These easy spring wreath ideas will help you make a creation your neighbors will be envious of.
You’ve spent the last hour poking stems between dried vines. Tucking and wrapping fake leaves and stems between the vines of a grapevine wreath. Your fingerprints are burnt off with hot glue and you’re still not happy with your creation.
After years of making wreaths that look “okay,” I decided to gather some wreath making tips. I read library books, gathered tips online and ask mom. She worked at a memorial wreath factory during the time daddy was in Vietnam.
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All the supplies for the wreath came from our local dollar store.
Last week, I made a wreath using the same sprays of a flower. This one uses several types of flowers that are all soft and fuzzy. I liked the soft look of the finished wreath.
This is what I learned
There are as many ways to make a wreath as there are ideas for wreaths!
So today, I’m sharing with you how I decorate a grapevine wreath.
Chop your flowers
Cut stems down or even pull stems apart. This took me awhile to learn. I kept pieces too long then spend time trying to tuck or jam fake leaves and plastic stems between the vines. Now I cut my stems down to 4 inches or less. This keeps the elements closer to the wreath.
Cut all your stems and floral pieces first
Cut and make piles of the different sizes of pieces for your wreath. This wreath had pieces two, three and four inches long. You may also group by color too.
Hot glue and saving fingerprints
A hot glue pot is a great investment if you plan to make several wreaths. This is the one I use.
Note: I didn’t use the hot pot since I created this on the step of our RV during a road trip.
Use silicone fingertips to save your fingerprints. A rubber silicone spatula is handy too.
Know where you’re going with the stem
Before adding or dipping into the glue, know where you want the piece to go and which direction you want the stem to lay. Then use a good amount of hot glue on the stems.
Hot glue or floral wire?
Use a hot glue gun “if” you plan on keeping your wreath intact for years to come. Use floral wire if you want to redo your wreath for the seasons. It’s easier to clip wire than to remove a glob of hot glue.
Add extra elements with wire
I decide to make this wreath when I saw the softness of these fuzzy stems in the dollar store. I chose to not add a bow or any other elements. But if I did add something I would have used floral wire.
A hot tip for protecting your work surface from hot glue
I found a shower mat to use while crafting in the RV. This is hot glue on the mat after creating the wreath.
This is the mat after brushing away the hot glue. Can’t wait to see how it works with paint.
Now that you know a bit more about making wreaths, are you ready to give it a try?
P.S. My mom used floral picks when making memorial wreaths. Floral picks are extra large toothpick looking pieces with wire to wrap around the florals. So far, I’ve only made one wreath using floral picks.
When we return home I can’t wait to hang the wreath because right now I have cobwebs hanging there now!!
What’s hanging on your front door right now? Let me know in comments below.
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