4 all-natural fall wreaths

Create a warm welcome with elements from nature.

A pretty wreath is a great way to welcome guests to your home in the fall, but it's just as important to greet your own family members. Tell them you're glad they're home by creating one of these nature-inspired wreaths.

Create this harvest-themed wreath by simply wiring dried ears of corn together to form a circle. Leave the husks on for extra color and texture. This wreath is made from colorful ornamental corn, but there's no reason you couldn't use ears from your own field. If you prefer, create a swag rather than going with the circle shape and hang it across a gate or along a porch or stair railing.

Free finds

Autumn is the perfect time to turn to nature for decorating, since there are so many elements right there for the picking. Take a walk around your property and fill a basket with interesting dried seed heads, berries, leaves, vines (watch out for poison ivy and other itchy weeds!), and any other items you can find. There's no need to spend a dime on fall decorations.

This wreath couldn't be easier to make, and the colors are perfect for fall. Collect Chinese lanterns, and be sure to include plenty of stem. Simply form them into a circle, weaving them around each other and securing with wire or string as needed. Tuck sprigs of bittersweet all around.

For the base of this wreath, use a store-bought form or soak grapevines or thin twigs until pliable enough to bend into a circle shape. Secure them with wire. Push wire through hedge apples and secure to the base. Add pinecones and bittersweet sprigs.

Here, instead of using a traditional wreath form, the base is a piece of ornamental metal. Get creative and find something you have lying around that would work in a similar way. Simply wire miniature pumpkins, gourds, leaves, vine, and pheasant feathers to the form and hang on a door or gate. You could do something similar with an old wooden ladder and lean it against the house next to the door.

There's really no limit to what you can create with the craft supplies provided by Mother Nature. Use anything that catches your eye, have fun putting it together, and feel good about having created something beautiful and welcoming using finds from your own property. 

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