Fall Florals for Country Homes
True, they’re often associated with Christmas time, but wreaths have been used as symbolic decoration for thousands of years. Different cultures have used them to signify life, rebirth, victory and success or to mark the passing of seasons.
If you’re decorating for fall, you might want to consider using a wreath or other country floral accents to give your home a seasonal makeover.
Wreaths can decorate more than just your door.
When we think of wreaths, we tend to picture them hanging on a door. But when we look at the history of the wreath, we can see that they had many uses. The ancient Greeks and Romans wore them as crowns. In some Slavic countries, the summer solstice festival Kupala involves young women floating a wreath of flowers down a river, and young men trying to catch it.
So it’s not too much of a stretch to imagine wreath decorating a table instead of a door.
For example, you could use one of our candle wreaths, either as a centerpiece or to decorate an end table. One centerpiece idea: a simple wreath on a table, acting as a holder for a bowl of fruit.
You can also hang a wreath from your staircase as a way to bring some fall colors to the gateway between your upstairs and downstairs.
Make your own wreaths.
Here are a few festive autumn-themed wreaths you can make on your own, courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens:
- The Crop Circle – Start with a straw wreath and about two dozen ears of colorful Indian corn. Use a hot glue gun to fasten the corn to the wreath, folding the husks outward to create a sunflower-like pattern.
- The “Metal” Wreath – Fashion of wreath from leaves, then spray-paint it a copper color for an elegant, polished look.
- The Pumpkin Ring – Great for the period between Halloween and Thanksgiving. Start with a simple circular wreath made of twigs, then attach pumpkins all around. Finish with some black ribbon for Halloween colors.
- The Rake Wreath – Use an old-fashioned wooden garden rake, and then string strands of seasonal berries – beautyberries or ivory snowberries – through the tines. Finish with a bow of dried garlic tops and twine.
- The Wheat Sheave Wreath – Here’s a quick, last-minute way to give your front door a fall look. Gather some dried wheat, then secure it together using a rubber band. Trim the ends with a scissors so they’re the same length, and finish with some silk or velvet ribbon.
- The Apples and Pinecones Wreath – Few things say “autumn” like apples. Start with a four-foot length of heavy gauge wire, and bend it into a circle. Skewer the apples onto the wire, leaving room in the pattern for the pinecones. Attach the pinecones using thin-gauge wire, then connect the ends of the heavy gauge wire by fashioning them into C-hooks.
- The Square Wreath – Who says wreaths need to be circular? This wreath starts with a picture frame. Take some oranges, and skewer them, creating holes in the back half of the fruit. Then, run heavy florist’s wire through the holes, and wire the oranges to the picture frame. Fill the space between the fruit with berries, leaves and flowers. This is a sweet-smelling but short-term decoration, as the fruit will eventually begin to go bad. Make and hang it a few days before your guests arrive.
If you’re pressed for time, let Piper Classics guide your next wreath project. You can make your own enhancements, or let our country floral accents stand on their own.
You can purchase one of our simpler wreaths, and then dress it up with ribbons or dried fruit. You could also forgo wreaths altogether and use one of our berry pick or flower suggestions to give your décor a new look for the fall.
People living thousands of years ago used wreaths to denote their status in the world or to symbolize eternal life. It’s OK to have more modest goals with your wreaths: a chance to show off your sense of style, and to welcome people into your home.