We finished in the nick of time. I felt relieved yesterday during our first official snow of the season that we had cleaned up the patio and raked the leaves (37 bags but who’s counting?) last weekend. Now it’s time to think seriously about the holidays. I know some of you are way ahead of us, but we do the best we can.

For me, one part of preparing for the holidays involves buying or making a beautiful fall wreath for the front door.  Whether the wreath is homemade or not depends on how time-challenged I’m feeling. Kids have strep throat? Buy the wreath. Kids away at school activities? Make the wreath.

This year I actually have a bit of extra time so I’m looking forward to making one.

Making a Fall Wreath

Even if you’ve never made a wreath before, don’t worry. It’s so easy that even I can make one and I assure you that I am not a crafty person. There are several websites that show you how to take the bounty from your garden and make a wreath. The first from gardenclub.com, overflows with gourds but takes only an hour to make.

Bhg.com also has suggestions for wreaths, ranging from those featuring apples and gourds to other non-traditional ones, like the “wreath” that features juniper berries on the head of a rake.

If you prefer watching a wreath making tutorial, there’s one on youtube.

Fall Wreath Inspiration

The pictures below are where I’m drawing my inspiration this year. Some of them could even make the transition from fall to winter easily.

I love the fall colors and simple burlap ribbon on the first one. (It’s a hydrangea wreath handmade by ChalkitupDecor and sold on Etsy.com.)

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Fall Wreath by ChalkitupDecor

This one’s got it all — lemons, artichokes, berries and pine boughs — and could easily transition to a winter wreath. (This fall wreath comes from My Sweet Savannah, a blog site whose owner also makes and sells vintage decor on her Etsy shop.)

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Fall Wreath by My Sweet Savannah

Nothing says “fall” like the leaves and colors in this wreath, which also has the owner’s initial. (This perfect autumn wreath comes from blogger Jess Scaggs and her blog Frugal Flourish.)

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Autumn Wreath by Frugal with a Flourish

This wreath from Amsterdam could be proudly displayed in fall and winter. (This photo is by interior and design journalist Holly Marder, who runs Avenue, a blog “that touches on style, interiors, food and lifestyle topics.”)

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Amsterdam Wreath from Holly Marder

It’s not too late for pumpkins on porches with fall wreaths. (The creator is Karen Evans, who runs a blog called Strictly Simple Style.)

This fall wreath reminds me of summer bouquets. (We saw and read about this one in Houzz.com’s story about Sarah Macklem and a fall tour of her Detroit home. Sarah’s an interior designer and editor of the blog The Yellow Cape Cod.)

“Macklem was married in the fall 14 years ago,” writes Houzz.com editor Fred Albert. “Her mother dried some of the flowers from the wedding and used them to make a wreath, which she presented to the newlyweds when they returned from their honeymoon. The wreath still looks great and hangs proudly on the front door.”

It’s interesting to step back from Sarah’s wreath to see it in the context of her Detroit porch. As Houzz.com’s Fred Albert describes it: “Cornstalks are readily available from farms and roadside stands — even some of the big-box merchants sell them. Macklem strapped a few to the pillars on her house (the source for the name of her company, The Yellow Cape Cod) and paired them with other autumnal accents.”

“Seasonal plantings add a festive touch to the urns by the front door. This year Macklem used mums from the grocery store… A trio of loosely stacked gourds adorns the front stoop.”

What about you? Do you make a fall wreath for your front door? If you do, post a picture on our Bombay Outdoors Facebook Page so we can all see and enjoy it!


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