Looking for front door decor ideas for fall? Wait until you see how easy it is to make a beautiful (and cheap) fall wreath for your front door using garden flowers.

As I was harvesting my sunflowers a few weeks ago, I decided to whip up a pretty front door wreath for fall with goodies from the garden.

Have you ever made a wreath after foraging in the garden?

It’s pretty easy to do and the flowers dry nicely on the wreath.

Plus it’s a great way to use those pretty garden flowers before the first frost. Why let them go to waste when we can make something festive and unique for zero dollars!

So let’s head out to the garden and make a beautiful fall garden wreath for the front door!

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Why You Should Decorate the Front Door

Decorating your front door is a delightful way to infuse personality and warmth into your home’s exterior.

Beyond mere aesthetics, it serves as a welcoming gesture to all who approach, setting the tone for what lies beyond.

A well-decorated front door can convey your style, celebrate seasons and holidays, or simply add a touch of charm to your abode.

It’s an opportunity for self-expression and creativity, turning your house into a home and creating a memorable first impression for visitors.

So, whether it’s with a wreath, a fresh coat of paint, or unique hardware, adorning your front door is an easy and enjoyable way to enhance the overall appeal of your dwelling and make it truly yours.

front porch garden with sunflowers rudbeckia and gomphrena

Two Easy Ways to Make a Front Door Wreath for Fall Using Garden Flowers

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know how much I love my garden flowers.

It’s fun to start them from seed. Plus it’s fun to watch them grow all season long. You can grow flowers to cut. Or make fresh-cut flower arrangements.

But you can also dry flowers and use them with your decor.

Today, we are going to do just that with an old grapevine wreath form that I had lying around.

This is the same wreath form that I used last year to make this DIY hydrangea wreath. I just removed the dried hydrangeas, cleaned up the wreath, and it’s ready to go.

So today’s fall wreath for the front door was pretty cheap, costing me zero dollars!

sunset in the cottage garden with sedum autumn joy, rudbeckia, and celosia

How Do You Preserve Flowers for a Wreath?

There are a few ways you can make a fall garden wreath using your garden flowers.

One method is to dry the flowers before attaching them to the wreath.

In a nutshell, to dry flowers here’s what you’d do.

  • Cut your favorite garden flowers, then tie bunches together with twine.
  • Find a nice dark, dry area like an attic or basement with good circulation and hang the bunches of flowers upside down.
  • Allow them to dry for a few weeks until they are completely dry.

Ok, so that’s one method. But if you are a little impatient like me and you just want to get your craft on right away, there are some flowers that can take drying directly on the wreath!

Supplies need to dry flowers - How to dry flowers - supplies

How Long Will Fresh Flowers Last on a Wreath

Fresh garden flower wreaths can last anywhere between two to eight weeks. And the length of time it will last really depends on where it’s maintained.

If hung on a south-facing door in direct sunlight, the wreath will dry out must faster than if it were outdoors in the cold on the north side of a building out of direct sunlight.

Best Garden Flowers That Will Dry Well on a DIY Front Door Wreath

I’m sure there’s a much larger list of flowers that will dry nicely on wreath, but these are ones that I have directly worked with that I think last a whie and dry beautifully on a wreath.

good directions birdhouse with celosia on a shepherds hook in the garden
Good Directions Birdhouse surrounded by celosia
strawflowers in the potager garden

How to Make a DIY Front Door Wreath For Fall Using Fresh Garden Flowers

Considering I made this front door wreath on the fly the other day, I love how it turned out!

Wait until you see how easy this was to make!

Supplies Needed

I had a few smaller sunflower seed heads that I used (and the birds enjoyed a little too much on my front door – LOL). So I decided to make a DIY sunflower wreath with fall garden flowers.

I was also able to use a bunch of celosias and different types of zinnias that were still blooming too.

I’m sure I could have foraged a little more around the property for fall garden flowers, but I was happy using what I could find near the sunflowers I was harvesting.

If I had hydrangea blooms to use, I would have used them but we did not have a season of blooms after the extremely hot and dry summer we had.

Here’s what I used for this particular DIY front door wreath for fall.

  • Sunflowers
  • Celosia
  • Zinnias
  • Ivy
  • Grapevine Wreath Form
  • Pruning Shears
  • Basket
Tucking sunflower heads in the grapevine wreath

Directions to Make a DIY Sunflower Wreath

When I first made this wreath and hung it on the front door, I did not have the ivy tucked in.

After hanging it, I thought it was missing something, so I snipped some ivy that was nearby and wove it through the wreath.

Not sure why I didn’t think of it before, but it is a wonderful wreath accent that lasts a long time.

Next time, I would weave it in much sooner than when I actually made this wreath.

So here’s what I did to make this wreath.

  • Cut flowers from the garden about 8-12″ long and set aside.
  • I started with the larger sunflower heads and cut down the stem so it was long enough to tuck into the wreath with security but not stick out. I tucked them in the top of the wreath.
  • If I were doing this again, I’d weave the ivy in next.
  • Then tuck in the celosia in bunches and add them around the wreath. It’s not an exact science, so keep it looking natural but balanced.
  • Next I tucked in the zinnias and since I had so many different varieties, I played around with their placement in the wreath.
  • Finally, I’d tuck a few more ivy branches through the wreath if it’s not showing enough after the first round.
  • Hang and enjoy!
Tucking in celosia varieties around the DIY front door wreath for fall using garden flowers
Tucking celosia into the DIY front door wreath for fall
How the DIY fall garden wreath looks with sunlfowers and celosia so far
Adding zinnias to my fall garden wreath DIY

From experience, birds will actively eat the seeds from the wreath.

So if you don’t want them hanging out on your door, then you’ll want to keep your DIY front door wreath for fall in a more protected location.

And that’s it!

Doesn’t it look so pretty? I love how this turned out.

Adding different varieties of zinnias to the DIY front door wreath for fall that includes fresh garden flowers
Tucking in different zinnia varieties into the DIY fall wreath
DIY front door wreath for fall before adding the ivy
My DIY front door wreath for fall before I added the ivy.


We don’t have to spend a lot of money to have beautiful decor. Nor do we need to be an amazing gardener or home decorating enthusiast.

Just walk outside in the landscape and see what can be foraged. Test things out. Cut foliage, flowers, and branches and learn what works well in your home and garden.

Tuck them in old wreath forms, drop them in a vase or pitcher, and play around with things.

If you make a fall wreath for the front door too, I’d love to see your work and hear all about it!

DIY Fall garden wreath with sunflowers, celosia, zinnias and ivy
I love this fall garden wreath DIY with the ivy

More About Fall Wreaths for the Front Door

Do you love to decorate your front door too? Do you prefer wreaths, baskets or something else? I would love to know more in the comments below.

Looking for More Flower Garden Ideas?

Here are more cut flower and cottage garden growing tips, tricks, and design inspiration.

fall wreath for the front door with garden flowers
DIY front door wreath for fall close up

Thank you so much for following along.

Enjoy a beautiful day! xo

Stacy Ling
Home and Garden Blogger Stacy Ling cutting zinnia flowers in her cottage garden with wood picket fence in front of garden shed

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    1. Hey Diana! It should last at least a few weeks and will slowly dry on the wreath form so it will fade. Depends where you keep it though – if its maintained in direct sunlight it will dry out and fade much quicker.

  1. Wow! I love this so much, Stacy! Those sunflower heads are really spectacular! I am getting ready to make some decorations for either side of my front door with corn stalks, Indian corn, and some foraged blooms. I hope they turn out as well as yours!

  2. The sunflower wreath looks lovely with the ivy winding around it. I will have grow zinnias for sure next year. I have tried every year to grow sunflowers with no success. I live in Windsor Ontario just across from Detroit. We had a very dry year this summer as well, my 1 one Pee Gee Hydragena bloom very nicely but I watered that plant every day😋I have a small perriannial garden and marvel at your pictures of your beautiful garden.

    1. Thank you so much Lorri! I’ve had success some years with sunflowers and not with others. This year I decided to start way more than I wanted from seed and planted more to hopefully have a few survive. Because I lose more than I’m able to grow! One year my nephews dog took them all out, another few years I had rabbits or groundhogs. Its always something right? LOL.

  3. This is just the prettiest. I love it when you can make something special from your garden flowers other than a floral arrangement. Great job.

  4. I couldn’t remember if I commented already… This is just stunning!! I’m glad some of your sunflowers made it!!