Wreath making is easy with the right inspiration. See how to make a beautiful fall wreath from basic craft store supplies, and save a ton of money!
For as long as I can remember, I have loved wreaths. They have been a large part of my decor style in both of our homes…and of course as a symbol of hospitality on our front door. I’ve shared so many wreaths on this blog that I have lost track!
Over the years, I have picked up tips and tricks that have made DIY wreath making simple and fun. The actual process is easy to learn, but finding inspiration can be a challenge. It’s important to always have an open mind, and look for inspiration everywhere. For this tutorial, my inspiration was this lovely wreath from Pottery Barn.
When I saw this wreath online, I immediately fell in love. It’s wispy, and I love that it’s a little bit unbalanced. It’s so versatile that it could be hung on your door in very early fall, and stay there until Thanksgiving. The next thing I noticed was the price! The Pottery Barn wreath retails for $149.00…which is way over my price range for door decor. (It is currently on sale, but it’s still super pricey.)
So I took a few minutes, and really studied the wreath. I figured out how it was constructed, and since it was actually very simple, I decided to make one myself. The end result is super cute, but is not an exact replica. Substitutions and variations are necessary when working from an inspiration picture, so don’t forget to think outside of the box.
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Easy Step by Step Assembly
- In a well-ventilated space, lay the faux leaves on a piece of cardboard. Apply the spray paint. Let dry.
- Place the grapevine wreath on a flat surface.
- Place some wispy sticks into the sides of the wreath. This adds dimension and depth, but is totally optional.
- Randomly insert the pumpkin picks into the bottom of the grapevine wreath. Make sure they are secure.
- Place the leaves on the wreath, under and around the pumpkins. Trail a few leaves up the right side of the wreath. This is a “dry fit,” so move them around until you like the placement. (Pictured above.)
- Once the leaves are in place, carefully glue them to the wreath with hot glue. Lift off each leaf, and using a hot glue gun, add a bit of glue to the back, and place it on the wreath. Use a spoon or popsicle stick to press the leaf onto the wreath. (Don’t use your fingers!)
- Once the leaves are in place, add the embellishments.
- Carefully insert the berries, cotton boll stems, or other faux elements in and around the leaves.
- Make a hanger from twine or floral wire, and attach it to the back of the wreath.
- Hang and enjoy! (Final design pictured below.)
Variations and Substitutions
This design can easily be used to make a Christmas wreath. Instead of a grapevine wreath, begin with a pine wreath, real or faux. Swap out the leaves for spray painted poinsettia blooms or magnolia leaves, and instead of pumpkins, use sprayed pine cones.
One big difference between the inspiration wreath and my wreath is the size. The Pottery Barn wreath is a generous 24 inches wide, while mine is 18 inches. I was able to make up for some of the difference by adding the wispy sticks, and placing a few of the leaves so they extend away from the wreath. The PB wreath is truly beautiful, and if you have the budget, you should treat yourself!
Keep in mind that you can basically use anything that can be spray painted. Some ideas are faux eucalyptus, faux rosemary, dried flowers, faux sunflowers, and different types of greenery.
Finishing the Space
After I placed this new wreath on our door, I decided our porch planters needed a small update. I replaced the mums from my fall front porch refresh with large off-white faux pumpkins. I simply placed the pumpkins on the potting soil, and then wrapped the existing ivy around the pumpkins to secure them in place. This look can also be achieved by using very large real pumpkins.
Use What You Have
Before you start any craft project, check your current supplies to see if you have anything useable. Substitute items found in your inspiration picture with items you already have, or can find at places like the Dollar Tree, Hobby Lobby, Walmart, or any big box store.
I was able to save money because I already had a wreath, the cotton boll stems, and the ivory spray paint. I also used white berries from my stash, and sprayed them the same ivory color as the leaves. I had to purchase the faux leaves and pumpkin picks, which made the total cost of my wreath a whopping $15.00!
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