Fall Wreath DIY. Make a Simple Wheat Wreath.

My favourite fall wheat wreath that you can make out of rye or any other grains or grasses. You just need some wire, dried grasses and a dream. Actually, dream not necessary, but you will need about an hour.

Karen Bertelsen stands in her garden holding a bundle of wheat she grew.

There are certain things I like about fall.  I like raking leaves, the chill in the air and the fact that I don’t have to cut my grass.  There are other things I don’t like about fall. I don’t like raking leaves or the chill in the air or the fact that I don’t get to cut my grass.

I’m a complex person.  I blame it on not wearing a helmet as a child.

What I have for you today is all kinds of simple. There’s nothing complex about it and you can make it in about an hour provided you don’t get distracted by rustling leaves blowing down the street.  Or street rustlers as they’re known ’round these parts. 

How to make a wheat wreath.

(in its simplest form)

Minimalist fall wheat wreath hangs on a black door with brass fox doorknocker.

Told you.  Simple.  I had this wreath up on my door for no more than 15 minutes before a neighbour stopped in her tracks and came up to inspect it. She loved it.  I should possibly mention I actually called her over to look at the wreath and stared at her expectantly like a Kindergartener holding up their latest finger painting.  But still.  I believe her reaction was genuine. She couldn’t fake that look of delight.

She, (my neighbour) as you might have guessed is a minimalist.  But I think this wreath works for anyone, not just someone who has an appreciation for Charles Eames.  And finger painting.

I’m not opposed to big HUGE full wheat wreaths, but this one has a certain understated elegance to it.


DIY WHEAT WREATH

Materials  (all measurements are for my wreath, change as suits you)

Assembly

  1.  Shape your piece of wire into a circle allowing the ends to overlap by around 2″.  It’s easiest to get a perfect circle if you wrap the wire around something.  I used the base of a BBQ propane tank.
  2. Wrap the floral wire around both ends to hold the circle in place.  You now have the base for your wreath.

A 58" wire bent into a circle for making a wreath with bundle of wheat to the side.

3. If you’re using a wheat sheaf like I did to steal some wheat sprigs from, just pull them out of random places in the sheaf.  Once you pull them out, you won’t even know they’re gone from the sheaf.  Stealing 44 sprigs makes no difference to the structure of the wheat sheaf at all.

Overhead view of wheat and wire for making wreath on a sisal mat.

4. Layer individual sprigs of wheat starting at the very centre of the left side of your wire circle. Alternate your placement of the sprigs so they aren’t in a perfectly straight line.  Wire sprigs in place.

A woman's hands hold wheat onto a round wreath form.

5. Continue placing and wiring until you get to the bottom centre of the wreath.

 

Winding thin florists wire around wheat on a wheat wreath on a sisal rug.

6.  Once you’re at the bottom centre, wire the wheat stalks up the right side to help cover the wire.

Half completed simple wheat wreath laying on natural rug with wheat sheaf in corner.

7.  Starting at the right centre of the wreath, repeat placing and wiring the sprigs until you get to the bottom centre again.

Finishing wrapping wire around wheat in bunches around a wire frame to make a wheat wreath.

8. Hide the leftover stalks by wiring them on the backside of the wreath like before.

A woman grasps the round wire form of a wheat wreath, while weaving wheat into it.

9.  Snip off any long stalks that are left.

Trimming off wheat stalks on homemade wheat wreath.

 

10.  Stick small pieces of wheat to cover the bare spot you’ll have at the centre and wire tightly.

Simple homemade fall wreath getting finishing touches.

11.  Hot glue a strand or two of wheat stalk around the exposed piece of wire at the centre of the wreath.

Pretty homemade wheat wreath being finished by a woman sitting on a sisal rug.

Your simple wreath is done.

 

TIP:

There are two kinds of wheat. Wheat that has those long hair like things coming out of them (called awns), and hairless. Wheat awns have barbs as a way to protect the plant from being eaten by animals.

 If you have a cat or dog that likes to chew on things these will get stuck in their mouth and throat so BE CAREFUL with any wheat around your pets.

Fall Wheat Wreath DIY.

Fall Wheat Wreath DIY.

Yield: 1 door wreath
Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour

An easy to make simple fall wreath made out of wheat, rye or whatever dried grasses you can get your hands on.

Materials

  • 1, 58″ long length of wire
  • 44 sprigs of wheat
  • Floral wire
  • Hot glue (or other)

Instructions

  1. Shape your piece of wire into a circle allowing the ends to overlap by around 2″.  It’s easiest to get a perfect circle if you wrap the wire around something.  I used the base of a BBQ propane tank.
  2. Wrap the floral wire around both ends to hold the circle in place.  You now have the base for your wreath.
  3. If you’re using a wheat sheaf like I did to steal some wheat sprigs from, just pull them out of random places in the sheaf.  Once you pull them out, you won’t even know they’re gone from the sheaf.  Stealing 44 sprigs makes no difference to the structure of the wheat sheaf at all.
  4. Layer individual sprigs of wheat starting at the very centre of the left side of your wire circle. Alternate your placement of the sprigs so they aren’t in a perfectly straight line.  Wire sprigs in place.
  5. Continue placing and wiring until you get to the bottom centre of the wreath.
  6. Once you’re at the bottom centre, wire the wheat stalks up the right side to help cover the wire.
  7. Starting at the right centre of the wreath, repeat placing and wiring the sprigs until you get to the bottom centre again.
  8. Hide the leftover stalks by wiring them on the backside of the wreath like before.
  9. Snip off any long stalks that are left.
  10. Stick small pieces of wheat to cover the bare spot you’ll have at the centre and wire tightly.
  11. Hot glue a strand or two of wheat stalk around the exposed piece of wire at the centre of the wreath.
Simple DIY wheat wreath hangs on a black heritage home door.

Wanna skip past fall and go straight to Halloween?  Here’s a good Halloween wreath tutorial. I’ve actually just been wondering if Halloween is going to be cancelled this year. I suppose it probably will be.  

Get your straw, make your wreath and remember … always wear a helmet.

Fall Wreath DIY. Make a Simple Wheat Wreath.

73 Comments

  1. Mary Edmondson says:

    Does the mailbox beside your front door need to be painted black?

  2. Cheverly says:

    The wreath positively pops against the black door. So gorgeous, and simple to boot. Also, I am aghast (AGHAST!!) that the owners stole the fox knocker. Glad you’re ballsy enough to get it back. ;)

  3. Vikki says:

    Did not know that about pets and the wheat “awns”. Thanks for the tip.

  4. TucsonPatty says:

    I still love this minimalistic wreath!
    Maybe it is time to use the bits of wheat from my wedding cake from 33 years ago and saved lo these many years. Coming up on 8 years divorced, so it’s time, eh?
    Life is good!

    • Karen says:

      Your wedding cake was made from wheat heads??! ~ karen!

      • TucsonPatty says:

        LOL! No, just decorated with wheat from my Dad’s farm. Wheat heads added into the flower posy on the top…I loved it! Pissed off the mother-in-law, now ex, of course. She thought it looked…something not classy…but definitely not up to her standards! She knew I wanted it, that my parents had brought it, it was laying right there, but she wouldn’t allow the cake decorator to put it in. So I did. Before any photos were taken!
        Still makes me mad to think of it – 33 years later. Maybe time to get over it?!

  5. My initial ‘fall wreath’ idea was to use some copper tubing and flashing I have but having just come back (uh…. August 7??) from the land of my ancestors (Norway, where they call Canada ‘South’ ;) Your version of this fall wheat wreath spoke to me as wheat is part of our Christmas decorating as well… heading to Michaels’ next week!

  6. Kim says:

    Here is my version of your fab wreath!

  7. Kim Hockney says:

    I just finished making my version of this gorgeous wreath. Mental note….don’t use fishing line instead of florist wire ….it’s invisible and a pain to work with.
    I did find a wire circle at Michaels ..they come in many sizes and (with a coupon) are cheap!!

    Love love all your ideas! And your writing…and your house…

    • Karen says:

      I wondered if Michaels might carry wires! If you’re proud enough, upload a photo of your wreath. i’m sure it’s great! ~ karen

  8. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Very nice…now I want your door knocker!

  9. LINDSAY CUDINI says:

    Dumb question but where do you buy the wheat?

  10. Dale Lacina says:

    Who of your constant readers can say “Wheat Wreath” ten times and not get their tongue in a bind? Good Luck!

  11. christina heggs says:

    Karen I just can not wait for each morning to get all the ideas you send. However I love to make and do the things that you post but unable to because of monetary drawbacks. Not only that, but the stilted community I live in does not have the necessary things that enable me to complete each project…… Such wimpies. Carry on because I enjoy each task you complete.

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Christina! You could make a *very* similar wreath for free by using a wire coat hanger for the wire and roadside weeds/grasses for the wheat. You’d just need floral wire which is about $3. Just make sure you spend a good amount of time getting the kinks out of the coat hanger otherwise it’ll just look icky. I’m off to carry on now. ;) ~ karen!

  12. Lynda Loy says:

    Read your post about the Halloween wreath…..getting the stuff to make it today….also gonna try to find me some wheat!! Love your blog!

  13. Rachel says:

    Quick question, by chance do you know the gauge of the wire? It looks thick but still bendable? Love this wreath btw!

    • Karen says:

      I wish I could remember Rachel, but you’re right, it’s thick but bendable. It’s similar to coat hanger wire so I’d say around 10 or 12? ~ karen!

  14. Mary W says:

    Nice wreath, nice thighs, great veins! I tend to look at things that cause me pain – veins which are needed for bloodwork and are non-existent – extremely jealous of great veins like yours.

  15. NinaMargo says:

    Beautiful! Love minimalism. And yeah, guess I have to be as busy as you are to get those thighs…

  16. Amy Watson says:

    Now I know why I relate to you…..I always wondered, I mean we are total opposites, me being and old very southern chic and you being well, Canadian and can do stuff , I didn’t wear a helmet either…..HA THAT’S IT

    Love the wreath ❤

  17. Speck says:

    How is the wreath attached to the door? It seems to be rather ethereally suspended in space… With all of our slamming doors and 4 +1 in our household, I could imagine the wreath falling off immediately. (The +1 is our ancient retriever, who definitely counts, but does not open doors herself)

  18. Chris says:

    I won’t use the “M” word, but……. subtract 2″ for overlap = 56″ circumference. Divide by pi, preferably pumpkin or apple, and you get a circle w/ a 17″ diameter.

    • TucsonPatty says:

      I wanted to make the pie are squared* joke! I can’t find any of those symbols on my iPad, so I can’t. Thanks for doing the math, Chris. I was wondering how large the diameter of the wreath would be.
      *Pie are squared, cake are round. 😂

  19. Ella says:

    Where did you get the wheat sheaves?

    • Karen says:

      All of my local garden centres carry them. If you can’t find sheaves you should be able to find individual packages of wheat sprigs for flower arranging anywhere they sell fall decorating stuff like Homegoods, or garden centres or even grocery stores that have a floral department. ~ karen!

  20. Chris White says:

    We are visiting family for Thanksgiving – think I just found the perfect hostess gift to take along! Hooray! I am going to be the favourite kid for a change!

  21. Paula says:

    Very pretty (-_-)

  22. Marna says:

    Pretty! Checked out the Halloween one too, very cool! :)

  23. Jani Wolfe says:

    Love it. Couldn’t resist and clicked on the Halloween wreath. Heading to the Dollar Tree tomorrow to get my supplies! Love it!

  24. Not creepy - really! says:

    Damn! The only thing I noticed was how good your thighs looked. I don’t mean to sound creepy, but I can’t even IMAGINE letting anybody see me like that! Guess it’s the result of all the hard work you do.

    • Lesley Brisco says:

      Hahaha! I wonder how many other readers scrolled back to look at your thighs after reading this!
      I was actually thinking more about the vacuuming the carpet after you were done!
      I guess I’m too practical to be creepy! (They do look good though!!)

    • Karen says:

      It’s because I’m sitting down. Everything looks better in the down position. Legs, arms, faces … ~ karen!

  25. S.B. says:

    A 58’ piece of wire, REALLY! Just how big is your front door?
    Point 4. Hmm, we have spigs and in point 7 it tells us to stare at it! Well I think the end result looks great but I can’t believe staring at a 58’ piece of wire will generate the same look as your photo!
    S.B.

    • Karen says:

      Yup, I had the same reaction as you. But that’s honestly the length of the wire. I double and triple checked. Once it’s turned into a circle it becomes small somehow, lol. ~ karen!

  26. Heather says:

    It’s lovely but since it currently feels like July here (31 C today!), I’m going to be too busy at the beach, at least for a few more days.

  27. TucsonPatty says:

    I am the daughter of a Kansas wheat farmer, and I approve this message. That is one gorgeous wreath!

    • Karen says:

      Well you would know! Although I’d think being the daughter of a wheat farmer you’d prefer a bit more wheat in that wreath. ;) ~ karen!

      • TucsonPatty says:

        I wanted to make the pie are squared* joke! I can’t find any of those symbols on my iPad, so I can’t. Thanks for doing the math, Chris. I was wondering how large the diameter of the wreath would be.
        *Pie are squared, cake are round. 😂

        • TucsonPatty says:

          Somehow that copied another comment I made. I meant to say that the rest of the wheat is being made into bread flour! Also, after googling a bit, “As the primary foodstuff in many societies, it is a symbol of abundance, life and fertility.” Nice choice after your abundant garden crop this year!

  28. Elaine says:

    Simplicity always looks elegant! I love this classic look! Thank you for the instructions.

  29. Fonda says:

    My kind of wreath! Now, I have to figure out where to buy sheaves of wheat.

    • Karen says:

      Since you only need 40 or so pieces of wheat you can also buy little bundles of them usually from florists, garden centres or even grocery stores that have floral departments. ~ karen!

    • Adrienne says:

      Homesense and Michaels both have some. I didn’t buy any because I have an ugly fall wreath I have to put up for sentimental reasons. Enjoy!

  30. Lois Baron says:

    Ever get mice in your fabulous wheat sheaves? (Is that tacky to ask?) Love the minimalist wreath, and it’s a nice placeholder till Halloween decorations and a wreath of fall-colored fake leaves. It’s still too warm here (Washington, DC) to do either.

    • Karen says:

      Oh it’s 90 degrees here too, lol. But technically it’s fall, so … the porch is now fall, lol. I have to store my wheat in huge Tupperware bin because otherwise the cats will try to chew on it, and it has barbs so it gets stuck in their throats. So that also solves the mouse problem. :) ~ karen!

  31. Chris says:

    Love the wreath – looks fabulous.
    But what I really want to know is how you took the photos with both hands occupied with the wreath? That’s the really clever bit!

  32. Marilyn says:

    Looks great !!!

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