How to make an autumn door wreath: brighten up your door this fall in four easy steps

Follow our simple step-by-step guide and add some seasonal cheer to your front door with this stunning autumn wreath

how to make an autumn wreath
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Want to add a splash of seasonal colour to your front door this autumn? A fall door wreath is an easy DIY project you can turn your hand to one evening, plus having a stylish centrepiece that you've made yourself hanging on your front door is guaranteed to put a smile on your face every time you come home. 

There are no real rules when it comes to making a seasonal wreath like this. You can go for real foliage you've gathered from your garden, faux flowers and leaves, or a mix of the two to create the desired colour and effect – basically anything goes! 

Keep reading for instructions on how to make it, then if you're inspired to try some of our other seasonal decorating ideas make sure you head over to our fall front porch ideas

  • Thanks to stylist Rebecca Stanton from Dobbies garden centres for sharing this easy guide with us 

You will need:

autumn wreath DIY project

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  • Artificial stems or dried cuttings, foliage, leaves, flowers
  • Acorns (optional) 
  • Round wicker base or similar – the design pictured uses a round natural wreath from Dobbies
  • Wire or string 
  • Cutting tools, such as florist scissors

Step one: choose your foliage

step by step autumn wreath project

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Think about the sort of foliage that you'd like to include on your wreath. You could go for a mix of real and faux foliage to get the best of both worlds. Use foraged finds such as leaves from your garden, small fallen branches or snip a few stems of autumn berries from your garden plants. You will need some larger stems for your base layer then more delicate stems for your top layer. 

Step two: start creating your base layer

making an autumn wreath

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For a truly autumnal feel to your fall wreath, use a rustic wicker design for your wreath. To start, arrange your base layer of flower and foliage, balancing out the colour and texture. Secure the base layer to your wreath using floristry wire, arranging the foliage in such a way that it covers the wire and keeps it hidden from sight. 

Step three: add decorative flowers and foliage

making an autumn wreath

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Create small groupings or posies of flowers with the more detailed and delicate foliage, which will bring in added colour and interest to your design. Attach your posies on top of the base layer foliage using floristry wire. Once firmly in place, snip off the ends of the wire for a neat finish. 

Step four: display your finished design

step by step autumn wreath project

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Hang your finished wreath from the front door for a seasonal display. As stylist Rebecca Stanton advises, when the time comes to give it a festive makeover, rather than starting from scratch you could simply layer up your wreath, adding a delicate set of fairy lights and a hand tied ribbon for a twinkling display. 

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Beth Murton
Editor, Gardeningetc

For the past 18 years, Beth has worked for and contributed to a number of leading magazines in the UK, including Real Homes, Ideal Home, Period Living, Grand Designs and Good Homes amongst others. Now the editor of, Beth's attention is firmly outdoors. Her own garden is a really important part of her family's home, and she loves spending time tending to the veg patch or entertaining friends and family at a summer BBQ or alfresco pizza night.