WON Landing Page May 2021

Upcycled Bike Wheel Wreath for Fall

Recently I dug an old bike out of the family dump, cleaned it up and made one wheel into a summer sunflower wreath. You can read about that project here. I saved the other bike wheel to use later for a fall wreath. Now that the leaves are starting to turn and the scorching summer days are beginning to mellow, I dug out the remainder of the bike and started on the next wreath.

Bike Wreath final 2
Summer sunflower wreath

I love that this craft is so versatile – the style or season options are limited only by your imagination. My fall wreath uses material found at the local Dollar Tree and Hobby Lobby. Follow along to see the steps I took to create this colorful autumn wreath upcycled from an old, discarded bike wheel.

Bike Wheel finished 3

Creating the Wheel Wreath

I employed the same techniques for removing and cleaning the bike wheel as the first version. See those steps here.

Bike Wheel harvest
Discarded girl’s bike

Be sure to give your bike wheel a good scrub and let dry thoroughly.

Cleaning
Cleaning the bike wheel

Spray paint the wheel in a well-ventilated area. Make sure to cover all surfaces, back and front, as best as possible. I used Rust-Oleum’s “Vintage Blush” in satin finish.

Painting the Bike Wheel
Painting the wheel

Adding Decorations

Materials

  • craft wire
  • wire snips
  • floral stems & pumpkins
  • scissors
  • ribbon for hanging

I used a variety of flowers, pumpkins and even a few pomegranate sprigs to decorate this blush wheel.

Bike Wreath materials
Bike wreath materials

First, do a dry layout of your materials on the bike wheel. This gave me a good road map for the layers of items.

Bike Wreath adding details
Adding the details
Placing pumpkins

When you are happy with the overall rough layout, trim your stems. I cut off as much of the bare stem and leaves as possible, so that the wreath wouldn’t be too “bushy.”

Carefully place all materials around your wreath. Beginning tying the bottom layer to the wheel, using thin craft wire. I found that it was easiest and looked the cleanest to tie off the wire at the back of the wheel spokes.

tying off the artificial flowers

Flip over your wheel and check the first layer. If you are pleased with the start and stop points of your decorations, move on to adding the next layer. For this round I added citron greenery.

Bike Wheel adding layers

Continue adding layers of materials, making sure to check, rearrange and fluff the items as you go.

Bike Wheel adding flowers
Adding flowers to the wreath

Pay attention to the cut-off portions of any stems. I found the leaves from the largest flower, the peonies, worked well as filler.

Bike Wheel using cut greenery filler
Discarded stem from peonies

Add a little filler.

adding greenery

Next I added a rose and some thistles.

adding roses

Now, to really punch up the fall feel, I added a few pumpkins. These punkins didn’t come with a way to easily attach them to the wreath, so I improvised. They are made of floral foam that’s wrapped in a stretchy material. So, I cut little holes in the back and wove some of my craft wire through to create a loop.

threading pumpkins with wire

Easy peasy. The wire loop easily attaches the pumpkins to the spokes, in the same fashion as the other floral stems.

Bike Wheel finished
Finished wreath

Give your wreath a final once-over, add a bow and hang!

Bike Wheel finished 4

  • About Jackie Richardson

    Jackie Baird Richardson is an interior designer, editor at The WON and avid junker. Watch for her design tips and occasional crafting ideas, bringing the outdoors indoors.

     

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