Evidently this is my year for “over the top” decorating. I feel like I made my fall mantel extra special and now it is time to decorate the front door. There is no way I could leave the front door with just a wreath on it. I shared my wreath a couple of weeks ago. I went with deeper colors than the traditional orange leaves, so I needed to keep the rest of my decor in the same color combinations.
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I began with a four foot piece of wood trim. It doesn’t matter what you select, you just want something that is lightweight.
Attach three pieces of styrofoam, each about 2″ x 3″ x 12″ to the board with a little bit of LOW TEMP hot glue. High temp hot glue will melt the foam.
Lay a couple of stems of fall leaves along the first piece of foam, spreading out the stems as much as you can across the top of the foam.
Twist a pair of pipe cleaners together so you have enough length and wrap them around the board AND the styrofoam AND the stems. The stems will keep the pipe cleaner from cutting through the styrofoam.
On the backside, or the wood side, twist the excess pipe cleaner in to a circle. You will use this to hang your piece once you are finished.
Repeat Steps 1 – 4 three times.
You will repeat the same process until you have the three pieces of foam secured as shown above with three hooks on the back from which to hang you finished product.
This was the beginning of how I began to build my piece. I used a variety of fall picks and fall leaves along with faux apples and pumpkins to build up my piece.
Using your selection of fall leaves and fall picks, begin to add them to the styrofoam. You can stick them right into the foam, making sure they are secure. You can always add a little bit of low temp hot glue if you feel they are not staying securely.
To add pumpkins and apples that are not already on picks to your piece, use a wood skewer. You have to make sure the fruit does not come off of the pumpkin, nor does it poke all the way through the top when I push it into the styrofoam. I use a little dollop of hot glue where the skewer goes into the fruit.
For a focal point in the middle of my piece, I used three small rustic pumpkins. Various fall leaves were added around the group of pumpkins. Continue to add fall leaves and fruits to your piece until you are happy with the look.
Attach three 5lb. capacity Command hooks above your doorway where the loops you made from pipe cleaners will hang. [NOTE: It is best to set up the hooks prior to adding any of the leaves and fruits to your piece. I did not do it that way, and it was a challenge.]
Display and enjoy the complements!
Now I have a beautiful display that coordinates with the wreath on my door hanging above my doorway. I have a deep covered porch, so my piece is protected, you would probably need some protection from the weather for this. You can certainly make this to display on a mantel or above and interior door, also. Just make sure you measure the width of your doorframe before you cut your piece of wood. My front door is decorated and ready to greet guests and passers by now through Thanksgiving.
Supplies for this project: (click on each item to go to the source)
Add this to your front porch too!
Add this beautiful stack of pumpkins to your front porch to coordinate with your front door! You can get the complete DIY here!