Ahhh. Fall. My favorite time of year. Crisp, cool air. PSL (Pumpkin Spice Lattes). Halloween. Sweater weather. It’s all just so delicious. And IMO, the best time for decorating around the house. Even more than during the popular winter holidays. So I go all out each year in mid-September, when my front yard is transformed into a corn maze and is known throughout the neighborhood for the best Scarecrow display, ever! Plus, unique DIY candle displays with seasonally appropriate scents, table centerpieces for Thanksgiving, pumpkin art, garland hung up around the windows and strewn across the mantelpiece, plaid and earth-toned throw blankets and pillows ... you name it, I'm all about Fall.
But there's something particularly attractive about wreaths with a fall theme and matching colors. They've just always worked so well as an inviting signal to our guests when they knock on the door for afternoon gatherings, trick or treating, fall dinner parties. Moreover, you can easily find interesting wreaths in a lot of different designs or make your own!
Going for the DIY
Creating your own wreaths is the best way to go about increasing your home's collection of autumn decorations. After all, not only does wreath assembly allow you to flex your own creative muscles - it also gives your spouse the chance to do the same thing. And if you've got one or more artistically inclined kids, well then you have a meaningful family activity set and ready to go.
Here are some basic instructions, adapted from tips provided by Southern Living and Country Living:
- To start, all you need is a stock foam wreath or grapevine wreath, either of which is easily found at any arts and crafts store.
- If you're going to use decorative fall-themed produce as your primary art (usually pumpkins, but you can probably find an assortment of gourds), you can easily affix them to a foam wreath with florist pins.
- For a grapevine wreath, you can attach autumn leaves, flowers and other foliage - or some unique homemade designs - to the vine foundation using wire or strong thread.
- Whether you opt for foam, grapevine or another material as your base wreath, make sure to cover it up entirely with your decorative items or color it to match them, unless the foundation is already a fall color and thus can be considered part of the aesthetic.
- You can also make wreaths from scratch, like this cornhusk wreath design that's explained step by step at Martha Stewart Living.
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Choosing the best ready-made wreaths
Not everyone has the time, talent or inclination to make their own fall wreaths. You can find all sorts of pre-assembled door wreaths if you visit any nearby housewares store, or by looking online. Here are a few interesting ideas:
- This gooseberry-based wreath, made by Bellacor and cited by Elle Decor, combines burgundy, green and cream-colored foliage with plenty of gooseberries for a design that's not only perfect for fall but may also stay aesthetically relevant into the winter.
- Terrain's glittered pear leaf wreath creates a simple but effective front-door decoration, according to House Beautiful.
- The silk wreath by August Grove uses wildflower and bittersweet berry along with natural grapevine for a rustic look.
- Add a new dimension of fresh scent to your front door with a One Kings Lane herbal wreath.
These are just a few of hundreds of wreath inspirations awaiting your creative touch.
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