20+ Fall-Tastic DIY Wreaths

From fresh wreaths that fill your home with an autumnal aroma to faux wreaths that can be displayed year after year, these DIY decorations are a classic way to welcome fall — both indoors and out.

August 27, 2020

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Rock a Rustic Look

Why wait till after Thanksgiving to brighten up your front door? Our fresh eucalyptus and cotton stem wreath adds just the right rustic touch for fall. Mix in a few Christmas ornaments or battery-operated lights to keep its good looks going thru the holiday season.

Get the How-To: How to Make a Eucalyptus Garland + Easy Greenery Wreath

Say Hello to Fall

Styled with signature fall hues and flowers, a scripted accent or monogram personalizes the look of a store-bought wreath and greets guests with a friendly welcome. Choose a wreath that combines your favorite fall colors with your home’s exterior palette.

Go Crazy for Color

Cover a wire wreath form with freshly snipped magnolia leaves to create this modern and multi-hued take on a traditional wreath. To bring in the color, choose six different shades of paint based on your home's architecture or pick a traditional fall palette of oranges, reds and yellows.

Get the How-To: How-to: DIY Painted Magnolia Leaf Wreath

Mix Fruit With Succulents

A wire wreath form topped by succulents, berry sprigs, seasonal greenery and bright yellow Fuyu persimmons is sure to add a cheery pop of fall color anywhere. The greenery and fruit used here are fresh so this wreath's beauty will be short lived; for a long-lasting wreath, sub faux materials to create a wreath you can display year after year.

Get the How-To: Mixed Fruit: Blend Flowers and Produce in Arrangements

Pile on the (Faux) Pumpkins

Faux pumpkins are useful for so many purposes but they're light weight and long-lasting durability make them an especially great candidate for being turned into a cheery wreath. Hot glue them to a wreath shape cut from plywood or even foamcore for a front door decoration you can craft in minutes.

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Or, Swap the Wreath Form for a Basket

Make swapping out your Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations a snap by upgrading multiple wreaths for a single straw tote or basket you can fill to fit the season. Bonus: Add vinyl house numbers for a custom touch.

Get the How-To: Skip the Wreath: Try a Holiday-Spanning Front Door Basket Instead

Try a New Take for an Old Rake

Forgo the wreath form for this fall decoration that uses a new or old garden rake as its base. Faux fall flowers and silk leaves ensure it's an arrangement you'll be able to display for many falls to come.

Get the How-To: Autumn Garden Gate Decor

Turn Ribbon Into Roses

Craft a cheery touch of fall for your front door with a moss-covered wreath form and autumnal ribbon roses that look complicated but are actually a snap to make.

Get the How-To: Fresh Fall Decorating: Make a Ribbon Rose Wreath

Make It Bountiful

Add pinecones and assorted faux berries and greenery to an inexpensive grapevine wreath to create a gorgeous autumnal decoration you can display either indoors or out. Best of all: Just add a red ribbon to transition this wreath from fall to Christmas.

Get the How-To: Bountiful Fall Wreath

Or, Make It Multipurpose

A square grapevine wreath form, chartreuse reindeer moss, wooden numbers and a plaque are all you need to craft this front door wreath that does double duty brightening up your entry while making it easy for holiday guests to find your address.

See More Photos: 3 Unexpected Ways to Decorate Your Porch This Fall

Fall Moss Wreath

Make a designer-worthy wreath on a budget with our tips below.

Get the How-To: How to Make a Fall Moss Wreath

Give Your Wreath a Little Character

Our friends at HGTV Magazine share how to create this cute fall wreath with affordable items from your local craft store.

Get the How-To: A Year of DIY Wreaths

Add All the Colors of Fall

Top a twig wreath form with corn husks, preserved fall leaves, mini pumpkins and dried grasses to create this front door decoration that can stand up to the elements while giving your front door a colorful fall update.

Or, Opt for Minimal + Mod

An oversized grapevine wreath adds a rustic, natural touch to this industrial-style entryway. Hanging the wreath over a painted chalkboard emblazoned with the word, 'home' cozies up the otherwise masculine space.

Craft a Mini "Pumpkin" Wreath

Although the tiny orange shapes covering this wreath look like diminutive pumpkins, they're actually putka pods. A great stand-in for mini pumpkins, the dried organic seed pods don't deteriorate, so your wreath can be displayed year after year.

Get the How-To: Make a Mini Pumpkin Wreath for Fall

Put Nature's Bounty to Work

Go foraging in your backyard to gather the acorns and pine cones needed for this woodsy, budget-friendly wreath. But, free materials mean a little extra prep: To prevent the acorns from molding or any creepy crawlies from appearing, first wash, then bake the acorns on a foil-lined sheet for 1-1/2 to 2 hours in a 200-degree oven. Pine cones are less likely to contain bugs but the sticky sap can make a real mess so place them in the oven with the acorns for the last hour of baking to crystallize the sap.

Get the How-To: Forage a Wreath for Fall

Wreaths Aren't Just for the Outdoors

An inexpensive wreath form, moss and our free printable templates below are all you need to create this rustic fall wreath. The paper flowers and banner are cute but definitely not weather-resistant so hang the completed wreath over a mirror in your entry or on a kitchen cupboard to bring a fall touch indoors.

See More Photos: 31 Printable (and Free!) Thanksgiving Templates

Craft a Holiday-Spanning Wreath

Wrap freshly cut magnolia leaves around an inexpensive foam wreath form for a streamlined, modern take on a traditional fall wreath. The leaves will dry in place and turn a gorgeous coppery hue. No need to take this wreath down when you swap out your Thanksgiving decorations for Christmas — just change the ribbon to match your holiday decor.

Get the How-To: How to Make a Magnolia Leaf Wreath

Make a Rectangular Rustic Wreath

Add an earthy touch indoors with this twist on a traditional round fall wreath. Dried mushrooms, moss, seed pods and grasses form the base while russet fresh or faux pears add a pop of fall color.

Get the How-To: How to Make a Rectangular Rustic Fall Wreath

Perfectly Personalized

Give your front door a personalized touch by turning inexpensive craft-store materials into a rustic monogram to take the place of a standard fall wreath.

Get the How-To: Jute-Covered Monogram Wreath

Freshen Up Your Front Door

Variegated croton in saturated shades of green, gold and red surrounded by vibrant mums and pumpkins give HGTV fan gdiveris' front entry a colorful fall pick-me-up. Both plants are perennials and can either be brought indoors to weather the winter or, if you live in a warm climate, planted to add color to your landscape.

Try a New Twist on Tradition

Shake up your front door with a square wreath featuring colorful ears of Indian corn. Head to your local craft store for materials then assemble this harvest-themed outdoor decoration in just a few hours.

Get the How-To: How to Make a Square Corn Husk Wreath

Or, Try a Woodsy Take

Take a walk thru the woods to gather sheets of birch bark to craft this natural wreath that you can display through fall and into winter. Design by Joanne Palmisano

Brighten Up the Entryway

Wreaths aren't just great as front door decorations, they're also an easy way to add a fall touch to your entryway. Hang one over the mirror or on the back of the front door to quickly deck out your foyer for fall.

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