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DIY Pumpkin Wreath with Bittersweet

A DIY Pumpkin Wreath with Bittersweet is an easy to make wreath that looks great hanging on a door, wall, or over a fireplace.

Grapevine wreath with pumpkins and bittersweet

I’m sharing my DIY Pumpkin and Bittersweet Wreath as part of an Autumn Blog Hop hosted by Rachelle of My Hubbard Home.

There's No Place Like Home Autumn Blog Hop

This is a five-week event with a different theme each week. I shared my family favorite soup, Fiesta Chowder, for the recipe day of the tour.

If you arrived here from Mantel and Table, welcome! Barbara lives in a 100 year old Portland home and creates fabulous tablescapes.

DIY Pumpkin Wreath with Bittersweet

I made my first version of this wreath in the late 90s after seeing a similar one hanging over an outdoor fireplace in Southern Living.

After many fall seasons of enjoyment, that wreath’s pumpkins and bittersweet faded, and it was taken apart to reuse the grapevine wreath form.

I never forgot that beautiful wreath and this fall I made a similar one that is now on my front door.

Grapevine wreath for fall with pumpkins and bittersweet

I love real Bittersweet and look forward to clipping it each year in the woods.

The Bittersweet I used on this wreath is faux as real Bittersweet sheds and I have had no success with trying to dry it to use the next year.

Pumpkin picks and faux bittersweet on a grapevine wreath

The pumpkins are picks from Hobby Lobby that I aged using this product.

Pumpkin picks and faux bittersweet on a grapevine wreath

I love how this wreath looks on our front door. Since this picture was taken in early September, I’ve added pumpkins, gourds, and more mums to my porch.

Fall Front Porch with Bittersweet and Pumpkin Wreath, planters with mum, and blooming Lirope

How to Make the Wreath

This wreath was simple to make and only needs a few supplies.

I already had the wreath form and Bittersweet pieces on hand, so all I had to buy to make this was the pumpkin picks.


Grapevine wreath, pumpkin picks, and bittersweet pieces

Step One – Decide on the placement of the pumpkins.

Grapevine wreath with six pumpkins

Step Two – To attach the pumpkin pick to the grapevine wreath form, insert the pick through the wreath.

Putting a pumpkin pick on a grapevine wreath.

Then twist the pumpkin pick wire around a few grapevine pieces to secure.

If using pumpkins that aren’t picks, hot glue them into place.

Note that my wreath already had a wire hanger from a previous use. I never get rid of a grapevine wreath. I undecorate it and save it! You can see where I store my wreaths in this post.

Grapevine wreath with wire hanger

Step Three – After the pumpkins are in place, add in sprigs of Bittersweet. I hot glued them into place to keep the wind from blowing them out of the wreath form.

I started by evenly adding large Bittersweet sprigs around the wreath.

Grapevine wreath with six pumpkins and bittersweet

Then I filled in the empty areas with smaller sprigs.

My pumpkins were too orange for my taste, so I aged them by wiping them with Dixie Belle gel stain in Tobacco Road.

Aging pumpkins with Dixie Belle Gel Stain in Tobacco Road

I’ve used this gel stain for all sorts of projects over the years. A little bit goes a long way.

Wreath on my Door

I love how this wreath looks on my front door.

Fall grapevine wreath decorated with pumpkins and bittersweet

It won’t be long before we get our first frost which will stimulate Bittersweet to turn orange.

Pumpkin picks and faux bittersweet on a grapevine wreath

You can see how I use natural bittersweet to decorate my home in late fall in this post.

I Love Making Wreaths. Enjoy these fall wreath ideas!

If you are hopping in order, next up is Debra from My Humble Home and Garden.

More Fall Wreaths to Enjoy

Click on the links below to enjoy the fall wreaths that my friends are sharing today.

Sept 30 Wreath or Door Decor
1 Barbara Mantel and Table 2 Open 3 Open Debra Jerry 4 Open Michelle Meyer
Mantel and Table Virginia Sweet Pea My Humble Home and Garden Thistle Key Lane
5 Open My Humble Home and Garden 6 Open #7 Karins Kottage  8 The Painted Apron
My Hubbard Home Debbees Buzz Karins Kottage The Painted Apron
10 Celebrate and Decorate
Calyspo in the Country Celebrate and Decorate

If you don’t have time to craft a wreath, here are some beautiful ones available to purchase.

For my Amazon shoppers, here are a few more wreaths available to purchase.


  1. Paula, a grape vine and bittersweet wreath always makes my heart pitter-patter even faster. They are two elements that always say fall is here!
    Aging the pumpkins is a good tip to tone down the orange.
    Thanks for joining this day of the hop 😉


  2. Paula, what are the low growing plants, with purple/blue spikes, at your front entrance? Can’t wait for your stitch fix fashion “show”.

    1. I realized after I wrote my first reply that you are asking about my Lirope, not my Catmint. Lirope is very hardy but it can be tempting to deer.


      1. Paula, thank you so much for the correction. Like I said before…I can’t wait for your reviews of stitch fix…..you ALWAYS LOOK JUST BEAUTIFUL!!! ESPECIALLY with SHERMAN!!!

  3. I love the bittersweet combined with the pumpkins Paula, and so smart to “age” your mini pumpkins with a little paint!
    Your wreath will work for all the fall holidays, and makes your entryway look welcoming and festive!

    1. Thank you so much, Jenna! I’m loving how it looks on our front door and I’ll be able to enjoy it for years to come.


  4. Love the look of your wreath and how you aged the pumpkins! Nice job, looks beautiful! Thanks for the hot glue gun tip (holder project) I sent that over to my husband so he can build me one for my glue gun. I don’t have a great spot for it in my studio and could use something far sturdier to keep it in place.

    1. Thank you, Lisa! Jeff will whip a glue gun holder up for you in no time. It’s a super handy item to have for crafting.


  5. Paula I love your beautiful wreath! The colors are so perfect for fall and the grapevine gives it a rustic feel. One of these days I’ll have to attempt making one myself. Your instructions make it look so easy!

  6. Paula, I’ve never heard of the Dixie Belle gel stain in Tobacco Road.for aging. I’m going to have to investigate! Your wreath looks perfectly autumnal. I love the bittersweet with the pumpkins!

    1. This product works so well on wood or for crafts. I’ve gotten a lot of use out of the bottle that I have.


  7. Paula, your grapevine, pumpkin and bittersweet wreath is lovely. I especially like how you “aged” the pumpkins which made them look more realistic. A good tip!

    1. Thank you, Barbara! Did you see my fall mantel? It’s full of bittersweet! Looking forward to clipping some real bittersweet once we get our first frost which makes the berries turn red.


  8. Paula, your wreath is so pretty, and perfect for fall. I do the same thing, – undecorate old grapevine wreaths and style them a new way! I love the use of the bittersweet with the pumpkins! Bravo!

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