How to make a rustic wood fall wreath: A 3-step DIY

Make your own wood fall wreath for all of the best autumn vibes.

fall wreath with pillows
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When those autumnal colors start to appear everywhere, when pumpkin lattes take their place once again on coffee menus and when mums start to pop up on porches everywhere, fall has arrived. Welcome one of the coziest seasons with a rustic DIY wood fall wreath make and stir up tradition in a cute way (that's super on budget too).

Traditional fall wreaths are a staple in seasonal decor, but sometimes you want something a little different. This beautiful alternative to a traditional wreath offers a unique opportunity to add some character to your space.

How to make a wood fall wreath

Like all of the coolest DIY fall wreath ideas, this one can easily be customized to include your favorite fall word or phrase and the florals can be different colors or varieties! All of the supplies can be purchased at your local craft store like Hobby Lobby or Michael’s. If you’d like a larger wreath, try this wood disc (opens in new tab) from Home Depot! 

Supplies Needed:

1. Round wood piece (opens in new tab)

2. Stain (optional)

3. Paint

4. Paintbrush

5. Painter’s tape from Amazon is fine (opens in new tab)

6. Stencil or metal wording (opens in new tab)

7. Fall florals (opens in new tab)

8. Floral wire

9. Hot glue gun and sticks: We rate the Ryobi One cordless 18V that's available at The Home Depot (opens in new tab) also

10. A Cricut (opens in new tab) can come in useful for stencils or, pick up some basic letter stencils from Amazon (opens in new tab)

1. Stain or Paint the Wood

The first step is to stain your wood. This is optional, you may choose to leave it natural if you prefer! Once your stain is dry, use painter’s tape (opens in new tab) to tape off the wood so that it has two equal parts. Using a paint color of your choice, paint half of the wood piece. I used leftover green chalk paint for mine. Remove the tape and allow it to fully dry.

painting wood wreath

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2. Add a Word or Phrase

For the wording you have a couple of options. If you have a Cricut (opens in new tab) (everyone should have one they are so handy), you may choose to create a stencil with your favorite fall word or phrase. You can also purchase letter stencils (opens in new tab) to spell it out. Another option is to purchase metal wording to use. For this project I purchased a metal piece featuring the word "hello" from Hobby Lobby. Then I used letter stencils to spell out “FALL.” Stencil or glue your phrase so part of it is on the wood and part of it is on the paint. 

Fall florals for wreath

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3. Attach Florals and Style!

Finally, take your floral sprigs and bunch them together to create two arrangements. Place the ends together opposite of one another and secure the stems with floral wire. 

Hello Fall wood wreath

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Glue the florals onto the wood and you are done!

How to display your DIY wood fall wreath

Now comes the fun part, styling! Hang your pretty new wood wreath as part of your fall mantel display, on an antique window with a farmhouse-style hook for a vintage feel. You can also display it on your buffet with fall-inspired vases and a bowl full of pinecones. 

Hang a wreath on a front door surrounded by beautiful arrangements of mums and pumpkins is of course, a classic look too and you won't need to drill holes in your door either if that's out of the question! Either way, you'll love the character this piece adds to your seasonal fall decorating ideas! 

Dori Turner writes blog posts and feature articles on affordable design and DIY from her home in the heart of Oklahoma. She has a passion for teaching others how they can transform their home on a budget.

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