Easing into Fall Decorating

Do you want to learn to create this wreath?  Find the tutorial here

In Austin, the official start to Fall is the moment our beloved Texas Longhorns take the football field. After 69 days of 100+ degrees this summer ( a new record! Go Austin!), I’m certainly ready for some cooler temps.

In order to usher in the new season, even when it is still in the upper 90s, I’ve decided to take on my Fall decorating baby step by baby step. I’m not too big into decorating for holidays (other than Christmas) and the seasons, but I’ve decided to at least try to give the vibe that it isn’t so hot here all the time. I haven’t done any Fall decorating on the inside, but that will be coming soon.

Inspired by the Nester’s new wreath, I created a Fall wreath for our front door by just sticking the wired elements into a grapevine wreath and using no hot glue at all. I know – it was hard to ignore my precious glue gun, but I like the idea of being able to easily change out the pieces when I want to freshen my wreath.

I bought the wreaths (I wired a 14 inch wreath and an 18 inch wreath together), the floral/greenery stems, and large ‘B’ at Hobby Lobby. Everything was 1/2 off and I’ll be able to reuse it all again.

The ‘B’ isn’t actually wood, but instead, it’s heavy pressed cardboard. For $1.99, I didn’t care that it wasn’t wood since our front door is shielded from the elements by our covered porch. I used a little craft paint to paint it a creamy white and I was good to go.

Oh, and ‘B’ is the first initial of my last name. I’m always surprised when people ask me why I have ‘B’ stuff since my name is Lindsay. I think the rest of my family would feel left out if I just put an ‘L’ on everything.

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have heard me say that I was running by Home Depot to pick up some of their $1.25 mums (I believe the sale runs through today, so get over there!). I added them to the planter at our front door.

Now, our front door now looks like it’s time to usher in the cooler Fall weather, even if we are still wearing shorts.

I’m adding this post to Melissa’s Fall Nesting Party over at the Inspired Room. Visit her to join in the fun!
Do you want to learn to create this wreath?  Find the tutorial here

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About Lindsay Ballard

Lindsay Ballard is a former college mascot turned political geek turned DIY fanatic who is conspiring to live in a Technicolor dream world. Her designs are bold and graphic, while her spirit is fun and full of color. Lindsay chronicles her projects and design ideas here at Makely, where she shares daily tutorials and inspiration. Lindsay lives outside of Austin, Texas with her husband (Tom), children (Zack and Emma) and dogs (Jack and Duke).


  1. great job – LOVE it! must find a W for my front door wreath!

  2. Linds, that's GORGEOUS!!!

  3. Love love love love that wreath. Seriously. Can you teach JJ how to make that when she's there, then she can come back and teach me. And I will always love that front door, damn you Texas people.

  4. I LOVE that wreath!! And the B in the center is such a great idea! I feel inspired to make my own now:)

  5. Looks amazing!!!


  6. Love the wreath. It is just beautiful and the mums are wonderful. Hugs, Marty

  7. Pretty wreath. Fall is my favorite season….love it!

  8. I saw this post on the Nesting Place for the wreath with the letter in the middle – and I love yours as well!!! I've never wantd to be married more in my life than I do right now [ok, that's a lie but still – I doubt 2 letters would look as fetching as this does!] I like that it looks ready for fall but come Christmas with a few different additions I think you're ready for the entire holiday season!! Great work!

  9. How fun! :) I always get overwhelmed when I see all of the selections in the faux floral section at JoAnn's, Michaels, etc. Your wreath is gorgeous. :) If I knew I wouldn't have to take both girls out with me, I'd head out to get some of those mums today, but they wore me out at Target this morning. :s

  10. Lindsay! Your wreath is beautiful! (I hope you post it in one of the Fall Festival parties!) That's our monogram too … so if you ever tire of it, let me know! haha I won't be able to wait that long. I'll be heading out to make my own this week!

    Thanks for stopping by the Fall Festival today too and your sweet comment made my day! :0)


  11. Absolutely GORGEOUS! I will be off to Hobby Lobby to get a monogram for my wreath too! Great Idea!


    Robin :o)

  12. That wreath is beautiful!!!

  13. You can be sure I got myself some of those mums! The wreath is beautiful, Lindsay, a very proper way to convey to others that, yes, it is Texas. But we fully respect the changing of the seasons. Hey, we went to college with those Sooners here in this house. So we may be yelling in opposite directions!

  14. I always had such a hard time decorating for the seasons all the years we lived in Austin…except for Christmas.

    Darn, wish I had known you when we lived there! We're in CO now, hit a 'high' of 88 today so yeah, I turned on the A/C but can't wait to turn it off again and turn on the house fan. Yeah, I know.

  15. Gorgeous! I love love looooove that idea 😉
    Heading to Hobby Lobby tomorrow :-)


  16. Awesome job!! We were at a fall festival today and they were selling wreaths not near as pretty as yours for $50 bucks and up! Love the addition of the "B" as well!! Thanks for the inspiration.

  17. Your front door area looks so Austin! We used to live in Austin and I miss the "Texas" style.

    The wreath compliments the style very well too.

  18. I'm just itching to make one of these. Yours turned out GREAT!!

  19. Kari @ Ucreate says:

    I LOVE this idea and will be featuring it tomorrow. I can't wait to make one with a big "S" on it!

  20. Lovely lovely lovely…. and the next time I come to Austin, I am coming to visit you !


  21. The wreath is fabulous! I love how it turned out! Fall decorating is knocking at our back door, too. Getting antsy!

  22. That is just stunning Lindsay! I love the richness of the rust colors with your front door! Ugg – this is when I hate having a storm door!!

  23. It looks great! I really like the addition of your initial on the wreath.


  24. Very pretty… you've inspired me to work on my own this week. And I love your front door too.

    Oh and we're neighbors. 😉

  25. I loooveed Nester's wreath as well. Yours turned out just as beautiful! Great work!

  26. This looks beautiful, Lindsay B! Thank you for sharing it with us.

  27. LOVE it Lindsey! I must make one as well!

  28. Love your wreath! I have a LARGE "B" monogram on my front door,just hung with a plaid ribbon, and have been trying to figure out what to do for fall. Thanks for the idea!

  29. This is gorgeous! How do you weight the ribbon down that is holding the B? cnlisa@hotmail.com

  30. @{L} – I just used a long length of ribbon, looped it through the wreath and through the upper part of the 'B' and nailed the ends of both ribbons to the top of my door. Easy peasy! :)

  31. Hi I love the letter wreath. Great job! That's my next project…. I do have a small half bath with no window, searching for right color it's competing wall in the mudroom is Resilant Gold by SW, which I love by the way. Any Ideas Thank you. My email Flaca411@gmail.com

  32. Lovely autumn decoration. Very colorful and elegant.

    Enjoying the Fall Nesting posts.

  33. This is so pretty! Love it!

  34. Loved this!!! You got me inspired… :-)

    check out my creation @ http://eatdrinkanddecorate.blogspot.com/2009/09/wreath-envy.html

    Thanks Lindsay!!

  35. Bravo! LOVE those berries too!

  36. Just stopping by- I think this is my first time on your site, but I could be wrong- anyway, I love this idea and plan to make my own this week! thanks for being so creative!

  37. I'm absolutely loving this! Since I just got remarried a year and a half ago, I have become obsessed with monograms. Now I'm thinking I will totally have to try this out. You did a fantastic job.

  38. We would love to feature you and your wreath on our site; our visitors would love seeing it. We would credit you and link back to your site. If interested, and we hope you are, please contact us thru our Contact Us page.

  39. LuckyStarErin says:

    I love it! Here is my version! Also I love your blog and ideas. You are hilarious, too.

  40. I love this and can't wait to try it. We're featuring it on our new blog at http://showmecrafts.blogspot.com/

    Thanks so much!

  41. BSewingLady says:

    I just bought a new wreath last week and have not hung it yet. I will add a giant "H" to it and hang it the Friday after Thanksgiving. Loving it!

  42. I used this idea for a christmas wreath!!! Hope you like it!


  43. I love this site…

  44. Nicole gray says:

    I have no crafty bone in my body! Would ou sell a wreath with the initial in the center?

  45. Hi Lindsey,

    Just saw your wreath on pinterest – beautiful. I have a question. My front door is like yours and I was wondering how you actually have it hanging on the door. I used to hang wreaths with one of those over the door hooks but now with my new door can’t. I love how this wreath looks on the door. Help?

    • Hi Mary-

      I just loop some ribbon around the wreath and meet the ends at the top. With a tiny finishing nail, I nail it to the very top of my door (not the front face of the door, but the very top). I have one little nail hole that I use over and over.

  46. Very tastefully done. You really have a knack. I am going to try to make one. Thanks for the inspiration!

  47. I made my very own and I’m so excited about it!! Very, very pleased with how full it is. Here is a pic on my Pinterest page http://pinterest.com/pin/139400550937104099/

  48. Teresa Carson says:

    Love this.. But, it would help if their was a step by step tutuorial video for us non crafty people. Why did you wire 2 wreaths together and are they grapevine wreaths?

  49. Hi Lindsay, I found your blog a few months ago and I am hooked. I created my own version of your feathery fall wreath using autumnal colors and a yellow “F” last weekend. I took a pic and posted on my Facebook page. I have 15 likes so far! Your tutorial broke down each step clearly and the result was amazing. I think my final project is nicer than any of the wreaths I saw displayed in my local craft store…and, it’s personalized! Thanks Lindsay!!!


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