diy project: bark + straw fall wreath

With Halloween over, the holiday season is technically in full swing. I know I am not alone in saying that I feel like fall and thanksgiving always come so quickly. This year, we are bringing the holiday festivities here. With a baby due in December, I have to stay put, but am lucky enough to have our whole family come celebrate at our house.  I wanted to make a welcoming wreath but am not ready for winter proper quite yet. Easy solution: I made a bark wrapped wreath form that will transition into wintery form quite easily. With the last green leaf buds added to preserve the feeling of early fall, I can change these to little white balls of felted wool and silvered leaves as winter approaches.  It’s a simple nod to the holiday season without jumping in yet! —Brenna

Read the full how-to after the jump!


  • Bark (birch or paperbark melaleuca works well)
  • Straw wreath form
  • Scissors or exacto knife
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Decorative paper or fabric for leaves




1. Loosely measure the wreath form to determine how long the bark strips need to be.

2. Cut or tear the bark into strips at least 4 inches wide, and as many as 12 inches wide.

3. Cover the wreath form with the strips. Start by lying the strip down, and putting the wreath form on top of the strip, centered its length. Use hot glue to secure each end of the strip to the middle back of the wreath form.

4. Work around the wreath form making sure there are no gaps in the bark where the straw will show through.

5. Once the wreath is covered, poke a couple of twigs through the bark, and use hot glue to secure.

6. Cut leaf shapes from the paper or fabric and hot glue them to the tips of the twig… or dive directly into winter and use some silver leaves or little fabric berries.

7. Hang on your door and feel the holiday cheer.

  1. Wonderful idea! I love the idea of it metamorphosing into a full wreath as thanksgiving and christmas are approaching.

  2. I love this DIY! It’s perfect and simple and festive without throwing up Christmas all over us. Love it!

  3. Gosh, you could do this with left over yarn from a knitting project…and that tape measure gave me an idea…these are virtually free at yard sales and thrift shops…get a bunch…wrap them around the foam wreath..Voila! A sewing inspired wreath. Finish with fake evergreen and a red bow.

  4. Maura says:

    Where would I get paperbark? These are fantastic!

  5. Sarah says:

    Ditto Maura – where do we get the bark?

  6. linda says:

    Very cool! I’m going to try this.

  7. mel mccarthy says:

    This is so lovely. The little leaves on branches are so unique!

  8. jessvulcan says:

    I love this! I’m with Sarah… where do we get the bark? Even google does not know.

  9. Karen says:

    Love this but I’m the least crafty person ever. If anyone wants to make an extra one of these and sell it to me, let me know. :)

  10. brenna says:

    hi all,
    you can get birch bark from a floral supply store. i always keep my eye out in my neighborhood for paperbark trees, and most of the time the bark is peeling away from the trunk of the tree. makes for an inexpensive project if you have one of these trees in your neighborhood.
    good luck!

  11. Karen says:

    For those asking where to get the bark, please be sure to use bark from fallen trees only. Take a wonderful walk in the woods in your area to search. After all the storms, you’re sure to find the fallen trees.

  12. Jade says:

    Unique doesn’t always mean pretty. This looks almost looks like cardboard. If I saw this on someone’s door I’d think they are trying way too hard. Seriously, people.

  13. I think this is SO lovely and fresh! Great job!! I’m including this in a Gimme Five for Friday post on Fall Wreaths. Thanks for the inspiration : )


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