Spring is officially here and you know what that means… new decor! Brighter colors, gorgeous flowers everywhere, and a new wreath for the front door. And if you’re anything like me, the only plant you can keep alive is a fake one (so sorry succulents that I somehow figured out how to kill).
Have you ever found yourself scrolling through all of the gorgeous wreaths on Pinterest and been way too intimidated to even try to make one yourself? I mean, Pinterest fails are a real thing! Who wants to put that much time and attention into something that you don’t know if it’s going to be as pretty as you’re expecting, right?
My friend, you’re not alone. And making a beautiful DIY floral Spring wreath is actually a lot easier than you may think! For this week’s post, I dug deep into my past life of being an Etsy shop owner making wreaths and I’m going to walk you through step-by-step how to make a floral wreath!
Where Do I Begin??
When you walk into the floral section of a craft store, it can feel a bit overwhelming if you don’t know where to start. Not to worry! Here are the 3 ways I decide what kind of floral wreath I want to make.
When I made my first few wreaths, I tried to do this before I went to the craft store so I didn’t wander around aimlessly, not knowing where to start. But if you’re not sure exactly what you want, feel free to go ahead and go to the store and see what strikes a little creativity!
1. Find a ribbon that you want to make the focal point of the wreath.
It can be a special color, pattern, or plain, but finding a ribbon that you know you want to incorporate into the design makes it easier to pick out the flowers you want to go with it.
2. Pick a flower that you want to make the focal point of the wreath.
Obsessed with peonies? (*raises hand*) Love hydrangeas? More of a daisy fan? Perfect! Just pick out the type of flower and the color you want to use and then you can build the rest of the wreath (including the ribbon) around that!
3. Search Pinterest
This is honestly probably the easiest, but most time-consuming. So if you have ZERO idea where to start, just do a quick Pinterest search (use words like “spring wreath” or “floral wreath”), find a wreath you love, and then find materials that look just like that! Easy peasy!
You can buy materials to match any budget! The Dollar Tree even has items you can use to make a wreath. My personal favorite places to get my supplies are Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, and Joann because they all run sales really frequently on the items you need to make a wreath and they’re really great quality!
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- Grapevine wreath form
- Decorative ribbon
- Focal point flowers
- Filler flowers (I used THESE and THESE)
- Filler greenery (I used THESE and THESE)
- Wire cutters – I recommend using them instead of scissors because the wire in the flowers will damage scissors really quickly. (THESE wire cutters are my absolute favorite and are a little heavier-duty)
- Floral wire (I personally like the 22 or 26 gauge. You can also use pipe cleaners)
- Glue gun (My favorite is THIS glue gun because of the attachments to get into the wreath better and it’s cordless!)
Still not sure which flowers you want to use?
Try finding a bush that’s already put together! You can cut the flowers and greenery out of the bush and then use those for your wreath.
The photos below are two bushes I found at Michael’s that Ioved and they both would make gorgeous wreaths!
Now that you have your materials, let’s make a wreath!
Step 1: Trim the Wreath
Grapevine wreath forms make some of the most gorgeous wreaths, but sometimes they need a little love before they look pretty enough to hang on your door.
Start by using your wire cutters to trim all the crazy twigs sticking out. This helps the part of the grapevine wreath that’s going to be showing look pretty and presentable.
As you cut the extra off, make sure you pull out any leaves that are stuck in the vines. (Michael’s wreaths tend to need a little more love than the ones I’ve gotten from Hobby Lobby and Joann in the past, but they all end up looking just as pretty!)
After I trim the excess vine, I like to find the “ugly” side to decide where my flowers are going to go. For example- in the picture of my wreath form above, the left side sticks out a little more and the right side is almost perfectly round. I want to cover up that funky left side so that my wreath doesn’t look crazy hanging on the door!
Step 2: Make the Bow
Making a gorgeous bow is a lot easier than it looks, I promise! If you already know how you want to make your bow, feel free to skip ahead! If you have no idea where to start making your bow, scroll through the photos below to get the step-by-step process.
Step 3: Add the Focal Point Flowers
Start with taking your primary flower and insert it close to the bow. I like to put one on either side of the bow so that I have a starting point on both sides.
Step 4: Add in Greenery and Filler Flowers
Start adding your greenery and filler flowers around the focal point flowers. There’s no specific rhyme or reason for how you should place them. Just place a few, step back a couple of steps, and take a look and see if you like the placement. If you do, glue them in place. If not, you can move them around!
Continue to add greenery and flowers until your wreath is done!
Wreath Making Tips:
- If the wreath is in direct sunlight, the sun can melt the hot glue. So, to make sure your flowers stay in place, use floral wire or pipe cleaners before you glue the stems in place.
- Leaving 1/4-1/2 of the grapevine wreath exposed will give you a really pretty, asymmetrical look! Don’t feel like you have to have the flowers go all the way around the wreath form.
A floral wreath is a beautiful way to bring a little springtime happiness to your home! Get creative! Play with different colors! Bring your personal touch to it.
I’d love to see your creation! Make a wreath and tag me on Instagram! @whitneyrobinson.co