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Repurposed Wicker Tray into Easy DIY Wreath for Fall Door Decor

Repurposed Wicker Tray into Fall Wreath

Every year, as the fall season arrives, I enjoy creating a new DIY fall wreath, and this year I’m using a repurposed wicker tray for some easy fun fall door decor.

Owliver, my Repurposed Baking Pan Owl Door Decor, is on the outside of the kitchen front door every year because even after a few years he’s still my favorite fall thing. But I do like something new on the inside of the door.

natural wicker tray repurposed into diy fall wreath

And this year I’m using this lovely natural wicker tray that I found at my local thrift store for two dollars.

natural wicker round tray

The tray is quite large, at about 20 inches across, so it really makes a statement all by itself.

But I’m repurposing it as a backdrop for some lovely fall florals and foliage.

spray painting wicker tray yellow

You could of course leave the tray natural, if that’s what you love, but I’m a color-loving gal so I spray painted it a nice bright sunny yellow.

I really wanted the tray to pop behind the fall foliage.

repurposed wicker tray spray painted yellow ready for fall leaves and flowers to be added

Two light coats did the trick.

This tray didn’t have a glossy finish, but if you use a tray that does you may want to lightly sand before spray painting.

back of spray painted wicker tray

I also spray painted the outside of the tray because it might be visible.

faux berries branches for repurposed tray fall wreath

Every fall I collect whatever fall foliage and flowers that I can find at thrift stores. It’s pretty plentiful around here during the fall season.

faux leaves and flowers for repurposed tray fall wreath

Sometimes I get bags for a buck or two, and sometimes they’re 50 cents per bouquet, which is still a great deal.

gluing base of fall flowers and leaves onto repurposed tray

I started my repurposed tray wreath by creating a base with some flower bouquets.

I glued them at the stems in with my glue gun, and I also glued the odd leaf down here and there to keep the bouquets in place.

filling in colorful fall wreath with leaves and florals

Then I just started filling and gluing bits in place in a way that I thought looked good.

filling in colorful fall wreath with florals and leaves

And I just kept going.

See that cute butterfly? It came as a bonus in one of the bouquets.

adding faux butterfly onto burlap ribbon bow on fall wreath

And here’s the other one that came with that same bouquet.

I also had a few glittered leaves, so I tucked them in here and there for some sparkle.

DIY Fall Wreath for door decor from repurposed wicker tray

And here’s my finished repurposed wicker tray fall wreath.

I chose the yellow for the tray because my foliage and florals were mostly oranges and reds. If I had mostly yellows and oranges I would have spray painted the tray red. And if I had mostly yellows and reds I would have spray painted the tray orange.

The idea was for the tray to act like a frame and make the colors really pop.

supplies for repurposed tray into fall wreath

Supplies needed for this project

  • round wicker tray
  • faux fall foliage and flowers
  • burlap ribbon
  • hot glue gun
  • hot glue sticks
  • scissors
  • wire cutters (if stems are thicker)

Simple burlap ribbon bow on diy fall wreath with butterfly

The bow is simply some burlap ribbon that I tied in a basic shoelace knot. Easy peasy! It’s what I had on hand so I said, why not?

I just glued it in place to cover the stem ends.

Repurposed wicker tray fall door decor

To hang my repurposed tray diy fall wreath on the inside of my kitchen door I used some clear nylon thread that I threaded through the wicker and tied.

I really love the way the yellow pops against the aqua door, and it frames the oranges and reds nicely. For me the yellow works beautifully.

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Learn how easy it is to create a fun and colorful fall wreath for door decor with a repurposed wicker tray and some fall foliage and flowers.

Thanks so much for reading and until next time,

keep on keepin’ on!


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  1. I was thinking maybe one of those cheap wicker like paper plate holders would work. I see them at thrift stores all the time. It would be smaller though. I am going to lean it against the mantel on the fireplace. Thanks for another good idea. Love how yours turned out.

    1. Thanks Olivia! I love those small wicker plates so much. I’ve used them in a couple of projects, not fall related, but they are so much fun to work with. They can be repurposed in so many ways! They would be awesome smaller versions of a fall wreath.

  2. Very pretty Tuula! You are right, it does pop with colour and would brighten any wall or door it is placed on. I think I know what I am going to be doing this afternoon, thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Tuula,

    I love how your fall tray turned out! You have my creative juices are flowing.
    PS. I understand why your baking pan owl is a favorite. He is awesome!!!

    1. Thanks Vickie! Owliver is truly one of my favorite projects I’ve ever created, but his wreath was so much fun to create and I do love it too.

  4. Rebecca Payne says:

    So cute and creative! Great Job!

  5. Debra Hubbs says:

    So pretty and also a very cheerful fall decor.