DIY Inexpensive Fall Wreath and Fancy Bow

I recently finished making this fall wreath for my front door and thought I’d share it with you because it was an inexpensive project that can be transitioned from season to season!

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I don’t know about you, but for whatever reason, no matter how hard I try to carefully store a wreath after the season, the next year, it doesn’t come out of storage looking quite as good as when it went in.  So now, I just use one wreath for all seasons, which helps to keep it nice year-round and is a less expensive alternative versus buying multiple wreaths!

I purchased a bare twig wreath from a local craft store to use as the base (you could also use a grapevine wreath).  On sale, it cost just under $14. For each season, I just wire on different accent pieces to create a new look.  For fall, I picked up some faux berry stems and pussy willow branches (on sale for 50% off plus I used a 20% off coupon) and also used two different ribbons that I had on hand.

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I first wired the pussy willow all the way around, making sure that I kept it facing the same direction as the twig wreath.

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Next I wired the berry stems onto the wreath.  I took a picture of this step to show you, but didn’t take the time to check my photos in between each step and afterward, realized that some of them were so blurry that I couldn’t share them!  You’ll have to use your imagination as to what it looks like with the berry stems wired on top of the pussy willow.

I then decided to add a wire burlap bow to the bottom center of the wreath.  The next steps will show you how to make a bow and this technique will work with any type of ribbon, although wire is preferable so that it will hold its shape.  Also, if your ribbon is one-sided, be sure to twist after each loop so that the good side always faces out.

 

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Step 1

Hold the ribbon in your hand and leave a tail long enough to work as one end of your bow plus the length you’ll need for the center loop.  When in doubt, leave more!  The tail should be in the front of your hand.

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Step 2

Fold a length of ribbon backward to create a loop and pinch with it your thumb.  This loop will be the smallest (inside) loop on the left-side of your bow.  The tail of your bow will continue to hang down in front.

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Step 3

Fold another loop backward on the other side that matches in size to the first loop.  This will be your smallest (inside) loop on the right-side of your bow, so you want the two sides to be even.  Each loop thereafter will get progressively bigger.

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You should now have two matching loops, one on the left and one on the right.  The tail is still hanging down in the front.

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Step 4

Continue making loops on the back alternating from the left to the right.  Remember that each loop should be a bit bigger than the one before it.

 

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Step 5

When you have reached your desired size, you are ready to finish it off!  The number of loops you create and the size of the loops will depend on the size you want for your finished bow, but regardless, always use an odd number of loops on each side.  Here you can see that I have five loops per side going from smallest to biggest and one tail of the bow is on the front and the other (still attached to the spool) is on the back.

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Step 6

This one was hard to photograph, so I’ll do my best to explain!  In this step, you’ll be creating the center loop of your bow.  Take the tail end that is on the front and create a backward loop with the tail end now going down over the top of the bow to the back.

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Step 7

To secure the bow, use a length of wire that is twisted around the back.  Wire is ideal because it hold securely, but also allows you to move the loops around to spread out the bow when you’re ready to fluff it.

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Step 8

Now you’re ready to fluff!  For this, all you need to do is pull the loops alternating up and down so that each one is visible.  I tend to like the biggest loops on the back to come down toward the tail of the bow, as shown below.

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Whew!  Now that the bow was made, I was ready to finish the wreath.  I added the head of a faux hydrangea, some pinecones, and a small fall sign.  TidbitsTwine Fall Wreath 2 DIY Inexpensive Fall Wreath and Fancy Bow

 

Everything is wired – not glued – so that for winter, spring and summer, I can just remove these elements and add new ones.  I find that it’s much easier to store faux stems than entire wreaths, plus they are less expensive to buy.  And thanks to Pinterest, I saw this great and easy way to hang it on the front door!  Simply turn a Command hook upside down on the inside of the door to hold your wreath.  I prefer this over a wreath hanger because the hangers always clanged against my door whenever we shut it, but now it is silent and the wreath is firmly in place!

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Happy crafting!

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P.S. Want to see what I did to this wreath for the holidays?  Come check it out here!

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57 comments on DIY Inexpensive Fall Wreath and Fancy Bow

  1. Becky
    September 16, 2013 at 6:10 PM (1 year ago)

    Hi Kim!
    Love your wreath! I think it is so cool to see the end result of other people’s creativity! I usually make seasonal wreaths, and change them when they look old and tired. Just bought some stems to give my door baskets a fall facelift!! Just need a few minutes to throw it together!!

    Thanks again for the pics of the hanging bags! Just love them!
    Have a lovely week!
    Becky

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    • Tidbits&Twine
      September 16, 2013 at 7:02 PM (1 year ago)

      Hi Becky – So glad you like the wreath! I had fun putting it together and what’s nice about keeping the base the same is that I don’t feel guilty if I want to change the look a bit by adding new stems when the season comes around again. Hope you post pictures of your door baskets when you’re done!

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  2. Stacey
    September 16, 2013 at 6:32 PM (1 year ago)

    That’s one of the prettiest I’ve seen this fall. Love the Give Thanks tag on there.

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    • Tidbits&Twine
      September 16, 2013 at 7:02 PM (1 year ago)

      Wow, Stacey! Thank you so much for your kind comment!

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  3. Zenda
    September 17, 2013 at 7:44 PM (1 year ago)

    I love your wreath!! I know what you mean about the disappointing ‘second season’ of wreaths. I’ve started redecorating some of my wreaths, too. They don’t look this good, though! Thanks for sharing it!

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    • Tidbits&Twine
      September 18, 2013 at 8:29 AM (1 year ago)

      Thank you, Zenda!

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  4. Babs
    September 22, 2013 at 3:57 PM (1 year ago)

    Love your wreath. I like the light, airy look of it…now you have me wanting to re-do mine. :) And I LOVE your idea for hanging it. I have a command hook on the door for an indoor wreath, but never thought to put it up high and attach a ribbon for the outside wreath. Great tutorial, too.

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    • Tidbits&Twine
      September 22, 2013 at 5:27 PM (1 year ago)

      Hi Babs – Thank you so much for your kind comments! This is the first time I’ve used a command hook for my outdoor wreath but it really works!

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  5. JoAnn @ SweetPepperRose
    September 24, 2013 at 9:52 AM (1 year ago)

    Thanks for the bow tutorial. Seems like I can never get mine to look “neat” and professional. maybe the wire helps it stand up? I’ll keep trying ;-D

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    • Tidbits&Twine
      September 24, 2013 at 11:17 AM (1 year ago)

      JoAnn – The wired ribbon definitely helps, as does making sure that each loop is bigger than the one before it. When you get around to trying, if you find that a particular step is confusing, please let me know so that I can revise the description!

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  6. Kathryn Griffin @TheDedicatedHouse
    September 29, 2013 at 10:07 AM (1 year ago)

    Fab wreath and great bow tutorial. That’s how I make my bows as well. You are one of the fan favorites today at the Sunday Showcase from the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on over and grab a Sunday Showcase feature button. Here is the link to this week’s showcase. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2013/09/sunday-showcase-from-make-it-pretty_29.html to see your prettiness again tomorrow at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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    • Tidbits&Twine
      September 29, 2013 at 12:41 PM (1 year ago)

      Whoo hoo! Thank you, Kathryn! Literally did the happy dance around my kitchen with this news!

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  7. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions
    September 29, 2013 at 11:55 AM (1 year ago)

    Very pretty, Kim! Your bow tutorial was very easy to understand. I love the idea of using the same wreath form and just changing out the embellishments.

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    • Tidbits&Twine
      September 29, 2013 at 12:41 PM (1 year ago)

      Thank you so much, Kathy!

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  8. Cindy
    September 29, 2013 at 11:57 AM (1 year ago)

    Such a beautiful wreath! Thanks so much for sharing this how to with us and also for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY! Such a pleasure having you…
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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    • Tidbits&Twine
      September 29, 2013 at 12:40 PM (1 year ago)

      Thank you, Cindy! I’ll be sharing my Halloween mantel on the next Amaze Me Monday. :)

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      • Tidbits&Twine
        September 29, 2013 at 4:07 PM (1 year ago)

        Cindy – I just discovered that you featured my wreath! Thank you so much! Double dance of joy!

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  9. Sandy
    September 29, 2013 at 4:57 PM (1 year ago)

    Beautiful wreath, and a great ideal using the same wreath and changing it out, great tutorial on making a bow.
    Sandy

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    • Tidbits&Twine
      September 29, 2013 at 6:46 PM (1 year ago)

      Sandy – Thank you for visiting and taking the time to leave a comment!

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  10. Linda
    September 29, 2013 at 8:15 PM (1 year ago)

    Your wreath is so pretty and delicate, and your tutorial for bow making is excellent! Thank you for the inspiration. Linda

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    • Tidbits&Twine
      September 29, 2013 at 10:17 PM (1 year ago)

      Linda – Thank you so much! I’m so glad that you found the bow tutorial helpful.

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  11. Christine
    September 30, 2013 at 7:04 AM (1 year ago)

    This is gorgeous Kim. I love it! Congrats on being featured…..Christine

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    • Tidbits&Twine
      September 30, 2013 at 7:13 PM (1 year ago)

      Thank you, Christine!

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  12. Gold Country Cottage
    September 30, 2013 at 6:56 PM (1 year ago)

    Hi Kim. I just saw your feature on Dwellings. Such a pretty wreath and thanks for the bow making directions. Mine always turn out differently so this will make it easier to do. Congratulations..Happy Monday..Judy

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    • Tidbits&Twine
      September 30, 2013 at 7:14 PM (1 year ago)

      Hi Judy – Thank you so much for visiting me from Dwellings and taking the time to leave a comment! I really appreciate it!

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  13. Kimberly
    October 2, 2013 at 8:41 AM (1 year ago)

    Thank you for the tutorial. Especially the bow, I’m always rotten with that.
    Your wreath is simple and not over done.

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    • Tidbits&Twine
      October 2, 2013 at 8:42 AM (1 year ago)

      Thank you, Kimberly!

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    • Tidbits&Twine
      October 9, 2013 at 12:26 PM (1 year ago)

      Hi Melissa – Thank you so much for sharing! I love your wreath and think you did a great job! And wow….that house and porch! So charming! Thank you for linking and dropping me a note to share your wreath. Have a great week!

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  14. Barb
    November 11, 2013 at 8:11 AM (1 year ago)

    Love your wreath & want to give it a try. Regarding the ribbon for your bow, what would I ask for in order to find this type of ribbon? Thanks!

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    • Tidbits&Twine
      November 11, 2013 at 8:19 AM (1 year ago)

      Hi Barb – On this particular wreath I used wired burlap ribbon in the natural color that is 2.5″ wide. This is a pretty common type of ribbon at the major craft stores, especially during this time of year, so you should be able to find it relatively easily. If not, Amazon also sells it. I also wanted to let you know that you can make the bow out of any type of wired ribbon, it doesn’t have to be burlap, but I will say that the wider the ribbon is, the more substantial the bow will look. Hope this helps!

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  15. JKaye
    November 12, 2013 at 3:39 PM (1 year ago)

    That’s a stunning wreath. I was searching for directions on how to tie a wreath bow, and your directions seem easy to follow. I haven’t tried it yet! Even if I don’t make a bow, I’m glad I found your blog. It’s lovely.

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    • Tidbits&Twine
      November 12, 2013 at 4:18 PM (1 year ago)

      Thank you so much and good luck with your project!!

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  16. preethi
    November 14, 2013 at 5:52 PM (1 year ago)

    very cute…. thank you

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    • Tidbits&Twine
      November 14, 2013 at 8:09 PM (1 year ago)

      Thanks!

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  17. Wrenaria
    November 29, 2013 at 10:45 PM (12 months ago)

    I followed your bow instructions today and it turned out great! Thanks for sharing them!

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    • Tidbits&Twine
      November 30, 2013 at 9:57 AM (12 months ago)

      I’m so glad that they worked out for you! Thank you for letting me know! :)

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  18. Sharon
    December 23, 2013 at 4:23 AM (11 months ago)

    Thanks for a clear, easy to follow set of instructions! I am making some last minute Christmas decorations. I haven’t made bows in several years, but your instructions helped every come out beautifully.

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    • Tidbits&Twine
      December 23, 2013 at 9:50 PM (11 months ago)

      I’m so glad that these worked for you!

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  19. amy
    July 31, 2014 at 5:00 AM (4 months ago)

    By far the BEST bow tutorial I have seen! FINALLY! Whew!

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    • Tidbits&Twine
      July 31, 2014 at 6:41 AM (4 months ago)

      Yay! Thank you, Amy!

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  20. Roxanne
    September 9, 2014 at 5:26 PM (2 months ago)

    Finally!!!!!!!! A bow that is easy to make, because of your great directions!!!! Thanks Stitches- n- Chips…

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    • Tidbits&Twine
      September 10, 2014 at 7:45 AM (2 months ago)

      Yay! I’m so glad that you found the tutorial helpful! :) Kim

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  21. Rikki
    September 16, 2014 at 12:21 PM (2 months ago)

    I made this beautiful wreath using your easy to follow instructions and it turned out great! I really loved the flexibility of changing out the stems and the ribbon on the hook, let me adjust the length so that I could still see out the peep hole. :-).

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    • Tidbits&Twine
      September 17, 2014 at 3:44 PM (2 months ago)

      Hi Rikki – I’m so glad that it worked for you! It really is nice to be able to change things around for each season and I always end up using the stems on some other project so I feel like I’m getting my money’s worth. I’d love to see a picture of your wreath if you have one! :) Kim

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  22. Vanessa
    October 1, 2014 at 1:23 PM (2 months ago)

    I love easy bows. This is great and I am pinning.

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  23. Virginia Fynes
    October 1, 2014 at 2:03 PM (2 months ago)

    That bow looks fabulous, you certainly make it look easy!

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  24. Lani
    October 1, 2014 at 2:22 PM (2 months ago)

    Beautiful! I love a good tutorial, and this one is perfect! The wreath is beautiful, and I love how you were able to get double seasons out of it.
    Hugs …

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  25. Susan @ Oh My! Creative
    October 1, 2014 at 6:49 PM (2 months ago)

    I make bows like that, but mine never turn out as pretty as yours! I need to perfect my technique! Pretty wreath too!

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  26. Shannon
    October 2, 2014 at 6:24 AM (2 months ago)

    Great wreath. I especially liked your idea of how you hang it. I have that same problem with it clanking, or the hanger keeps my door from closing tight. Thank for the great tip!

    Shannon ~ bohemianjunktion.com

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  27. Zahida
    October 11, 2014 at 7:28 AM (1 month ago)

    Loving your work, how much did you use to tie the bow. Just wondering what length to purchase.

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    • Tidbits&Twine
      October 11, 2014 at 7:59 AM (1 month ago)

      Hi Zahida – Oh dear I don’t remember!! I purchased a roll of ribbon from the craft store and so didn’t really pay attention to how much I was using. It depends on how many loops you add to your bow and how big you want it to be overall, but I *think* used used maybe 3-4’? So sorry I couldn’t be more specific!

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  28. Marie
    November 10, 2014 at 1:53 PM (1 week ago)

    I love this wreath idea! I went to the local craft store and couldn’t find the faux stems or berries similar to yours. Where did you purchase these? Thanks for the inspiration!

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    • Tidbits&Twine
      November 10, 2014 at 3:50 PM (1 week ago)

      Hi Marie – Thank you so much! I think I bought everything at Michaels, but this was my wreath from 2013 so I don’t know if they still carry the same items…although I really think I saw the berries on a recent trip there so they might still have them. Good luck with your search! :) Kim

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      • Marie
        November 10, 2014 at 4:28 PM (1 week ago)

        Thanks for the reply. One more question if you habe time to reply. How many stems of the berries did you need to purchase? Thank you!!

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        • Tidbits&Twine
          November 10, 2014 at 4:51 PM (1 week ago)

          Hi Marie – For this wreath, I think I ended up using two pussywillow stems and three stems of berries, but it really depends on what stems you use and how full you want your wreath.

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  29. Barbara
    November 12, 2014 at 8:00 AM (1 week ago)

    WONDERFUL to see I am doing it wrote . It never hurts to see how other people do thing . Thing you so much.

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