Wreaths. Should they just be for Christmas? Now, before Blogger and Instagrammer Mel came along, I have a secret to tell you. I didn’t even own a wreath, not even a little one to adorn my door over the (what seems to be getting longer every year) Christmas period. And then 2 years ago I bought my first tiny Christmas wreath and my love affair started there. Every year they get bigger and more fanciful and I’ve now started delving into wreaths for all kinds of occasions, because let’s face it, my front door looks far prettier with some faux flowers hanging from it!
I really wanted a spring wreath and absolutely loved seeing all the beautiful creations appearing on my Instagram feed, especially the beautiful tulip one by @thebigdoorwreathcompany so I decided to have a go at creating my own. I already had some faux eucalyptus and flowers around the house so used what I already had to create my own wreath. Below is a step by step guide to how I did it.
HOW TO MAKE A SPRING WREATH
Here’s what I needed to make my own spring wreath
Faux Green Eucalyptus Spray (around 10 branches)
Vanilla Grass Spray (around 6 branches)
1. First of all, I used the glue gun to stick the end of the green ribbon to the wreath and then wrapped the ribbon around the wreath, keeping it snug and making sure none of the wreath could be seen between the overlaps. I used green ribbon as I knew this would be the predominant colour of the wreath so it would camouflage any gaps. Once the whole of the wreath was wrapped in the ribbon, I secured the end with the glue gun once again.
2. Next, I cut all the excess stems off the foliage with wire cutters. I also separated a few of the eucalyptus branches as they were quite wide.
3. Then the fun bit begins. I started with securing the foliage with the floral pins, then filled in the gaps until the wreath was entirely covered with greenery. I only had 6 vanilla grass sprays so I put them on the wreath first making sure they were equal distance apart and then filled in all the gaps with the eucalyptus until you could no longer see the green ribbon. I then hung the wreath up to see where the gaps were to continue filling until I was happy.
4. Once the foliage had made up the bulk of my wreath, I then set about adding some floral pieces to add some colour. With most of the flowers, I was able to tuck them into the foliage that was already secured, but I still needed some floral pins to secure the stems. I tried to make sure the floral pieces were evenly spread, but didn’t add too many. I think the wreath just needed 3 or 4 “statement” flowers with a sprinkling of Gypsophila and Delphinium here and there.
5. When I was happy with the wreath, I made sure all pieces were secured by shaking it really hard (I’m sure that’s a very technical way of doing it! 😊) and if any pieces came loose, I would fasten them with more floral pins. Some of the leaves became loose from the flowers so I glued them back on using the hot glue gun. The final step was to create a hanger for the wreath, I used metallic wire which I wrapped around the wreath and made a loop at the end to hang from.
And that’s it! It took me about 2 hours to complete and now sits happily on our front door. You can use any foliage or faux flowers that take your fancy, although I found that eucalyptus really works a treat as it covers the wreath easily and is cheap to buy. You can also add other touches to your wreath like bows, butterflies or even Easter objects such as fluffy bunnies or eggs. I really had a lot of fun creating this wreath, I thought I would find it a little tedious or too fiddly, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.