Wreaths are definitely among my top 10 favorite things ever! They are an inexpensive way to decorate your home and celebrate each season.
Many times I have scrolled across wreaths on Pinterest and have been astounded by the price….$349 for ONE WREATH!
Unless you just have a thing for outrageously overspending on door décor, there’s no reason to pay that much money for a wreath. But if that IS your thing….then honey, HIRE ME!
Alas, us common folk don’t have the money for such elaborate door decorations. Thus, we are forced to learn to create our own…..for a fraction of the cost, might I add.
I saw a fall wreath similar to this one on Pinterest, but was unable to find a tutorial. Luckily, I was able to figure out how to make it myself and I’m so glad I did.
For less than $20, I was able to make a cute and customized fall wreath. And you can too!
How to Make a Cheap Fall Wreath
Step 1: Gather Your Materials
- a grapevine wreath form (18-24”) – $5
- 4 fall leaf picks (2 orange and 2 yellow) – $4
- wire cutters or scissors
- hot glue gun & glue sticks
- 2.5” burlap ribbon – $3
- 4” wooden monogram – $5
- paint & paint brush – $3
My inner budgeteer (is that even a word?) is so proud to tell you that I bought all of these supplies at my local Wal-Mart. That’s right, I didn’t even have to go to a craft store! And since I already had the ribbon and paint/paint brush in my craft cabinet, this wreath only cost me $14!
Step 2: Paint Your Letter
You’ll want to start by painting your monogram and setting it aside to dry.
At first I wasn’t going to paint the H and just leave it the light wooden color, but when I put it on the wreath, it didn’t stand out enough. So, I painted it using some dark brown paint that I had on hand and a cheap sponge brush. It took less than 5 minutes.
Step 3: Take Apart the Picks
Use your wire cutters (or scissors) to take apart the leaf picks. I didn’t cut each leaf off individually, but left them in clusters of 3-4.
These leaf picks were only $0.97 at Wal-Mart.
Step 4: Cut & Glue Ribbon Loops
Cut 6 pieces into 4″ strips. Fold each ribbon in half and use a dot of hot glue to keep them folded.
Step 5: Arrange Leaves on Wreath
Next, decide where you are going to place your monogram. Create your starting point, by poking some of the leaf stems in the grapevine form. Continue arranging the leaves until you cover about half of the wreath form.
For the leaves that will be above the monogram, place them pointing up and for the leaves below the monogram, place them pointing down and following the bottom curve of the wreath. Make sure to get a good mix of both the orange and yellow leaves on either sidesof the monogram.
Step 6: Place the Ribbon Loops
After half of the wreath is mostly covered with leaves, place the ribbon loops among the leaves to fill in empty spaces. You might also have to pull some leftover leaves off of the remaining stems in order to fill in any gaps.
Make sure the arrangement is nice and full.
Step 7: Glue the Leaves & Ribbon in Place
When you’re happy with your arrangement, glue the leaves and ribbon in place.
Although the leaves might seem secure with their stems stuck in the vines, it’s a good idea to glue them down. Wind and rain can easily tear a wreath apart, sending it all over the yard.
Step 8: Glue the Monogram in Place
The final step is to glue the monogram into place.
And you’re done! The only thing left to do is hang your wreath on the front door and enjoy!