I am always eager for Fall to arrive because it is unquestionably my favorite season of the year. I usually put autumn decorations on our front porch before I add fall decor indoors. When I was thinking about what kind of wreath I wanted this fall, I remembered a beautiful wreath shared on Madigan Made a few years ago. I decided to make my own sugared fruit wreath that is perfect for early Fall, Thanksgiving, and even through Christmas!
Watch this brief video to see how I put the wreath together, or scroll down for the step out photos. Subscribe to my YouTube channel for tons of video tutorials like this!
I purchased a small foam wreath from a dollar store several years ago. Whenever I get a new idea for a wreath, I strip the form down to the bare form and reuse it. This same wreath form has been six or seven different wreaths over the course of four years. This time, I began by wrapping the form with burlap ribbon to give it a neutral, rustic base.
I had the faux fruit in a bin in my craft room because I have been saving them since I originally used them to make my wedding centerpieces eight years ago. You can find similar pieces at craft and hobby stores or online. I fired up my hot glue gun and adhered the plastic fruit all the way around the wreath.
I added more and more pieces of faux fruit to the wreath, filling in the gaps with sprigs of berries and grapevine spirals. There isn’t a right or wrong way to do this. If you don’t like how it looks, you can always pull the piece off and try again.
If you look closely at this picture, you will see spider web-like strands all over the wreath. Those are pesky hot glue strings. If you have a project that ends up covered with those annoying guys, blast the project with a few bursts of heat from your hair dryer and they will shrivel right up.
I really like the way the warm colors of the fruit play against our newly painted front door. Take time to consider the color of your outdoor space when you are creating front door decorations. This same wreath would have blended in with our old front door, but last year’s wreath worked very well with the old color.
I think bronze-like tones in the wreath look beautiful flanked by my Faux Bronze Pedestal Planters on either side of the door. The mums haven’t opened up yet, but some of the buds are starting to peek open their rust-orange flowers.
My new front door wreath is happily hanging on our door and will likely stay there at least through Thanksgiving, maybe longer. How do you decorate your front door for Fall?
This post was originally created for ForRent.com