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How to Make a Foraged Oak Leaves Wreath for Fall the Easy Way

If you are like me and want to save money when decorating your home for Fall, you will love this easy oak leaves wreath made with forage leaves and natural materials. You can create a wreath for Fall with just a few leaves, a grapevine wreath, and acorns.

Instead of using floral picks and floral tape, the leaves and acorns are attached the easy way with hot glue. It only takes a few minutes to create a fall leaf wreath that is both unique and eye-catching.

This project is perfect for beginners and requires only a few simple supplies that you most likely have on hand. This inexpensive wreath is the perfect fall decoration for both outdoors and inside your home.

Foraged Oak Leaves to make a fall leaf decoration for cheap

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What Does The Oak Leaf Represent

The oak leaf represents strength, wisdom, and endurance. It is often used as a symbol for military rank in the US Army.

When the leaves are combined with acorns, they stand for power and authority.

How to Dry Oak Leaves for Fall Projects

Inspiration for Foraged Oak Leaves

The inspiration for making a fall leaf wreath was the result of tropical storm Ophelia. After the storm blew through our area, several clusters of oak leaves littered the ground.

Instead of tossing the fallen leaves into the woods, I hung a few of the branches to dry.

The dried leaves remained green, and I decided they would be perfect for fall decorating.

How To Dry Oak Leaves

To dry oak leaves, gather several stems together and tie them together and hang upside down.

I added mine to our porch rockers’ backs to dry and after four to five days, the leaves were dry.

A few had begun to curl more than I wanted. Just place the oak leaves on a paper towel or wax paper between two heavy books to flatten them. By the next day, they were ready to add to the wreath.

To add interest to the fall leaf wreath, I decided to gather some fallen leaves that had turned brown.

Supplies To Make A Wreath For Fall

Gather your oak leaves and allow them to dry thoroughly before attempting to assemble your wreath.

Other supplies you need…


Budget-Friendly Supplies for wreath for fall. white grapevine wreath, foraged leaves and acorns.  Hot glue gun

How To Add Oak Leaves To Grapevine Wreath The Easy Way

I’ve made fresh leaf wreaths in the past using floral picks and tape. However, I have found a much easier way to assemble a fresh leaf wreath.

Begin by adding hot glue to the stem of the green leaves.

Add hot glue to oak leaves to make a budget-friendly wreath for autumn.

Insert the stem into the gaps in the grapevine. You may also add some glue to the backside of the leaf above the stem to secure it in place.

Begin to overlap the leaves as you add them.

Reverse the order of the leaves to allow the stems to meet at the bottom of the wreath.

Add green leaves to make a wreath for fall with foraged materials for budget-minded fall decorating.

Insider Tip

Using hot glue is a much faster and more efficient way to assemble a wreath for any season. However, the glue can loosen if your wreath is exposed to high temperatures.

If this is a concern, you can still assemble the wreath with hot glue. After the glue has dried, add floral wire and picks to hold the leaves or other decorations in place should the glue soften.

Add dried leaves and acorns

Once all the green leaves are placed, begin to add the dried leaves at the center bottom.

Add several of the acorns at the center of the dried leaves.

Add faux acorns to center of oak leaves for budget-friendly fall decorations

You can scatter a few additional acorns around the leaves. I chose to use the faux acorns because I had several on hand, and they added color to the arrangement.

Add acorns randomly around the wreath

Creative Wreath for Fall

You can craft your wreath with many options.

  • Use only dried leaves or only green leaves.
  • Add foraged acorns instead of faux.
  • You can paint foraged acorns for fall decorating.
  • Completely fill the wreath with leaves.
  • Add a burlap or other rustic bow to the wreath for fall.

I was happy with the combination of green and dried materials.

green and dried oak leaves with acorns for a fall wreath

The wreath looks lovely against the back shutters on our porch.

Oak Leaves wreath on front porch shutter for a rustic farmhouse decoration

However, I also like it inside the farmhouse on the barn door. Which do you like best?

Foraged Wreath on vintage barn door inside the farmhouse


See items below used to craft this wreath.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I look forward to sharing my next adventure with you.

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Rustic Fall Wreath made with foraged leaves and materials.


Tuesday 24th of October 2023

Just pinned and will share it on Friday too, Rachel! This wreath is STUNNING. You are one talented lady! Hugs, CoCo


Tuesday 24th of October 2023

CoCo, I really appreciate you.

Rachel-The Antiqued Journey

Friday 13th of October 2023

What an amazing idea for a wreath! Nature provides the best decor...and it's free! I love the neutral and rustic look of your wreath...such a pretty decor piece for the season!


Friday 13th of October 2023

I'm so glad you like it. Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday 12th of October 2023

Absolutely love this wreath! The colors, the leaf selection, and the contrast of the acorns. Thank you for linking up at Farmhouse Friday. Pinning and featuring it tomorrow!


Friday 13th of October 2023

Cindy, You are so kind. Thank you for the feature.


Saturday 7th of October 2023

Rachel, I just love how this wreath came out! So pretty!


Sunday 8th of October 2023

Kim, Thank you. I was surprised at how great it turned out.


Saturday 7th of October 2023

Love the wreath!


Sunday 8th of October 2023

Oh you are so sweet. Thank you so much.