How to Repurpose an Old Fall Wreath

Today, we’re sharing how to repurpose an old Fall wreath! This is one of those posts that is so simple, I almost didn’t share it.

Nevertheless, I know we’re all looking for quick no-fuss projects that are easy on the budget and can also help extend the life of our seasonal decorations.

I may have shared with you before our attic is very small, so we don’t actually have a lot of Fall decorations.

It’s mostly key pieces we’re able to mix and match each year with a couple of fresh new buys thrown in for good measure.

Recently, I was going through our old boxes of Fall decorations when I spotted a wreath that was so sold I completely forgot we had it.

I’m sure at one time we made this fabric leaf wreath work.

But after years of being in the attic, the leaves were starting to fade and some of the Styrofoam berries were falling apart. The grapevine base of the wreath was still in good shape though.

So, I hatched a plan to find a way to repurpose an old Fall wreath into something that would better suit our current decorating style.

Here’s a look at how to repurpose an old fall wreath…

How to Repurpose an Old Fall Wreath Supplies:

  • Old Wreath with Fall Leaves
  • Tarp
  • Spray Paint (use the color of your choice)
  • Dark Furniture Paste Wax (Optional)
  • Wax Brush or Lint Free Cloth (Optional)
  • Proper Safety Protection Gear

How to Repurpose an Old Fall Wreath Steps:

Spray Painting the Wreath…

Using caution, care, and proper safety protection gear, lay down a tarp in a well-ventilated area.

Then place your old Fall wreath on top of your tarp.

In my opinion, it is much easier to spray the back of the wreath first. Spray even coats of spray paint in the color of your choice.

We chose Krylon’s Modern White Spray Paint which you can find at Hobby Lobby.

Also, you might have to fluff the leaves up a bit, so you can spray underneath and in between them for good coverage.

Once your wreath is completely dry (don’t rush this step), flip the wreath back over and spray paint the front of the wreath.

Again, you’ll want to make sure you’re spraying even coats of spray paint allowing for plenty of dry time in between coats.

If you’re repurposing an old Fall wreath like this one with fabric leaves be aware the fabric will soak up the spray paint which means there’s a good chance your wreath will probably need more than one coat.

Allow for Proper Drying Time…

After your repurposed Fall wreath has been completely painted and you have the desired amount of coverage, set aside and allow it to dry completely.

We painted our wreath just to the point where you can see a few blush tones showing through the leaves underneath.

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We also left our wreath in a covered area on our porch for several hours before we brought it inside because the smell can be offensive.

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At this point, you can add a homemade or store-bought bow and hang it on your front door or use it to decorate around the house.

But if you want to repurpose an old Fall wreath and give it an aged look, follow the next step!

How to Age a Repurposed Old Fall Wreath…

Just for kicks and giggles, I decided to add some dark furniture paste wax to the leaves of this repurposed Fall wreath.

If you’ve never used dark furniture paste wax before you can use a wax brush or a lint-free cloth. The exciting part is a little wax goes a long way so you really don’t need that much to complete a project like this.

It’s not a big change but the dark furniture paste wax colors the leaves just enough to give it an aged or patinaed feel.

And since we’re in the middle of the Fall season, I wanted to share how this repurposed wreath would look dressed up for Halloween too.

I know sometimes it can be scary to spray paint pieces like this because it might be hard to envision how the old wreath will look once it’s been repurposed.

That said, you won’t truly know if you like it until you try it. And if you’re already storing a wreath you know is no longer your style, what do you have to lose?

Let us know if you guys decide to repurpose one of your old Fall wreaths too! Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

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Many blessings,


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  1. I have something similar in my basement right now I was planning to donate Coco. I might just take another look it, thanks

    1. I felt the same way about this wreath too, Sarah so definitely give it another look. This would be just a pretty in a concrete gray, a copper color or even an oil rubbed bronze if you can find the right shade. Hugs, CoCo

  2. Great upcycle Coco it looks like it was dipped in plaster. Very vintagey, I love it

    1. Thanks so much Bonnie, I appreciate it! Hugs, CoCo

  3. Such an awesome idea! It looks great, especially how you have styled it on top of the vintage radio with the old frames. Crushin’ on all of it! Thanks for sharing at TFT, pinning!

    1. I appreciate you, Amber, thank you so much! Lots of hugs, CoCo

  4. STOP IT! This is a brilliant re-use of an old wreath. Such a perfect, modern update. Insert the forehead smack emoji here, because we can’t believe that we didn’t think of this ourselves. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful project!

  5. this is soooo pretty, CoCo. Love how you’ve used the dark wax for such amazing dimension!!

    1. I really appreciate it, Debra, thank you! It’s definitely one of those projects I’m glad I took a chance on. Plus, it will be super easy to use throughout the holiday season and into the new year too. Sending you lots of hugs for a happy weekend, CoCo

    1. Thanks so much, Laura, I really appreciate it. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out at first but I’m definitely glad I took the chance on it. Hope your week has been filled with all good things, CoCo

  6. This is totally genius, CoCo! I have just such a wreath in one of my fall totes and I was actually going to throw it away when I put everything away this year. The leaves are SO faded and yucky looking! But girl, you know how I love a good repurpose, and this one ROCKS! You could seriously keep this beauty up throughout the winter months!

    1. That’s what I was thinking too, Christine! I think if we just changed the bow out we could definitely get away with using it throughout the season and into the winter months too. It’s super neutral and was very simple to upcylce. You could do this in a heartbeat! Hugs, CoCo

    1. Such a sweet compliment, Michele, thank you so much. I really appreciate it. I just saw that you featured it on your weekend post so I’m headed over to say thanks now 🙂 Hope your trip was peace-filled and relaxing, CoCo

  7. Thanks for posting a link to this post this week! This DIY is just what I needed!

    1. That is awesome, Corrie! It was super easy to make and you are definitely creative so I know you’ll be able to put your own spin and things and knock it out of the park. Hope your week is a special one, CoCo

  8. Why have I never thought of this idea?

    I have straw wreaths in our basement I don’t use because of the colors

    Spray paint here I come next fall.


    1. Thank you bunches, Kim, I really appreciate it! Hope you have the best week, CoCo

  9. CoCo, what a clever idea — so happy you shared it! I would have never guessed the furniture wax, so thanks for the directions. Pinned!

  10. It’s stunning, CoCo!! You did an amazing job of giving this wreath new life. Also, I am using that EXACT same plaid ribbon on my front door wreath right now and…I just love the colors in it. That ribbon on your newly painted wreath is so complementing.

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