Fall Wreath Idea: Lamb’s Ear & Cotton Bolls

In this post: DIY Fall Wreath Idea with lamb’s ear and cotton bolls. Such an easy way to add a custom touch of autumn to your front door!

fall wreath idea blue front door with lambs ear wreath on porch

Hello! I’m obsessed at the moment with faux lamb’s ear (that actually looks real) and cotton bolls. I used cotton bolls last year and loved them, so they’re back again this year. The first thing I did to kick off my fall decor was make a wreath for our front door. I kept things somewhat simple, and there’s minimal color.

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Fall Wreath Supplies

supplies for fall wreath lambs ear cotton bolls

Fall Wreath Assembly

  • Using wire cutters, trim each lamb’s ear stem so there is about 4 inches below the leaves.
  • Determine the top of your wreath. Begin by inserting a lamb’s ear stem at the top, with the leaves pointing to the right.
  • Continue inserting lamb’s ear stems down the right side of the wreath, stopping at the bottom (as pictured in the image below.)
  • Repeat this process on the left side of the wreath, starting at the top and ending at the bottom.
  • Don’t worry too much about adjusting or fluffing until the wreath is on your door. It’s much easier when the wreath is hanging.

fall wreath idea greenery placement arrows on wreath

  • Trim the cotton boll stems the same way you trimmed the lamb’s ear stems.
  • Decide where you want the cotton bolls and insert them into the grapevine.
  • I spaced my cotton bolls as evenly as I could, but the placement is totally up to you. It would be pretty to cluster them along the bottom or top of the wreath.

When a grapevine wreath is used for a base, there is no need to use any glue or wire. Just stick the stems directly into the grapevine and push. Occasionally the stems stick out on the back of the wreath…simply tuck them in.

Like most wreaths I make, this one didn’t turn out exactly how I planned. I wanted to use eucalyptus, but after the lamb’s ear was in, I thought it would be too much. I also wanted to add a bow, but again, the wreath didn’t need it. Most of the time, less is more.

Fall Wreath Shop + Source

Lantern planters | Cotton boll stem | Lambs Ear stem | Front Door Color | Address plaque | Mailbox | Door hardware | Wreath hanger

The last official weekend of the summer is coming up and I hope you all have good weather and family fun. Be safe and enjoy!

DIY Fall Wreath Idea with lamb's ear and cotton bolls. Such an easy way to add a custom touch of autumn to your front door!

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  1. I love this wreath. Did it two years ago, I can’t remember who of you hat the idea, I think it was Yvonne. And with some small white faux pumpkins. Looks great every year!

  2. Love the wreath! It’s perfect for fall without without screaming fall – if that makes sense.
    I don’t like to decorate for fall too early, and it’s perfect between seasons.

  3. Hi Ann,
    I love your wreath & how you combined the lambs ear & cotton bolls – so pretty & perfect for late summer & autumn. I’ll do my best to try to make a wreath as pretty as yours! I’m looking forward to other tips & ideas you have for our autumn decor.

  4. I made the wreath this morning. LOVE IT! Thank you for your tutorial!!!

  5. Cecilia from GA says:

    I just saw your post for the lambs ear and cotton bolls and it is perfect for my door. I love the combination of the two textures and colors. I live in SW Georgia where cotton covers many miles of fields so I will most likely use the real stuff so if it gets wet, that will not be an issue. I am happy to join your merry little blog.

  6. From what I can see it look great I would love to see front view instead of side

    1. Hi Paula…I added a front view of the wreath to the bottom of the post. Thank you!

  7. I’m loving Lamb’s Ear, too! Question for you… does the cotton get wet during the night? Does it hold up with moisture outside? Inquiring minds want to know, before they incorporate it into their own door hangings! ;-)

    1. HI Julie…I can’t remember if I answered this or not. I’m so behind on everything! Anyway, I don’t have any trouble with the cotton getting damp. My porch is covered though so keep that in mind. Thanks for your patience!

  8. Love your wreath, thank you for the how too’s

  9. I love the look wish I had waited to do mine………next year or maybe spring & add some tiny flowers. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Love your fall wreath. Added to my project list. The lambs ear is beautiful. Thanks.

  11. Ann I love this wreath! I had forgotten how beautiful lamb’s ear is. This seems so easy to make.

  12. Love it ! I always make my own wreaths and this is an easy one.

  13. Nan, Odessa, DE says:

    Like the lamb’s ear! I grow it in my garden, enjoy walking the toddlers through the garden and having them rub the ear. It re-seeds well. EVERY GARDEN SHOULD HAVE SOME GRAY!!
    Thanks for making your audience aware of lamb’s ear!

  14. Off the wall comment .. do you know the brand and color of paint on your front door?? Love the color. Thanks

  15. Did you use the stems or the garland that you have listed to buy? A full, front on shot of the finished wreath would be most helpful in seeing where you placed the bolls or if they were even needed. Thanks!

    1. Hi Lauri…I used the stems. I planned to use the garland but when I did my shopping, they were sold out. It’s sold out online as well. I’ll try to do better with my photos…but my porch is very narrow and I can’t stand back far enough to get a straight shot. I’ll do some experimenting though and see what I can come up with. Thank you!

  16. Viktoria Sacker says:

    One of my favorite wreath designs. We’re leaving for a hiking trip, but I ordered all my supplies through your links, so I’ll make the wreath when we return. Anxious to see it hanging on our front door!

  17. Jeanette Duke says:

    Ann, I love your wreath! I have faux lamb’s ears in a tall vase in my foyer and it does look so real! They have certainly improved the faux greens and flowers over the years.

  18. I think this is one of my favorite wreaths.
    I love the look. If I wasn’t going to work today
    I would do this. Great look!!

  19. Terri Herman says:

    Love. Love. Love!