It’s okay to make silly, whimsical or spooky wreaths for Halloween and other occasions, but when it comes to Thanksgiving, something a elegant or beautiful is a little more appropriate for decorating the front door. There are lots of different autumn wreaths you can make which will really fit the bill. You don’t have to have a lot of money to make any of the wreaths which will welcome visitors and add a touch of fall to your home.
One quick and easy autumn wreath is made from a grapevine wreath. The entangled grapevines are shaped like a wreath and sold at most craft stores. They’re inexpensive and available in several different sizes. The dried grapevine wreath is generally sold in its natural color: brown. If you want, you can paint the wreath in yellow, orange, or even gold. Most any type of paint can be used to color the wreath. When the paint is dry you can glue on any number of things to embellish. Add a fall-theme bow and hang the wreath as-is or attach groups of fake berries and similar items. Choices include small, painted or regular pine cones, beads, colorful leaves, or even small, flat, wooden turkey shapes from a craft store. It’s your choice when it comes to the fall-theme items you will glue to the wreath.
Make a different kind of autumn wreath by starting with a metal ring. You’ll find the rings, in assorted sizes, at any craft store. Cut different fabrics into rectangular shapes with pinking shears. Although it isn’t absolutely necessary to use pinking shears they give the cut cloth a defining appearance. You’ll decide how large you need to cut the cloth pieces according to the size of the ring you’ve purchased. The cloth pieces should be long enough to wrap around the ring and tie once. There should also be a couple of inches of fabric, on each end of the tied piece, to stick out away from the ring. Cut colors of yellow, orange, brown, olive green and gold. Or, cut all the cloth pieces from the same color. Tie each one onto the ring then push them tightly together and add more. Continue until the ring is crammed with the cloth pieces. This wreath needs no embellishments; simply tie on a bow and hang. If you want to add accents to it, though, glue on tiny pine cones or wooden shapes.
Use a Styrofoam disk to make a wreath that is colorful and easy to create. Paint the disk red, yellow, green, gold or brown. Allow to dry thoroughly. Make sure the paint you select is suitable for this project; some paints melt Styrofoam. Check the label to be sure. After the paint is dry you can then finish the wreath. You can cut a hole in the center of the Styrofoam, to make a traditional wreath shape, or you can hang the entire, decorated disk as a wreath. Cluster a few small pine cones in the center of the disk and glue them in place. Now begin gluing on fake or real leaves, dried potpourri pieces, dried flowers, small pieces of bark, and even twigs from your yard. Paint the twigs with gold paint and the wreath will be very elegant. Affix the various items so that the disk no longer looks flat. Glue some of the items flat against the Styrofoam; glue others so that they stick out, away from the edges. Add fake berries for color or glue on small nuts, in-shell. Attach a bow to the top area of the finished disk and hang.
You can’t make an easier wreath than the one you create with a Styrofoam wreath shape and some bird seed. Apply glue to the inside of the wreath shape, then sprinkle on the chosen bird seed. Now coat the front part of the wreath with glue and birdseed, then move on to do the outside of the ring. Embellish this simple wreath with a nice bow – or even glue a couple miniature, fake birds inside the ring.
Even a paper plate can be used as the form for your new autumn door wreath. Cut a hole out of the middle of the plate then paint the remainder of the plate yellow, orange or another autumn color. Gather leaves from the yard and tape them all over the plate or use colorful leaves from a craft store. You can purchase bags of the leaves for little money. Glue or tape the leaves all over the plate. Now you can glue on pine cones – painted or regular – clusters of fake berries, and similar items. Glue a bow to the top area of the wreath and hang. This is a really fun project for kids.
A green, garland wreath doesn’t necessarily have to be just for Christmas. Paint the wreath gold, orange or another fall color to make a cool autumn wreath. Glue on pine cones, pieces of dry potpourri, fake ears of corn, fake candy corn, painted twigs, colorful leaves and similar things. You’ll find many Thanksgiving-theme or autumn-theme trinkets and novelties at any craft store. These can help you make a particular theme for the garland wreath.
Many people decorate the inside of their homes, as well as the dinner table, when it comes time for Thanksgiving or even the fall season. This year, don’t forget the door wreath which will seem very inviting to your guests. Any of these wreaths are very easy and inexpensive to make but will last you for many years to come. Next year, don’t wait for Thanksgiving to get here before you begin decorating. Make autumn wreaths, and similar decorations, and you can decorate much earlier – and leave the decor up well into winter!