It's tough to find outdoor Christmas decorations that can stay up for more than just one month. See how we turned a basic grapevine wreath into autumn decor that's full of life.

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winter wreath

Lush green wreaths aren't just for winter. With the right plants and leaves, greenery can be appropriate for fall and can even transition into your Christmas door decorations seamlessly. Check out our how-to steps below to see how we used faux rosemary sprigs, dusty miller leaves, and more to create a beautiful DIY wreath for fall and wreath. The best part? It all started with an inexpensive grapevine wreath from a local crafts store.

What You Need

  • Grapevine wreath
  • Craft wire
  • Wire snips
  • Various faux greenery (dusty miller, rosemary, eucalyptus leaves)
  • Hot glue or floral wire

Step 1: Form Hook

Bending metal hanger

Before you add all the elements to your DIY fall wreath, you should add a hook to the back for easy hanging. Snip a piece of craft wire and bend it in half. Then, fold each end back up toward the top as shown.

Step 2: Attach Hook

Attach metal hanger

Push the two ends of the hook down and through a small bundle of twigs. Pull up and twist the ends onto themselves to secure. Hold the winter wreath by the hook to test strength.

Step 3: Add Long Leaves

Applying greenery

Evenly space out three generously sized branches of long leaves or grasses. Keep the leaves pointing in the same direction for consistency. Use a dab of hot glue or floral wire to keep each branch in place.

Step 4: Attach Dusty Miller Leaves

Applying silver leaves

To add texture to your greenery decor, consider adding dusty miller leaves or a plant with a similar velvety surface, such as lamb's ear. Fill in the gaps between the long leaves, placing one leaf at a time into the twigs. Make sure all leaves face the same direction and extend to the inside and outside edges of the wreath.

Step 5: Add Rosemary

Applying foilage

Now is the time to add sprigs of greenery to further vary the texture of your fall outdoor wreath. We opted for the spiky appearance of rosemary, with a mix of traditional green sprigs and some bearing a red tint. The result is perfect for a hint of fall and winter color. Place the sprigs throughout the wreath wherever you find an open patch.

Step 6: Add Finishing Touches

Final touches added to greenery wreath

Lastly, bring dimension to your wreath with small bunches of eucalyptus leaves. This step happens at the end to make sure these leaves aren't hidden or weighed down by other elements. You might need to trim or move aside some of the other leaves to find a place to put the eucalyptus.


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