Create a decorative door front this fall with an exciting wreath design. Unexpected materials, shapes, and colors make these wreaths anything but traditional.
Metallic spray paints are invaluable when it comes to quickly raising a store-bought wreath to leading-lady status. Flashes of silver, gold, or copper develop celebratory character. Paint individual magnolia leaves, or partially paint areas of the wreath to allow some of the leaves' green and brown hues to show through. Finish the wreath by adding white-painted twigs to add a touch of rustic elegance to the magnolia leaves.
'Tis the season for delicious spiced wine -- so raise a glass and save the cork! Natural cork stoppers in varying shapes and tawny colors create visual interest, while their wine-stained tips add extra color. To re-create this wreath, hot-glue collected corks to a straw base, alternating sizes and angles for a chunky, jumbled effect. Embellish the finished piece with an oversize silver bow to add a bit of glam.
Broken twigs gathered from the yard adorn a grapevine wreath. White spray paint unites the twigs and gives the wreath a snow-dusted outlook; tiny pinecones, a jute-ribbon bow, and fresh greenery underscore the wreath's woodland premise.
A bewitching blend of twiggy, downy, and glossy elements makes this wreath a singularly chic circlet. Think of the ready-made twig wreath as your canvas, with fresh foliage and dried floral stems for artistic media. Weave, wire, and glue cotton pods and berried holly sprigs to fill the wreath's surface with updated takes on traditional holiday hues. Like more glitz in the mix? Use a brush and metallic crafts paint to add sparkling highlights to the stems, leaves, and cotton pods.
A simple wooden picture frame and fragrant oranges join together for an unexpectedly sweet door decoration. Start by creating holes in the back half of the fruit by pushing a skewer through. Next, run heavy florists wire through the holes, and attach the oranges to an unfinished wooden picture frame. Add pops of color by filling the space between the oranges with leaves, berries, and flowers. We used aspen leaves, green yarrow, and thistlelike orange safflowers. Finish by tacking a wide ribbon to the frame's back corners.
Editor's Tip: Fresh fruit prevents this wreath from being used all season. Make it a few days before guests arrive, and discard it before the fruit spoils.
Let the beauty of nature inspire your next project. Weave and overlap small pieces of driftwood, and secure to a standard wreath form with glue. Touches of crimson and burnt-orange leaves against the muted tones of natural wood enliven the arrangement with punches of bold color.
Dramatic and sophisticated, this lush red wreath makes a statement when displayed on a staircase. Incorporate a monochromatic mix of berries and leaves to soften the texture of the curly willow branches that form the base.
Orange and gold may be the traditional colors of fall, but the ghostly hues of white pumpkins and pale pistachios have their own appeal. Design an intriguing centerpiece by gluing miniature white pumpkins to a straw wreath. Glue pistachios in the open spaces to cover the wreath. A while pillar candle set in the center completes the nature-focused, tone-on-tone look.
Editor's Tip: If you prefer orange pumpkins, create a similar monochromatic look with miniature orange pumpkins, bittersweet sprigs, and an orange pillar candle.
Irresistible and easy, a wrapped bittersweet wreath gains a personal touch with a monogram inside. Purchase a twig-and-bittersweet wreath (fake bittersweet branches look just as good as real and last far longer), and wrap it a few times with a colorful satin ribbon. Have your wreath on hand when you pick out the monogram to ensure correct sizing -- ours is a lightweight cardboard letter that we wrapped in twine and wired on the ends to attach to the wreath form.
Mimic a brilliant autumn sun using a seasonal staple: Indian corn. To make, purchase stalks of dried corn from your local home center or farmers market. Pull back the husks, leaving them attached at the ends. Hot-glue the ears of corn onto a straw wreath, and fold the husks outward.
While your neighbors line their porches with pumpkins this season, you'll be the envy of the block with this twist on traditional ornamental gourds. Pick a colorful mixture of miniature gourds and drill through each using a long, fine drill bit. Hide the holes by keeping them slightly toward the back of each gourd. Finally, wire the gourds to a sturdy round foam wreath and hang. Gourd-eous!
Make a sweet fall statement with this natural harvest wreath. Start by hot-gluing acorns to a grapevine wreath. It’s helpful if you hot-glue the caps on first; plan for around 100 acorns to get a full look. Add a handmade burlap bow to the top of the wreath. For a touch of glamour, add a dusting of metallic gold glitter.
This striking centerpiece is sure to be the talk of the table during your next dinner party. To re-create the look, begin with a simple straw wreath. Affix cornhusks to the back of the wreath by applying a small amount of hot glue to each husk's bottom just before pressing it in place. Position the husks side by side until the entire back is covered. Continue to fasten husks to the inside and front portions of the wreath until it is completely covered. Add the finishing touch to your chic new decor by placing a bowl of fresh fruit in the middle.
Bring a touch of understated elegance to your home with a faux feather wreath in the golden colors of fall. To create, remove the bottom ends of six pinecones with a small handsaw. Spray-paint the pinecones and several fir branches gold; apply three coats of paint, allowing time to dry between each. Next, spread tacky glue on the top of each pinecone and sprinkle with glitter. Once dry, hot-glue the pinecones and fir branches to a purchased feather wreath.
Take your seasonal decor from Halloween straight through Thanksgiving with this easy DIY pumpkin wreath. To create this festive wreath, pluck mini pumpkins right from the patch (or purchase at your local garden center). Attach to a grapevine wreath for a natural feel, and top off the look with an oversize bow.
A few natural elements can immediately take your decor from ordinary to inventive. Create an original shape -- we chose a starburst -- and begin with a corrugated cardboard base. Hot-glue wood skewers to the back of the base for easy decorating, then combine pinecones, fruits, and nuts. Finish by gluing fresh sprigs of evergreen in the spaces between the skewers to add a sweet scent. This deliciously versatile DIY wreath is well-suited for use year-round!
Bring the season's hottest color to your front door with this cheery wreath. A burst of bright orange leaves contrasts with the outward-facing husks of Indian corn to create a lively display.
A workhorse in your lawn and garden, this rake can pull double-duty as a charming door decoration. Simply wind strands of your favorite autumn berries through the rake tines (we used these scene-stealing beautyberries and ivory snowberries). Finish the look with a wispy bow of dried garlic tops and twine.
Inject instant personality into your entryway with this wreath made of golden wheat sheaves. The wisps of wheat add an ethereal effect when bunched together. Simply gather the dried wheat and secure together in the center with a rubber band. Trim the ends to the same length with scissors, and finish by adding a thick silk or velvet ribbon. It's sure to impress your guests the moment they arrive for the holidays!
Flanking your door with towering cornstalks is a bold seasonal statement (and potentially free if you know a friendly farmer!). A hanging basket of harvest foliage and berries forms a rustic substitute for a traditional wreath, and a pumpkin-dotted garland of autumn leaves drapes elegantly over the entrance.
A large wreath, varying heights of stacked gourds, and symmetry combine to create a spectacular front door. Here's how to get the look this fall.
Play up a small entryway with bold, attention-grabbing elements that make the space pop. A sunflower-and-burlap wreath pairs with a coordinating garland to draw the eye in, while baskets of colorful gourds and a foliage-bedecked lantern line the walkway. Welcome neighbors to your harvest-theme stoop with a space-saving vertical sign board.