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How to Make a High-End Style DIY Fall Wreath on a Budget

Today I’m really excited to be sharing our new fall wreath as well as my tips for how to make a high-end style DIY fall wreath on a budget!

Hello, friends!

It’s officially fall around here. Okay, not “officially”. But school is back in session as of today, so it’s as good as fall in nearly every way.

Such mixed emotions this time of year.

On the one hand, it’s very sad to bid farewell to the warm sunshine and long, easy days that are summer. On the other hand, it feels pretty exciting to think about getting back into a regular routine and schedule. Not to mention the enticement of warm sweaters and fluffy scarves; crisp, sunny autumn days; and cozy evenings spent by the fireplace.

So… as much as I am loathe to bid summer farewell, I’m also ready to embrace the autumn season in all it’s glory, starting with the transformation of our home into an autumnal haven, of course. Okay, perhaps that is a slight overstatement, be we do now have pumpkins on most surfaces as well as a really pretty and welcoming DIY fall wreath adorning our door…

How to make a high end style DIY fall wreath on a budget poster.

After years of ogling beautiful, full, fall wreaths in stores and online, I decided the time was now to try to make my own DIY version. I’m usually pretty cheap about spending a lot on making a wreath because they are only up for such a short time before the next season arrives on our doorstep, so I really wanted to try to get a high-end feel on a low-end budget. I think I got the organic look I was going for, and it cost me just over $20 in materials since I already owned the grapevine form.

The key to doing this affordably is to look for a good sale such as a buy one-get one on the floral materials. I got all my branches and floral/leaf pics for BOGO at Michaels (and if I hadn’t already owned a wreath, I could have used a coupon to get 40% off the cost of the wreath form).

In addition to the grapevine wreath form which I already owned, I used a few different “leaf” branches or pics, along with one pretty hydrangea, some purple berries, white berries, and tiny blue berries (as well as my hot glue gun and wire snippers, of course). I didn’t even end up using all the floral pics that I bought for this wreath and will be returning some! Yay for savings!

Grapevine wreath, with greenery and white berries for the wreath.

I started by cutting the various “leaf” pics apart…

Cutting the various leaves apart from each other.

You can see the variety of leaf styles I used below, although I did not need all of the ones shown here. I had some leftovers.

The varieties of leaves all together after being cut apart.

Then I laid the autumn leaves out on the wreath, beginning with the maple leaves, and layering the other styles over top. I tucked them in and glued with my hot glue gun as needed.

Puttingthe maple leaves on the wreath first.

The maple leaves arranged on the grapevine wreath.

Once the foundation was created by laying on and gluing the leaves in place, it was time to place the more prominent pieces ( i.e. the pumpkins and the hydrangea). The pumpkins were actually dollar store pumpkins that I made over with a few coats of creamy-white chalk paint and then painted the stems with some gold craft paint.

Painted white pumpkins with a gold stem.

Placing the white pumpkins on the wreath.

Then I glued them in place, followed by the hydrangeas (sorry, forgot to photograph that step!). I cut one hydrangea stem into a few sections (as the hydrangea head was too large), and glued it together in two areas after the pumpkins had been placed, creating FIVE key focal point spots (three pumpkin, 2 hydrangea).

Then it was time to layer on the decorative top layers! I cut the berry stems apart and laid them out…

Various berry branches.

I layered them in and around the “focal point” pumpkins and hydrangeas, filling in the gaps, and attaching them in place with my hot glue gun. Just play around with the placement until you like it, then start gluing. You really can’t go wrong; once you get so many bits and bobs layered in together the effect is lovely!

Placing the berry branches on the wreath.

Up close of the the berry, eucalyptus and leaves on the wreath.

Purple, green, white clours on the wreath.

The full completed wreath.

I hung it from behind with a piece of twine, and I LOVE how it looks on our front door! So soft and pretty, yet totally fall.

The wreath on the front door.

I also created a little video clip of this project in process…

Today I’m excited to be joining a group of over 20 other talented bloggers who are also sharing a Fall DIY wreath tutorial with you! Hop over to see what my friends are sharing…

Fall wreaths blogger tour.

The Happy Housie // Rooms for Rent // The Turquoise Home // Finding Silver Pennies

Various wreaths from the blogger tour.

Deeply Southern Home //  Hallstrom Home // Shabbyfufu //  Sincerely, Marie Designs //
The DIY Mommy

Floral blogger wreaths.

 Lolly Jane  // Happy Happy Nester // Amber Tysl // A Pretty Life

Blogger fall tour.

Place of My Taste // Love Create Celebrate // Modern Glam // Lemon Thistle

Floral and leaf wreath tour.

 Town and Country Living  // Clean and Scentsible  // Summer Adams // Willow Street Interiors

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20 gorgeous DIY fall wreath ideas graphic.

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  1. Krista, your wreath is beautiful and such a fun DIY! I’d luv to invite you to share it with us at Wall to Wall DIY Wednesday! Best, Ann

  2. This is so beautiful. You’re quite creative and pretty good at explaining these crafts. I love this. Thanks for sharing

  3. Krista,
    Thanks so much for organizing this awesome wreath tour! You went above and beyond the call of duty! Your wreath is fabulous and it looks so pretty on your front door! Happy Fall my friend!

  4. Krista, your wreath is so speaking my love language! It’s beautiful! I especially love how you hung it with the twine. So unexpected and elegant. Thank you for hosting such a fun hop! xoxo

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