Easy Dollar Tree DIY Wire Pumpkin Wreath Tutorial

Get ready to twist and twirl your way into the coziest season of the year with my DIY Wire Pumpkin Wreath! One of my favorite things to make is a new front door wreath. It’s the quickest and best way to update your home with fall decor. 

There are no tricks, just treats for this fall season! This fall wreath project is a perfect blend of simplicity and creativity, making it ideal for both beginners and seasoned DIY enthusiasts. Whether you’re a crafting novice or a pro, you’ll have a blast creating and decorating your very own wire pumpkin wreath.

So grab your wire frame, your crafting spirit, and a pumpkin spice latte, because we’re about to embark on a whimsical journey of wreath-making magic for your home decor. 

pumpkin wreath on front door with yellow sunflowers and orange bittersweet in it
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This month the Handcrafted Society challenge is to create a project with pumpkins as the medium. If you are coming over from Crystal at Sweet Valley Acres, welcome to Hen and Horse Design. I’m so pleased you stopped by! Wasn’t Crystal’s pumpkin lantern made from paper so clever? I love how she created the gold leaves and the darling little witch hat on top!

To see my last month’s Handcrafted Society project click on my post Easy to Make Fall Mantel Banner Using Leaves

Let’s get started with what you will need for the DIY wire pumpkin wreath.

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What Materials You Will Need for this Project

  • 1. Wire pumpkin wreath frame 
  • 2. Jute rope
  • 3. Floral wire or Orange pipe cleaners (see how I used paperclips and electrical tape)
  • 4. Artificial fall leaves 
  • 5. Several bunches of Faux florals (choose the colors you love)
  • 6. Orange ribbon 
  • 7. Wire cutters 
  • 8. Hot Glue gun and glue sticks 
  • 9. Scissors 
  • 10. Floral foam
faux flowers, wire pumpkin wreath and suppllies on table to make a wreath

Step-by-Step Tutorial 

Step 1: Prepare your workspace

The first step is to prepare your workspace with all the supplies needed. I laid down a cut paper bag for any glue drippings or floral foam dust.

Rather than shape a wire wreath frame into a pumpkin shape, I opted to use a dollar tree pumpkin wreath form. You can also find them at Hobby Lobby. Using the premade wire pumpkin wreath form is not only cost-effective at $1.25 but it’s also a great way to save time.

wire pumpkin frame with jute being glued to frame
jute rope being glued to wire pumpkin frame for wreath

Step 2: Measure the twine

To get started on your darling pumpkin wreath first lay the wreath on a flat surface and start by measuring the twine to each of the metal bands. Cut each piece to the appropriate size.

overhead photo of glue gun and jute rope being glued to wire frame

Step 2: Attaching the twine to the metal bands

Next using your hot glue gun slowly attach the twine to each of the metal bands.

I started at the top of the pumpkin and worked my way down from the stem of the pumpkin. I then went all the way around the circumference of the pumpkin. Tuck in the ends of the twine with hot glue.

jute being glued to the stem of the pumpkin wire wreath

Step 3: Cover the stem of the pumpkin frame

After the metal bands are covered, apply the same process to cover the stem of the pumpkin wire frame.

glueing the stem of the wired pumpkin with jute

Step 4: Attach the foam block

The next step is to attach foam blocks with a piece of wire to secure the block to the dollar tree pumpkin frame. Another option is to use paper clips, floral wire, orange pipe cleaners, or electrical tape. The electrical tape was handy so I used that. 

Using the paper clips I bent the clip to bend around the wire and then into the foam block.

paper clips attaching the foam brick to the wire frame
paper clips being pushed into floral foam to attach foam block to wired frame

Once that was done, I added additional security to the block by running a piece of electrical tape around behind the back of the wreath and foam block until it further secured the foam brick.

foam brick with green electrical tape adhered to wire frame

Step 5: Cutting the stems

Cutting the floral stems to about three or four inches, stick the stems one by one into the foam. I arranged three or four sunflowers to begin, then added smaller flowers, pinecones, and leaves to fill in the pumpkin.

sunflower stem cut to three inches in length

Step 6: Making a simple bow

Instructions for creating an orange ribbon bow

One of my favorite ways to add color and pop is to use a bright, colorful ribbon. The orange plaid ribbon was the perfect way to finish off my pumpkin wreath.

Fold the ribbon back and forth about eight to nine times, then twist the middle with a piece of floral wire.

For extra texture, I also added a burlap ribbon with white lace on it. Cut the ends of the ribbon on an angle for a finished look.

Step 7: Final touches

Feel free to add any additional touches, adjustments, or embellishments. I have several suggestions below to give your wreath a customized design.

faux flowers being added to the wire pumpkin frame diy

Be sure to pin this to your Pinterest board for future reference. When it comes time to make your wreath it will be easy for you to refer to your DIY ideas board.

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Tips for a Successful DIY Pumpkin Wreath Project:

How to Secure Items Firmly:

  • Use Hot Glue Sparingly: While hot glue is a great adhesive, it can be messy and may show through thin materials. Apply it sparingly, and press items firmly in place for a few seconds to ensure a strong bond.
  • Wire Wrapping: For extra security, consider wrapping wire around items like leaves and pipe cleaners before attaching them to the wreath frame. This will prevent them from falling off over time.
  • Double Up: If you’re worried about items shifting, use double-sided tape or glue dots in addition to hot glue for added stability.
  • Cable Ties: In some cases, cable ties (zip ties) can be used discreetly to secure larger or awkwardly shaped items in place.
diy wire pumpkin wreath hanging on front door

Suggestions for Customizing the Design:

Customizing your design:

  • Mix and Match Colors: Don’t limit yourself to the color orange. Experimenting with different colors of pipe cleaners, leaves, and ribbons will create your own unique pumpkin wreath that matches your decor.
  • Add Embellishments: Consider adding small ornaments, acorns, or faux berries to give your wreath extra flair.
  • Varied Leaf Shapes: Use leaves of different shapes and sizes to add depth and some visual interest to your fall wreath.
  • Personalize with a Monogram: If you want to make your wreath even more personalized, consider adding a wooden or cardboard monogram letter to the design.
  • Seasonal Transitions: Make your wreath versatile by swapping out elements such as a scary witch or turkey to transform it into a Halloween or Thanksgiving-themed decoration when the time comes.

Potential Challenges and How to Overcome Them:

  1. Uneven Shape: If your wreath frame doesn’t form a perfect pumpkin shape, use pliers to gently reshape it until you’re satisfied with the symmetry.
  2. Glue Strings: Hot glue can leave behind unsightly strings. To avoid this, keep a small bowl of cold water nearby. Dip your fingers in the water and quickly smooth out the glue as you work.
  3. Burned Fingers: Hot glue can be, well, hot! Be cautious and consider using a heat-resistant silicone finger guard to protect your fingertips while pressing items into place.
  4. Running Out of Supplies: Plan ahead and purchase more materials than you think you’ll need. Dollar Tree items can go out of stock quickly, so having extra ensures you won’t run out mid-project.
  5. Styling Challenges: If arranging leaves or attaching elements proves difficult, lay them out on a flat surface first to plan your design. This can help you visualize the finished product before committing.

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Remember, DIY projects are all about creativity and personal expression, so don’t be afraid to make adjustments along the way and let your imagination run wild. Happy crafting!

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  1. Such a great project Susan. I love that you added the twine to the form rather than leaving it bare – that was a beautiful touch. This looks so happy and festive! What a wonderful way to greet your guests!

  2. I have one of these dollar tree wire pumpkins but I had no idea what to do with it! This is so cleaver and beautiful! Love it!

    1. I can’t wait to see what you do with it! Thank you for stopping by!

  3. What a bright, fun accent to great everyone at the door. There is no debating, it saying something like “Fall is here and there is a fun spirit waiting inside for you”.
    It’s perfect for your bright, cheery personality!

    1. You are so kind Diane! Thank you for stopping by! I hope you are enjoying Fall where you live!

    1. So kind Michelle. Thank you! It’s such a great time of year for fun projects.

  4. This is so beautiful, Susan! I love seeing how your created this…very clever! Your colors and textures are perfect for the fall season!

    1. I appreciate that Missy. A fun and easy project for fall.

    1. Thank you Jennifer. They really are fun to use!

  5. Thanks for sharing this awesome tutorial! I’m excited to try it out for the upcoming fall season. Do you have any additional tips or variations for personalizing the wreath to match different home decor styles?

    1. Yes, for sure! I would select your florals to make your home decor. Add a sash with your initials on it or a pretty emblem. Another idea would be to use something specific to your home whatever that might be that you collect.

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