We’re officially in the thick of fall! That means guests are soon to be crowding around our door for Thanksgiving dinner, and we believe in the power of first impressions. However, we don’t believe in having to pay an arm and a leg for them. Using cheap materials found around the craft store, or even real leaves taken from your own front yard, you can easily make your own fall wreath in an afternoon.
- Grapevine Wreath
- Leaves Garland
- Leaves and Embellishments Garland
- Hot glue gun and sticks
Tip: Make sure to check the Sunday paper or search online for a coupon before you go. We found one for 40% off!
We started out with a plain grapevine wreath, a 5 ft garland with fake leaves on it, and another garland with fall embellishments such as acorns and berries.
Wrap the leaf garland around the wreath in a spiral, attaching it with a hot glue gun as you go. Arrange the leaves as you want them, using more glue or bending them until they’re how you’d like them. Try to angle them mostly towards the front.
Next, take the embellished garland and cut it into five separate pieces. The one we found was attached with metal clips, and so was easy to unravel. If your garland is different, simply bend the metal wiring back and forth where you want it to break until it does.
Carefully arrange each piece on the wreath before gluing down, keeping in mind where the top and bottom of the wreath will be. Once your placement is decided, stick the ends of the piece into the garland, weaving it for a natural look, and then hot glue in place.
The wreath base we chose came with a handy hanging wire already in place, though if you needed to create your own, you could do so by weaving in and gluing wire to the back yourself. A metal wreath hanger over the door makes for an easy and temporary hook.