Florals of any kind, real or faux, bouquets or wreaths, can add the perfect touch to any room. I believe anyone can easily make an arrangement large or small, which I have shared here before. You can search here on the Blog for 5-Minute Florals, there are several very easy arrangements that really make a statement. This year I am going to share at least one DIY Wreath, in an “almost” monthly series. The reason its “almost monthly” is that there are a few times a year when the wreath I make would carry over more than one month. This months wreath is sponsored by AFloral, which is my favorite place to order supplies. I have been ordering from them for two years now, and I have loved everything I have received from them. They have a large selection, great quality and a good price.
I would love for you to join in the fun. I plan to work hard to use and re-use many of the items, several times over. I will also share a few tips and tricks with you along the way. Let me share a small list of supplies to gather and have on hand, and we will slowly add to the supply list over the months. You don’t need everything at one time, but you could begin to stock up. Watch for sales and buy then.
Floral Supply List
grape-vine wreaths of various sizes
straw wreath base
metal or wood hoop
spool of wire-try to match to your florals or wreath
floral push pins
glue gun & sticks
florals of your choosing
Here is a direct link to the supplies I used from >>>AFloral
For this wreath I am using a Grape Vine wreath, however you could make your own base. I made one by scavenging outside, I pulled out tons of honeysuckle vines, and removed the bulk of the leaves. Then begin to slowly wind them together into a round wreath shape. I then hang it on a doorknob so it will slowly dry out into an elongated shape. If you prefer a more circular form, dry laying flat. Days later if you want to add more vines and make it thicker, go right ahead. You can continue to add to the wreath until you get the look you prefer. You could also purchase bulk vines and soak them in a warm water tub to soften them, which allows you to reshape to your desired size, then allow to dry.
I am working on my Dining Room Table, so I laid a plastic bag down for a little bit of an easyier clean up. Starting with the Grape Vine Wreath, some holiday greenery, and the dried florals I chose for this Winter inspired wreath, lets go. I decided to wire everything in, but you could use a glue gun as well. I have a piece of drippy preserved greenery, that I am adding first, this piece for me is magic. I want everything else to point to this.
I wired this piece in several areas along the length. Since I am working on a flat surface, I stood the wreath upright every once in awhile to see where I needed another wire.
Next up, I added two pieces of holiday greenery, in two different sizes, onto the wreath base. A small piece near the lower preserved greenery, and a larger piece near the top, at an angle, for balance.
Next I decided where the rest of the florals would go, one area pointing up the other down. I then began, by using small bunches of one type of floral at a time. I wired them in small bunches, until I felt like there was a enough of that type, then I moved on to the nest kind.
I worked my way through the various kinds of florals, I had three total for now.
Once I had enough florals, I added a wire looped over in the back, in order to hang the wreath. Once the wreath was hung on the wall securing, I went back in and stuffed some Spanish moss into the wreath on top of the drippy greenery. My goal was a Wild and Free, woodsy, and whimsical look. I absolutely adore the wreath. It took a total of about thirty minutes to create, and then another thirty minutes to clean up the big mess I made working with the dried flowers. YIKES
My hope is to share some inspiration with you, enough to give you the confidence to try this on your own. A wreath this size would cost several hundred dollars from a florist. You can make it for a very small fraction of that, depending on the materials you choose and the size of the wreath. I would say that the average size of a wreath would be about 22″ to 24″ inches. That is the most desirable size for a door. The one that I made is 30″, so it is a large one.
Again, I plan to use and reuse these basic items, to get the most out of my money. Happy Wreath Making. When I come back, we will be adding a few Pink things to this wreath to get it ready for Love Day.