Are you someone who struggles with decorating? To be honest, I do. When it comes to the crafty gene, it skipped me.
Which is why I’m the first one to run to the store to purchase decorations when the change of season hits.
But lately, I’m trying hard to break away from the store in every way. I’ve broken away from the grocery store as much as possible.
Now, it’s time to utilize what I have to make my home beautiful. Therefore, I used what I had on hand to make a nifty fall wreath.
It’s inexpensive and super simple to create. Here’s my fall wreath tutorial, to show you how I did it:
1. Gather Your Materials
Before you begin this project, you need the collect the materials. If you aren’t working on a tight décor budget, you may be able to run to the store and pick up the few items this wreath requires.
Honestly, even if you’re working on a tight budget, everything is extremely inexpensive to make this wreath.
However, if you’re like me and trying to use what you have on hand, begin browsing your property for anything you could use.
In my case, we had made a chicken wire fence around our strawberries and herb garden a few years ago because we allowed our chickens to free range.
When the chickens began running into predators, we put them back in their yard and took down the fences.
Well, a couple of years had passed, and I wasn’t using the stakes. What better way to use them than to upcycle?
I did have to purchase a can of stain because I didn’t have any of it on hand, but be sure to check your garage and storage sheds to see if you have any leftover stain before you spend the money.
Finally, I had a cute fall ribbon I used each year to cover up my wreath hanger when I hung another fall décor item on the door.
I figured why not use it on this wreath too?
2. Work on the Wood
The first step of constructing this wreath begins with the wood. Choose any color stain you like (or what you already have on hand.)
Go outside and use an old rag to apply the stain. Be sure to wear gloves to avoid staining your hands in the process.
Dip the rag in the container of stain and run it up and down the stakes. Be sure to stain both the front and back of the stakes.
When they’re fully covered in stain, leave them outside where they’re out of reach of animals, children, and out of the elements too.
They’ll need a few hours to dry before you can proceed.
3. Throw Some Screws at It
This wreath is about as basic as it comes, but it’s my style. I like things which look rustic and are pretty ‘no fuss.’
To begin constructing this wreath, create a square with the stakes. Because there are pointed ends, the wood will need to overlap.
You’re attempting to make a large frame. When each piece of wood is where you’d like it, use an impact to place a screw in each corner of the frame where the wood overlaps.
Use any screw you’d like. Be careful when screwing the wood together (it may take an extra set of hands) to ensure you don’t accidentally screw the wood to a supporting surface beneath it.
When I was putting my wreath together, my brave husband held the wood together for me to support it to keep me from drilling our kitchen table.
4. Add the Finishing Touches
Before you hang the wreath up, I have a few optional suggestions. You can attach a fall ribbon at the top. I like this idea because it disguises the wreath hanger.
Plus, it adds some fall coloring to it. It also makes this wreath easy to swap out for different seasons because you can swap bows.
You could also fill the center with chicken wire. I’m all about rustic décor. Therefore, I love using old chicken wire to fill in the center of the frame.
If you’re into monogrammed wreaths, you could add a wooden initial (which can be made or purchased at any craft store) to a corner of the wreath.
Be sure to use glue to attach it to the wreath.
Finally, you could purchase some light-up leaf garland and wrap it around the frame of the wreath. It would require more of an investment in supplies, but it would create a gorgeous wreath.
5. Alternative Use
This fall wreath looks amazing hanging on your door, but I wanted to share a couple of alternative uses for it as well.
When I first created the wreath, I knew it was going to be a larger wreath. Therefore, if you have a smaller front door, you may feel it overpowers it.
Don’t feel like you can make this wreath anyway. You may have to find a different way to use it for it to best work in your home.
If you’re someone who likes the idea but struggles with where to put it, consider hanging it on a bare wall for fall décor.
As many people hang old windows on their walls, this frame would give a similar rustic look with little investment.
6. Use It Again and Again
I live in a smaller home. Therefore, I love to be able to use décor items in more ways than one. I shared with you how this fall wreath could be utilized around the home and not only on your front door.
However, consider how it could be used for other holidays too. You could easily wrap some traditional garland, garland with lights, or poinsettia garland around it. Place a red bow where the fall ribbon is, and you have a gorgeous Christmas wreath which cost you almost nothing.
Not to mention, because this wreath is made out of solid wood, it should last for a long time and be able to handle years of abuse too.
If you’re looking for a wreath which will be sturdy, cost-effective, and functional this wreath could be what you’ve needed.
You now have an easy idea fall wreath tutorial. It allows you to use scrap materials around your home and offers a unique wreath.
If you’re into saving money, aren’t the craftiest person on the block, but would like to decorate your home for fall, give this fall wreath tutorial a try. You’re going to love it!