Ready to make a summer door wreath? A wreath on your front door is a big and happy first impression to all who visit and a cheery hello to everyone who passes by! Today let’s make a wreath and I’ll show you a “recipe” for making a wreath so you can make fabulous wreaths every time!
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A pretty wreath is the centerpiece of any front door, porch or patio! The secret is to make it big and showy and just too pretty not to be noticed!
So, today I’m showing you a “recipe” or formula for making a standout wreath every single time!
And it’s so so easy! Ready to make a summer front door wreath?
MATERIALS FOR A SUMMER WREATH
This wreath is so simple to make! I found a small bouquet of silk peonies on Etsy and did not need to add any other flowers.
It hints towards French Farmhouse appeal but not so much that it cannot be used with any decor.
The ribbon seems very French to me!!!
Here’s what you will need…
- 3 yards ribbon (see my black and white ribbon HERE)
- 3 large blooms, 2 medium blooms and 1 small bloom that look nice together, 2 frilly flowers, and 3 leaf stems OR the peony bouquet I used HERE
- 2 grapevine wreaths (see my grapevine wreaths HERE and HERE
- zip ties, optional (see them HERE)
- white pipe cleaners, optional (see them HERE)
Other thing you will need…
LET’S MAKE A SUMMER FRONT DOOR WREATH
STEP 1-A DESIGNER’S SECRET
I once asked the owner of an interior design firm what her secret was for making her iconic and beautiful wreaths and she said…
DOUBLE THE WREATHS
At first, I thought she was saying that because she did not want to give away her secret. Could it really be that simple!
Well, it turned out that she was giving me the best tip for making a wreath I have ever gotten! And now I am sharing it with you!
Double your wreaths! Double grapevine and evergreen an even boxwood. And to go a designer step further, the top wreath should be a couple inches smaller than the bottom wreath. This gives depth and visual weight and an expensive look to any wreath you make!
So, start by connecting two wreaths. For this creation, I’m using grapevine wreaths.
Zip tie them together with clear, long zip tips. I start by putting the smaller wreath centered on top of the larger one and then turn them over and zip tie it from the back, as shown below.
Keep the zip ties loose until you are re-center the top wreath and then tighten the zip ties and cut off the excess.
FLOWERS YOU NEED…
I foraged in my basement for the things to make this wreath. Luckily, I found a very pretty and very reasonably priced bouquet of peonies I had ordered from Etsy last year. They are really stunning!
It almost broke my heart to cut it apart! But, the flowers were perfect for this wreath! I cut the wires as long as I could so I could poke them deep into the wreath.
I actually ended up with a couple extra peonies that I’ll use in a vase for summer. These peonies look so realistic!
Here are some pretty floral option for a summer wreath…
STEP 2-MAKE A BOW FOR YOUR WREATH
Make a 6 loop bow and leave enough ribbon to make a tail on either end.
I already had the cut ribbon from another project and it was the perfect length for the wreath. The right ribbon tail is shorter than the left to work with the design of the wreath.
My favorite thing to use to hold things like bows together are pipe cleaners. They really work so well and will not ruin ribbon like wire often does.
Now, it’s time to determine the top of the wreath. Here are a few things to consider…
- is your wreath totally round
- how much of the wreath will the embellishments cover
- are there any pretty parts of the wreath you don’t want to hide
- is there something not so attractive on the wreath you want to hide
Once you know the top of the wreath it is time to add the bow!
Use the ends of the pipe cleaners to fasten the bow onto the wreath at about 10:00.
ARRANGING THE FLOWERS ON THE FRONT DOOR WREATH
Now, it’s time to add the pretty flowers! I love this part!
STEP 3- FIRST FLOWERS
Arrange all the flower on a wreath before you hot glue them! This is so important.
And here are a few more tips to make your wreath the prettiest it can be…
- “Fluff” your flowers. I opened up some of my peonies and other I repositioned by bending the wire connected to them. This makes them more lifelike
- Make sure each flower is facing a little differently than the one next to it. If all the flowers on a wreath are facing one way it is a bit boring!
- If a flower looks tired or worn pass it up!
I have an easy recipe for creating a beautiful wreath I use all the time! And today is the first time I am sharing it with you!
Start by placing two LARGE flowers on the left side of the bow as shown…
Keep the centered on the wreath itself. One tip that really helps your flowers to stand out is to bend the wire at the base of them so some of them almost face forward.
Next place another large flower on the right side of the wreath pointing slightly down, as shown. Keep it snuggling up against the bow.
I really love these pretty blush colored peonies. they have lovely leaves on their stems. If you choose blooms without leaves just find complimentary leave and add them to fill in any spaces at the very end.
STEP 4- NEXT FLOWERS
Add a medium size flower between the two large flowers on the left side of the wreath. Face it down and inward.
Add a small flower to the right side of the wreath slightly above the big bloom and facing up.
STEP 5- EVEN MORE FLOWERS
Next, let’s add airy looking flowers, like the one above. Add it to the left side of the wreath in between the second and third flowers. Position these “frilly” looking flowers in the middle of the wreath, as shown.
Arrange another frilly bloom to the right side of the wreath between the two flowers. I let this frilly bloom stick straight out from the wreath.
STEP 6- FINAL FLOWERS
Adding the finishing touches is what step five is all about!
Add the last smallest flower to the top of the wreath, above the middle of the bow and add leaves or a few more frilly flowers.
Fill in any whole or spaces with leaves or berries.
STEP 7- LAST STEP
Take a good look at the wreath. Adjust until you are happy with it and then glue the base of the flowers.
When the glue is dry get rid of all those hot glue spiders by blowing them with a hair dryer on the warm setting. They will just disappear! Great tip, right?
HANG YOUR FRONT DOOR WREATH
That’s it! See how easy it is to create a beautiful wreath?
You can now make a beautiful front door wreath for any season or holiday!
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