Wreaths are a fantastic way of bringing color to a front porch. No longer limited to just Christmas use, wreaths can be decorated and displayed for every holiday. For Autumn, a wreath decorated in dried flowers and cheap Autumn themed dollar store items is a lovely way to greet your guests. Here’s one way to make a cheap, yet stunning Autumn wreath using dollar store items and florals found in your own back yard.
Supply list for Autumn Wreath Making
Wood or straw wreath: I make my own 24″ wreaths out of woven Virginia creeper vines. These vines have a flexible woody stem which is easy to weave when freshly picked. If you don’t have access to grape or Virginia creeper vines, craft stores have wooden wreaths for $5-10 or you can purchase a cheap straw or wicker wreath at the dollar store.
Dollar store plastic foliage and decor: The dollar store is the place to find cheap Autumn leaf plastic garlands, miniature foam gourds, and sprigs of Autumn themed flowers and dried berries. To make the 24″ Autumn wreath shown, all that was required was one sprig of dollar store Autumn foliage and one 5 foot fall leaf garland plus a few things out of the flower beds.
Dried flowers from the yard: As the cold weather hits, garden flowers start to die back in the yard. Instead of throwing out the “dead heads”, save them for an Autumn wreath. Dried echinacea (purple coneflower), sunflowers, corn tassels, and yarrow are a few examples of flowers that dry well and look lovely on an Autumn wreath.
Miscellaneous supplies: Florists wire and a wire cutter might be needed.
How to make an Autumn wreath
1) Begin by wrapping the wreath with the dollar store fall garland. To save money, thread the garland through the front part of the wreath instead of coiling it around the width of the wreath.
2) Wire the Autumn sprig to the wreath in either the 11-1-5- or 7 o’clock position. Adjust flowers so that the blooms face forward..
3) Attach your collection of dried flowers to the wreath either by tucking the stems in the wreath, or using florists wire to fasten. Avoid the temptation to evenly space the flowers around the perimeter of the wreath; instead, the flowers should be arranged in staggered clusters. To bulk out the wreath, scatter random sprigs of dried yarrow, dried berries, miniature gourds, or pine cones throughout the entire wreath.
Making an Autumn wreath for the front door is a fun project that doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. By combining back yard treasures with a Autumn dollar store decor, it’s really is possible to make a wreath for less than a few dollars.