DIY Fall Wreath Ideas

Halloween Wreath

There’s nothing quite like a pretty wreath on a front door to welcome visitors and celebrate the season.  One of the reasons why I like wreaths so much is because they are great craft project for anyone to make.  It doesn’t matter how talented or experienced you are at doing crafts.  You can keep your wreath as simple as you’d like, or get carried away and adorn it with anything you can think of.  This makes it a fun project for kids too.

Another reason why I enjoy wreaths so much is because these decorations are ideal for any climate or location.  It doesn’t matter if you live in an apartment or house.  Everyone has a door, so a wreath always has a place to call home.  But let’s say that you don’t have the ideal door for hanging a wreath, you can also put these creations in a window, or hang it on the wall.

Here are a few of my favorite ideas for making your own holiday wreath.

Halloween Wreath

Image courtesy of Shards of Blue CC 2.0

This yarn wreath was created for Halloween, but the technique is one that you can use for any holiday.  All you have to do is choose yarn that goes with the holiday you’d like to celebrate and and then choose appliques and accessories that go with it.

How to Make a Yarn Wreath

  1. Start with a Styrofoam, foam, or wicker wreath.
  2. Wrap yarn around the wreath, taking your time to place the yarn close together with no holes showing.
  3. When the entire wreath is covered with yarn, cut the yarn and glue the end using a hot glue gun.
  4. Start adding accents, appliques and decorations to the wreath to create any style, or holiday theme that you’d like.

Another strategy with wreaths is to have a “base” wreath that you use for a couple of holidays and simply change out the accent pieces that go on top.  The Halloween wreath above is a good example of that.  You could create a yarn wreath in a fall colored yarn that will look good for months.  For Halloween you can add white yarn to create a cob-web look and then add Halloween appliques like the ones I highlighted in my post about about Free Halloween Crochet Patterns  Add a ghost, felt flowers, felt bat and you’ve made a spooktacular Halloween wreath.
Layered Felt Designs

Image courtesy of roland CC 2.0

When it’s time to switch to a Thanksgiving theme, simply remove the Halloween items and swap them out for some fall leaves, pilgrims or turkey. The felt designs above are the perfect color combination for a fall wreath.  Here’s how to make these easy accent pieces.

  1. Choose several different colors of felt.
  2. Cut out any shape you’d like.  Use the same shape for each color.  You can either make them all the same size, or make each layer slightly smaller than the one beneath it.
  3. Using a needle, thread yarn through the center of each piece of felt, layering one piece of felt on top of the other.  You can tie knots on the ends of the yarn to make it look like the center of a flower.  You can also leave the tail coming out the back side of the “flower” if you’d like to attach them to the wreath using the yarn.

Just remember that if you are going to swap out the appliques and details on top, you want to use velcro or something that allows you to change the accent pieces without ruining the wreath below.  You can always use glue if you want, you’ll just have to be careful removing the old accessories and the new ones will have to go in the same spot so that it covers up the old glue.  Or, wrap a few more strands of yarn around the wreath to cover up the old spots and blend with the existing wreath.

Here are some Thanksgiving accents and appliques ideas to add to your wreath.



Pattern for Fall Crochet AppliquesPattern for Fall Crochet Appliques

Pattern for Crochet Maple LeavesPattern for Crochet Maple Leaves

Pattern for Crochet Oak LeavesPattern for Crochet Oak Leaves

Free Pattern- Crochet Flower & LeavesFree- Crochet Flower-Leaves

From Halloween to Thanksgiving, fall wreaths are full of color and fun.  I hope you enjoy making a DIY Fall Wreath to brighten-up your home, or to make as a gift.

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Fall Craft Idea for Kids

Fall Craft for Kids

With school starting next week for my kids and the temperature turning cooler, my mind automatically goes to fun, fall craft ideas for the kids.  This tissue paper tree is an easy and fun project that is perfect for boys and girls of all ages.

Fall Craft for KidsHow to Make a Tissue Paper Tree

This tissue paper tree lets kids use their creativity to mix colors and create their own tree showing off the beautiful colors of fall.

Supplies Needed:

  • Construction Paper (blue, green and brown)
  • Tissue paper or crepe paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Glue
  • Paper punch with leaf pattern (optional)

Here is how to make this cute tree:

1.  Use a blue piece of construction paper for the base.

2.  Rip a piece of brown construction paper into strips to create the tree trunk and branches.  For a more realistic looking tree, crumple the brown paper before gluing it to the blue paper.

3. Cut a strip of green construction paper for the grass at the bottom.  You can use scissors to create fringed grass, or just use a plain strip if you prefer.

4.  Cut tissue paper or crepe paper into squares.

5.  Fill a small cup with white glue.

6.  Using the eraser end of a pencil, wrap the tissue paper around the pencil to form the leaves.

7.  Dip the pencil and tissue paper into the glue and then add the leaf anywhere on the tree.  Be sure that you don’t use too much glue.  A little dab will do ya!

8.  Keep adding tissue paper leaves to the tree, varying the colors as you go.

9.  Use a paper punch to cut-out and glue small leaves falling from the tree and in the grass.

That’s all there is to it.  Kids can add as many tissue paper leaves as they’d like.  You’ll be amazed at how much your kids will enjoy this project and how quietly they’ll sit and work on it.

You can also use elements of this craft idea to make a fall greeting card or scrapbook page.  There’s no rule that says that craft ideas for kids can’t be enjoyed by all!

If you’d like to see a step-by-step tutorial, here’s a video from The Frugal Crafter.

Supplies Available on Amazon to Help Make a Tissue Paper Tree:

1 Inch Tissue Paper Squares1 Inch Tissue Paper Squares

Assorted Pack of Tissue PaperAssorted Pack of Tissue Paper

Maple Leaf Paper PunchMaple Leaf Paper Punch


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