Weekend craft: How to make a rustic wood fall wreath in 3 steps

When those fall colors appear everywhere, when pumpkin lattes take their place again on coffee menus, and when moms appear on porches everywhere, fall has arrived. Welcome one of the cosiest seasons with a rustic DIY wood fall wreath, sparking and reviving tradition in a fun way (that’s super budget-friendly, too).

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

How to make a wooden fall wreath

Like all the coolest DIY fall wreath ideas, this one can easily be customized to include your favorite fall word or phrase and the flowers can be different colors or varieties! All supplies can be purchased at your local craft store such as Hobby Lobby or Michael’s. If you want a bigger wreath, try this wooden disc (opens in new tab) from HomeDepot!

1. Stain or paint the wood

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

wooden wreath painting

Credit: Dori Turner

2. Add a word or phrase

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

Autumn flowers for wreath

Credit: Dori Turner

3. Affirm flowers and style!

Finally, take your flower sprigs and bundle them together to make two arrangements. Place the ends together and secure the stems with floral wire.

hello autumn wooden wreath

Credit: Dori Turner

Glue the flowers to the wood and you’re done!

How to display your DIY wooden fall wreath?

Now comes the fun part, styling! Hang your beautiful new wooden wreath as part of your fall fireplace, on an antique window with a farmhouse style hook for a vintage feel. You can also set it up on your buffet with fall-inspired vases and a bowl full of pine cones.

Hanging a wreath on the front door surrounded by beautiful arrangements of mommies and pumpkins is of course also a classic look and you don’t have to drill holes in your door if that is impossible! Either way, you’ll love the character this piece adds to your seasonal fall decorating ideas!

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