I absolutely love finding vintage pieces and repurposing them as home decor. On our recent trip to Arkansas, we stopped at an antique store in Checotah, Oklahoma, where I found this old rake head in this gorgeous green color. Immediately I knew it needed to either be a fall wreath or a Christmas tree!
Since it was September, I upcycled it for my fall door decor. This was an EASY fall decor project! Scroll down to watch the video to see exactly how easy this DIY project was.
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Supplies Used for This Fall Wreath
- rake head
- fall leaf and berry sprays
- burlap wired ribbon
- other fall wired ribbons
- zip ties
How to Make a Fall Wreath from a Rake
One: Clean the Vintage Item
This is usually my first step whenever I upcycle anything. This antique store vendor had already done a great job of cleaning it… there was hardly any dirt or dust on this rake head at all!
Two: Cover the Ugly Handle with Ribbon
This particular rake head had gummy duct tape around the handle. Instead of trying to remove it, I just covered it up with a burlap ribbon.
Three: Attach Floral Sprays
I only used to floral sprays for this fall wreath. Both came from Hobby Lobby but you can find sprays like these at any craft store, Amazon, or even thrift stores! (HINT: When you find seasonal florals that you like at thrift stores, garage sales, or flea markets go ahead and buy them no matter what season it is. Store them in plastic bins until you’re ready to decorate for that season.)
“Fluff” out the floral spray. This is basically just making sure none of the stems are stuck together and will make your arrangement look much fuller.
Cut off the excess stem with heavy-duty wire cutters or a stem cutter. Watch the video below to see how I cut them off, even though I didn’t have heavy-duty wire cutters.
Arrange the fall floral sprays on the rake head until you have the look you want. Attach with zip ties. Trim off the extra plastic.
Four: Make and Attach a Bow
I recently took a bow-making class because I’ve always had a problem with bows. My new secret is my bow maker! It’s like an extra hand to help keep all these ribbons organized. I’ll have to share that in another tutorial — it’s a whole project on its own!
Once you get the bow made, attach it with a zip tie, too.
Five: Fluff and Hang on Your Front Door
That’s it! This is really one of the easiest wreaths I’ve made in a while. Check out the video below to see how long it actually took.
DIY Fall Wreath Video
For those of you who are more visual, here’s the Facebook Live video where I made my autumn rake wreath.
My Finished Fall Wreath
Here are a few pictures of the finished fall wreath… What do you think?
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More DIY Projects
If you enjoyed this post, you might also like to see these DIY wreath ideas too:
- How to Make a Bicycle Wheel Wreath
- 15 Easy Pumpkin Wreaths
- 30 Easy Summer Wreath Ideas
- How to Make a Wreath in Any Style
- How to Make a Wreath With Mesh
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‘Til the next project,