We had a cold front blow in over the weekend and I have been loving this cooler weather. It just puts me in the mood for coffee and baking! So I decided to pull out some Fall Decorations over the weekend and I made a few things too! I went to Home Depot the other day and bought some 1×4’s for no apparent reason, because we all need some extras lying around right?? I came home and it hit me! I knew I wanted to incorporate lots of wood tones this year into my fall decor, but as you know, I’m a sucker for white! I decided I wanted to have a fun shape and came up with this Hexagon Wooden Fall Wreath Tutorial.
I had originally planned to put this on our front door, but the lines of the wreath just didn’t work with the lines from the paneling on my door. Wasn’t working at.all. Then I was like…well great… this isn’t going to work on my mantel either (which I actually changed all around anyways so now it probably would have worked – oh well). So…… I hung it on my wall. I have a lot of wall space in my living room and well, not a whole lot on my walls. Because, yes, I have been in this house for over a year and STILL have not hung much on the walls. Slow but steady right??
So let’s talk about how I made this!
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Wooden Rustic Fall Wreath Tutorial
First you need to decide how big you want your wreath. Mine is pretty big. Each piece of 1×4 measures about 11″ on the longest side. The size doesn’t really matter as long as each piece is the EXACT same size and the right angle.
Now, you remember all that complaining in high school about how much you hated geometry and said you would never use it. Well… sorry, but your mom was right. You are about to use it right now! Now, I was a nerd and actually liked geometry… probably one of my favorite classes in high school! Let’s talk about getting these angles!
A hexagon has 6 angles. A circle is 360 degrees. Let’s divide 360/6=60 degrees. So each of those angles is 60 degrees. You can’t cut your wood at that though because you are joining two pieces of wood, so you need to divide that by 2 and you get 30 degrees. So each of your cuts will be 30 degrees!
Not going to lie… when you are making a hexagon your cuts need to pretty much be PERFECT. I saved my last piece and had to alter my angle by about 1/2 a degree because well… this matters a lot! Especially when joining with a kreg jig (it sucks it in really tight and there isn’t a whole lot of room for error). And just to keep it real with you, mine is a little off. Nobody would probably notice except for me because I like to think everything I build is super awesome, but it’s off. The top and bottom aren’t completely level with one another, but it’s ok right?? Of course it is!
And now let’s whip out that Kreg Jig that I love so much! You will need to create pocket holes to join the wood together.
Aren’t those just pretty! Gosh I love pocket holes! Here is what it looks like when you are all done…
So now, flip it over and stain away. I did two coats of Minwax’s Special Walnut Wood Stain. I didn’t seal it because well…it’s a wreath and we all know how impatient I am. I wanted to hang it!
Next I hot glued some wheat grass, added some fall stems I got from Hobby Lobby, and tied some flannel fabric around to hide all that hot glue ; ) Then I literally used tacks to hang it to my wall with a piece of white muslin. And of course the chalkboard banner I made with some little wooden pendants I got from Pick your Plum and twine. Pretty easy Fall Wreath Tutorial if you enjoy a little woodworking too!
I will be sharing more Fall Decor as I continue to finish things up so be sure and stop back by!! : ) In the meantime, you can check out last year’s fall mantel, here!