Wednesday, June 11, 2014

DIY: Wreath For Your Front Door!

Do you need a new wreath, but don't want to pay the high prices for a pre-made wreath?  Or, maybe you don't like what you see available in stores.  Here's an idea...make your own wreath!  Anyone, crafty or not, can make a great looking wreath.  Here's how...

Step 1: Look at Samples


Put some time into researching wreath styles that you like.  It is easier to craft something if you have a sample to follow.  Take note of how many different blooms are on the wreath and if there are any greens (leaves, grasses, etc.).  Also, decide if you would like to include a bow or ribbon.

Step 2: Get Supplies


In order to make a wreath like the one shown below you will need the following supplies...
  • floral wire (green or brown)
  • scissors
  • grapevine wreath
  • 4 floral sprigs (2 lime green, 2 pink)
  • 2 light pink hydrangeas
  • 2 gladiolus (2 blooms on one stem)
  • 24" piece of burlap (approx. 5" wide)

Step 3: Assemble the Base of the Wreath

Attach the lime green floral sprigs to the grapevine wreath.  This sprig should wrap around the top of the grapevine wreath.  Take the floral wire through the branches on the wreath and through the parts of the floral sprigs so that the wire is hidden.  Wrap around several times to catch all parts of the floral sprig.  Be sure to leave the tips flowers loose so that the wreath has a natural look.

Attach the second lime green floral sprig.  This sprig should wrap around the bottom half of the wreath, as shown in the picture below.  You may need to cut off part of the stem if it is too long.


Step 4: Attach Burlap

Crunch the burlap together (as shown below) or tie to create a bow.  Hold the burlap in place to make sure that you like the positioning on the wreath.  Take the floral wire through part of the branches on the grapevine wreath then through the part of the burlap that is against the wreath.  Continue threading and wrapping until the burlap is secure and looks the way that you want it to.


Step 5: Attach Remaining Flowers


Lay out the remaining flowers on the wreath to set them up the way that you want.  Start by attaching the ones on the bottom and working your way to the ones on the top.

I attached the pink floral sprigs next.  One is at the top and one is at the bottom.  Then I placed one of the gladiolus at the bottom.  I then placed a hydrangea at the bottom so that it sat slightly on top of the gladiolus.  I then attached a hydrangea at the top, and then fit the last gladiolus in just below the top hydrangea.  I had to cut the stems off of the gladiolus and hydrangea blooms.

If there are any leaves included with the stem of flowers, be sure to incorporate them into the wreath, as well.  The leaves create a nice background and give the wreath dimension.  You can see the final product in the picture below.

Step 6: Attach Hook and Hang


Using the floral wire create a small hook to attach to the back of the grapevine wreath at the top.  Use the hook to hand the wreath on your door.

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