30 Outdoor Fall Wreaths to Showcase Nature's Gorgeous Bounty

Wreath made of green and red plants
Photo: Edmund Barr

Bring nature's bounty to your home's front entry with a festive fall wreath. Our roundup of wreath ideas will inspire you to turn found elements from the great outdoors into distinctive arrangements.

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Mixed Medley

Wreath made of leaves, seed pods, and plants
Kritsada Panichgul

Highlight the diverse beauty of seedpods in a grapevine wreath. Tuck the seedpod stems into the wreath, grouping the pods together by species. This natural fall wreath highlights milkweed, red-winged seedpods and leaves from a Japanese maple, tallow berries from the crafts store, scarlet oak foliage, a lotus pod, evening primrose stalks, jimsonweed, and seedpods from a honey locust tree.

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Welcome Basket

fall basket hanging from door with gingko
Peter Krumhardt

Spray-paint a quarter-peck basket in white, then place florists foam in the base. Insert dried bittersweet, ginkgo branches, and painted dried pencil cattails. Tie on ribbon and twine adorned with Chinese lantern pods. Hang your wreath from a burlap ribbon wrapped around the basket handle.

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Branching Out

Wreath made of green and red plants
Edmund Barr

Craft a natural fall wreath that appears gathered from the woods. Cover an 18-inch wreath base with sheet moss, wrapping it with florists wire. Secure gnarled magnolia stems to the mossy base. Use hot glue to attach sprigs of huckleberry or other leaves. Complete the design with clusters of burgundy hypericum berries, leucadendron flowers, and nearly black Aeonium 'Zwartkop,' all wired in place.

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Wheat Wreath

wheat wreath with corn and bittersweet
Carson Downing

To make this natural fall wreath, trim dried wheat so that the stems are 1 inch long. Hot-glue wheat stems to the wreath form, overlapping tassels as you go. Create a spiral effect by keeping the tassels pointed in the same direction. Tuck in sprigs of bittersweet and purple broom corn, then glue them in place.

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Minimalist Fall Wreath

Directly above shot of triangle twig wreath with scissors on table
Carson Downing

An easy and inexpensive DIY wreath is made using found sticks. For an asymmetrical arrangement, use striped twine to cinch three branches into a triangle. Tie sprigs of greenery and seedpods along one side with a scrap of ribbon.

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Square Succulent Wreath

Square wreath with succulents
Edmund Barr

Break the cycle of ordinary round wreaths by crafting a square arrangement. This succulent masterpiece is given sturdy support by a pair of 14-inch square wreath bases. Fill the forms with sheet moss, sandwich them together, and wrap with wire. Use wooden picks with wire attached to secure larger succulents. For the smaller plants, make liberal use of florists glue, which adheres to a variety of surfaces.

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New Twist on a Twig Wreath

Square wreath made of branches and plants
Edmund Barr

Make an interesting rustic wreath from bundles of birch twigs bound into a square with paper-wrapped wire. Capture the essence of the harvest in an unexpected way with millet seed heads, wheat stalks, and ripe sunflower heads (with all the petals plucked off). Wire the flowers and foliage together like a handheld bouquet, then attach it to the wreath. Add even more texture with billy balls, variegated euonymus, and succulents.

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Mum's the Word

Front door with flower wreath
Rett Peek

Use fresh or faux chrysanthemum stems to add classic fall character to a wreath. Spider, button, and garden mums were pulled together with hypericum berries, nandina foliage, and lotus pods to create this fiery door greeter. To create this look, simply take a grapevine wreath and attach your favorite seasonal stems with floral wire.

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Go Neutral

Table with gourds and wreath
Blaine Moats

Stalks of oats, millet, and ornamental grasses fill out this wheat wreath, which looks just as lovely hanging above a mantel or sideboard as it does on a front door. Gourds play with other textured naturals like grasses, beeswax, and woven rush. Here, the speckled orange and green skins lend the right amount of color to a grouping of neutral home decor.

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Bittersweet Wreath

Wreath above fireplace with pumpkins
Kritsada Panichgul

A grapevine wreath spray-painted white forms the perfect canvas for bittersweet's vivid colors. Entwine bittersweet vines between and around the wreath branches, securing with wire where needed. Pair with gourds in similar shades above a mantel for a festive fall display.

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Marigold Wreath

Wreath made of orange marigolds
Adam Albright

There are many more ways to display fall flowers than just sticking them into a vase. To recreate this floral fall wreath, add an abundance of cut marigolds to a grapevine wreath. Although you could use any type of flower, bright orange marigolds look especially pretty when paired with the dark wreath form and gourds.

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Sunny Display

bright yellow door with fall wreath
Marty Baldwin

Scour your yard for a collection of tiny twigs to use in this fall wreath. With florist's glue, attach the twigs to a metal wreath form. Secure sprigs of forsythia in using a hot-glue gun. Let it dry and hang it on your door, over the mantel, or on a wall.

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Natural Tones

Wreath made of leaves, branches, seed pods, and pinecones
Kim Cornelison

Try a monochromatic arrangement to create a wreath that will last for years to come. Purchase a basic grapevine wreath from your local home center or crafts store, and attach dried artichokes, lotus pods, and pinecones at one end. Nestle gold-tinted leaves between the twigs and adhere them with a hot-glue gun.

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Forest Filler

Wreath made of fall leaves and seed pods
Anthony Masterson

Show off the textural beauty of dried lotus pods with a framework of lush greenery. Use hot glue to attach clusters of the pods to a moss-covered wreath form, layering in magnolia leaves, sprigs of bittersweet, and Chinese lantern pods for contrast. Fill in any gaps with dried lavender.

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Make a Maize Wreath

fall wreath corn husks
Carson Downing

Corn husks are so much more than fodder for the compost pile. Wrap dampened husks (tamale wrappers from the grocery store will work) around a straw wreath form and attach them with T-pins, overlapping pieces until the entire form is hidden. Secure the final layer—we used all Indian corn husks for bold color—with hot glue.

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Fields of Gold

Wreath on light blue door made with grass
Greg Scheidemann

Bring luster to a traditional harvest wreath with metallic spray paint. Divide one bunch of dried wheat into three groups. Use a light touch to paint each group in a different finish (we used gold, copper, and brass). Tuck the stalks into a purchased wheat wreath and hang.

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Festive Fall Flowers

Fall colors wreath made of flowers
Andre' Baranowski

Late-blooming chrysanthemums are the perfect way to bring the beauty of fall into your home. This stunning autumn wreath is a collection of autumnal-hued golden, maroon, and burnt sienna mums. Because the flowers in this arrangement are real, saturate a foam wreath base with water, then stick the mums into it. To create a wreath with more staying power, use dried blooms.

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Farmhouse Cotton Wreath

This cotton wreath has beautiful rustic texture. By tucking fluffy cotton bolls into a basic grapevine wreath and adding a burlap bow, you can make a farmhouse wreath for half the price of store-bought versions. Assemble one yourself with our step-by-step instructions and have a fall wreath ready to hang in about an hour.

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Berry Burst

Wreath of pinecones pomegranates
Matthew Mead

Add holiday color to your home with the vibrant hues of winterberry and pomegranates. Using a wood skewer, pierce a hole through the base of each pomegranate and thread florists wire through. Wire the pomegranates around a grapevine wreath covered in sheet moss. Add crimson bursts of winterberry branches between evenly spaced pine cones, securing everything with hot glue.

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In a Nutshell

Wreath of nut shells with pumpkins
Adam Albright

Not all fall wreaths have to be suspended outside. Display this nut wreath on a fireplace mantel or entryway console table so you can enjoy its beauty every day. To add a pop of color to the neutral hues, place gourds around the base as decor.

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Combine Apples and Pinecones

Wreath made of pinecones and apples
Marty Baldwin

This eye-catching fall wreath mixes textures, thanks to the high gloss of polished apples and the spiky scales of pinecones. Simply skewer the apples and use heavy-gauge wire to attach the pinecones, then bend the ends of the wire into hooks and connect them. To add to the country charm, tie on a bouquet of white pine boughs. For more color, tuck in a few twigs of scarlet bittersweet, red berries, or crabapples. For a longer-lasting design, use faux apples for the fall wreath.

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Go Green

Wreath with dark green leaves and fruits
Victor Schrager

Combine greenery with fall color accents, such as fruits, nuts, or small pumpkins or gourds. This arrangement showcases Bosc pears, winter citrus, walnuts, and acorns. With a simple wreath of greenery, you can replace the fall accents with wintry counterparts later in the season.

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Fall Leaves Wreath

Hanging wreath made of leaves on wooden front door
Shaun Sullivan

Add a splash of autumnal color to your front door with a leafy wreath. To begin, gather fallen leaves (make sure the leaves aren't too dry) and purchase a wire wreath frame from your local home center or crafts store. Pierce the center of each leaf with the wire, and keep stacking foliage until the frame is no longer visible. Suspend the wreath using a colorful plaid ribbon.

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Leafy Monogram Wreath

Leaves in the shape of an "M" on front door
Adam Albright

Welcome guests this fall with a leafy monogram wreath. First, paint a papier-mache letter. When it's dry, hot-glue dried or silk leaves to the front. Glue magnets to the back of the letter to hang on a metal door, or drill a small hole to hang it from a nail.

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Leaf and Berry Fall Wreath

Leafy Fall Wreath

Go for faux leaves and berries to create a long-lasting fall wreath, or opt for dried finds if you want a more natural look. Start by covering a foam wreath with Spanish moss. Stick in leaves, alternating the colors for variety (green pins help keep the leaves in place).

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Easy on the Eyes

Wreath made of pumpkins and corn
Marty Baldwin

The base of this natural fall wreath is the snipped-off top of a wire tomato cage, which creates spokes that can spear a variety of seasonal vegetables, fruits, and berries. Create an alternating composition of tiny pumpkins or gourds and small ears of corn, using colorful berries to cover any exposed wire. An arrangement of evergreen branches and dried seeds finishes the look.

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Horseshoe-Shape Fall Wreath

White door with green leaf wreath and wheat
Helen Norman

A horseshoe shape is a welcome change from a traditional fall wreath. Start with a foam wreath form and cut away about 1/5 of the ring. Wrap it in seam-binding ribbon to cover the foam. Using hot glue, attach fresh or preserved salal leaves (commonly called lemon leaves). Glue a cluster of nuts in the center, then add dried wheat, preserved fern fronds, and fresh or artificial berries.

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Pheasantly Surprised

Wreath made of pheasant feathers
Peter Krumhardt

Dress up an ordinary twig wreath with feathers and nuts. Tuck short feathers all the way around and hot-glue Brazil nuts around the center. Attach a spray of long tail feathers to the bottom of the wreath and finish with a satin bow.

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Monogrammed Wreath

Front door wreath made of berries and branches around "M"
Bob Stefko

Customize an ordinary wreath to suit your decorating style with a handful of colorful details. Bold red bittersweet and a pretty chartreuse ribbon dress up this standard store-bought grapevine wreath. A twine-wrapped monogram fills in the center to further personalize the display.

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