Spring is such a lovely time of year... so much colour
and blooming... after the all-white winter...
Below is a tutorial on making a wreath
in celebration of spring and to add colour to your home
at the front door, on your wall or as a table centerpiece
The Cost? I spent under $15 at a dollar store
Styrofoam or Cardboard ring (bought at the craft store)
whatever you can find that is on sale!
Silk FLOWERS in pretty bright colours
Fabric or 7/8 inch wide ribbon (to cover the ring)
Ribbon in matching colours to the flowers
Glue & Glue gun
Wire cutters and safety glasses
Start by wrapping the cardboard ring with ribbon or fabric
I used fabric and turned the long edge under on one side
(so there would be a finished edge showing)
The strip of fabric is approximately 1.5 inches wide You could use ribbon or
burlap or whatever is on sale or whatever you have available
When you finish going around, fold the raw end under and
put a couple of globs of glue from your glue gun to secure it
Tip: the end that you just tucked under to finish should be on the
flower covered side of the ring
(so the end will not show as it will be hidden under flowers)
so start with this side up
Top photo below shows the ring and flowers ready to go!
Next I removed the stems from the flowers
using wire cutters (and safety glasses)
and arranged them on the ring FIRST (photo above)
to ensure that I had enough flowers to go around
You can always add more flowers, leaves or ribbon if needed
but to keep it symmetrical, it's always good practice to FIRST check
you have enough materials
When you have everything the way you like it...
plug in your glue gun to get it warmed up!
A loop to hang your wreath...
You can make a ring of ribbon wrapped around the ring first and then
tied it in a double knot, and then glue it to the ring to make a loop
so you could either put the wreath up on a nail on the wall
or make the loop larger to place it on a holder for the front door
However you will be affixing your ring
You can add it later... but it's easier to hide if you add it first
Now for the super fun part... adding the flowers!!!
Tip: make sure that the remaining part of the stem that cannot be cut off
is slightly to the side as it will not sit flat
(see photo above)
To explain... the flower will be facing a little to the left or right
(alternate them facing right or left as you go)
and slightly overlap the petals of the next flower to cover a little bit of the space
in between each flower
If you look at the finished wreath in the photos above
... you will see that the flowers
are slightly turned to the right or left...
After all the flowers are placed on, you can use ribbon loops (instructions below),
leaves and smaller flowers to fill in the spaces so not to worry about any gaps
SECURE THE FLOWERS
Remember to check the placement first before you glue
Make a little puddle of hot glue with your glue gun
(watch your fingers)
Push hard on top of the flower and hold for a couple a minute or two
to ensure adhesion of the flower to the ring
Keep adding the flowers until your wreath is full
I add the flowers in random order but paying attention to not
putting the same colour right beside each other
Keep moving the wreath around like a steering wheel to
check that it is not "lopsided"
(with too many flowers clustered in one spot of the wreath)
Make it perfectly imperfect!!!
If you make a mistake... chances are that no one will see it
They will be so impressed with your creativity!
After you flowers are affixed, you can then add bright, matching
colour loops of ribbon
to fill in the gaps and spaces between the flowers
and to add some depth and interest to the piece
To make loops of ribbon
(2 photos above)
Cut a piece of ribbon approximately 8 inches long
Make one loop on one side, then a loop on the other,
the cut ends meet in the middle (top photo above)
overlap the ends a little then fold (2nd photo above)
with the raw, cut edge folded in the middle
so you don't see it
You're ready to glue them in place into the spaces between the flowers
You can also pull the leaves off the stems that you cut off
and often flowers that you buy in a bunch will come with
smaller branches of flowers too... add those into the space as well!
Be creative and use what you have!
Your project is now complete and ready
to hang on your day or wall... or lay on your table
to brighten up your space!!!
A wreath is not just for your front door, you can...
Hang them on the walls inside your home
to add a pop of pretty colour on the wall
Use them as a centerpiece for your dining room table
Surround a candle with a wreath as a centerpiece
Enjoy the vibrant colours that draw your eye
and the compliments
Be Creative and Have Fun