Cheap Wreath for Fall

Are you looking for a cheap DIY wreath for fall? You’re going to love this one! It’s so budget-friendly, you’ll want to make two! Let’s get started!

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Pinterest graphic for cheap diy wreath for fall blog post

how do you make a fabric wreath?

One of my Instagram followers messaged me and told me about an amazing deal she came across at my local Habitat for Humanity. She thought I might be interested so I hustled myself over there to see the deal.

And I am so glad I did! There were two full boxes of pre-cut squares of flannel fabric plus lots of scraps from cutting the squares.

Each box was only five dollars!! Yes, 5 buck-a-roonies!

supplies for cheap wreaths for fall project including, wool fabric squares, straw wreath, scissors, hot glue gun, hot glue sticks

That was late last fall and I didn’t have time to take a good look at what the boxes contained. Come to find out, the pre-cut fabric was wool, not flannel like I originally thought.

There were various plaid patterns in lots of colors. I knew I could come up with some kind of project! Plus some of my blogging friends had a plaid (flannel) challenge going on and I wanted to join in!

You can see their projects at the end of this post. You can also see our challenge from last month by clicking the button below:

Let’s talk supplies for this month’s easy and cheap wreath for fall:

list of supplies for fall wreath:

My squares were precut but they were in different sizes. I cut about 70-3″ squares so that they would be uniform.

I also picked through the box of wool and selected colors and plaid patterns that would work together for this cheap wreath for fall. Browns and blues looked so good together and they said ‘fall’ to me!

**If you don't come across a box of pre-cut squares of flannel or wool like I did (not your typical thrift store find for sure!!) then you can use thrifted clothing like shirts, skirts, wool jackets, and scarves. You can even purchase wool by the yard at your local fabric store.
lady cutting squares of wool fabric for cheap wreaths for fall blog post tutorial

steps to make a budget fall wreath

This inexpensive wreath for fall is so easy to make. The steps are the same throughout the whole process.

  • grab a 3″ square
  • find the center of the square with a blunt tool (I used the blunt end of my scissors)
  • wrap the square around the end of the tool
  • apply hot glue to the tip
  • push into the straw wreath

Repeat, repeat, repeat.

lady showing how to use scissors with 3" wool scrap creating a pointed end to apply hot glue

I spaced the squares around the top of the straw wreath leaving space in between.

lady showing how to insert squares of fabric into straw wreath for diy fall wreath ideas

how do you make a homemade wreath?

This wreath is definitely homemade so I’m not worried about perfection. I added the squares to the top of the wreath first.

After the first pass, I went back around the circle and added more to fill in the empty areas.

I also left room for the other colors and patterns of the wool fabric.

wool scraps of fabric already inserted into straw wreath for cheap wreaths for fall blog post

You can see below that the wreath is starting to get fuller with each pass around the circle shape of the straw wreath.

lady using blunt end of scissors to insert fabric squares into straw wreath for fall decor

how to make an easy fall wreath

Seriously, that’s it.

This is one of the easiest and most inexpensive wreaths for fall that you can imagine!

Really, for any season, not just fall.

In fact, I have red, gray, and black wool squares in my boxes!! Christmas is just around the corner!

how much fabric do I need for a fabric wreath?

That question can be answered only by you. With this type of handmade project, you get to decide how full or how sparse you want the finished wreath to look.

If you want a fuller look, purchase more of the clothing items I mentioned or wool yardage. One yard of fabric (measures 44″ wide by 36″ long) will give you about 168 3″ squares. You could purchase a 1/3 yard of three different wool fabrics and have enough to make two wreaths! One for you and one for a friend 🙂

Keep those measurements in mind as you look for clothing items. A large woman’s skirt that has lots of fabric will yield more squares than a small child’s flannel shirt.

While you shop, look for pieces with large areas of fabric. The sleeves can be used, the fronts and back of shirts, scarves and of of course skirts!

how to finish this cheap wreath!

Let’s get back to this amazing and affordable wreath for fall!

After going around the circle two times, I started to add some of the other patterns and colors to the fall wreath. The browns and the blues looked so good with the first fabric.

I could hardly believe the hard part of selecting fabrics was already done for me! Look how well all these coordinate!

pieces of wool scraps of fabric attached to straw wreath for cheap wreaths for fall blog post tutorial

Just for fun, I made two wreaths using the blues and the browns. You can see both of the wreaths for fall towards the end of this post.

And you can watch how I created the second wreath in the YouTube video I created for you. The video is a little lower down in this post.

wool plaid wreath with many pieces of wool scrapes attached to straw wreath

full or sparse – you decide!

This wreath can be made as full or as sparse as you like. I suggest that if you want a sparse look, cut the squares smaller – around 2″ – so that the squares won’t flop around after being inserted into the straw wreath form

I also suggest that if you have several patterns and colors like I do, space them around the straw wreath evenly to keep the wreath looking uniform 🙂

stack of brown wool plaid scraps cut in 3" squares for diy fall wreath
lady showing how to add fabrci scraps to straw wreath for the fall

finishing details for this cheap wreath

Next, let’s get this adorable and affordable wreath for fall ready to hang!

Cut a piece of jute twine about 20″ long. Join the ends so that you create a loop.

lady tieing jute twine hanger on the back of a handmade fall wreath

Wrap around the wreath and make sure to weave between the fabric squares so you don’t smash them down.

Go through the loop and pull it tight.

lady adding jute twine hanger to diy wool fabric wreath for fall

Make a knot and you are ready to hang your gorgeous wreath!

lady tieing jute twine hanger on back of diy fall wreath

YouTube Video for you!

Here is a video I created for you if you like video tutorials too! Be sure to give me a thumbs up for the video and subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don’t miss any of the fun tutorials we offer!

how to hang a wreath

And now your wreath is ready to hang!

Mine is hanging on a picket fence wall hanging that I made. I love layering decor pieces like this!

full front veiw of fall wreath made from wool plaid scraps of fabric

For now, this wreath is hanging in my sewing room. By this weekend or next, this inexpensive fall wreath will be on my front door!

side view of handmade wool scrap wreath for fall

What do you think of this project? Super easy, right??

close up view of side of wool plaid wreath made from scraps of wool from thrift store

two wreaths |two looks

Remember I said I made two wreaths? Here they are!

side view of diy wreaths hanging on wall

I switched up the amount of blues and browns I used in each and it created a bit of a different look for each.

Which one do you like best? The one with more brown on the top or the one with more blue on the bottom?

Let me know in the comments!

two scrap wool diy wreaths hanging on wall

So glad you stopped by!

Wasn’t this cheap wreath for fall such an easy and fun project?? I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Let me know in the comments!

Feel free to pin any image in this post to Pinterest so that you can reference it later. Share it with your friends on Facebook too! They are probably looking for some easy and quick fall decor projects to do!

Pin the image below to your home decor and fall decor boards! Just click the pin button at the top left corner!

Pinterest graphic showing diy wool plaid wreath for fall

More Thrifted Ideas

Be sure to check out my blogging buddies’ posts for more Thrift Store Decor Ideas! This group is so creative and I know you will love their projects. Tell them Cindy from Reinvented Delaware sent ya’!

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia Easy DIY Fall Flannel Pumpkins

House of Hawthornes Rag Wreath DIY

Organized Clutter Flannel Covered Books

Reinvented Delaware Cheap Wreath for Fall (that’s me!)

Our Southern Home No Sew Flannel Pumpkins

Domestically Speaking Plaid Pumpkin and Acorn

My Repurposed Life DIY Flannel Scraps | Easy Projects

Petticoat Junktion Flannel Wrapped Wreath

Sadie Seasongoods Blue Fall Decor With a Pumpkin Throw Pillow

Shop at Blue Flannel Embellished Hand Towels

Looking for more fall inspiration: Here are a couple of posts you will enjoy. Just click the image to go to the post!

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  1. Your wreath turned out so cute, I just love the colors and the wreath form! Great tutorial!

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      So glad you enjoyed the project, Kristin! Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Thanks Carlene! So glad your enjoyed the tutorial!

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Thanks Pam! I love your wreath too!

  2. They are both so cute!!! I’m definitely inspired to make a new fall wreath this year… love the colors you picked!

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Thanks Maryann! I must admit, they both turned out better than I expected!

  3. Cindy,

    I love both of your wreaths. Those colors are great, and I can’t believe you got such a good deal on them last year!
    Awesome tutorial, great tips!



    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      You could resist a $5 box of wool?? I have some Christmas colors too!! Thanks for pinning Gail!

  4. Cindy,
    You had me at cheap. This adorable!!! You and I are dangerous with jabbing our projects with scissors! LOL! I love the fabrics that you used.

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      I saw your use of scissors and had to chuckle! Hopefully we don’t get caught by the scissor-safety authorities!! Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Thanks Christin! It is such an easy project too!

  5. Plaid, flannel, fall … what more can you want in a wreath?! I love the color scheme too. I’ve been resisting fall decor but you’ve turned me around. xo

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Woohoo for new colors for fall!! So glad you are inspired!

      1. I love the colors in this wreath it looks so pretty hopefully I can find some similar Good job!!!

        1. Thank you, Chris! Check out the clearance racks at you local fabric stores. The key to this wreath is heavy, woven fabric that is pretty on both sides! I hope you can make one 😊

  6. What I love about this project- in addition to the fact that it’s affordable – is that it’s easy and fast. Thank you for this tutorial Cindy. Awesome as always!

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Yes, cheap and fast!! I’m excited to make the Christmas version of this wreath!

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Yes, I hope you do!! I would love to see your version Paula!

  7. OMG!!! I remember doing this about 35 u=years ago using quilt quarters and and a styrofoam wreath!! Thanks for reminding me!!

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      The old crafts we did years ago are some of the best!! Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Thanks Kim! It’s a great way to use up fabric scraps too!

  8. One of my favorites, ever! Such a great tutorial! Thank you for so many creative ideas Cindy!

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Awe, Melba, thank you for your sweet words!!

  9. Love these, Cindy!
    I have to say I’m partial to the bottom wreath. But whichever you choose to drop on my porch would thrill me– just saying 😉

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Haha!! I’ll be sure to bring the one you want!! Thanks for the chuckle Diane!

  10. I love how there were two rag wreaths in our group this month but the techniques were totally different. And your color choices were perfect!!

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Thanks so much for the flannel and plaid inspiration! It was so fun to participate and to see all the projects!

  11. What a clever use for the fabric squares! This turned great! I really like the color palette.

  12. Perfect. You took a craft that’s been around for years and made it fresh. So soft and cozy. Older kids could help too. If I ever get around to doing this I mite try one or 2 metal shish-ka-bob skewers for my poker tool.

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed this wreath tutorial. I’ve made this wreath over and over using different fabrics and they always look amazing! I’m sure you will come up with something beautiful! Great tip about the skewers!