A simple autumn wreath
I needed an easy way to bring a little autumn atmosphere to the homestead. Time for a craft project! I’ve created two simple fall wreaths for our double front doors. Keep reading to see how I completed the project.
I was on a search for some nice autumn decor that I could leave up through Halloween and Thanksgiving. I needed something that was not too ‘Halloween-y.’ I found some floral stems that were shaded with yellows, oranges, and reds. Then I purchased two grapevine wreath frames. I always watch the thrift stores for cheaply priced wreaths that I can disassemble and reuse…this makes the whole craft pretty inexpensive. I sat down one night last fall to make my wreaths:
I used wire snips to cut apart the big floral stems and then I simply threaded the small stems of leaves and berries into the gaps of the grapevine frame. I used a hot glue gun to dab a bit of glue behind some of the loose pieces. The grapevine itself looks rustic and fall-like, so I like that it’s visible through the floral stems. I didn’t want to overwhelm the wreath with too much stuff. Last up, I debated on a ribbon to wrap around the wreath as a way to hang it. I pulled out my collection of scrap ribbons. This photo was taken during my ribbon testing phase:
When I made the wreaths last autumn, my doors were still painted red. The red color was perfect as a backdrop to my colorful fall decor, but the paint was old and chipping off, which is why I repainted the front door. You can see I eventually decided to use a simple brown satin ribbon to hang my wreaths:
The wreaths are held in place with simple round hook magnets (see that black circle at the top of the window? That’s a magnetic hook that I spray painted black). Since my front doors are metal, the magnet hooks were the easiest way to hang the wreaths. After Thanksgiving I just leave the magnets in place and change out the fall wreaths for my Christmas evergreen wreaths- simple!
Let me know what your autumn decorating solutions are, I’m always looking for new ideas!