Looking for a simple way to bring some seasonal festivity to your front door? Be sure to check out this interchangeable fall wreath!
Every year around September, my Pinterest feed gets flooded with the most adorable wreaths. What is it about the changing seasons that makes us want to adorn our front doors with cutesy circles of festive decorations? Who knows, but I’m not questioning it – I’m all for it!
My main issue is that I then want make allthewreaths and either A. end up buying 4 base wreaths and $100 worth of ‘necessary’ supplies to make them, B. spending just as much buying premade wreaths, or C. skip a wreath altogether because it’s all too overwhelming. Which makes for both a sad Morgan and a sad front door.
This year, I’ve decided to challenge myself and make one wreath – and then make 11 more for each month using the same wreath base. It’s the best of both worlds! Fun, ever-changing wreaths that will keep my ADD self-interested, but without having to pay a billion dollars for 12 wreaths.
I’m so excited to start this journey with you all – starting with this fun version I made for September (oops ;)) but it really is perfect for fall if you’re into more of a seasonal wreath!
Year Round Wreath – Fall Edition
First, you’re going to make your ‘base’ wreath. I used an intertwined twig wreath since I thought it would be the most versatile, but something like a ribbon or fabric (I would probably use burlap) covered foam wreath form would work as well. You want something neutral and versatile.
Next, decide if you would like to do anything extra to your base – a number, your family’s name, or a monogram would all work! I hand lettered our name on to a wooden piece I picked up for cheap at Michael’s and it worked well. If you would like to do so, I suggest tracing your piece to get the shape/size and then hand lettering what you would like on a piece of paper(use this tutorial for an easy hand lettering for beginners that anyone can do!). Once you have it the way you like, tape on top of your painted wood and trace your design pressing hard on the wood so an imprint occurs underneath. Then use a plain Sharpie to go over your imprint. If you make a mistake, you can paint over it using the paint you used as your base. (if using white, feel free to try white out! it will eliminate the need for multiple layers of paint.) Once dry, hot glue your personalized aspect to your base.
Once your base is complete, you’re free to start making the fun part – the seasonal aspect! My plan is to create 12 different add-ons for my wreath and then package them up for yearly use. Let’s start with what I did for September!
I kept September pretty simple since it was my first wreath. I knew that I love the look of having the bulk of the decoration in the bottom corner, so I went with that. At Michael’s I bought 3 sprigs of their ‘floral essentials’ which cost me $1 each, as they were half off. I bought one plain fall leave that also included some berries and a styrofoam pumpkin, one glitter leaves, and one poppies (I think? I’m no good with flowers. I essentially was aiming for fall colors.) I found 3 to be the perfect amount, but if you want to cover your whole wreath/have a bigger wreath, maybe pick up a few more. Using wire cutters, detach all of the sprigs.
Make a form to attach your decorations to. Layer and hot glue popsicle sticks together in a shape and size that is fitting to your wreath. Remember to keep comparing the size to your wreath as you’re creating.
Begin the process of gluing your decorations. I found working from the outside to the middle with the leaves worked best for me, but do what feels right for you. I suggest gluing all of your ‘base’ decoration first (for me it was leaves). Laying them out first might help, but I found it difficult to glue them all just right when everything was laid out, so I kind of wung it. Once your base is complete, add your flowers to fill in any empty/weird looking spots, especially where your leaves/branches meet.
Once totally dried, attach your wreath addition. I used gold and twine jute that I got from the Dollar Spot at Target, but floral wire would also work. Just wind it inconspicuously in 2 or 3 spots where you can later detach.
Hang your creation with pride! I love this DIY because it seriously took me maybe 15 minutes WITH a toddler begging to ‘help’ non-stop. While I don’t have the time or patience to FULLY decorate my house, I feel like I’m kind of sort of getting into the spirit when I can put a cute wreath on my front door.
So tell me- do you fall into the wreath trap? What’s your favorite simple decoration for your house? Let me know in the comments!
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