Front Door Decorations That Celebrate Everything We Love About Fall
Stepping out of your front door is all that it takes to realize the beauty of fall—colorful leaves, festive pumpkins and gourds, and colorful florals await those who do. As such, you'll want to decorate the exterior of your home to match. Before you begin decking out your front porch or stoop for Halloween, usher in the start of a new season by creating a DIY wreath instead. Using items found in your crafting toolbox, you can create unique wreaths that are indicative of the season. Before you start thinking about the motifs you'd like to incorporate, it's important to remember that there are two ways you can incorporate elements synonymous with autumn into a stunning wreath: Either forage your materials from surrounding areas and wire them to a metal form, or secure them to a rounded straw or foam base.
While a seasonal wreath ensures that there's a little autumnal flair on your front porch or entryway, they're also versatile enough for interior decoration as well. What's more, they're ideal for displaying throughout the season—not just around the fall holidays. You'll find that these wreaths look as perfect during the first few cool evenings in early September as they do during the chilliest parts of November. Alongside other fall-themed décor ideas, liked carved pumpkins and seasonal planters, these wreaths are guaranteed to make quite the first impression on guests all autumn long.
While wreaths are a great way to style your home's entryway, you can also try adding a few seasonal plants to the space—they can be replaced with evergreen options when necessary. Ahead we share our tips and tricks for creating autumnal wreaths without a trip to the crafts store.
This wreath is a rustic nod to the season, and it's made with tamale wrappers from the grocery store.
For an easy, lightweight decoration that still evokes the glorious fall harvest, try these dried wheat bundles (wrapped in colorful waxed twine and wooden beads). Begin by bundling together 3 to 10 stalks of wheat; then, wrap the stalks of wheat together in twine. Leave about three feet of twine hanging off the bunch in a tail, and cut your stalks to approximately three-inches in length. Repeat for as many bundles as desired. Then, push the twines tail through a chosen bead, loop its ends and tie it in a knot. Trim any excess twine and slide the bead up to cover your knot.
Black Magic Wreath
This October, add some eerie elegance to your usual cobweb-and-spider porch display with a bewitching ebony wreath. We gave it a DIY makeover that works like magic. Start by laying out the dried grapevine wreath onto a flat work surface—on top of a heap of used newspapers before you spray paint it. Snip faux flowers away from stems, and arrange them onto the grapevine wreath before securing them with hot glue. Then, spray the entire wreath with black paint and let it dry.
Autumnal Dried Caspia Wreath
This natural autumnal wreath is made from dried bundles of caspia in rich colors. Start creating yours by cutting caspia stems to be approximately three-inches long; then, bundle three or four stems together before inserting it into a grapevine wreath base using floral wire. Alternate the red stems with orange stems until the wreath is completely covered. Then, spray a few miniature pumpkins with copper paint, and let it completely dry. To prepare your gilded pinecones, apply one coat of liquid gliding to each pinecone, and let it completely dry. Secure both pumpkins and pinecones to your wreath with hot glue.
Unlike fresh wreaths, this sculptural piece will last for years and visitors will never guess how easy they are to assemble. Begin by tracing the outer edge of a 18-inch craft ring right onto a piece of poster board and cutting it out. Glue the poster board to the ring form and position seven-inch wood cones to slightly exceed the edge of the form—then, glue it in place with hot glue. To create a second ring, stagger seven-inch cones and hot glue them to the first ring, tacking to each other as you go. Repeat with four-inch cones, working towards the center. The cones will gradually become more upright as you go. Finally, tack the points of the innermost cones to the poster board, as well as to each other, and let the creation dry completely for about five minutes.
Chalk-Painted Monogram Wooden Plaque
Welcome the cooler season with a signature greeting. Using craft and garden supplies you may already have, and a coat or two of matte-finish white chalk paint, turn your stoop into a stunner.
Wood Flower Wreath
Flowers are lovely on a wreath, but they may wilt in cooler temperatures. Conversely, the tapioca wood flowers used in this easy-to-make wreath will be in "bloom" throughout the season's holidays and the years to come. To start, set your wreath form on a flat surface, and glue tapioca wood flowers as close as possible to each other so the form doesn't show through. Stagger the size of the flowers to create a more visually interesting wreath. Then, glue the center of a length of ribbon to the back of the wreath. Use tacks to pin the loose ends to the top of the door.
Turn seasonal hard-shelled nuts into a festive wreath in just a few simple steps. Follow along as Martha demonstrates the how-to below.