Welcome Fall: DIY Wreath with Natural Elements!


Happy first day of Fall! I’ve been waiting not-so-patiently for my favorite time of year and autumn’s arrival, how about you? Now if only Mother Nature will cooperate and bring us some relief from our 80 degree temps with some crisp fall air!


I hung a wreath to welcome fall, adding some natural elements to a ready-made wreath, that I used as a base.


I found a wreath at T.J. Maxx for $39.99, a good price and size, and I loved the natural twig outside layer. It looked like a good candidate and foundation for a ‘Welcome Fall’ Wreath.


It only needed some ‘fall love’ and embellishment to cover the artificial leaves and help it make the transition from discount to designer. I added some natural materials using things I already had in my stash, and it was quick to assemble with the help of a glue gun!


I added some small grapevine pumpkins from Hobby Lobby, used at the table herepheasant feathers and dried pomegranates from my Christmas mantle decorations, and dried hydrangea blooms from my wheelbarrow harvest that have faded to a natural shade after our long hot summer.


Tip: Spray your dried hydrangea blooms with an aerosol hairspray. It will help prevent them from shattering and last a bit longer. While the dried hydrangea blooms on the wreath are still fragile and will ultimately have to be replaced next year, they add some pretty texture and soften the artificial leaves on the wreath. Just remember that dried hydrangeas are better suited to enjoy indoors or on a covered entryway or porch, protected from the sun and the elements.


This kind of wreath-making and assembly is easier than starting with the blank slate of a grapevine or straw wreath base. You can use the elements already there working around them as a guideline, to place your materials. Started with your larger elements first, in this case, the grapevine pumpkins, which I tucked in next to the pine cones already on the wreath.


I placed the pomegranates and hydrangea blooms next, adding them around the faux berries, then added the feathers last. Arrange everything how you like first before you begin to wire, pick or glue anything. I used a glue gun, adding the glue as the wreath was laying down assembled, so I didn’t disturb the arrangement much. I only needed bit a glue to hold everything in place, since the grapevine pumpkins had long twig stems and the feathers could be tucked in among the other twigs and leaves.


You can use this same technique for a fall garland for the table or mantel, using an artificial garland as a base to make a more realistic and natural garland.

You can find the step-by-step tutorial for assembling a garland here.


And see it used here: Falling Leaves Table


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  50 comments for “Welcome Fall: DIY Wreath with Natural Elements!

  1. maureen
    September 22, 2016 at 6:20 am

    Absolutely beautiful! Your a genius.

    September 22, 2016 at 6:43 am

    I love the way you enhanced the wreath! It went from ordinary to absolutely extraordinary! Amazing job!

  3. September 22, 2016 at 6:56 am

    The hydrangea blooms texture and color make your wreath IMHO. So pretty!

  4. Gail
    September 22, 2016 at 6:58 am

    Simple but very wonderful results

  5. Peggy Bryant
    September 22, 2016 at 7:00 am

    Love what you did. Will have to work on my wreath also.

  6. Diane
    September 22, 2016 at 7:02 am

    So beautiful!! You are so clever!!

  7. Doreen Bednarski
    September 22, 2016 at 7:23 am

    Just stunning! Thank you for the lesson on how to make my own. I just love your blog. I don’t comment often but always appreciate each and every post of your genius!

  8. Jacklyn carney
    September 22, 2016 at 7:50 am

    Mary, love the wreath and the table is so inviting, what’s for lunch??
    Enjoy this lovely day!! 🍷

  9. Leslie
    September 22, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Love the table garland. What a statement accent that would be for the Holidays.

  10. Sherlie Magaret
    September 22, 2016 at 8:20 am

    Gorgeous, Love the wreath and table décor for fall. Happy Fall to you!!!

  11. Ellen
    September 22, 2016 at 8:28 am

    Beautiful wreath, so much better with your natural additions. I know this is repetitive; but, could you please tell me where the divine black boots with the bows that were in the previous Halloween posts are from or the brand name? I have been obsessed with them since you first showed them. Thank-you so much!

    • September 22, 2016 at 8:41 am

      Hi Ellen, I found them at Kohl’s two years ago. I don’t remember the brand name, I’ll look when I bring them down from the attic. I did find these from Kohl’s with a quick search that are really cute with striped and colored laces!

      • Ellen
        September 22, 2016 at 4:32 pm

        Thank-you, Thank-you, Thank-you!!! Sorry for being such a pest; but, I am so obsessed!

  12. Cheryl
    September 22, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty. Thanks for the tutorial. C’mon Fall!!

  13. September 22, 2016 at 8:45 am

    Mary, you took a pretty wreath and turned it into drop-dead gorgeous! Love it!! I am so thrilled to be participating with you and all the other talented bloggers for the blog hop beginning on Monday…Happy first day of fall! Pam @ Everyday Living

  14. September 22, 2016 at 8:51 am

    What a lovely fall wreath and great way to make it! Have a wonderful day.

  15. Mary Michelle
    September 22, 2016 at 9:01 am

    I love your wreath and am so glad you included the link to your Butternut Apple Soup and yummy leaves recipe. Perfect for these cooler fall days.

  16. Michele in IL.
    September 22, 2016 at 9:05 am

    wow, all your posts are just amazing. I love the wreath and thank you for all your inspiration!!!
    Your table settings are my absolute favorite!

  17. Virginia
    September 22, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Happy Fall to you Mary, as always your creative wreath and garland have provided much inspiration for those of us who follow you, Monday afternoon I hosted a tea for the ladies of our church and wired a small teapot to the front door wreath, which was inspired by your Tea Party wreath. Thanks so much for sharing your amazing ideas.

  18. September 22, 2016 at 11:24 am

    Very pretty! I have been a bit appalled at the prices of Fall decor, even at HomeGoods, which makes me want to dive into my stashes and come up with something new. Great ideas here, and texture, texture, texture is always the answer to send something—so-so to OVER THE TOP Gorgeous! Thanks for the inspiration, Sandi

  19. September 22, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    Your wreath is beautiful. I love it.

  20. Norma
    September 22, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    Absolutely GORGEOUS! And, just in time for the start of Fall. You have knocked it out of the park…again!

  21. Laura T.
    September 22, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    What a transformation!!! Beautiful!!!

  22. Belle Bleu Interiors
    September 22, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Your wreath it beautiful, and I can’t wait to see your tablescape!

  23. September 22, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    Oh yeah…you gussied that baby up beautifully! So much more lush & full now. Well done!

  24. Lanita Anderson
    September 22, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    Wow! I love the transformation your wreath took on as you added just a few natural elements to an already great wreath!! It’s beautiful and I know it looks great on your door. Thanks for sharing such great tips…..

  25. September 22, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Oh Mary, I am writing from the beach and your wreath is gorgeous! I love how you embellished it so perfectly. I got inspiration from you last year to embellish my garlands at my tables. So thanks again!!!!!

  26. September 22, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    Amazing! :)

  27. Linda L
    September 22, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    Love, love, love the wreath and the runner!
    So beautiful. Such a good idea to add to a basic wreath.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  28. Sandi Allen
    September 22, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    Beautiful. Love the colors!

  29. September 22, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    Wow Mary, you really dolled the wreath up!!! I often cringe when I see wreaths in the stores, not only because of the price, but because they can be, ahem, ugly…LOVE the addition of grapevine pumpkins and dried hydrageas…if I had only read my twitter feed today I would have known you posted this :) ha! I will never keep up!!

  30. Cyndi Raines
    September 23, 2016 at 12:58 am

    Beautiful wreath Mary – you make it sound so simple, I just might have to give it a try! Thank you for including the great butternut-apple soup recipe, sounds yummy. I have all the ingredients, except the thyme, so I may try that this weekend or for sure when it gets a little cooler. I’ll be putting out the fall decorations, but we’re still in the 80’s so it doesn’t feel quite like fall yet. Some leaves are changing though. Thanks!

  31. September 23, 2016 at 5:23 am

    Your wreath turned out great Mary! A welcome fall greeting indeed:@)

  32. Ellen Stillabower
    September 23, 2016 at 7:24 am

    Very pretty and so is that table….very inviting!!! 🌻🍁🌻🍁🌻🍁

  33. September 23, 2016 at 8:37 am

    Wow, that’s drop-dead gorgeous! I could still kick myself for not purchasing a great arrangement of pheasant feathers (for a ridiculously low price) while we were in South Dakota.

  34. September 23, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    Yes, you took that from discount to designer indeed!….So, so beautiful! Love all the added elements and really love great dried hydrangeas and those wonderful feathers!!….Gorgeous job as always Mary!…Have a great weekend!

  35. Melodie Strickland
    September 24, 2016 at 11:01 am

    What a beautiful wreath and table decoration–you are so talented. Puts one in the mood for fall. Still in the 80’s here in our part of Virginia. We’re supposed to get cooler weather starting Sunday–looking forward to it.

  36. Paula
    September 25, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    Beautiful wreath indeed!!! and thank you for the tip about spraying the hydrangeas with hairspray, I love that sticky stuff , hehehe :)
    The soup sounds wonderful !

  37. September 29, 2016 at 9:52 am

    Wow ,Mary you made that wreath spectacular! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  38. Emily Antonecchia
    September 30, 2016 at 7:27 am

    I can tell by your blog that you like architectural relics. I just found a treasure trove in Lincolnton which you probably already know about but if not…..here it is..Alcott Farms…they have a warehouse and it is open by appt. only…text 704-813-8945..Happy Junking! Emily

  39. Graeme & Barbara Leis
    October 3, 2016 at 6:53 am

    I am receiving dozens of emails from you all the same that I have received over the past few days. Your site is the only one this is happening fropm.

    Barbara Leis

    • October 3, 2016 at 7:42 am

      Hi Barbara, Sorry about that! I have no idea what would cause that but I just notified WordPress support and they’re sending you an email directly on how to adjust your email notification settings. You might have to look in your spam folder for it if you don’t see it soon.

      • Barbara
        October 3, 2016 at 8:21 pm

        Mary we have now received 50 versions of this email in the last 24 hours. Unfortunately I have unsubscribed to try and stop the emails and if that works will subscribe again.

      • October 3, 2016 at 9:16 pm

        How strange, Barbara…were you subscribed to receive comments instead of new posts by chance?

  40. October 22, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    How beautiful, you described it perfectly. From discount to designer is right! Hope you are having a great weekend.

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