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Sunday, September 7, 2014

How to Make a Fall Wreath with Natural Materials

I made a fall wreath with all natural materials gathered from our yard,  the only addition was some stalks of grain from a nearby field.   You could easily substitute some natural grasses from your yard for the grain....let your imagination run wild!
I covered a grapevine wreath by tying the stalks of grain to it.   The grain heads are fairly heavy,  so to insure that they won't droop as they dry,  I tied them near the top of the grain head and near the bottom of the stalk.     I didn't strip the leaves off of the stalk as they will be pretty when they are dry.
Don't be afraid to cut flowers that are still in bloom or leaves that are just turning.   Everything will be so pretty as it dries on your wreath. 
I already had a basket of sunflowers and roses that I had dried earlier in the summer.    But,  I also went out and cut some zinnias that were partially dried and also some purple sage that was dried on the stem.
Once I had the grain and the sunflowers secured on my wreath,   I hung it on the wall to add the finishing touches.   I added all the flowers that I had dried earlier this summer and also the ones that I had just cut.
  You can hang your wreath outdoors,  but remember,   dried materials don't last very long in the wind and rain.    
I wanted to show you several close ups of my wreath.....
I dry almost all the flowers that are grown in our garden.        I always save every little piece of babysbreath,   as I think it adds so much to any arrangement.
If you want to,  you can add a dab of hot glue to the end of each stem as you put them in your wreath.    I just tuck my pieces in because my wreath will just hang on the wall.
I cut my sunflowers when they are in full bloom so that some of the yellow petals will be on the flower when it is dry.   
You can see that the birds got to this poor sunflower before I!

Can you see how pretty the zinnias are as they are drying on the stem.    If you have trouble finding dried materials for your wreath from the yard,  the local craft store will usually have a good selection.

I have a vignette of fall colors on the table below the wreath.     The huge dictionary on the left side of the table is one of H'S collection of vintage's my favorite book to decorate with.
The vintage teapot belonged to my mother...... 
I am not very good at tutorials.....I hope I was able to help you  just a little...tiny....ity...bitty....bit!


  1. Absolutely beautiful. Blessings, Catherine

  2. Penny your wreath turned out so beautiful! The seed pods are my favorite it really gives a rustic feel. Thanks for sharing.
    It's all Loverly! Jo

  3. Lovely wreath for fall - perfectly styled with the drying seed heads and flowers. Thank you so much for linking it to Make It Monday. You brought beauty to my day.

  4. Your wreaths are gorgeous! I love that you've used what you got from your own garden. Thanks for sharing at the Make it Monday Party!

  5. Penny, your wreath is lovely! I haven't made a wreath in ages and I used to make them all the time. I wouldn't dare hang that one on my door. The wind would have it apart in less than ten minutes. {I live in a very windy area.} Pretty tea vignette and that is a wonderful dictionary! Thank you for joining me for Tea Time and enjoy your week.


  6. Love the wreath. I used to make my own when I had grape vines and lots of wild things growing in the fields. Seem to have gotten away from it now. I really enjoyed seeing yours.

  7. that is simply STUNNING! I love natural dried flowers so much and I am in awe of this wreath! It is beautiful!

  8. Stunning! I love how you used all those dried flowers. Great idea. Found your blog on Kathe with an E link party. Have a great week.

  9. Hi Penny. The wreath is beautiful and I love that you were able to gather all the items from your yard. I copied your cottonboll wreath and will post about it tomorrow. I am giving a shout out to you for the great suggestion. I may have to tackle this one next..Happy Monday..Judy

  10. Absolutely perfect and very romantic!

  11. very beautiful, looks like a LOT of work though. I would certainly enjoy having it but not sure I would have fun making it.
    Maybe I could handle a simpler version. I would not want to waste all those lovely flowers.

  12. Gorgeous wreath Penny! I'm featuring your wreath in my Friday Features tomorrow... thanks for linking up to Inspire Me Monday!

  13. I've never considered making a 'dried flower' wreath. I actually have quite the collection of dried flowers around (because I can never part with anything) and this might be a great way to use them. I love that you also used some that were still partially alive to give it some color too. Lovely!

  14. Wow! You inspire me to go run outside (well, when it becomes daylight) and start looking for things to add to my wreath... fun tutorial, thanks!

  15. Great tutorial Penny and your wreath is gorgeous! I have lots of goodies in the garden. Might try and make one sometime. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  16. The wreath is simply beautiful!!! You really have a knack! Thank you for sharing your ideas and inspiration on the Art of Homemaking Mondays. Always a pleasure to visit here ;)

  17. That is really beautiful! loved the colors, so pretty.

  18. That wreath is utterly gorgeous! Thanks for sharing @ TTF!

  19. Beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing with Adorned From Above's Link party.
    Have a great week.

  20. Lovely, Penny! Thanks for sharing at RLTLT.


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