Sharing the easiest thrift store wreath makeover for fall with you today! You will be on the hunt on your next trip to your local thrift store to find a worn-out wreath to upcycle!
You know that I love to share DIY tutorials here on our blog. Taking thrift store finds and giving them new life for my home decor is so rewarding.
Wreaths are among the thrift store items that are the easiest to makeover for a front door. Or any place for that matter!
Wreaths are not just for your front door! But I’m getting ahead of myself.
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step one – disassemble the wreath
Let’s start with this wreath I found at our local thrift store. It was probably really cute when it was new. All the pieces were still intact. They were just tired and had seen better days.
I disassembled the fall wreath by gently removing the pumpkins. These little pumpkins can be purchased unpainted at a craft store for under fifteen dollars.
BTW, that’s why I bought this wreath – the cost of the wireframe, the moss, the pumpkins, and the faux leaves would have cost me well over fifteen dollars! So I knew this front door fall wreath was a thrifty find at only $8!
step two – remove the plastic stems
As I removed the sweet little pumpkins, I also removed the stems and set them aside. I had thought I would change the stems to something more organic looking.
The moss-covered wreath was in good shape. All I had to do was shake off some of the excess moss. Hardly any of the moss fell off.
I decided to lightly spray paint the moss as an easy way to lighten the color a bit. It’s amazing what a little paint can do to moss!
step three – chalk paint the pumpkins
The next step was to change the color of the pumpkins. The orange tones were a bit bright for my liking and not my favorite color. I wanted a neutral-colored wreath to hang inside our home.
I chose chalk paint in three different neutral colors. The supplies will be listed towards the bottom of this post with affiliate links for your shopping convenience!
The pumpkins were easy enough to paint using a small artist’s brush. Also, the pumpkins had some remnants of the previous wreath and glue on the bottoms. I painted over the glued areas knowing that when I reattached the painted pumpkins, those areas would not show.
When I removed the pumpkins in the first step, I knew I didn’t want to use them all on this easy thrift store wreath makeover. I wanted a sparse look on the upcycled fall wreath. Still, I painted all of the pumpkins. I’m glad I did because I used them in another thrift store finds makeover!
step three – add faux greenery
In order to soften the wreath even more than the moss did, I grabbed some faux greenery in warm muted tones and tied sections of it on the wreath with raffia. The ends of the tied raffia help to add texture to this wreath.
By the way, you could also use floral wire to hold the faux greenery onto the fall wreath.
step four – attach new pumpkin stems
Now for the pumpkin stems! I headed out to our garden and looked for a pile of dead hydrangeas that I had removed from an area in our garden. The roots had just the right amount of squiggled form to look like a pumpkin stem!
The glue gun got fired up and I used it to glue the hydrangea root ‘pumpkin stems’ into the opening that was left by the plastic stems I had removed earlier. I also added a leaf from some extra faux greenery I had on hand.
step five – reassemble the wreath
After all of the components of this wreath were painted, dried, and reworked, it was time to lay out my design on the form.
Remember I said I wanted a sparse look for this wreath? I only used six of the pumpkins to go around the upcycled wreath. I turned some of the pumpkins going in different directions being careful not to show any of the previous glue areas on the underside of the pumpkins.
It took quite a bit of glue to hold these pumpkins to the wreath. I held each pumpkin in place as the hot glue dried.
The last step was to add a wire hanger. You could also use jute twine.
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fresh ideas for a fall wreath
Let’s think of some additional areas to use this thrift store wreath makeover other than the front door.
- Use it on your coffee tables as a large candle ring. Include a trio of battery-powered pillar candles on a riser and call it a day!
- Add some essential oils to the moss and hang the wreath inside your entryway as a way of welcoming guests with the scents of fall.
- Hang the upcycled fall wreath as wall decor in your dining area. My wreath is hanging over two antique cabinet doors on one of our dining room walls.
- If you have a covered outdoor patio area, display this upcycled fall wreath anywhere you can see it and enjoy it as you sit by a cozy firepit.
thrift store projects
Wasn’t this a fun post? The next time you are out thrift shopping, be sure to keep your eyes open in the wreath department. You may also find a berry wreath that could be used as Christmas decor for your home. Or maybe you come across a spring-themed wreath that you could makeover!
Stay open-minded when you are out thrifting and you will be surprised by what you find!
Upcycling home decor pieces like this wreath are one of my favorite ways to give our home a festive atmosphere without breaking a major budget. If you watch your decorating dollars as I do, shopping at your local thrift store is a great option!
optional – add a raffia bow
Before I go, what do you think about this simple raffia bow on this thrift store wreath makeover? All I did was gather a handful of long pieces of raffia and tied them in a simple bow with long streamers.
Do you think I should attach it to the wreath? Let me know in the comments! Maybe you have another idea for the bow! I would love to hear it 🙂
Handy tip: Shop Often!
One of the best tips I can offer is to shop at your local thrift store often! Donations come in daily and you want to be one of the first to find the good stuff!
more awesome thrift store projects
Each month I join several other crafty ladies who love to do fun projects, create simple thrift store makeovers and share their great ideas for upcycled projects.
I’m sure you will find so much creative inspiration as you go through each of their posts! Just click the links below and be ready to get creative!
**Some of my friends couldn’t make it this week due to family emergencies. If you are the praying type, they would appreciate the prayers!
Our monthly edition of thrifty projects
Thrift Store Decor Team
- My Repurposed Life – Drop Leaf Table Makeover
- Petticoat Junktion – DIY Multi-Colored Mercury Glass
- Sadie Seasongoods – Hello Fall Sign on a Casserole Dish
- Shop at Blue – Customize Your Pumpkins
- Organized Clutter – Broken Vintage Stool Makeover
- Our Southern Home – Wooden Stool Makeover with Oven Cleaner
- My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia – Personalized Beverage Tub
- Reinvented Delaware – that’s me! Hope you enjoyed all of the projects!
more from the thrift store decor team
Here are some of the other thrift store decor team posts I’ve shared in the past. I hope you enjoy them!
list of supplies:
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- thrift store wreath
- Sand Bar chalk paint
- Drop Cloth chalk paint
- Burlap chalk paint
- artist’s brush
- faux greenery
- glue gun & glue sticks
- wire for hanging (or jute twine!)
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