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.
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.
Gather Wreath Supplies
Supplies For The DIY Front Door Wreath:
Branch or Leaf Stems
Sunflower Bouquet or Other Type Flowers
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.
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.
Clip stems apart with a wire cutter if needed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
See how the floral part of the grapevine wreath is building from the outside to the center?
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.
The Sunflower went right into the center. I spread the light colored wheat looking things evenly around the sunflower.
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.
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.
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
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
Author: Kathy Owen (Petticoat Junktion)
Kathy is the founder of PetticoatJunktion.com, a home décor blog focused on repurposing and upcycling furniture, old hardware, rusty stuff, and thrifty finds into unique home décor. Kathy’s projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Read more about Kathy here.