I enjoy making wreaths for each season. Here is my tutorial. If you want to make your own custom wreath, I would recommend going to a physical store for these items instead of purchasing them online. You want to see the sizes and colors and how everything will coordinate together. This is very difficult to do online.
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Here is the basic shopping list:
- Paint for sign
- Wire or twine to hang sign
- Floral Cutters
- Glue Gun
- Glue Sticks
- Wreath Hanger (Black wreath hangars are harder to find, so here is a link to one on Amazon).
First, have an idea of what you want your wreath to look like. There are a variety of forms to choose from. You can purchase grapevine wreaths, wire forms or foam forms. The form will determine the overall size of your wreath, and possibly the cost, as larger wreaths may need more flowers. You can also decide to use the grapevine wreath and only cover a portion with flowers as in the photo above.
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If you choose a foam form, you will need to cover it with ribbon or fabric so that the green foam doesn’t show. You can do this by wrapping the ribbon around the form and hot gluing a few sections on the back to make it stay. Look on Pinterest to find ideas and to help you with your flower and embellishment selections.
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Greenery and Flowers
The best places in my area to find quality materials for wreaths are Michaels, Joanne’s, or Hobby Lobby. You may have other options. Usually, these stores have 50% off sales on florals about every other week, so wait until they are discounted. Estimate the number of large flowers you will need and look for colors that go well together. Also look for different shapes and textures. While at the store, try to lay the flowers around your wreath to visualize if you have enough.
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Decide if you want to add additional items for interest. Pumpkins, cotton, and berries are always good choices for fall. Branches and smaller flowers work well for spring and summer. Cranberries, pine, and plastic ornaments are great for Christmas. You may also wish to incorporate a small scarecrow, bird, or a sign. You can find premade welcome signs or happy holidays signs at Hobby Lobby that can be painted with a coordinating color and attached to your wreath. If you want a bow, make sure you get some coordinating ribbon. Don’t forget the floral cutters, glue gun and glue sticks if you need them, as well as a wreath hangar.
Cut your flowers so they have 1-2” stems. Lay out your flowers, leaves, and embellishments on top of the wreath until you like the design. Now pick up one item and hot glue it back down. Continue until you have all the flowers and embellishments glued down. Paint your welcome sign and hang it on with wire or twine. Put the wreath on a hangar, and hang from your door.
I hope you love how your wreath turned out. Please feel free to share your pictures! If you want to see 5 easy ways to decorate for each season, check out my post here.
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