Give Your Front Door the Prettiest Fall Makeover with this DIY Wreath

August 31, 2020

Dress up your front door this fall with a pretty grapevine wreath covered in preserved green oak leaves.
Learn how to create an easy DIY wreath for your fall front door using preserved oak leaves and a grapevine wreath.




Stunning DIY Wreath for your Fall Front Door Made out of Preserved Oak Leaves

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At my house this year, decorating is all about keeping things simple and uncluttered....not "I just went to Hobby Lobby and spent $100 on new decor (been there, done that). One of the easiest (and most budget-friendly) ways of not over complicating your fall decorating is to turn to nature both as your inspiration and as a source for your decor.

Through the years I've used fall leaves gathered outside in numerous different ways: to create centerpieces, tucked into vignettes, I even made a fall "tree" used dried leaves one time. This year, I was inspired by the outdoors to make a wreath for the front door of MacTavish House.

This fall DIY couldn't be any easier and I hesitated to even create an entire post about it, but sometimes it is the simplest of ideas that we often don't think about until we see someone else doing it.  So here is how I created a grapevine wreath adorned with dried oak leaves.

WHERE CAN YOU GET PRESERVED LEAVES


The leaves I use in my fall decorating are always gathered straight from the outdoors.  I'm lucky to live in a neighborhood surrounded by leaves, and the oak trees often drop entire branches of them as the season progresses.  They pretty much dry themselves laying on the ground and finish off in the house once I bring them home.  I don't know the "proper" way to dry and preserve leaves, but I do have four different techniques that I've used in the past.

Because of how early I needed this post to be done, I gathered my branches last year and stored them.  But you can begin looking now for branches that have fallen or ones that you can cut, depending on the color that you're looking for.  Obviously green oak leaves are available now, whereas if you want a wreath of colored leaves, you'll have to wait a bit.

If you don't have the availability to gather your own leaves around home or a local forested area, you can buy preserved leaves online or in different craft stores. (Amazon has some pretty golden colored ones and Roxanne's Dried Flowers had the best green oak leaves.)


Learn how to make an easy fall wreath for your front door using leaves gathered from outside

WHAT OTHER SUPPLIES ARE NEEDED?


The leaves are inserted into a grapevine wreath.  I already had one of these on hand discarded from another project, but grapevine wreaths can be found at any craft store very inexpensively.  You'll want one that is about 18 inches for a standard front door if that is where you're hanging it.  This particular one had previously been soaked and bent into an oval shape, but a standard round wreath will work just fine.

You'll also need floral wire and wire cutters for any branches that need to be wired onto the wreath. You can buy brown grapevine wire that won't be seen at all on your wreath.  But I used ordinary green floral wire because it is what I had and you really don't notice it when your wreath is done.

I was lucky enough to find some branches that had the tops of the acorns still attached, so I also gathered some fallen acorns to glue back into those tops for an added detail.


CAN THE ENTIRE WREATH BE COVERED IN LEAVES?


Absolutely!  I opted to do a wreath with just one section filled with leaves and acorns, but if you want to cover the entire grapevine wreath, that would be beautiful as well.  You'll follow the same steps outlined below only you'll tuck leaves in the whole way around.


WHAT SHOULD BE DONE WITH THE WREATH WHEN FALL IS OVER?


The best part about a natural, homemade wreath like this, is that you can tear it apart and use the wreath for something else if you'd like because it can always be made fresh each year.  

If you do intend to save it for another use, you'll want to be sure to store it flat in a sturdy box (or plastic wreath storage box). The preserved leaves are fragile and will break apart if jostled around or pushed into a box with other items.


Look no further for inspiration for this year's fall wreath - this one is so easy and made out of leaves gathered from outside!




HOW TO MAKE A PRESERVED LEAF WREATH




SUPPLIES

  • Grapevine wreath (any size depending on what will work best for you)
  • Preserved leaves
  • Floral wire (Either Brown Grapevine Wire or ordinary green floral wire)
  • Wire cutters
  • Acorns (optional)
  • Hot glue (optional)



INSTRUCTIONS


STEP 1: Begin by sticking the branches directly into the grapevine wreath if possible.  Not everything needs to be wired in as a lot of the branches will be held just fine inside the grapevine.  Be careful as you're working with these leaves as they are likely dry and somewhat brittle.


Easiest DIY Wreath ever, but oh so pretty - made with dried oak leaves and a grapevine wreath.


STEP 2: In areas where you cannot stick a branch or the branch is too flimsy to be tucked in, use a little floral wire to attach the branch to the wreath. Trim the excess wire with wire cutters.


STEP 3: Continue tucking in branches to completely cover the side of your wreath and filling in empty spaces with individual leaves if necessary.


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STEP 4:  (Optional) If you have branches with acorns attached or just the tops of the acorns, you can hot glue the acorn bottoms into the tops.  (If the acorns are already inside the tops you'll still want to glue them if possible because as they dry they will fall out). This is a nice decorative detail, but not necessary.


Such an easy  Wreath Using what's found in nature - DIY Preserved Leaf Wreath


STEP 5: Add a loop of wire or jute twine to the back of your wreath so that it can be hung from a hook on your door or wherever you'll be displaying it.  


I opted to keep my wreath simple and focused on just the leaves.  But you can add other things that will dry to your wreath like thistle, berries, or pieces of sedem.  Or perhaps you'd like to add a bow of some sort.  Make it your own by choosing the type and color of leaves that you love and accenting it in a way that fits in with your own style.






HAVE SOME EXTRA DRIED LEAVES LEFTOVER FROM MAKING YOUR WREATH?





Dress up your front door this fall with a pretty grapevine wreath covered in preserved green oak leaves.



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