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Autumn's colorful bounty of foliage and produce is the first place we look when decorating for fall. Made with (or inspired by) bittersweet, cornhusks, apples, twigs, and other natural adornments, these door wreaths for fall are perfect for welcoming the season.
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 a few times with satin ribbon. Have your wreath on hand when you pick out the monogram for sizing -- ours is a lightweight cardboard letter that we wrapped in twine and wired on three ends.
Take nature up a notch by turning what was once green into gold. Add a couple coats of glitzy, gold spray paint on top of large-scale magnolia leaves, formed into a wreath. The layered metallic leaves make a statement all on their own -- no embellishment required.
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Looking for a last-minute way to add personality to your front door before those first holiday guests arrive? This quick trick will impress them at first knock. Gather a bunch of dried wheat and secure together in the center using a rubber band. Use scissors to trim ends to the same length and finish with a thick silk or velvet ribbon.
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A large vine wreath is the base, dried hydrangea is the eye-catcher in this stunning fall display.
Make a sweet and all-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.
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This dainty door detail is the perfect to-do for your next rainy fall afternoon. Start by gluing burlap ribbon around an inexpensive grapevine wreath, then layer on your favorite fall foliage. Silk flowers and gourds are plentiful at crafts stores this time of year and will guarantee your wreath lasts beyond the season at hand.
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This wreath skips the middle cutout in favor of a bountiful cornhusk collage. Collect bunches of both dried and raw cornhusks and lightly soak in water to soften them. Use twine to tie them to a wreath form. Try tearing some of the husks in order to achieve a collected, frayed form. Finish by drying the wreath upside down overnight.
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Make gorgeous wreaths that last from Halloween through Christmas, like this brown-and-gold arrangement. Wire dried artichokes, lotus pods, and pinecones to the bottom of a grapevine wreath. Tuck brown and gold leaves between the wreath's twigs, securing with hot glue if needed.
With dimension and texture, this feathery fall wreath makes a bold statement. Attach Brazil nuts around the center opening of a twig wreath. Insert medium-size pheasant feathers into the wreath, following the direction of the twigs. Secure feathers using hot glue.
Divide about a dozen long tail feathers and use half on each side of the bottom of the wreath, gluing them horizontally. Attach a large satin bow between the tail feathers to finish.
Mums look great flanking your front door, but how about hanging them up? A sprawling ring of white spider mums is a showstopper. To make the fab fall wreath, press 1-inch spider mum stems into a foam wreath form. For added flair, hang the wreath with a tartan scarf. Spritz your natural wreath with water every few days to make it last longer.
Remove the lid from the living wreath and line the edges with cut moss cloth, moss side out. Fill the wreath with dampened potting mix. Fold the moss ends over the mix and reattach the lid. Poke holes in the moss and tuck in the kale seedlings. Leave some growing room between the roots -- the plants will fill out within a few weeks.
Leaves, twigs, and acorns circle up in an incredibly easy fall wreath.
Add instant color to your front door for fall by tucking strands of bittersweet, juniper berries, and the feathery tips of Eastern red cedar into the hollow stem of an old rake head. Wrap jute around the bottom of the rake head and tie it into a bow.
Editor's Tip: If red cedar isn't available, use any type of fir for a similar effect.
Go big and graphic (but not heavy) by tucking colorful berry branches and live greens into a basic twig wreath. Add personality with a burlap bow around the bottom and add a faux turkey feather (available at crafts stores).
Editor's Tip: Save your twig wreath when the season's over -- new decorations can be tucked in for a different look each year.
Rim a wreath with cornhusks to mimic the golden autumn sun. You'll need a flat wire wreath form and a stash of dried cornhusks. Starting on the outermost ring of the wreath form, spread hot glue on the bottom half of the husk and wrap it around the wreath from back to front. Move inward on the wreath, folding the husks over the previous layer.
Take advantage of natural fall colors and incorporate chartreuse hedge apples and rich orange bittersweet into your fall decor. Simply adhere your decorations onto a grapevine wreath using thin-gauge wire. The combination of apples, bittersweet, and pinecones makes a beautiful variety of colors and textures for a festive door wreath.
This eye-catching fall wreath will brighten your front door with two-tone apples and bold red berries. To make, bend a 4-foot length of heavy-gauge wire into a circle. In a pretty pattern, skewer the apples on the thick wire and attach pinecones using thin-gauge wire. Then bend the ends of the heavy-gauge wire into C hooks and connect them. Finish the wreath with a bouquet of pine boughs, a few sprigs of scarlet bittersweet, and a festive bow.
Editor's Tip: Once skewered, real apples have a short shelf life. We recommend skewering real apples for a short-term decoration and using faux apples for a wreath that will last all season.
Brighten the autumn season with a fresh fall wreath made from twigs and flowers. For easy construction, simply weave strands of flowers into a bushy twig wreath. Secure using hot glue.
Editor's Tip: Because fresh flowers fade quickly, consider purchasing look-alikes at a crafts store and make a set of longer-lasting wreaths.
For long-lasting wreaths that are both simple and striking, turn to pussy willow trimmings. The soft buds add luxurious texture, while the direction of the branches give this wreath great shape. To make, bundle your collected branches with paper-covered wire and attach to the wreath base. Save extra trimmings for filling in any openings between your bunches.
Spice up a traditional harvest wreath with metallic spray paint and a friendly welcome sign. To make, divide one bunch of dried wheat into three groups. Use a light touch to paint each group a different metallic finish (we used gold, copper, and brass). Wrap a foam wreath form with twine. Tuck unpainted stalks into the twine, adding the painted wheat sporadically as you go.
Warm up dark doors with natural fall wreaths. To make this one, secure red silk leaves and miniature Indian corn (husks included) to a purchased twig wreath using hot glue or wire.
Capitalize on the gorgeous leaves that accompany fall with this bountiful wreath made from apples and leaves placed around a head of kale. Secure the kale head to the inside of a foam wreath base using straight pins, adding apples around the perimeter using generous amounts of hot glue. Surround the fruit-and-veggie wreath with fiery red dried leaves and twigs, attached with florist's wire.
Channel a blazing sun with this fall wreath. Choose Indian corn with multiple colors but similar lengths. Gently pull the husks so they point straight out from the tops of the cobs. Hot-glue the ears of corn to an 8-inch straw wreath. Fan out the husks for a truly impressive display.
Editors Tip: Most straw wreaths have a rounded surface, so look for one that has a flat surface, which will make gluing easier.
This bold wreath and its stunning fall colors will turn heads this season. To make, strip leaves from fresh-cut bittersweet vines and stems of Chinese lanterns. Bend and twist the bittersweet vines into a circle, keeping the berries intact. Wrap more vines around the circle, then tuck in Chinese lanterns. Secure loose pods or stems with a bit of hot glue. Hang the wreath away from bright light and heat to preserve its color.
Use cut and styled chrysanthemums to showcase fall's beauty indoors and out. This gorgeous wreath combines golden, maroon, and burnt sienna mums of various shapes and sizes to create a cohesive look. To make, simply saturate a foam wreath with water, wrap with twine, and pack mums into the wreath, intermingling various blooms.
Editor's Tip: Spritz your wreath with cool water as the flowers dry out.