Are you ready to celebrate the unofficial arrival of fall, but not quite ready to bust out the leaves and pumpkins? If so, this simple DIY fall wreath is the perfect transitional door decor for you!
Wreaths are my jam. My mom and I made a lot of them when I was little, and now my kiddos want in on the wreath-making action, too! I’m happy they want to get involved, but it’s tough for us type-A moms to relinquish control of the craft paint and glue gun.
I almost didn’t share this fall wreath project with you because it’s not perfect (hello, crooked little apple!) and Pinterest is filled with perfect DIY fall wreaths that probably look better than mine.
So why should you bother with this tutorial? And why did I post it despite its imperfections?
The reason is simple: I just want you to create something. I want you to try your best not to worry about your creation being “Pinterest perfect” and make a little something that puts a smile on your face.
This project took about 20 minutes, and it was 20 minutes of dedicated two-on-one time with me and my kids.
Time that they didn’t spend in front of the TV.
Yes, fingers were burned a bit on the hot glue gun (both mine and my son’s) and gold paint got on my daughter’s shirt, but it was worth it! So, without further ado, let’s get to that tutorial.
Simple DIY Fall Wreath Supplies
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- 12″ grapevine wreath
- Plain wood “welcome” sign
- Decorative miniature apples
- Decorative miniature pears (I found mine in store at JoAnn, but they are not available online. This link is for a Target version.)
- Gold craft paint (I also think red or teal would look nice.)
- Small foam paint brush
- Wax paper
- Hot glue gun
- Twine, ribbon, or wire to hang your wreath
Simple DIY Fall Wreath Tutorial
First, paint the welcome sign. When I use craft paint, I like to place it on wax paper because it peels off easily when dry. The Martha Stewart paint dries pretty quickly. Paint both sides if you plan to hang the wreath on a door with a window, since the sign’s backside will be visible.
While the paint dries, get out your hot glue gun and glue the apples and pears to the wreath. Be sure to leave room for the sign. My son and I both burned our thumbs at this point, which led to a few misplaced fruits. Oh well! That’s part of the fun (or stress) of crafting with kids.
Lastly, attach the painted welcome sign to the wreath with a few big dollops of hot glue and loop a piece of ribbon through the back.
So go grab a pumpkin spice latte and get to work. Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be perfect! I’m certainly not gonna judge you. 🙂
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