How to Make the Ultimate Fall Burlap Door Wreath

Inside: Dress up your front door for fall with an easy-to-make burlap door wreath.

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One time I made a burlap wreath using a dryer vent. What an epic fail.

The dryer vent wreath looked perky (like this.) For about 10 minutes. Then, it drooped into a sad oval as if it had melted.

My repurposing adventures don’t always go well. Clearly.

But a simple burlap door wreath (made with a wreath form) is a definite win.

You won’t find it sagging on your front door. Made from a sturdy wreath form and burlap ribbon, a burlap door wreath will look good for years.

Here’s How to Create the Ultimate Fall Burlap Wreath for Your Front Door

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If you’re like me, a burlap wreath DIY project will put you right in the fall mood.

So you light a pumpkin spice latte candle. You pour apple cider donut coffee into your “Happy Fall!” mug. You are decked out and ready to make a fall wreath.

But what kind of wreath should you make? You’ve probably seen burlap door wreaths galore on Pinterest and Instagram.

Should you make a burlap wreath with ribbon wound through it? A burlap wreath with flowers? One made from a dryer vent? Oh wait. Don’t do that one.

To me, the ultimate burlap wreath is simple. Basic. A canvas for adding whatever decorative elements you want.

That’s what makes this the ultimate burlap door wreath. (That and it looks expensive but costs less than $10. Because who doesn’t love saving money?)

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With just a few supplies, you can create the ultimate burlap door wreath. Here’s what you’ll need to make a burlap wreath.

What you’ll need:

  • Burlap fabric rolls (I used two rolls of 5 inch x 10 yards that I got at Walmart.)
  • Metal wreath ring (I got mine at the Dollar Tree.)
  • Wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Optional decorative flowers (I used fake cattails from the Dollar Tree.)

Ready? Let’s do this.

A Step-By-Step Tutorial to Make a Fall Burlap Door Wreath

The first time you make a ruffled burlap wreath, it might take a bit of brainpower to get the steps down. Like anything, the first time is the hardest. So, don’t get frustrated. Trust me, you’ll get it. And when you complete your wreath, you’ll feel like a burlap wreath-making pro.

I’ll take you through the steps of crafting together your burlap door wreath.

(You can also watch this super handy video that shows you how to make a burlap wreath.)

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1. Fold into quarters

Fold your burlap ribbon into quarters hot dog style. This step makes it easier for you to slip the burlap ribbon through the wreath ring and secure it.

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2. Secure the burlap ribbon

Tie the end of the folded burlap ribbon to the first ring of the wreath ring with the wire. This will secure the burlap as you start to form your wreath.

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3. Push the ribbon through the second and third rings

Push the burlap ribbon into tufts sticking out of the second and third rings on the wreath ring.

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4. Bunch and twist

Bunch up those three tufts together, flip the wreath ring over and twist the burlap ribbon to secure it.

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5. Repeat

Now, you’ll repeat steps three and four. Continue pushing, bunching and twisting your way around the wreath ring. You’ll get the hang of it and will move more quickly as you go.

6. Finish off

When you’ve finished filling in the burlap wreath, cut off the end of the burlap ribbon. Tie the end of the burlap ribbon to the wreath ring with a bit of wire to keep it in place.

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10 Ways to Decorate Your Burlap Door Wreath for Fall

The neutral tone of this burlap door wreath makes it the ultimate blank canvas to personalize for fall.

As you can see, I decorated my wreath for fall with fake cattails in spunky reds, bright yellows and deep browns.

But you have an infinite number of fun options to decorate with. Give your blank burlap wreath a fall makeover with these ideas.

1. Add flower power with faux flowers

Stick a bunch of faux flowers on one edge of your wreath. Or, weave them around the entire radius of the wreath.

Use faux flowers in fall colors like rich reds, oranges and browns.

2. Stick on wood slices

Add some nature to your wreath.

Hot glue small wood slices around the perimeter of the wreath or in the pattern of your choice.

You could even stencil letters onto four wood slices to spell out FALL. If you’re feelin’ fancy, you know.

3. Weave ribbon into your wreath

Snake ribbon through your wreath for a pop of color and texture. You may want to do this step as you assemble the wreath.

(Dollar Tree has pretty fall-themed ribbons available right now by the way.)

4. Add charm with mini pumpkins

Attach cute miniature pumpkins to your burlap wreath using hot glue.

Try making a small grouping of three to four mini pumpkins along one edge of the wreath.

5. Make it plaid

Plaid might typically make you think of the holidays. But plaid works for fall too.

After all, I bet you have a flannel shirt hanging in your closet you love wearing this time of year. Am I right?

Add a little plaid to your wreath with plaid ribbon. Make a simple bow from the plaid ribbon and tie or hot glue it to the top of your wreath.

6. Feather it out

Add faux or real feathers to your wreath for an unexpected decorative element.

The spikiness of the feathers contrasts well with the round wreath.

Hot glue a bundle of feathers to the wreath. Or, tuck a few feathers underneath a pretty ribbon bow to add layers of decorative fun.

7. Wave the wheat

Wheat stalks will give your wreath a rustic vibe.

Take a small bundle of wheat and tie it together with twine.

Then, secure the wheat bundle to your wreath with hot glue.

8. Make it leaf-like

Fake the look of autumn branches by hot gluing faux autumn leaves to branches.

Attach the autumnal branches to your wreath with hot glue or twine.

9. Go apple all the way

Make this wreath the apple of your eye by adding faux apples to your wreath.

Hot glue them around the inner circle of the wreath or create a small grouping along one edge.

10. Go full-on harvest-themed

Take your wreath to the next level with harvest-themed items.

Secure a grouping of pumpkins, pine cones and Indian corn to your wreath with hot glue or twine.

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See? I told you it’s a win. No sagging in sight.

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A Bright & Happy Fall Front Porch

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The front porch is the welcome center to your home. You see it every time you leave and it’s there, welcoming you, after a long day at work. Shouldn’t your front porch feel warm and friendly?

And, what better time to spruce up your front porch than when guests start arriving? After all, it’s that time of year. Fall gatherings. Football watch parties. Thanksgiving.

Before fall’s over (why does it happen so fast!?) I wanted to share my front porch all decked out for autumn. Dressed up with just a few fall essentials, my front porch is bright, happy and welcoming.

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Add some fall mums
In pops of bright yellow and deep burgundy, fall mums add festive fall color to your front stoop. Pop the plants into unexpected containers, like woven baskets or my plastic pumpkin planters, and your plants will be anything but boring.

Bring on the pumpkins
No fall porch is complete without a display of pumpkins. Orange and white pumpkins keep it classic, but you could also add in green pumpkins or warty pumpkins.

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A place to sit
If you have the space, a simple wooden bench makes the perfect spot to plop down, read a book, sip some coffee and enjoy the brisk fall weather. This bench was a side-of-the-road find that I gave new life with a lot of sanding and a few coats of modern, gray paint. Other seating options you could add include a porch swing or classic wicker chairs.

Create levels
Whether on your porch or on your dining room table, any display looks better when your items are displayed at varying levels. Lifting up a pumpkin on a couple of wood stumps and placing one plastic pumpkin planter on a plant stand adds dimension to the entire front porch display.

Extra touches
The little extra touches make all the difference. Simple white mini lanterns add a little something extra and go with the fall theme.

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Next on the list is to figure out how to transition fall porch décor to holiday décor without getting rid of everything. I feel so sad throwing out pumpkins every year after Thanksgiving when they’re still perfectly good. If you have any tips for ways to transition your porch décor into the holiday season, please share!

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Get in the fall mood with these 21 reasons fall is the best season.

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Easy Plastic Pumpkin Planter

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Those iconic black and orange plastic pumpkin candy buckets are good for more than just trick-or-treaters.

Use the candy buckets to decorate your front porch for Halloween. With just a little DIY magic, you can transform those $1 plastic buckets into planters. Brimming with fall mums, they make an unexpected addition to your outdoor décor.

A simple coat of spray paint dresses up the plastic buckets, giving them a more elegant—and neutral look. I chose a simple bright white spray paint, but they’d also look lovely painted a metallic, like gold, silver or copper. A dark brown-gray is also a stylish option.

And, when Halloween’s over, just turn the jack-o-lantern faces toward the wall and you’ll have simple pumpkin planters on your doorstep ready to greet Thanksgiving guests.

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These plastic pumpkin planters couldn’t be easier to make. If you can wield a can of spray paint, then you can complete this project. Here are the supplies you’ll need.

What you’ll need:
– Plastic pumpkin buckets (I used two)
– Spray paint (I used white)
– Fall mums (I chose a deep burgundy color)
– Potting soil

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Ready to make your plastic pumpkin planters? Here’s how.

Step 1: Spray paint your pumpkins
Give your plastic pumpkins a good even coat of spray paint. You’ll need to do this in steps. Spray as much of the pumpkin as you can with it sitting upright. Let the paint dry. Then, flip it over and finish spraying around the bottom.

You can either choose to remove the wire or leave it on. I left it on because I wanted the planters to still look like pails.

(Tip: Hold your spray can vertically to avoid drips and to get an even coat. Also, be sure to shake the can vigorously before spraying to mix up the paint.)

Step 2: Drill drainage holes
Use a drill to pierce the bottom of your pumpkins with a few holes for water to drain.

Step 3: Fill with soil
Fill your plastic pumpkins with about halfway with soil.

Step 4: Plant your mums
Plant your mums in the plastic pumpkin. You’ll need to fill it in with more soil. Then, give it a good watering.

Step 5: Place on your porch, front steps or balcony
Show off your new planters by placing them on your porch, front steps or balcony. I think they look particularly stunning in a grouping. However many you choose to make, you’ll bewitch the neighborhood with your clever use for plastic pumpkin buckets.

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Even though I filled my planter with fall mums, you could also plant regular green houseplants into the bucket.

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Want another fun DIY project using a plastic pumpkin candy bucket? Make a concrete jack-o-lantern to spook up your front porch for Halloween.

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