Let’s celebrate the season by making our own fall-themed nature wreath to decorate your home. This easy craft is fun to do as a family project.
- A piece of cardboard for the backing of the wreath
- Round objects to help you draw your circle on the cardboard (unless you can freehand it!)
- Scissors, possibly x-acto knife or utility knife
- Hot glue – if you don’t have a hot glue gun, you could also try rubber cement or a heavier craft adhesive
- Nature items – evergreen branches, leaves, pinecones, dried flowers, greenery – select sturdier items that won’t wilt right away
Step 1. Create your wreath backing. Draw out a donut shape (an inner circle and outer circle) on your piece of cardboard. If you are making a wreath to hang on your door, this may be large. Wreaths to go around a candle jar for a table decoration will be smaller. Use a bowl or other circular object to help you trace the shape. Cut out the donut with scissors or a utility knife.
Step 2. Decorate your wreath. Now that you have the cardboard backing for the wreath, start attaching your natural items with the glue. You’ll need to use a lot to cover up the cardboard. We trimmed branches and things we found outside so that we could glue on smaller pieces at a time.
Hot glue is hot! Using something else to hold down the items in the glue until it is secure helps keep fingers safe.
Keep adding items until the cardboard is pretty well covered.
And…finished! It looks great around the candle, too.
Want to see how Dawn, our senior director of collections, assembled her wreath? Check out this video.