Thursday, October 24, 2013

Autumn Wreaths

Wreaths have a special way of making your front entrance more inviting and welcoming. If you haven't put up an autumn wreath yet, here are some that I found at a variety of sites. Whether you make your wreath yourself or buy one, these ideas can help you decide which look you like best for your front door!


Wreaths that use natural elements are so attractive! I found many ideas on Pinterest, including this eye-catching wreath with touches of bittersweet. A feather with some fragrant rosemary is tucked into the burlap bow.


Another way to use burlap in a wreath is to wrap it around the entire wreath, with or without a bow. The small pumpkin-like gourds and berried branches add a warm autumn touch.


This autumn Patriotic Wreath has a rustic feel, with the extra touches of a flag and primitive-style metal star tucked in among the burlap and foliage.


A beautifully full wreath of grapevine, leaves, autumn flowers, and berries adds wonderful color to this front entrance.


Speaking of color, this wreath has a great variety of autumn hues, too–very striking!



I love the look of these wreaths, with bright bursts of color, hung with silky and sheer ivory bows. 


And this leaf and-berry wreath is colorful too, but in a more rustic, natural way.


A large burlap side bow is a nice touch to this wreath filled with lots of fall leaves and other natural elements.


Everything is artfully arranged to one side on this wreath–a nice change of pace!


This Shabby-Chic style wreath found at Country Living has leaves made from Birch-Bark. Directions and templates to make this are here


You could also make a shabby-style pine cone wreath–just hot-glue pine cones to a grapevine wreath base, then paint white, ivory, or whatever color goes best with your home–or leave it unpainted for autumn. And here's how this wreath can go from autumn to winter: dab glue on the painted or unpainted pine cones with a brush and sprinkle with glitter; after it dries, you can rehang your now-sparkly wreath for the Christmas holiday!


Lots of edible herbs–sage, oregano, rosemary, and bay leaves–add a pretty touch to this wreath. You may want to hang this in your kitchen instead of on your front door!


Using dried orange slices to decorate a wreath is another great fragrant idea.


I think this little Ivy and Berry Wreath is especially sweet! Make it just with holly greenery for autumn (add in some eucalyptus or other greenery if you like), then make another for the Christmas season with berries added in. All you have to do is wrap a long sprig of fresh ivy around a metal wire frame and attach with wire. For Christmas, add in clusters of the red berries.


This pretty evergreen wreath for fall includes moss, ivy, and eucalyptus attached with wire to a frame.



Some ideas from Midwest Living include this Bittersweet Wreath, (top photo) with gourds tied together in a cluster using raffia and then attached to a circle of bittersweet vine. A raffia bow adds the finishing touch. I also learned from this link that raffia is the fiber from palm leaf stalks–I found that interesting! I also liked the Flower and Berry Wreath (lower photo) with hydrangeas, bittersweet, and rose hips attached to a grapevine wreath. 


If you prefer a more floral fragrant wreath, you'll want something like this one, with dried sweet Annie, lavender, purple statice, globe amaranth, and green kale leaves. You can include other fragrant dried leaves and flowers, too.

What type of wreath would look best on your cottage door?



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