Farmhouse Fall Minimalist Wreath DIY
Updated: Oct 15, 2020
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This minimalist style ring wreath is part of the series Easy Fall Wreaths You Can DIY. It was a lot of fun to make and even though it took a little bit more time than the others in this series - it was so worth it! This DIY farmhouse fall inspired wreath is easy and affordable. It's the perfect way to upcycle last year's fall decor or the perfect reason to go craft shopping!
If you have been following the fall wreath series, you know how lucky I got when these beautiful dried magnolia leaves blew into our yard after a storm. They have been perfect for these fall wreaths and several other projects coming up in the future! In total this wreath cost around $5 as I already had most of the supplies and I recycled a few things. Dollar Tree has been my go-to place for fall crafting supplies this year and I have been able to make a ton of great fall projects on an affordable budget.
A wire coat hanger
(16) Dried magnolia leaves (several sizes to place in graduated order)
(~6) Small eucalyptus branches (optional)
Additional dried leaves / branches (optional)
1 Floral pumpkin from Dollar Tree - Plastic Pumpkin Arrangement (optional)
1 small white pumpkin
A few sheets of old newspaper
Sage green acrylic paint
Small paint brush
Small bowl for paint
1 Roll jute twine
Wire cutter / pliers
Hot glue gun
To get started, you will need to decide on your supplies. If you do not have any dried magnolia leaves, you can find them online or on craft sites like Etsy. You could also consider substituting with faux leaves. To get the graduated look, try to pair leaves of a similar size when you are deciding which ones to use for your wreath. I used 16 of the dried magnolia leaves total.
For the paint, I did not have any in the sage green color that I wanted to use so I had to mix my own using some paint that I had on hand. If you want to make things easier for yourself, try to find paint in a color you like at your local craft store or online. I have also seen pre-painted leaves on Etsy as well so if you wanted to save the painting step you could always go that route too!
To mix the paint, I used Apple Barrel matte acrylic paint in an antique white for the base. To blend the sage green color, I used Viridian, Raw Umber and Lamp Black from a set of Artist’s Loft acrylic paint. I added a drop of each to the base paint until I was happy with the color. It was challenging to mix my own color and I had to go back and forth with the raw umber and black a few times because I added too much green. If I had to do it over, I would just buy a pre mixed color to save this step.
To paint the leaves, spread them out on some old newspaper so that they are not touching. Pour (or mix) your paint in the small bowl and give each dried leaf a coat of paint. Let them dry for about 20 minutes and give each leaf a second coat. I did not end up needing to paint the back of the leaves. I let the second coat dry thoroughly overnight.
For the wreath base, I went with a wire coat hanger. I chose white because I initially thought the color would look nice with light green but once I started to bend the wire some of the white coating started to break off. I could have just touched it up with white paint but I decided that the jute would make a nice addition to the farmhouse fall look.
You can keep the hook part of the coat hanger or you can use wire cutters to remove it and bend the wire into place. I actually injured my wrist a few days ago and could not cut the wire so I just stretched out the wire and covered it with the jute cord. Tightly wrap jute around the wire until it’s completely covered. I added the cord last but it might be easier to cover the coat hanger with the jute before gluing anything to the wreath.
Once your leaves are dry and ready to use, you can start to glue them into sets. Take two leaves of similar size and decide how you want them to look. I found that it helps if they form a tight x for a nice layered look. Carefully put a small glob of hot glue and press the leaves together for about 10 seconds until the glue sets. Do this for each set until you have all 8 sets of leaves glued. Once these are dry you can begin to glue them to the hanger.
Start at the top of your wreath with the smallest set of painted leaves. Use the hot glue to tack the set into place over the hanger. Hold the set in place until the glue has set (it will start to look cloudy). Layer each set with the next largest size and repeat the gluing process until you have glued all 8 sets of leaves in place.
I had to add additional spots of glue to a few places where the leaves were not laying flat enough. Just be gentle so you don’t accidentally crack the leaves when pressing them together.
The leaves on this wreath have a nice look all on their own but I wanted to use some leftover eucalyptus branches that I salvaged from a thrift store purchase and some other fall components. You can get creative with this step and add as much or as little as you like!
I glued the eucalyptus branches in between some of the leaf sets. I then glued the flower, miniature gourd and other fall components into place near the base of the wreath. (Note: The flower and mini gourd were salvaged from a Dollar Tree pumpkin used in another project but you can use any flower or fall component you like!)
My wreath ended up being a little bottom heavy after I added the additional components and because the leaves were painted it ended up heavier than I anticipated. In order to get the wreath to hang nicely, I added a small piece of the jute cord to add some balance. To make your loop adjustable, tie a knot and loop it around the wreath. This way you can loosen it and scoot it around until it hangs where you want it.
While this wreath was a bit more challenging, I am very happy with the results. I will definitely use this method for some more wreaths in the upcoming seasons. I hope this tutorial gave you some inspiration to make your own farmhouse fall wreath and I hope you enjoy creating it as much as I did. Good luck and happy decorating!