Happy fall, y’all! Just kidding, I know it’s only the first day of August. But this year I’ve decided to get a jump on things. There are just too many fall projects that I’m itching to try and I know I won’t have enough time to try them all if I wait until its actually fall.
I started a few weeks ago with my no sew sweater pumpkins and my wood bead stem sweater pumpkins and today I’ve put some of them to use in my fall bead wreath. These wood bead wreaths have been catching my eye lately and creating one with pumpkins seemed like the perfect addition to my neutral fall decor. Spoiler alert: this project is so unbelievably simple it’s almost to good to be true.
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I’ve also included some more DIY decor inspiration from some of my crafty friends down below.
wood wreath supplies:
The base of this wreath is a metal clothing hanger, since I just love giving old items a second life. But I have to say, it is getting increasingly difficult to track one of these hangers down. Fortunately, in my hunt for one, I discovered that you can buy a small pack of them on Amazon for less than a dollar each. I was about to order them when I was saved by a neighbor who still had a few at her house!
- one wire hanger
- 20mm natural wooden beads (after hunting my local craft stores, I found many of my stores were sold out of them and even if they had them in stock, it turns out they’re even cheaper on Amazon, so I ordered these ones here)
- any faux leaves or greenery (I bought mine at the Dollar Tree last week)
- A few 5 minute sweater pumpkins from last weeks post
- A few 4-6″ pieces of wire, of any kind (long twist ties or pipe cleaners would even work). I keep a dispenser spool of twist tie material that I can cut down to any size for use in our garden and it worked perfectly for this project.
- pliers and wire cutters (I used this handy Kobalt tool that has both)
- safety glasses
how to make a wire hanger wreath
Shape your wire into a straight line by unbending the harsh bends and kinks.
Carefully bend your hanger wire into a circle (don’t worry if its not perfect, you can continue to perfect it as you go).
how to make a wood ball wreath
Next, string on your wooden beads.
how to attach pumpkins to a diy pumpkin wreath
Now, it’s time to attach your other decor. I decided to use a few faux maple leaves from the dollar store and a few of my sweater pumpkins with wood bead stems from the other day.
You can certainly do this with hot glue if you prefer but I like the option to update my wreaths with ease, so I chose to attach the decorations with bits of wire so they could easily be removed and updated next season.
Repeat for each fabric pumpkin addition.
how to attach faux leaves to wire pumpkin wreath without glue
I used my wire cutter (while wearing safety goggles) to clip the faux maple or oak leave stems, leaving a good bit of extra stem attached.
Then I arranged them how I wanted and carefully wrapped the length of wired stem around the back of the bead wreath to secure in place.
And just like that, my fall wood bead wreath is complete! And, I could update it for Christmas, or any other future holiday, with ease, by simply untwisting the wire elements and attaching new decor.
other wood bead decor, shop the look
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
where to buy wood beads?
The best place I’ve found is on Amazon. I was able to get 300, unfinished 20mm wood beads for $10.99 there and I had them 2 days later. Before they arrived, I took a look around locally and discovered that a few of my craft stores do carry them, but the cost is quite a bit more per bead than through Amazon.
natural wood beads or painted wood beads?
Honestly, I think either would make a gorgeous wood wreath, so it’s really up to your personal preference.
where can i learn how to make sweater pumpkins diy?
There are all sorts of tutorials out there this season. But if you want to make the ones shown with the wood bead stems, you can view my full tutorial here.
what if i can’t find a metal hanger?
First, try texting your friends and neighbors or even checking your local thrift stores. Some dry cleaners still use them as well but it’s not as common as it used to be, a lot of them have switched to plastic. And if you come up empty there, don’t panic, you can purchase a small pack of metal hangers for less than $1 each on Amazon. And if all else fails you can use a metal wire ring like this one or a spool of .08 gauge wire to make your own.
Now check out these other great home decor DIY projects: