Have your kids help you make these 10 uniquely different autumn harvest wreaths to adorn your home or front door. You can make these wreaths quickly and save money in the process, as supplies are easily accessible in craft stores and your back yard!
All wreaths will require at least one each of the following items:
– hot or cool-glue gun with plenty of glue sticks (white craft glue won’t work here)
– solid moss, hay or plywood wreath form (try to make your own cutting out cardboard, stuff with hay or pine needles, wrapping with thin wire or green florist tape)
– wired-edge fabric or raffia straw ribbon/s in shades of autumn cited below
– a coordinating large pre-made fabric or raffia straw bow
(Additional supplies needed for individual wreaths are listed below.)
All supplies should be in rich harvest colors. Use fall shades of purple, dark red, deep corals, burnt orange, sienna, gold, yellow, mustard, rich browns, tan, dark and olive green shades.
For additional ideas and coordinating table centerpieces or window, door and/or fireplace mantel swags see my corresponding articles “Autumn Harvest Decorative Swags to Make for Holiday Entertaining” and “Autumn Harvest Table Centerpieces for Holiday Entertaining”.
1. Ivy Ribbon Wreath (real or plastic small-leaf ivy vines)
Using real or artificial ivy vines (small-leaf variety), wrap around the wreath form, gluing the ends down. Wrap wired-edge fabric ribbon loosely over and around the ivy vines, twisting and ruffling the ribbon, gluing at strategic points to expose ivy, gluing ends. The wired-edge ribbon is pliable and will mold well around individual leafs. Position large pre-made bow where you want it, glue and hang.
2. Fruit Wreath (light-weight artificial, realistic fruit shapes and sizes)
Fall fruits should be oranges, tangerines, limes, green and yellow pears, green, yellow and red apples, and any other fall harvest-shaded fruits. Wrap ribbon around wreath form, scrunching wired-edge ribbon up and around fruits. Glue down ribbon around fruits, as soon as you’re happy with the placement. Position and glue your large pre-made bow where you’d like it most.
3. Grape Wreath (real or artificial grape vines with leafs and plastic grape clusters)
Grapes can be all varieties, all colors, black, dark purple, red, and green. Wrap your grape vine and leafs around the wreath form gluing down ends. Position grape clusters around your wreath, to hang gracefully down. When you’re happy with the grape-cluster placements, glue down. Position and glue your large bow.
4. Bird’s Nest Wreath (twigs and large multi-colored leafs from your yard)
With your glue-gun, place and glue twigs and fall multi-colored leafs all around the wreath form. Make individual bows from your wired-edge ribbon, place strategically around your wreath and glue in place.
5. Mixed Nuts Wreath (a pound of mixed hard-shelled nuts)
Glue nuts (with shells in tact) onto your wreath form; almonds, Brazil nuts, filberts, walnuts, etc. Try to make it as solid with nuts as possible. Loosely wrap ribbon in and around the nut wreath, twisting, looping and scrunching decoratively until you’re pleased with it’s placement and glue down. Position your large pre-made bow and glue it in place.
6. Shell Wreath (a large bag of shells, and several small shells-in-a-basket)
Position large shells at different focal points around the wreath form and glue in place. Around the large shells, place and glue smaller shells like fitting together puzzle pieces. Place and glue large pre-made bow where it looks best. This wreath also looks good in spring and summer, with or without a bow. You can even turn this one into a shell mirror by hot-gluing an unframed round mirror to the back.
7. Holly-Berry Wreath (real or artificial holly-leaf branches with red-orange or white berries – caution – real berries are poisonous, NOT a child-appropriate craft)
Position and glue holly branches, alternating the branches with berries. Lace the ribbon over and under holly, crimping wherever necessary and gluing down. Add the pre-made bow and glue in place.
8. Cornucopia Wreath (artificial miniature ears of colorful Indian corn with husks, mini-pinecones and real or artificial mini pumpkins in orange or white)
Arrange mini-ears of Indian corn around mini pumpkins and glue into place. Glue miniature pinecones around to fill in blank areas. Loosely wrap ribbon through and around your wreath, twisting, scrunching and gluing into place. Add the pre-made bow where you’d like it and glue down.
9. Pinecone Wreath (large, medium and small pinecones from yard)
Place and glue large and medium pinecones. Wrap ribbon around and through your wreath, intermittently adding small pinecones over the ribbon at strategic points and glue into place. Position your large bow and glue it down.
10. Golden Wreath (1 can gold spray paint, NOT a child appropriate craft)
Any of the above wreaths can be spray painted gold for a festive and regal look. If you’ve attempted making any of the above wreaths and aren’t quite happy with your handiwork, no worries! Spray paint the entire wreath with gold spray paint, outdoors on a newspaper, and allow to dry.
This technique not only makes a gorgeous wreath, spray painting it will preserve it for years! You can also use this wreath (as well as others above) for Christmas by adding and gluing in place, recycled sparkly Christmas tree ornaments, candy canes and/or lots of colorful ribbons or bows, using a winter holiday palate of colors.
Have your children help you create these fabulous harvest wreaths, or supervise your children making one, while you work on another one. The number 7 – Holly Berry Wreath is NOT child-appropriate, if using the real plant which has poisonous berries, or number 10 – Golden Wreath because of the noxious fumes and non-washable paint used. All other wreaths are child appropriate (using a cool-glue gun), now get creative! Happy crafting and decorating for a wonderful autumn harvest season!