Decorate for fall with a DIY wheat wreath. This step-by-step tutorial shows you from start to finish how easy it is to make this wreath for your home for the fall.
How to make a wheat and dried flowers wreath
I love this DIY wheat wreath project. It was the perfect craft project to move me into fall crafting and decorating. Making a fall wreath from dried wheat, grasses and flowers is super easy and it lasts forever. I think a dried wheat wreath fits in perfectly with my easy-going fall decor. It is so easy to make and it will last a long time. And what better way to celebrate the autumn harvest season.
Making a wheat wreath only requires a few simple tools and materials that you can often get free in nature. It only takes about an hour to turn a stash of dried grasses, grains, and flowers into a lovely wreath that will look good inside on your wall or outside on your front door.
If you like the idea of using free materials to make a wreath. Than please check out my tutorial for making a twig wreath from garden clippings.
To make a DIY wheat wreath you only need to know a few basic wreath-making techniques that are so easy to do and learn. Let me show you how I made mine. But before I do that, let’s take a moment and talk about the magic of wreaths, shall we?
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The beauty of seasonal wreaths
I truly believe wreaths are among the most essential decorating items to bring beauty to your home and bring in the seasons. I love seasonal decorating as it is a constant reminder of how the times keep moving and we’d better enjoy every bit of today to its fullest. Wreaths are used in all seasons but I think they fit in best during the fall season. The fall season is all about being thankful for the bounty around us, it’s about cozying up inside and do fun stuff, and it’s about hospitality and meeting friends and family. So making this DIY autumn wreath is the perfect fall activity for a rainy day.
A wheat wreath is a traditional symbol for the neverending cycle of the seasons, of sowing, growing, and harvesting. Wheat itself is a symbol of generosity and abundance. So a wheat wreath in your home adds meaning and a sense of hospitality and welcome.
This wheat wreath is just perfect to transition our summer decor into fall. At the end of summer, the grasses and grains are dry on the fields, and seeing those yellow fields is a strong reminder that summer is nearing its end and fall is on its way.
This particular dried wreath featuring grasses, wheat, and dried flowers came about when I was taking a small hike through our countryside. We have been having very heavy downpours lately and all over I noticed the grains on the field were broken and lying flat. All I had to do was pick some up and give them a new destination before the next rainfall would destroy them.
Of course around this time of the year, it is also easy to find dried wild grasses everywhere. This homemade wreath can be totally free and is extremely budget-friendly.
I could have easily made my fall wreath with the materials I found for free. I wanted it to be a bit extra special though. So I supplemented my dried wheat and grasses with some store-bought flowers.
Total aside here:
Isn’t it funny how all the decor shops are filling up with dried flowers again? They are really all the rage all over again. I remember them from my days as a child. We used to have the top of our hutch filled with vases with dried flowers. I guess it shouldn’t be too big of a surprise really, 70s macrame is back in vogue and I think so are bell-bottom jeans!
Okay, back to lovely wreath making!
I added some pretty options for dried flowers and grasses to my shopping suggestions down below.
So let’s get started, shall we!
Let’s make a dried wheat wreath that will look beautiful in your home and will easily last until Thanksgiving (and probably way after that).
LIST OF SUPPLIES AND TOOLS to make a dried wheat and flowers wreath
- Dried wheat bundles or stems,
- Dried grasses
- Dried flowers
- Wreath form like a metal ring 14” (gold would be preferable, I only had a silver one, worked just fine)
- Floral wire, preferably bronze or gold-colored.
- and wire cutters
- Garden shears or strong scissors
Instructions for making a fall wheat wreath
- Gather your materials. Lay out your bundles of the (different kinds of) wheat, grasses, and flowers. Seperate the bundles into tiny groupings and tie them together with a bit of florists wire. Cut them a bit shorter.
2. Layer the bundles on your metal wring on by one and attach them with the wire. Do this carefully so you do not break the stems.
3. Alternatively, you can use a wreath form made from a straw wreath. You will need more bundles of wheat, grasses, and dried flowers then to cover your base completely, and of course that way your wreath will be much fuller and bigger. If you use a straw wreath form as your base you can either attach your bundles with wire (like I did here), or use floral pins or hot glue to attach the bundles to your form.
4. Make sure each new bundle covers the wire of the previous ones. If you have bronze or gold-colored wire that will make it much easier.
I didn’t and used what I had on hand (dark metal florists wire). I made it work by being extra careful to hide the wire underneath the thicker parts of the bundles on top.
5. If you are happy with how the bundles are flowing together, cut off any excess length of the stems. Wire cutters work best for this.
6. Keep going round and round and layering in more bundles of your dried materials. The heads all go in the same direction but alternate the direction a bit from inward to outward so the wreath becomes full on all sides.
7. Hold up your wreath from time to time to see if you are following the round shape and if your materials are spread out evenly.
8. Make adjustments where needed. Take some extra time to wiggle in the final bundles so they cover the wire of the previous ones and their own wire is covered underneath the first bundles.
9. Decide what top and bottom are and attach a loop of wire for hanging if necessary.
That’s it! You made yourself a pretty fall DIY wreath with wheat and dried flowers
How to decorate with a wheat wreath
A wheat wreath looks beautiful on your front door. Especially since it is such a strong symbol for the season. But in all honesty, because of the dried materials, they can also be a bit fragile. I would only hang a dried wreath outside if it was sheltered from rain and wind.
A dried wheat wreath will also look beautiful in your fall decorating in your room. They would work wonderfully in the kitchen, living room, or even in your fall bedroom. And of course, they are a perfect focal point for any fall mantel.
To me, a wheat wreath is the perfect transitional decor to move my home from summer into fall, but as I said, it will fit in with any Thanksgiving decorations too.
Both dried wheat and flowers can shed, but dried grasses especially are known to leave a trail of itty bits of debris.
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How to care for your wreath and prevent your dried wreath from shedding
The best way to avoid the shedding of a dried wheat and grass wreath is by spraying it with florist preservative spray. Alternatively, you can use a matte sealer. If you don’t have those on hand a light coat of either hair spray or spray adhesive will work too.
To keep the dried wreath looking fresh and clean you can dust them with your hair dryer set on low speed. To make it last, make sure it hangs in a dry spot where moisture can not harm it and preferably away from direct sunshine to avoid fading.
The most beautiful dried wheat and flowers wreaths I found online
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So how about you! Did you make a fall wreath? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to know and admire your handy work.
Lori Groenheide says
Your wreath is beautiful! Love it.
Your wreath is so pretty, and so is your dried arrangement with the pine cones! And I love the options for purchasing a wreath, too.
Love the dried arrangement with the little pinecones. Where would I find something like that? They are very unusual looking. Your wreath is beautiful and very artistic. Thank you for sharing!
I like to make bundles of wheat tied with wide velvet ribbon in fall colors for my dining room table.