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How to Make a Rectangular Rustic Fall Wreath

This simple and sophisticated wreath brings a natural element to holiday decor. Its versatility allows you to hang it on a door or use it flat on a table as a centerpiece.

Marian Parsons, Mustard Seed Interiors
Rectangular Rustic Fall Wreath

Materials Needed:

  • rectangular-shaped floral foam
  • ruler
  • marker
  • serrated knife
  • one bag light reindeer moss
  • one bag mixed moss
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • dried mushrooms and flowers
  • fresh or artificial pears, apples or gourds
  • pinecones and/or seed pods
  • florist wire
  • florist spikes
  • hemp twine
  • wire cutters
  • scissors

Measure and Cut Foam

Use ruler to measure foam to desired size and mark with permanent marker (Image 1). This wreath measures 18 inches by 12 inches with each side measuring 3 inches wide. Use large serrated knife to cut floral foam on marked lines (Image 2). Tip: This is a messy process that is best done outside.

  • Measure Foam for a Wreath
  • Cutting Foam for a Wreath

Insert Dried Mushrooms

Use wire cutters to clip dried mushroom wire stems to approximately three inches long (Image 1). Insert stems into floral foam to secure into place (Image 2). Tip: If dried mushrooms aren't available, any large, flat dried floral can be used.

  • Cutting Floral Wire for a Wreath
  • Attaching Dried Mushrooms to a Wreath

Add Dried Flowers

Trim dried flowers to desired length (approximately 5 to 7 inches is ideal) and bundle by wrapping stems with 15-inch length of florist wire (Image 1). Tuck flower in desired location, wrap florist wire around wreath form and twist ends together to secure in place (Image 2). Some flowers may have strong enough stems to stick directly into foam. Tuck flowers all around mushrooms until wreath looks full. Foam on sides and under flowers will be visible at this point (Image 3). Tip: Use three varieties of dried flowers, all in the same color family, to provide texture and prevent the wreath from looking too busy.

  • Dried Flower Bundle
  • Dried Flowers Tucked into a Wreath
  • Dried Flowers Tucked Behind Mushrooms

Glue Moss

Apply hot glue with glue gun to sections of bare foam and immediately place bunches of moss onto still-hot glue. Repeat this process anywhere foam or wire is visible. Mix reindeer moss with other varieties for added texture and visual interest.

Gluing Moss to a Wreath

Insert Fruit

Push floral skewer into fruit and insert into wreath where desired (Images 1 and 2). It is best to use very firm fruit and replace as they ripen. Work in odd numbers when incorporating large elements into wreath. Tip: Since fresh fruit will make the wreath heavy, it is best to use this wreath in a stationary place. For use on a front door, use artificial fruit.

  • Attaching Pears to a Floral Spike
  • Attaching a Pear to a Foam Wreath

Add Finishing Touches

Once main elements of wreath are affixed, use hot glue to fill in sparse areas with clumps of moss, small pinecones or seed pods (Images 1-3).

  • Applying Glue to Fill in a Wreath
  • Applying Moss to Fill in a Wreath
  • Applying Seed Pods to Fill in a Wreath

Tie On Twine

Cut a length of twine approximately 20 inches long. Thread twine underneath large elements of wreath and knot where both halves meet. Make sure twine is centered, so wreath will hang straight. Use twine to hang wreath. Tip: Using neutral colors and natural elements makes this wreath versatile. Add oranges, pomegranate and silver bells during winter; eggs, small artificial birds and pastel ribbon in spring; and use seashells in summer.

Threading a Support Twine Under a Fall Wreath
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