Make this fall wreath with big boho chic vibes? This simple Boho Raffia Wreath DIY tutorial is perfect for warm SoCal fall weather! Easy straw wreath with hoops. For more fall projects see my Fall+Thanksgiving page
This is the second fall season in our new home and I thought it was time to put up a fall wreath. I am going for a simple fall wreath but with a laid back beachy vibe for my coastal home.
Here in southern California, we don’t have the normal signs of fall like falling leaves in the south where I am from. We are pretty much surrounded by succulents here and it just seems odd to me to put a traditional fall wreath on my door.
So I decided to come up with a boho style fall wreath that is great for every season but still says fall. I found natural raffia grass to be the perfect choice to blend this combination.
It has a fall straw feel that reminds me of a fall pumpkin patch but also a natural texture that looks beachy.
I made this raffia wreath fall using mini gold macrame hoops and a large stash of raffia straw. I added a couple of funky scarves to bring in the boho vibe.
The pink tassel wreath would be fantastic for spring or you can tone it down to a farmhouse raffia wreath style by adding some classic brown velvet ribbon.
Whichever way you choose your wreath to look is sure to look great. Let me show you how I made this straw wreath three ways.
What is Raffia?
If you are not familiar with raffia, it is actually fiber from the leaves of the Raffia Palm. These palm trees grow in Madagascar, Africa, Central, and South America. The raffia fiber is soft, durable, and easily dyeable which makes it a craft favorite. It is mostly used to make hats and baskets but is also a popular choice in making floral design and crafts.
How to make a Raffia Wreath DIY
- Raffia Straw: 6 bundles 1.5 ounces each
- 2 Gold Embroidery Hoop Rings: Size: 3 inch
- Sharp Scissors
- Brown Ribbon: 2.5 inch
- Pink Tassel Scarf
- Burgandy Elephant Scarf
Start by unwinding a raffia bundle. The raffia strands will be around 4 feet long. Take 2 even-sized strands of straw, place them together and fold the long strands in half. Now they will be about 2 feet long and 4 strands wide. Fold them in half again.
Put the middle of the 4 strands of raffia under the hoop and pull the ends of the straw through the loop around the hoop. Pull tight to make the knot small. Repeat the knots going all the way around the ring.
I used 3.75 bundles for the first hoop and 2.25 bundles for the second
TIP: You want a lot of knots on the first ring. Pull the existing knots apart and shove a new knot in the hole until you can not add any more without the knots overlapping. As you go make sure the knots lay the same way and evenly going around the hoop. If not remove them and add them back.
Add the raffia to the second hoop but not as thick. The second wreath for the backside of the wreath. It is just for fullness and helps the raffia stand up and out and not fall over.
To finish the wreath, lay the top ring on top of the back ring. Use a piece of raffia and tie the two rings together evenly in 4 places around the ring. Make a knot in the raffia and blend it in with the other raffia.
Shake the wreath out and hold the wreath facing down and start trimming the wreath with scissors. I cut some shorter pieces near the ring on the front and the back of the wreath, to about 6 inches, and left the center or outer sections at around 10 inches.
The shorter pieces help the longer sections to stand up. Tie a fun scarf around the wreath. Use floral wire pulled through the top bow’s knot and wrap it around the wreath hanger to secure it. Fluff and enjoy!
Such a fun tassel wreath! This one is my favorite raffia wreath DIY.
Use 2 inch velvet ribbon and make a bow for a more classic modern look.
I hope I have inspired you with my raffia wreath DIY to get your fall home decor ready to start the holidays. No matter where you live you can still decorate in a nonconventional way for the autumn season.