Using an Embroidery Hoop to Create a Fall Wreath

My goal: to create a cheap and easy fall wreath that doesn’t scream gaudy Halloween. I knew black and orange were probably not an option (not yet that is). I do love me some gaudy Halloween-its just a little too soon for me to go in that direction, especially on my door. Coming home to happy Halloween for over a month is not my idea of a happy Halloween. A few weeks, absolutely.. more than that- no. Plus, I wanted to create a fall theme that could stay up far beyond those adorable trick-or-treaters. 
That’s when I decided on this: 
Embroidery Hoop Wreath
A fall wreath that is cheap, easy, not-so gaudy, and available to welcome our guests on turkey day.  
Fall Wreath Supplies

What you’ll need:
Embroidery Hoop: you can buy these at your local craft stores in all sizes
2 Fabrics: one fabric must be large enough to cover the hoop and the other, contrasting fabric can be much smaller, only big enough for your design. (in my case the monogram)
Double sided sticky interfacing: You can buy this by the yard at JoAnn fabrics, make sure it’s big enough to cover the hoop and the back of the letter.
Spool of Wired Ribbon
Iron
Hot Glue Gun
Scissors

Embroidery hoop fall wreath

To kick off this super simple wreath, unscrew the embroidery hoop and fish through the large piece of fabric. Tighten the hoop back up and cut the excess fabric.

How to create a fall wreath for less

You’ll be left with something like this.

Rookie Tip: Because you’ll eventually fold over the excess fabric and hot glue this to the hoop, the cutting can be far, far from precise- just make sure you leave enough to fold over. #myfavorite

cheap and easy fall wreath
fabric liner wreath

Repeat those first steps with another layer of fabric. This layer is just to add a backing; I didn’t want my front door peeking through the yellow polka dots.

fold over edges

Fold the fabrics together and hot glue them to the embroidery hoop. Just like the cutting, this does not have to be super precise as this will be hidden in the back of the wreath.

embroidery hoop wreath tutorial
Before long, this is what you’ll be seeing. Almost done!! 
wreath with an embroidery hoop

Notice how far from perfect this fold/glue job is. No worries, because when you flip it over…

wreath with a hoop

… you won’t even see it! So, now to the front of our new wreath.

yellow polka dot wreath
chevron interfacing

Using the directions on the interfacing, iron the fabric to the interfacing (making sure not to put the iron directly on the interfacing).

iron on interfacing
wreath tutorial

Trace whatever letter or shape you want to use lightly with a pencil.

cut a monogram

Cut along that pencil line… very carefully.

embroidery hoop wreath for fall

Peel away the interfacing layer (check the directions first) and iron on your monogram! Seriously, it’s that easy.. as long as you don’t directly touch the iron with the interfacing.

polka dot and chevron mix
embroidery hoop with monogram
And now for my favorite part… adding embellishments. Thanks to this simple tutorial, I used some of the leftover chevron fabric and some other fabric I had laying around the house to make these fabric flowers. With a little more hot glue… 
fabric flowers
… I attached the flowers,
burlap bow

…added a burlap bow,

fall wreath for less

… and admired my new fall wreath that didn’t break the bank!

hoop wreath
Not only was this a super easy DIY, but it was cheap, adds some serious color to our front door, and can carry us all the way through November. Can’t ask for much more than that.
monogrammed wreath with embroidery hoop
So there you have it- my not so gaudy fall wreath on the cheap… goal achieved!
PS. This wreath idea could be perfect for a Christmas inspired ornament wreath or with an oval embroidery hoop, the perfect Easter inspired wreath.  

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  • This wreath is adorable! I’m definitely going to use this idea sometime!