All the tell-tale signs of fall have arrived—shorter days, brisk mornings, even football games (albeit without crowds).
Sure, the season may look a little different this year, but that’s all the more reason to not skip on traditions that make our homes feel extra special.
Enter: the front door wreath. I, for one, am here for it. High on my fall bucket list (right alongside swapping sundresses for sweaters and replacing morning iced coffees with piping hot lattes) is the ritual of stringing together a versatile creation that can take the front porch from early fall to Halloween all the way through to Thanksgiving (and beyond).
With its wild and unruly grapevine base and earthy palette of dried fall foliage, this easy four-step wreath checks all those boxes (you’ll even want to keep it for next year). Best of all: you can order the materials online and make it yourself in one afternoon. Here’s how:
Gather several stems of oak leaves, phalaris grass, and Centaurea pods, and bind the bottoms together with floral wire to create little floral bundles. You’ll need to make approximately 10 to 12 of them, depending on how full you want your wreath.
Pull apart and loosen some of the vines on the wreath to create a more unruly shape, and begin attaching the floral bundles to one side of the wreath with floral wire. Don’t worry if you can see some of the wire at this point, we’ll hide it later.
Continue attaching floral bundles to the first side of the wreath, and then switch directions so that they’re facing in the opposite direction when you attach them to the other side. I opted to leave the top half of the wreath bare, but you could attach bundles around the entire wreath if you prefer.
Clip long stems of pampas grass and wild oats, and insert them throughout the wreath to add fullness and texture. Be sure to tuck them snugly into the grapevines so they hide any visible floral wire. I concentrated the wild oats to one side, leaving the stems long so they’d drape below the wreath.
Pro tip: Sometimes, it helps to hang the wreath on the wall at this point, stand back, and assess whether you need to fill in any bare spots or break up any blocks of color.
That’s it! Your wreath should now be all set to hang on your door and enjoy for the entirety of the season. Bring on sweater weather!
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