The fall floral and decor at the Dollar Tree this year is amazing. I bought a bunch of flowers and put together 4 wreath designs. I think they turned out really great, and the best part is that they're extremely budget friendly. The first design I'm going to show you is an upcycle using a base that I already had, and the other three are 100% made from Dollar Tree items. I hope you enjoy!
For the first DIY, I took a wire pumpkin base that was given to me and used some fall leaves from the Dollar Tree to upcycle it.
Here are the supplies I used..
I decided to make this one monogrammed, so that added some extra supplies that aren't from Dollar Tree.
I'm pretty sure you can get most of this entire supply list from Dollar Tree (like the wire and tools, etc.), but I already owned a lot of that stuff.
Step 1 - Paint Your Letter
I painted my letter white so it would stand out from the orange leaves. I did two coats of acrylic paint.
Step 2 - Prepare Your Leaves
I just pulled the leaves off of some Dollar Tree stems. It's very easy to do and doesn't require any tools.
Step 3 - Hot Glue Your Leaves
I started adding leaves to the base using hot glue. I just kept adding them until eventually the whole base was covered. You want to make sure you have good coverage, so layer the leaves on top of each other and be sure not to leave any gaps. It's okay to let the leaves hang over the edges; we'll trim those later.
This is how mine looked completely covered.
Step 4 - Mod Podge
I went over the entire piece with a generous layer of mod podge to ensure all the leaves were stuck down flat. This will also make the piece more durable.
Step 5 - Trim Edges
Once it dried, I used scissors to trim the edges to bring back the pumpkin shape.
Step 6 - Attach Letter
I added some nails to the back of my letter to work as hooks to anchor the letter to the pumpkin. I wrapped some floral wire around the nails then poked a hole through the pumpkin where the letter would attach.
I used scissors to help poke the holes because the mod podge had made the leaves sturdier.
Then, I tightly wrapped the wire around the base to keep the letter in place.
I had originally planned on being done at this point, but I wanted to add someting to the stem because I didn't like how it looked.
Step 7 - Wrap Stem
I wrapped some twine around the stem of the pumpkin to finish it off, using hot glue to secure it. And it's done!
I think it turned out really cute, and it cost me less than $10 to make.
For the next three wreaths, I don't have a step by step tutorial. I just picked up some wreath supplies and a bunch of flowers I liked from Dollar Tree, and when I got home, I played around with flower designs until I came up with some that I liked. (Note: I ended up not using the twine or burlap trim for any of these wreaths.)
I was really excited to find these these metal words. I've never seen these at the Dollar Tree before, and I couldn't believe you get a pack of 3 for $1. They're pretty small, compared to the ones they sell at places like Hobby Lobby, but if you get your wire wreath forms from Dollar Tree, they fit perfectly with those.
So, I made three wreaths using a different metal word for each wreath. I attached everything using a combination of floral wire and hot glue.
For the first one, I used 'welcome' with red, orange, and yellow mums.
For the second, I used 'harvest' with orange sunflowers.
On the third wreath, I cheated a little bit by using a gold spraypaint (not from the Dollar Tree) to spray 'thankful' and the wreath form. I already had the spraypaint, but it's just one of the small Krylon shortcuts. Using a coupon, it only costs about $2 from Michaels ($4 full price). I used the paint because I wanted to leave part of the wire exposed, and filled in some floral accents using leaves, berries, and sunflowers.
A good tip when working with faux flowers is to use a hair staightener to fix the petals. Just be sure to use a low heat setting because you don't want to burn or melt any of your flowers. I wouldn't reccommend using the same one you use for your hair either. A mini one would actually be perfect to keep with your craft supplies, and you can even use this same technique to straighten out ribbon. Here's a before and after of some of the flowers I did before I attached them to my wreath. It made such a difference!
This last part I want to share isn't really a DIY, but it's all from the Dollar Tree, so it's still relevant. Back in spring/summer, I bought these adorable galvanized planters from Dollar Tree. I've had them stored away, but I wanted to bring them out to display some more autumnal flowers on my back deck. I weighted down the planters with river rocks from Dollar Tree, and just stuck a few stems in each of them.
Unfortunately, these specific 'flowers & garden' planters were seasonal for spring/summer, so they're no longer avaiable in Dollar Tree. But they currently have some cute fall themed ones available. And you can always check next spring and see if Dollar Tree brings back the 'flowers & garden' planters.
I hope you enjoyed this post and got inspired to make your own budget friendly fall wreaths. Thanks for reading!