How to Make an Autumn Wreath

By Susan Miller , last updated February 16, 2011

There are several kinds of autumn wreaths you can make if you know how. Some take a little more time than others, but none require special skills. The one you choose to make will all depend on the look you want, and how much time you want to spend making it.

One of the simplest autumn wreaths you can make begins with a grapevine wreath base. This base can be purchased at a craft store, such as Michael’s or Hobby Lobby. With this base, you can tuck whatever fall decorations you want in between the grapevines. Bittersweet branches work well because their woody stems are sturdy enough to stay wherever you want them and hold their shape. Stalks of wheat and autumn leaves on their woody stems also work well. You can use any natural plant material that reminds you of autumn, dried flowers or even silk ones. Stems that are easily broken, such as the wheat stalks, can be wrapped for additional sturdiness with floral tape, found in the floral section at the craft store.

Acorns can be hot glued in bunches to a grapevine wreath, accented by other plant material tucked in around them. A wreath made entirely of acorns can be made by gluing acorns to a wreath base made of corrugated cardboard or, for a fuller wreath, a base made of Styrofoam. Make sure the base is completely covered with the acorns, then decorate with ribbon, flowers, oak leaves or all three.

Straw wreaths can be made from scratch and decorated with fall plant material. They can also be purchased in a craft store and used as a base. If you can’t find a straw wreath, make one by starting with a piece of heavy-gauge wire shaped into a wreath. Take a handful of straw, hold it onto the wire with one hand, and wrap heavy, invisible fishing line around the straw with the other hand, securing it. Continue to layer the straw until the wire form is completely covered, and the wreath is as full as you want it. Tie the ends of the fishing line securely. Trim the ends of each layer of the straw so that it is even with the layer behind it. When the wreath looks finished, it’s ready to decorate.

Used as a base, anything can be poked into a straw wreath using craft picks, covering it entirely. Some ideas for covering a straw wreath include cornhusks, autumn leaves, dried sunflowers, dried flowers of any kind, herbs and silk flowers or leaves. Wrap the wire that’s attached to the craft pick around the plant material and poke the pick into the straw wreath. Layer one cornhusk, leaf or flower on top of the other and go completely around the wreath. Add more rows until the wreath is completely covered, then decorate.

Wire wreath forms can also be used as a base. These can be completely covered by attaching the plant material of your choice to the form with wire.

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