the ones I wanted to use for the wreath.

wire flower stems to wreath

Next I added the berry stems inside the leafy stem outline. I used light weight wire to hold the berry stems in place. The wire can be twisted tight with needle nose pliers.

DIY Front Door Wreath Tutorial

See how the floral part of the grapevine wreath is building from the outside to the center?

bend flower stem to go into grapevine wreath

Add Focal Point To The Wreath

The sunflower is the focal point of the wreath. It was big and the stems were thick and stiff. I used a pair of pliers to bend the stems so I could slip them into the grapevines.

making a grapevine sunflower wreath

The Sunflower went right into the center. I spread the light colored wheat looking things evenly around the sunflower.

add pinecone stem to wreath

Add Filler To The Wreath

The sunflower looked a little lonely in the center of the wreath so I added the pinecone detail from the sunflower bouquet. I wired the sunflower and the pinecone into place.

make a hanger for the wreath

Add A Wreath Hanger

I used the heavy twine from the bouquet wrap and made a short hanger for the wreath. Sometimes you don’t need a hanger you can just slip part of the grapevine wreath over a metal wreath hanger for the door.


sunflower grapevine wreath, DIY Front Door Wreath

That was all or I thought so. When taking photos of the wreath I noticed the areas below the pinecone and the area above the sunflower on the left top looked a bit bare.

DIY Front Door Wreath, Colors Of Fall Sunflower Wreath

DIY Front Door Wreath

I went back to the pieces from the sunflower bouquet and found a couple of large green leaves. I hot glued them in place in the two areas I mentioned above. Next I found a flower stem I spray painted black for the purse wreath last year and hot glued it to the wreath. Now it’s all done.

This is the way I do it. I don’t have any professional florist training. What do you think of the wreath? Did my tutorial help you? Have you made a unique wreath or do you have a cool idea for a wreath that’s a bit different? Leave a note if you have time. Thanks for being here, Kathy

Kathy Owen founder of Petticoat Junktion
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Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. I love this idea! I’ve recently made one with an old metal mirror frame and some grass and acorns I foraged on walks with my son. Thank you for sharing, Kathy!

  2. Thank you for sharing at OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy.

  3. That wreath turned out so cute!! I love it, and now I want to go cut down some wild grape vines to make my own. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  4. I just love your wreath and the purse idea too. I’ve used purses to put real plants in to sit on my porch and to give to friends but I never thought of using it to hang as a wreath. I have a straw purse that would look fantastic so I think I’ll use your idea. I’ve been making my own round wreaths for years. After I saw one for $169 I thought to myself I can do this. I love all the different textures that you use and I think that’s what makes it so pretty. I can’t wait to see what you’re up to next.

  5. my mother had a favorite straw purse that she carried up until she died in 2003. Of course I held onto that purse and a few years ago, I had it filled professionally for my front door and I cherish it even more.

  6. I just love all your ideas!!! Cant wait to try one for myself…if its a success I will let you know!! Thanks for all your great ideas!!!