How to Recycle a Fall Wreath

fall decorating, how to recycle a wreath

I love decorating for the seasons and holidays, if no more than a wreath on the front door and a garden flag welcoming friends and family at the sidewalk entrance.  I moved the wreath on my front door to my kitchen this summer, so I needed a replacement.  I browsed Ebay and Michael’s, but I simply could not fork over $75 – $80 for a wreath. Not when I know they had about $10.00 worth of material and maybe an hour of time invested in the product.  Problem solved, I decided to recycle a fall wreath that I had stored.  It had seen betters days as far as the materials, but the wreath was in excellent shape.  I like large wreaths on my front door, so the size was perfect.  

I headed to the Dollar Tree last night, and purchased a string of leaves, flowers, pumpkins and gourds, and a scarecrow for about $8.00 and went to work. I removed all of the material on the original wreath except the moss.  I wanted to have a filler on the wreath just in case I didn’t have enough of materials to cover it. I secured loose areas by re-gluing it to the grapevine with a hot glue gun.  If you’re a crafter, a hot glue gun is a must.

fall decorating, making a fall wreath

Next, I hot glued the string of leaves onto the moss and filled in areas around the leaves with the silk flowers.  I purchased 4 bouquets at a $1.00 a piece, 3 sunflowers and 1 of the orange.  Next, I removed the stick from the $1.00 scarecrow and hot glued it on the wreath in place of the bird house on the original wreath. I than placed and glued the pumpkins and gourds.      

Here’s my recycled wreath with $8.00 worth of material and 30 minutes of my time.  It’s now hanging on my front door and I love it. What do you think about my recycled wreath?  Do you think I should add a bow?   



  1. I love it!  Perfect for autumn!

  2. You do such cute things — I really hope your decorating and craftiness will rub off on me!

  3. Great job! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  4. This is an awesome idea. It came out great! I love projects like this and I love the Dollar Tree! Great post!

  5. I was recently in Joann's with a coupon and I checked the wreath prices. $80 for a wreath, I really entered the store thinking I might get a beautiful wreath for $20-25 (that I could use for the next 15-20 years) with my 40% off coupon…boy was I wrong. You did a great job refurbishing your wreath!!

    • Thanks Kyle. I love Joann's.  It's a bit pricey, but you can find good deals using a coupon.  I think the prices for wreaths are outrageous everywhere, so I've decided to continue making my own.  Stay tuned for my Christmas wreath.