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How to Make a Fall Wreath

Keyword: christmas wreath, christmas wreath ideas, diy, dried flowers, fall, fall wreath, mushrooms, pampas grass
Author: Brittni

Materials

  • floral craft rings in various sizes I linked the exact brand I used. And I went with wreaths in the following sizes: 6 inch, 12 inch, and 16 inch.
  • acrylic paint and paint brush I used Liquitex unbleached titanium, but any craft paint in antique white would be pretty close in color, to save a few dollars on paint.
  • dried plants and florals I purchased all of my dried pieces locally - one a wholesale florist and the other at a boutique shop. And I foraged some pampas grass from an abandon lot on the way to my son's school. Haha. But you can also buy pampas grass in some flower shops. Etsy also has lots of beautiful dried items to use.
  • corn husks optional
  • hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
  • yarn optional
  • scissors

Instructions

Start by painting the floral craft ring with a thin, even coat of paint all the way around (and the sides - not need to paint the back if it won't be seen).

  • Wait for the paint to dry and do a second coat if needed.

OR instead of painting, you can wrap the craft ring in yarn. This will give your wreath a softer, more homey vibe. It's a little less modern and sleek than the painted ones, but wanted to share it as another option just in case.

  • Start by double knotting the yarn around the ring to attach it and then wrap continuously around the ring until the entire ring is covered. Knot the end to secure and/or add hot glue.

Next, experiment with how you want all the dried pieces to be layered.

  • I like to start with the bigger pieces first (dried palms, pampas grass, etc) and then start layering in the medium (mushrooms, smaller grasses, corn husks) and small pieces (wheat, etc) on top.
  • If things are not fitting the way you want them to, don't be afraid to cut some grasses or leaves down. I cut two of my dried palm leaves into much smaller shapes to fit a couple of wreaths and it really helped.

Note about laying out pieces for your fall wreath

  • I made all of my fall wreaths asymmetrical in design because I think it adds a more modern and unique design touch.
  • But you can very easily create a design that is more symmetrical and/or goes over the entire surface of the wreath.

Working with corn husks

  • I like adding in corn husks to this fall wreath idea for extra texture.
  • I just rip small pieces downward from the top of the husk toward the middle of the husk to create a fringe (like the photo). This makes a great filler for any empty areas that need to be filled in.

Once all the pieces have been mapped out, it's time to start glueing them down.

  • Start with the pieces that will be touching the hoop itself (so the pieces furthest back in the layered design you've created).
  • Add a bead of hot glue to the flat part of the ring and then attach the dried pieces on top. Be very careful with your fingers, that hot glue can burn your fingers if not careful.
  • Once the bottom layer is attached to the wreath, continue glueing layers on top of that one until your design is completed.
  • Whenever possible, try to find areas to glue to that are the floral ring itself, which is the strongest spot to secure leaves and dried items. If that's not possible, look for flat areas in the layers underneath whenever possible.
  • This will help make sure everything stay secure.

Note about glueing pieces onto your fall wreath

  • I found that waiting 5 minutes or so between layers is helpful. It gives the glue time to harden and set a bit before adding additional layers that could weigh it down.
  • Once all the layers have been glued down, you can add small and skinny pieces of string to any areas that look like they need added security.
  • I did this on one of my fall wreaths as a design detail, where you can see it in the finished piece). And one in another fall wreath where you can't see it in the final piece (I fluffed some pampas grass around that one, so it wouldn't be seen).

All finished!

    Notes

    How to Hang Your Fall Wreath
    If you've made an asymmetrical wreath like mine, you may need an extra support nail or push pin to help keep your wreath from shifting around from the asymmetrical weight.
    So, I recommend adding a small finishing nail, Command hook, or push pin toward the bottom of the weighted portion of your fall wreath arrangement. That should keep it in place and won’t be seen bc your dried florals will cover it.
    Make sense? Shoot me a question in the comments if you have any trouble.