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
Hot Glue Gun

Stretch your fabric across the embroidery hoop

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.

Trim away the edges

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

Make sure you leave enough to fold over and glue
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.

Carefully fold over the edges and prep for gluing

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.

The edges are hot glued in place
Before long, this is what you’ll be seeing. Almost done!!
Almost done

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

Flip it over for the front of the wreath

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

Detail- polka dot wreath
Awesome chevron print

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 with chevron fabric
Iron on the interfacing

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

Trace your shape with a pencil, and carefully cut it out

Cut along that pencil line… very carefully.

Carefully iron on your monogram

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
The monogram is added and looks great
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…
I used excess fabric to add embellishes like these fabric flowers
… I attached the flowers,
I also added a burlap bow

…added a burlap bow,

And the finished product looks great

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

This was an easy way to add a pop of color to our front door
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 for fall

So there you have it- my not so gaudy fall wreath on the cheap… goal achieved!


The Year of Casey

Hey there!

I’m Casey Finn, the voice behind The DIY Playbook. I’m married to Finn & mom to Rory and Ellis. Together we’re creating our dream home in Chicago, one DIY project at a time.