You won't believe how easy this DIY rustic fall wreath is to make! Check out the before and after!

DIY Rustic Fall Door Wreath

Do you hate your front door?  I seriously hate ours because it’s just so, “blah.”  I want to paint it but it has been so humid out that I’m worried about the paint drying properly and frankly, don’t really want to have the front door off the hinges right now.  However, just because the weather won’t cooperate doesn’t mean I have to continue to have an unattractive door.  This rustic fall door wreath spruces it up without paint (although it is definitely still getting painted) and it can do the same for your front door.

You won't believe how easy this DIY rustic fall wreath is to make! Check out the before and after!

 

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Materials

  • Square Basket
  • Spray Sealant
  • Acrylic Paint in Black, White, and Burnt Umber
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue
  • Length of Rope or Twine
  • Faux Leaves (I got a 50 pack of these super cute foiled/glittered ones at the dollar store)
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • Mossy Shreds

You won't believe how easy this DIY rustic fall wreath is to make! Check out the before and after!

Step 1

Prime your basket with a coat of sealer.

 

Step 2

Paint the inside edges black as pictured above.

 

You won't believe how easy this DIY rustic fall wreath is to make! Check out the before and after!

Step 3

While paint is drying, create the word “fall” by writing it on a piece of cardboard.

You won't believe how easy this DIY rustic fall wreath is to make! Check out the before and after!

Tips:

  • I just used the cardboard insert from a pack of scrapbook paper.
  • If you don’t like your handwriting, I’ve included a copy of my freehand for you to print out and trace.

Step 4

Cut around the letter being sure to leave extra space on either side if your lines.

Tip:

  • These Tim Holtz scissors are perfect for tasks like this because they can cut evenly in the small nooks and crannies.

 

You won't believe how easy this DIY rustic fall wreath is to make! Check out the before and after!

Step 5

Generously coat the front of your word with the Mod Podge and then cover with mossy shreds.  Shake off the excess and return it to the container.

 

You won't believe how easy this DIY rustic fall wreath is to make! Check out the before and after!

Step 6

While the Mod Podge is drying, paint the inside bottom and outside trim of your basket with the burnt umber paint.

 

You won't believe how easy this DIY rustic fall wreath is to make! Check out the before and after!

Step 7

Once the first coat of Mod Podge has dried, apply a second generous coat over the moss and cover again as in step 5.  As before, shake off the excess and return to your container.

 

You won't believe how easy this DIY rustic fall wreath is to make! Check out the before and after!

Step 8

While the second coat of Mod Podge and moss is drying, flip over your basket and paint the entire back (except trim) black.  Paint the trim burnt umber to match the front side.

Step 9

Allow everything to dry and then look for areas that need touch ups.  You will likely need to touch up both the basket and the moss.

 

Step 10

To help your letters pop, apply a thin white outline of acrylic paint to your word.  The easiest way to do this is to dip your brush in the white paint and then touch the long sides of the bristles to the outside edges.

 

You won't believe how easy this DIY rustic fall wreath is to make! Check out the before and after!

Step 11

While the white paint is drying, attach your twine to the back of your basket by threading each end through the basket weave and knotting it.

You won't believe how easy this DIY rustic fall wreath is to make! Check out the before and after!

Tip:

  • To keep the edges of your rope from fraying and possibly coming loose in the future, add a dab of hot glue to the ends after you have knotted them.

 

You won't believe how easy this DIY rustic fall wreath is to make! Check out the before and after!

Step 12

Apply your leaves to the front outside of edge of your basket.  Arrange them however you wish and secure with hot glue.  (I did 3 leaves of various sizes on the bottom right and 2 leaves on the top left.)

 

You won't believe how easy this DIY rustic fall wreath is to make! Check out the before and after!

Step 13

Once the paint has dried on your mossy word, flip it over and apply hot glue to all of the exposed cardboard.  (Think of it like writing the word again with glue to get the right coverage.)

You won't believe how easy this DIY rustic fall wreath is to make! Check out the before and after!

Tip:

  • To achieve the raised effect allow the glue to cool just slightly before pressing to the inside of the basket.

Step 14 (Optional)

Help protect your “wreath” by spraying the entire thing with a final coat of your sealant.  Then hang and enjoy!

 

You won't believe how easy this DIY rustic fall wreath is to make! Check out the before and after!

 

You won't believe how easy this DIY rustic fall wreath is to make! Check out the before and after!

 

 

You won't believe how easy this DIY rustic fall wreath is to make! Check out the before and after!

Do you love how this turned out as much as me?!  Plus it was extremely easy to work with the mossy shreds and there is still a ton left!  There will definitely be more mossy tutorials coming your way in the future.  Sign up for our newsletter so you don’t miss them!


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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.