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How to Make a Fall Wreath
picture of homemade fall wreath

This beautiful fall wreath took about two hours to make.

Photo © Lisa Hallett Taylor

Change-Out During Season With Holiday Decor: Crows, Bats, Pumpkins or Turkeys

There's a wreath that suits every door: modern, country, neoclassical, traditional. If you make a wreath for your door -- or wherever else you want to hang it -- the style and materials used are entirely in your creative hands. While basic rules exist, you can change-out materials depending on what's available either in local stores, online crafts suppliers or in nature -- from your yard. You can also add and remove holiday decorations, like faux black crows or skeletons for Halloween; gourds or turkeys for Thanksgiving.

While the Grand Poobah of Wreathmaking won't yank the wreath off your door if it is nonconformist, follow a few guidelines to give your wreath close-up or curb appeal:

  • Use Consistent Materials. Combining bright fake fall-colored leaves with pink dried hydrangeas mixes faux and real. While this is OK for small additions -- like berries -- the clash of real and faux is confusing and just doesn't look good.
  • Consider Size of the door or window, and choose a wreath form accordingly. While forms may look small at the store, don't forget you will be building out from it at least a few inches. Will your door be able to open and close without crushing the wreath foilage each time?
  • First Time? Make it Simple. Easy and simple don't necessarily mean plain and cheap-looking. If this is your first attempt at wreath making, you don't want to tackle anything that is complicated or uses tools with which you aren't familiar or materials that are fragile and hard to find. The wreath above took me two hours to make, and materials cost under $15.
  • Stay on Budget. Speaking of the cost of materials -- don't invest in materials that cost more than a nice, fully assembled professional wreath. If you buy $75 worth of materials for one wreath, you need to know what you're doing and be certain it will last for several years. Better yet, stick to that $20-and-under budget -- that's part of the fun and satisfaction of creating a do-it-yourself craft.

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