Fall Hoop Wreath DIY
I have been so inspired this year with all of the gorgeous dried florals I see on Pinterest and Instagram! I wanted to include some of that natural beauty in my fall décor this year and this gold hoop swag wreath is such a perfect way to showcase dried florals!
How to Dry Your Own Florals
My new obsession with dried florals has inspired me to start doing research on what I can plant in my own garden and dry on my own - because store bought can be pricey! I can't wait to plant a few varieties of pampas grasses next spring so I can showcase their beauty in my home! See my easy tutorial for drying flowers from your own garden here!
The lightest colored pampas grass in this hoop wreath is actually cuttings from the beach house where we vacationed earlier in the summer! So take a walk through your neighborhood - if your neighbors have ornamental grasses, ask them for some cuttings to dry! Or head to a local creek or lake and look for cat tails, thistle and other elements that can be dried at home! The drying process is so simple. Hang your cuttings upside down in a cool, dry place and let them dry out for about 3 days. Spray them with hairspray or floral preservative and you're ready to use them in wreaths and arrangements!
How to make a dried floral fall wreath
You won't believe how simple it is to make this wreath! All it takes is a little patience wrapping wire around the stems and gold hoop, and gravity does the job of allowing your florals to delicately fan out. This wreath is a pretty substantial accent piece in my home, measuring about 30 inches wide. If you don't have that kind of space, this wreath can easily be made with a smaller ring! (also linked for you!)
What You Need to Know
Everything I used is linked below! I found everything at Michael's Stores so you don't have to run around to collect your supplies. If you don't want to have them shipped to you, simply order online for curbside pickup to save time searching in the store!
I used the 19 inch gold hoop, but any size will work!
I used the mauve pampas - not the cream color in my wreath, but at the time of writing this, the mauve is out of stock! The cream will look just as stunning, I promise!
I purchased one of each stem.
NOTE - I also used dried pampas I cut myself so obviously it is not linked here. You can easily dry your own grasses by hanging them upside down in a cool, dry place and then spraying them with hairspray after a few days to preserve them!
shop the wreath:
How To Make It
1. Lay your hoop out on your work surface and separate your floral stems. For the mauve pampas stem, there were 4 sections on the stem so I split it in half for this wreath.
2. Starting with your largest pampas grass, arrange 2 plumes at the bottom of your hoop so the plumes face outward. You can decide how far out your want your plumes to stick out. Once you are satisfied with their placement, begin to secure them to the hoop by tightly wrapping the stems and hoop together with floral wire. You will most likely want to secure them in more than one spot so that they do not flop around. Don't worry about exposed wire. As you layer your florals, they will cover the wire.
3. Take your next type of pampas grass or plume and secure it in the same fashion, making sure to angle them slightly differently than your first plumes so that every layer can be seen. I wired my plumes to the hoop in a few higher places as well so that they would not sag from gravity.
I only used half of the yellow pampas for this wreath. I used the other half for this floral wreath.
4. Once all of your plumes have been secured, begin to add in the pomegranate berries and other smaller florals. You can place them symmetrically on either side or place them in randomly. Pro tip - lay all of your smaller pieces on your wreath WITHOUT wiring them first to stage your wreath. This makes it much easier to rearrange if there's a piece you don't like before securing everything. I kept the berries together in clusters. For the osmanthus, I cut each piece individually leaving an inch or 2 of stem on each one for wiring.
I used 2 clusters of the pomegranate berries and 7 heads from the osmanthus. The rest were saved for this wreath along with the yellow pampas.
5. When all of your florals are secured, take about 4 inches of ribbon and wrap it tightly around the bottom center of your hoop, covering all of those stems and wires that are still exposed. I secured my ribbon ends with hot glue, but you could just tie it in a knot on the back.
6. I added an extra long piece of ribbon, simply tied in a knot, but this is completely optional. You could also tie your ribbon in a bow and let the ends hang.
I am choosing to display this wreath indoors because it's too wide for my front door! You can certainly hang this wreath outside, HOWEVER, due to the materials used, I would shy away from hanging it on an uncovered area or an area with high wind.
I hope you find some fall inspiration here! Have you seen my other fall wreath this year? I couldn't decide on just one style so I made 2! You can find the other tutorial here! And if you're looking for even more affordable fall styling inspiration, start here!