How to Make a Fall Wreath with Dried Grasses
Dress up your front door with a stunning fall wreath featuring dried and faux grasses and florals. Our easy how-to directions will help you make a wreath you can enjoy this year and for yeas to come.
A grapevine wreath is a great starting point for traditional fall wreath ideas. To let the grapevine base shine on its own, we created a concentrated point of interest instead of wrapping the entire DIY door wreath. This classic look is reminiscent of a cornucopia with wheat, flowers, and cotton. To see how to make a fall wreath with a grapevine base, check out our step-by-step instructions below. Feel free to add your own natural elements and play with different colors and accessories you love to see in fall door wreaths.
How to Make a Fall Wreath with Dried Grass Accents
- 12-gauge crafting wire
- Wire snips
- Grapevine wreath
- Pussy willow stems
- Dried wheat stalks
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Florist's wire
- Faux flowers (we chose dahlias and magnolias)
- Cotton boll bunch
- Dried foxtail grass stems
Step 1: Create a Hook for Hanging
Before you add all the elements to your grapevine wreath, you should add a hook to the back for easy hanging. Snip a length of craft wire about 10 inches long and bend it in half. Fold each end back up towards the top as shown.
Push the two ends of the hook down and through a small bundle of twigs on the wreath. Pull up and twist the ends onto themselves to secure. Hold the wreath by the hook to test strength.
Step 2: Add Pussy Willow Branches
Begin decorating your fall wreath by threading pussy willow stems through the wreath layers. Make sure the pussy willow branches are lying flat with the twigs' ends all pointing the same direction (clockwise). Because the base of the wreath is also made of twigs, it should be easy to make this addition look organic.
Step 3: Add Stalks of Wheat
Cut the stalks of wheat into manageable pieces and fit them snugly between the branches on one side of the wreath. Make sure the tops of the wheat all face the same direction. Secure the stalks with hot glue or florist's wire.
Step 4: Add Silk Flowers
Place one large faux flower directly on top of where the wheat grass starts. We used a faux dahlia. The flower will cover the glue or wire you used to secure the wheat. Then place two to three smaller flowers near the base and spread out among the wheat bundles.
To attach the flowers, cut the stems so they're only 2 to 3 inches long and add a dab of hot glue to the end of each. Quickly place the stems into the wreath and hold until glue sets.
Step 5: Add Cotton Bolls
Cotton bolls are long-lasting and perfect for natural fall wreaths. Add several long stems of cotton to the wreath base, extending out from the large flower. Two to three stems, or four to five cotton bolls, should be enough to cover one wreath.
Step 6: Add Foxtail Grass Stems
Finally, add several stems of foxtail grass to your wreath. Let them climb up the side of your design, starting from the center. Be sure to cut the stems short enough so that the fluffy ends don't droop too much.