March 23, 2013

Adorning Our Front Door

For a while I have had a wreath for the front door on my list of DIY projects to do and I finally got around to making one! When I decided to take on making a wreath I searched for some tutorials and didn't really find any. So, I thought I would just post a little tutorial of how I made my wreath.

Grape Vine Wreath
Fake Flowers
Wire Clippers
Thin Floral Wire
Thick (18 gauge) Floral Wire
Glue Gun
Unfinished Wooden Letter
Coordinating Paint and Paintbrush

First cut the stems off of the flowers, but leave about two inches at the base of the flower. Next, wrap the thin floral wire around the base of the flowers. I also put a glob of hot glue over the wire just as an extra precaution and for a sturdier hold. Make sure to leave plenty of wire because that is how the flowers will attach to the wreath. I decided to attach the flowers with wire instead of only hot glue so that the flowers could be easily removed in the future to change the look of the wreath.

The next step is to arrange all of your elements on your wreath until you are happy with how it looks. Once you are happy with the layout of everything take the thin wires that are attached to the flowers and thread them through the grape vine wreath. It is important to not just go around the wreath, but through it so that the wires are well hidden. Then just twist the wires together on the back side of the wreath. Make sure that the wires are twisted tight enough and the flowers are securely held onto the wreath.

Finally, paint your letter in the color you had chosen and let dry. To attach the letter I used two thick floral wires attached to the back. I attached the wires to the letter by taking fabric I had laying around, which happened to be burlap, and hot gluing the fabric to the letter with the wire underneath. Once everything is dry put the wire through the wreath like with the flowers and secure by twisting in the back.

This is my completed wreath as-is. I am still contemplating if I want to add anymore greenery to it. I hope you give making your own wreath a go! It was a fun project and now I have a cute wreath to put on our front door!

I ended up adding some more greenery, so I thought I would post a picture of my final project. I used the same method to attach the greenery that I used for the flowers. I think the greenery is just the little extra that the wreath needed. I love that it can be up almost year round!

Thanks for reading!

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