How To Recycle And Refresh An Old Seasonal Wreath

What do you do with your seasonal wreaths when you've grown tired of them? Do you replace it with something new and donate the old one? What if you could save a few bucks by making the old one look brand new!



Today I'm sharing ideas for how to recycle and refresh an old seasonal wreath so it looks new. No one will know it's the same old wreath you've had displayed every year. I'll use my well-used fall wreath to demonstrate.



Easy no brainer DIY Fall wreath made with recycled garlands and seasonal picks from old wreaths you've grown tired of. A budget fall decorating idea.

How To Make An Old Wreath Look Like New Again

Seriously, recycling an old wreath is so easy and you'll have it hanging on your door within fifteen minutes! No hot glue is required because remember, this wreath too shall be recycled again one day.



Easy no brainer DIY Fall wreath made with recycled garlands and seasonal picks from old wreaths you've grown tired of. A budget fall decorating idea.

This is a great way to have a new to you wreath every season without spending any money. If you prefer making wreaths, then this is a great way to save money on the cost of wreath forms because we both know those babies are not cheap.



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How To Clean Old Wreath Embellishments

The first thing to do is dismantle the old wreath(s). Edit the embellishments that are faded or too tattered and worn to reuse.



Clean the old wreath form (even grapevine wreath forms), floral picks, faux leaves, garland, and other nonfabric embellishments.



To do this fill a water bottle with warm water and spray each item over the sink. Give everything a generous spray and watch the dust drip off into the sink. Set them on a towel to dry and they'll come out looking like new.



For any fabric embellishments (like my little scarecrow) vacuum or remove any dust with a damp cloth or baby wipes.



Easy no brainer DIY Fall wreath made with recycled garlands and seasonal picks from old wreaths you've grown tired of. A budget fall decorating idea.

For my new to me fall wreath I pulled embellishments from my Fall Wreath With Banner, leftover berries from my Orange Sunflower Wreath, and orange Amaranthus picks from my Flannel Shirt Wreath.



These are the recycled accouterments after they were cleaned that I'm going to use for my new to me fall wreath.



Easy no brainer DIY Fall wreath made with recycled garlands and seasonal picks from old wreaths you've grown tired of. A budget fall decorating idea.

How To Make A Recycled Fall Wreath

The main thing to think about when assembling the wreath is balance. Make sure the embellishments are equally balanced around the wreath. There are no rules!



Well, there are some, like grouping things in 3s or odd numbers but we're going to make this one footloose and fancy-free.



Start with the largest element, in this case, it's the recycled fall leaf garland. Wrap it around the inside circle of the wreath and then continue onto the outside. Attach it every so often with florist wire so it can easily be removed when recycling it for another new wreath.



Easy no brainer DIY Fall wreath made with recycled garlands and seasonal picks from old wreaths you've grown tired of. A budget fall decorating idea.

You can see in the photo below that the leaves are a little willy nilly and that's okay, we're not going for perfection here. Once the embellishments are added it will hardly be noticeable.



Easy no brainer DIY Fall wreath made with recycled garlands and seasonal picks from old wreaths you've grown tired of. A budget fall decorating idea.

Now we'll add the next largest embellishment, the acorn picks. Simply tuck them between the grapevine stems so they look balanced around the wreath.



Easy no brainer DIY Fall wreath made with recycled garlands and seasonal picks from old wreaths you've grown tired of. A budget fall decorating idea.

Now we'll add the large white berry picks to fill any voids.



Easy no brainer DIY Fall wreath made with recycled garlands and seasonal picks from old wreaths you've grown tired of. A budget fall decorating idea.

This is the part where I normally don't recycle and use brand new ribbons instead. I buy seasonal ribbons when they are on sale, especially at end of the season when on clearance. I have a plastic tub full of seasonal ribbons at the ready.



Add a big loopy bow on the bottom of the wreath. I can't make a bow for the life of me so I cheat and use this handy bow maker tool. I'd be lost without this thing!



Easy no brainer DIY Fall wreath made with recycled garlands and seasonal picks from old wreaths you've grown tired of. A budget fall decorating idea.

Last but not least, add a large embellishment like my scarecrow pick or whatever you have on hand.



Enjoy your brand new seasonal wreath! Instead of the expense of buying a brand new wreath form and all the embellishments, you probably already have everything that you need to make a new wreath sitting in your seasonal wreath bin.



Plus it's a great way to eliminate seasonal storage for small home living because now you'll have just one wreath per season to store. Okay, and maybe a bin with all the extra recycled wreath embellishments.



Easy no brainer DIY Fall wreath made with recycled garlands and seasonal picks from old wreaths you've grown tired of. A budget fall decorating idea.

Recycled Wreath Making Tips

  1. Store any recycled embellishments that you didn't use in a plastic bin for future wreath-making potential.
  2. Look for inexpensive seasonal pick and ribbon potential at the dollar store.
  3. Find seasonal picks on sale, especially at end of the season when they go on clearance.
  4. Browse your local thrift stores for old wreaths to strip and recycle the wreath form.


Thanks for stopping by the Interior Frugalista today! I hope you were inspired by these tips for recycling your old seasonal wreaths.



How to make an easy No Brainer DIY Fall wreath by Interior Frugalista with recycled garlands and seasonal picks from previous fall decor that you've grown tired of. Decorating on a budget autumn seasonal decor idea. #easyfallwreath #traditionalfallwreath

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  1. Great re love and use of stuff you had. Marie you have such vision in your projects. Love this so cute. xoxo Kris

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    1. You're so sweet, Kris, thank you for the lovely comment! I'm so happy to have decluttered my fall decor bin. Have a beautiful Sunday! xo

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  2. This is so creative Marie, I love all the bright and cheerful colors of this wreath and all the texture you added too. It looks brand new! Hugs, CoCo

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    1. Hi CoCo, I'm glad you like the recycled wreath and thanks for stopping by for a visit!

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    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn
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  4. I love the little scarecrow nestled in between his bed of leaves. To cute Marie

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    1. Thanks Michelle, I'm glad to declutter my fall decor bin into something new to us for this year.

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  5. So pretty Marie! It's always so much fun to find new ideas just by looking in our craft bins. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. It sure is, Denise, it's like Christmas morning! LOL Thanks for stopping by for a visit and so glad you found inspiration.

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  6. This looks beautiful! I don't affix anything permanently, either. Everything gets reused and reused!Now I'm inspired to go make one!

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    1. Love it! Great to hear from someone else who reuses old decor. Thrilled that you found inspiration here to go make a new to you wreath. Thanks for stopping by for a visit.😀

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  7. Such a fantastic Fall wreath. Those colors or yellow, orange and rust are stunning.
    Thank you for sharing with us at Meraki Link Party.
    Naush

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    1. Thank you so much, Naush. I have it hanging in my kitchen and just love the pretty pop of fall color.

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