Wreaths come in every shape and size. I’ve recently been inspired by wreaths made from unusual materials, so in an effort to find some new and unusual materials for my fall wreath project, I hit my local Home Depot store in search of the perfect jumping off point!
I made it to the lumber department and instantly spotted an intricate 5-inch crown moulding with rope detail. It was just the jumping off point I needed for this rustic chic fall wreath!
Materials To Make this Fall Wreath
- 4 – 2-foot sections of crown moulding (I used a ⅝” by 5 ½” pine moulding with rope detail)
- Liquid Nails construction adhesive
- Caulk gun (not pictured)
- Minwax wood stain in espresso
- Miter saw (either a compound miter saw or a miter box with saw)
- Trim nails
- Ribbon of your choice
The first step is to cut your crown moulding into four equal sections. If you are using a miter box with saw, be sure that your moulding fits into the box. I used 5 ½ inch moulding, which would not fit into my miter box, so I used a compound miter saw to make my cuts.
Begin by making two 45-degree cuts on each end of one 2-foot piece of crown moulding. You will use this first section of moulding as your stencil, because you want each section of moulding to be the exact same length with the same degree cut on each end.
Using your first section of moulding as your stencil, mark where your cuts will go on each section of moulding. Once all of your cuts have been made, double check that each section is identical.
When you are finished making your cuts, arrange your pieces of crown moulding into a square, adjusting the lengths with your saw if necessary.
Use Liquid Nails and a caulking gun to attach each of the piece of crown moulding to one another. Once your Liquid Nails has been applied and your wreath is formed, let it cure for 24 hours. In order for the wreath to be stable, you want the Liquid Nails to have plenty of time to bind each section of moulding to one another.
After your 24 hours have passed, tape a small trim nail through one piece of moulding into another to give a little bit of added support. Do this at each outside corner.
Now you’re ready to stain! I used a dark espresso finish and applied the stain using an old rag. Following the instructions on the stain, wipe the stain with the grain of the wood. Remove extra stain using a clean rag.
Once your stain is applied and you are happy with the color and finish, let your stain dry for several hours before attaching your ribbon.
(If you’re hanging your wreath outdoors, you should consider using a top coat to protect your wreath from the elements.)
Attach your ribbon, and hang your rustic fall wreath on your door!
DIY Décor is a series about small, affordable design and décor projects for home and garden. We have several fun wreath tutorials, too!