Make a super easy wreath for fall using any color of mum flowers that you’d like! Simple and inexpensive!
Here in South Carolina, we don’t get too many “fall colors” in nature. Its still pretty green here, so hanging a beautiful fall wreath with all the warm reds, burnt oranges and yellows gives me all the autumn vibes!
Nothing says fall quite like mums. This time of year, they’re just exploding in their pots with color. I love the displays of fall mums at the grocery and hardware stores, I always try to pick my color (or guess what color has been most popular this year, depending on what’s left over, haha.
So a fall mum wreath seemed like a no brainer!
This wreath is definitely heavy on the color, but it can be done in more subdued tones too. I’ve seen artificial mums in a variety of colors. It might even be fun to do it in college colors, like purple and gold or maroon and white! Perfect football season wreath!
This wreath is insanely easy, and doesn’t require any skill, promise. No hot glue, no fancy bow tying. It comes together quickly, and you can do it for super cheap! I made mine for $16 each! I found all of the supplies at Michaels in their seasonal floral section. The mums came in 5 blooms per bunch/bush, and each bunch was on sale for 79 cents! I’ve seen mums at the dollar store, or nicer/fuller mums at Hobby Lobby. JoAnns also has a nice variety, including a really nice dark plum color.
For the base of this wreath, I used a straw wreath form, but you could totally use an extruded foam wreath form too. You can find out more about wreath forms in my Ultimate Wreath Making Guide.
The last thing you’ll need is a lot of sewing pins. Yay for no hot glue!
How to make a fall mum wreath
approx. 65 mum blooms (more or less, depending on the size of the mums)
18″ straw wreath
Enough sewing pins for each bloom
1. First pull all the blooms off their stems, then pull the little plastic cup thingy off the bottom of the bloom head (so it lays flatter to the wreath).
2. Stick a sewing pin through the hole in the center of the mum.
3. Stick into wreath.
3. Repeat! Don’t get too hung up trying to do a pattern or whatever, no one will notice. 😉 Try to pace yourself so that you have enough mums to go all the way around the front of the wreath. I typically used about three mums across the front of the wreath. I didn’t go around the back, they would just get mushed against the door anyway.
That’s it! SO easy! Fair warning, your thumb will be a bit sore by the end, after shoving those pins into the wreath. But better than hot glue gun burns, I think!!!
Which version do you prefer? The bold brights or the earth tones? I’m dying to make one with purple and maroon mums, I think it would be so pretty!
If you need help hanging your mum wreath up, you can check out my comprehensive guide on wreath hanging.
If you make your own version, tag me on Instagram (@thehowtomom) or on FB so I can see it!
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Saturday 20th of September 2014
I love these! I do not put out a lot of decorations for holidays, but try to do a little something for fall and Christmas. A fall wreath would be great, and even I could do one of these. I like both versions, but wouldn't know which one to do for our front door, as the outside of our house is painted a bright yellow with dark red shutters and white trim. I think the first one would compliment the colors but it might be too much.