This post walks you through the steps for making an Easy DIY Autumn Wheat Wreath for your front door or anywhere in your home.
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Autumn in the Northeast
As we approach the end of August, it means that autumn is just around the corner. Here in the Northeast, fall doesn’t last long. By the time November arrives, the leaves are gone and we have already had some snow flurries. So, September and October are the only 2 months for fall and let me tell you, those 8 weeks go by quickly.
There’s a lot of “apple and pumpkin spice” everything to fit into 8 weeks. Since the season is short and goes by quickly, I like to get a head start by making a wheat wreath at the end of August.
Just between you and I . . . this wreath is super easy to make because I already had a wheat wreath. I just decided it needed to be spruced up!
If you want to make a wheat wreath, using wheat bundles, read the post on how make a simple fall wreath.
If you already own a wheat wreath, perhaps from last year, let me show you how to give it new life.
DIY Autumn Wheat Wreath
The big secret to this project is to use what you may already have. As I said, I already had a wheat wreath from last year but it was a little “blah”. It seemed too tidy and boring. I prefer my wreaths to be a little unwieldy and have more personality. Rather than buying a new wreath, I decided to take this existing one and give it some love.
Below are the supplies you will need for this project.
- Wheat wreath – you can use one from a previous year or purchase a new one. Craft stores like Michaels, Hobby Lobby or Joann Fabric will usually carry them.
- Pampas grass picks (artificial or real)
- Corn husks (sometimes you can find these for free if you live in an area where corn is grown)
- hot glue gun
- Wire cutters / pliers
- Twine or ribbon to hang your wreath
Attach Corn Husks
After laying the wreath flat and plugging in the hot glue gun, I generally laid out where I wanted to attach the corn husks. Then I flipped the wreath over so it was face down.
I started attaching the corn husks on the back of the wreath and then filled in some of the emptier spots on the front of the wreath. My goal was to cover up the brown wreath frame. Take your time with this process.
I personally don’t mind if the corn husks were extending beyond the wreath frame. I like the wild and unruly nature of corn husks. If however you prefer a neater and more uniform appearance, you can trim the corn husks.
You can see in the photo above how the corn husks covered the interior of the wreath frame.
Add Pampas Grass
Next using either faux pampas grass picks or real pampas grass, fill in the front of the wreath. Because this wreath will be on the front door, exposed to the elements, I decided to use faux pampas grass.
I tucked in the pampas grass into different sections of the wreath.
If there are any stems that poke through the back of the wreath, simply cut them off using some wire cutters. Of course, this assumes you are using faux pampas grass. If you are using real pampas grass, you can trim the stems with clippers or scissors.
If you feel the need, you can also use hot glue to secure the pampas grass to the wreath form. I found the stems were inserted snuggly into the wreath form so no glue was needed.
Keep arranging and fluffing your wreath until it looks pleasing to you.
Enjoy your DIY Autumn Wheat Wreath
Congratulations! Your wreath is ready for you to enjoy and ready to be hung on your front door.
I prefer the wild and sightly disheveled look of this wreath. Adding just a few extra elements gave the wreath more personality.
My favorite part is that it took about 30 minutes to create this gorgeous wreath.
If you don’t have the time or inclination to make your own wreath, no problem! I have linked some similar styles below.
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