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:
- 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
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
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
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
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's first journalism job was working for Real Homes magazine more than 18 years ago. It cemented her love of all things homes- and garden-related and she's never looked back since. She's worked for and contributed to a number of leading magazines in the UK, including Ideal Home magazine, Period Living magazine, Grand Designs magazine and Good Homes magazine amongst others, before returning to Real Homes magazine as editor. Now the editor of Gardeningetc.com, Beth's attention is firmly outdoors, and she's constantly inspired by how people make use of their outdoor space.
Her own garden is a really important part of her family's home, and they were lucky enough to inherit a space with lots of lovely mature planting when they bought their 1930s property.
Since then, they've built several raised beds for a veg patch, increased the size of the flowerbeds to find room for yet more of her favourite David Austin roses and her husband's collection of hostas, created an outdoor living room complete with comfy sofas and festoon lights, and not forgetting the biggest challenge of all – trying to fit in the ever changing assortment of trampolines, climbing frames and outdoor toys that are inevitable when you have two young kids!
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