Last week you saw our front porch decorated for fall and I promised you a tutorial on how to make a simple fall wreath. A week later after much procrastination, I’ve finally finished the tutorial! (To be honest, I made the wreath a while ago without taking pictures, so I had to take the wreath apart to make the tutorial. Hence the procrastination!)
Wreaths are an easy and fun way to bring the season to your home. They add such a nice touch to one of the first things you and other people see when they walk in- the front door! I wasn’t very big on wreaths while we were apartment dwellers, but I’ve changed my mind about them! I love seeing holiday wreaths hanging on our front door! It makes home seem more welcoming and happy!
I did a lot of searching for the perfect fall wreath, but everything was way out of my price range. But I had to have a wreath, so I decided it would be fun and more cost efficient to make a wreath instead! It was very easy to make and inexpensive with the help of coupons and a fall decor sale. I made our simple fall wreath in half an hour for a grand total cost of $15!
Most of the materials for the wreath are super inexpensive. The biggest purchase was the garland itself, which I bought on sale at Michaels for 10. Even if there isn’t a sale though, every major craft store I’ve gone to has coupons for 40 or 50 percent off one item so you could use that for your biggest purchase.
- 1 wire wreath frame
- 1 fall garland or chain
- floral wire
- wire cutters
- burlap ribbon (2″ wide with wire in the ribbon)
- hot glue gun and glue sticks
- a wreath hanger
Make the Wreath
First, use the wire cutters to cut about 24 pieces of floral wire (about 3″ long each). We will use these pieces to “twisty tie” the chain garland to the wire wreath frame.
Next, lay out the garland in a circle and lay the wire frame on top of it so that you are looking at the “back” of your wreath. It’s okay if your garland is longer than what will cover the wreath. My chain garland was long enough to do one full circle and one half circle on top of the wire wreath, which was actually better than if it had been only long enough to do one circle. I bunched the garland a bit so that it made one full circle. It made the wreath look fuller, instead of having bare spots where you could see the wire frame.
Starting with the end of the garland, “twisty tie” the beginning part to one of the cross-sections of the wire frame. Then “twisty tie” the end chain on the same wire cross section.
Now that both ends are fastened to the frame, bunch the rest of the garland evenly along the frame to make sure there are no bare spots. Now you can begin fastening the rest of the garland. I start by attaching pieces to the cross-sections to make sure everything is even, then go back and attach pieces to the middle where there is no cross-bar.
After you’ve attached the garland, the back of the wreath looks like this…
And when you flip it over, the front of the wreath looks like this! Set the wreath aside while you make the burlap bow.
Make the Bow
Cut a piece of burlap ribbon for the bow, about 6″ long when doubled over. Then cut another piece of ribbon the same way, but a few inches longer. Cut a small piece of ribbon to wrap around the middle of the bow (about 3″ when doubled over). For the tails of the bow, cut another piece of ribbon to the length you would like the tails (about 10″ doubled over, then cut in half so you have two pieces of equal length. Last, keeping both tails together, cut a triangle out of the bottoms for the finishing touch!
Make the bow by folding each piece of ribbon so that the ends are touching at the back and hot glue just the ends to the middle of the bow. Do this for the small bow and the big bow. It helps to put a piece of paper underneath the bow when you’re hot gluing so that the glue doesn’t get on your table! Then stack the small bow on top of the big bow (with both pretty sides facing up) and hot glue between them to hold them together.
Finish the bow part by wrapping the small piece of ribbon around the middle and hot gluing it to the back of the bow.
On to the tail! To make the tail look pretty once you put it on the bow, we have to prep it so that it looks like the bow is “tied” and not just put together with hot glue! To do that, fold the bow like in the picture below and hot glue between the folds (only glue about 1″).
Press the folded, hot-glued tail between a piece of paper and hold it for a couple seconds so that the glue has a chance to cool and set. Otherwise, if the glue is still hot and you let go of the ribbon it will come apart!
After you put pretty folds in both tails, position them on the bow so that they look nice when the bow is facing upwards. Then flip the bow over and hot glue the tails to the back of the bow. You will probably need to press down on the bow to hold it together until the glue on the tails cools a little. (Use the same sheet of paper so that you don’t burn your hands or get the glue on the table!)
Last, thread two pieces of floral wire into the back of the bow (somewhere in the middle so the wire won’t show when you attach the bow to the wreath).
Now turn the bow over and fluff up the ribbons!
Attach the Bow
Use the two pieces of floral wire to “twisty tie’ the bow to your wreath’s wire frame behind the leaves. I like the bow on the bottom, but you can put it on the top or on the side if you like it better there. You may want to arrange the leaves a little to make sure none of the wire frame shows through. Fluff up the bow and your new fall wreath is ready for the front door!
I wasn’t sure if this is overkill or not, but just in case you’re wondering I thought it would be helpful to include a breakdown of the cost. (Just so you know, most of this stuff cost a little less than this but I rounded to the nearest dollar.)
- 1 wire wreath frame — $2
- 1 fall garland or chain — $10 (on sale at Michaels)
- floral wire — $1
- wire cutters — already own
- burlap ribbon (2″ wide with wire in the ribbon) — $2
- hot glue gun and glue sticks — already own
- a wreath hanger — already own
- TOTAL — $15
I hope you like our fall wreath and maybe this inspires you to try making one of your own! Have you tried making a wreath before? What worked well for you?
You can read about our lovely fall front porch in the post below: