Fall Wreaths to Upcycle This Season

Fall Wreaths to Upcycle This Season

As soon as the craft stores fill their aisles with pumpkins, leaves, and acorns, I know it’s time to start thinking about fall projects. And that definitely means fall wreaths because there are so many ways to celebrate autumn on the front door.

The colors, the florals, the symbols, the styles…when it comes to fall wreaths, there are no limits when it comes to creativity and upcycling ideas to incorporate. Here are a few inspiring ideas to get your fall crafting started.

Thanksgiving Wreath

thanksgiving door decor from thrift store finds

Image credit: Sadie Seasongoods.

It’s hard to believe that this chic and elegant Thanksgiving wreath started out as thrift store finds, but it’s true! And it’s possible that this wreath would have never even come to fruition if the DIY supplies hadn’t ended up next to each other on the same thrift store shelf.

Rag Wreath

flannel rag wreath

Image credit: House of Hawthornes.

A rag wreath is a cozy, homey touch to celebrate Fall, and this version (that uses flannel fabric) is all about the cozy. It’s easy to make and ideal for anyone with a lot of fabric scraps handy.

Celebrate the Harvest

Leather arrow quiver as a harvest wreath

Image credit: Sadie Seasongoods.

An old leather quiver- even a newer one!- is an unusual but seasonally appropriate item to use as door decor in autumn. Filled with arrows and fall foliage, it’s a curiously stylish nod to the harvest season.

Fall Wreaths from Tools

rake as a wreath

Image credit: Petticoat Junktion.

Rakes are usually reserved for gathering up leaves once the trees are bare. But if you have an old rake laying around or bought a new-and-improved version, then an old rake head is a fun and unexpected item to turn into a fall wreath.

Metallic Leaf Wreath

fall leaf wreath

Image credit: Domestically Speaking.

There are fall leaf wreaths, and then there are METALLIC leaf wreaths, which truly take it up a notch. Gold, bronze, and copper are perfect for the season, and the subtle shine elevates the wreath into elegant territory.

Copper Pan Wreath

wreaths for fall from a copper jello mold

Image credit: Dukes and Duchesses.

A cake pan or Jello mold– especially in copper- is a fun and unexpected item to upcycle into a wreath. The color is right on target and the shape lends itself well to filling with all of fall’s finest- pumpkins, leaves, etc.

Fall Wreaths from Picture Frames

picture frame wreath as neutral fall decor

Image credit: Sadie Seasongoods.

A picture frame might not be the first thing you think of when it comes to wreath making, but it works out really well. Plus they’re super plentiful (and cheap!) at thrift stores and easy to personalize to your own preferred style.

Fabric Pumpkin Wreath

fabric pumpkin wreath

Image credit: Lora Bloomquist.

Crafters love to make fabric pumpkins at this time of year, but usually to sit around or fill up baskets and bowls. But here’s a fresh new application- as decorations on a fall wreath! How cute is that?

Fall Wreath with Plaid Ribbon

Harvest wreath with a bow made from plaid ribbon

Image credit: Sadie Seasongoods.

There’s nary a pumpkin or leaf in site on this wreath, but one look and you know it’s for autumn. It’s simply styled without much pomp or circumstance, but the feathers, wheat shafts, and plaid ribbon tie it all together nicely.

Embroidery Hoop Wreath

fall wreath for front door

Image credit: Virginia Sweetpea.

The embroidery hoop is an unsung hero in the crafting world and is perfect for a few non-embroidery projects. Specifically, it works really well as a simple wreath form, like this fresh take on an autumn wreath.

Farmhouse Fall Wreath

farmhouse fall wreath

Image credit: Sadie Seasongoods.

This fall wreath is simple, stylish, and quite thrifty- seeing as the wicker paper plate holder came from the thrift store and cost less than a dollar! It’s the perfect size to frame a wood cut-out from a craft store for an understated farmhouse-style autumn wreath.

Sunflower Wreath

sunflower wreath for fall

Image credit: Petticoat Junktion.

Sunflowers are a great symbol for that summer-to-fall transition, which make them a fun way to welcome autumn early! This take on a sunflower wreath upcycles an old leather purse from the closet– talk about thrifty and resourceful crafting.

Fall Wreaths with Apples

fall apple wreath

Image credit: Domestically Speaking.

If you’re on pumpkin overload and need a change of pace, this DIY apple wreath might be just the ticket. From the straw wreath form to the colorful foliage, you can almost smell the apple cider in the air.

Cheese Box Lid Wreath

fall door wreath with the lid of a wood cheese box

Image credit: Sadie Seasongoods.

Upcycling cheese boxes is certainly nothing new. But the lid alone is ideal for wreath making, isn’t it? Plus, with the right stenciled saying, it doubles as a fall sign.

Bohemian Fall Wreaths

boho fall wreath

Image credit: Salvaged Living.

For an unexpected Bohemian flair, this fall door wreath puts vintage neckties to fun reuse. With the right colors and a few feathers for good measure, this Boho wreath is a unique and whimsical way to celebrate the season.

Basket Wreath

autumnal door wreaths

Image credit: Homeroad.

Large flat baskets from a thrift or craft store are a great canvas for transforming into decorations for your front door. Ring one with fall leaves, berries, acorns, or gourds to celebrate all things Fall on your front door.

Flannel Leaves

fall leaf wreath from flannel shirts

Image credit: Sadie Seasongoods.

Fall and flannel go together like peanut butter and jelly- so it’s no surprise to see it on a fall wreath! This abstract take on a leaf wreath can be used with any fabrics you have on hand and is a fabulous scrap buster project, as well.

The tutorial for this flannel leaf wreath can be found in my book, “Crafting with Flannel”, by Sarah Ramberg.

Inspiration for Fall Wreaths

fall wreaths that are upcycled or repurposed

Image credit: Sadie Seasongoods.

I hope these upcycling ideas inspired you for whatever fall wreath you plan on making this year. There are so many possibilities and craft stores are chock full of supplies.

Craft on!


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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.

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