We all need decorations in the house to bring in positive energy whatever the occasion. The front door is where the house decorations begin, and wreaths are the traditional ornaments used to decorate the doorways for any festive occasion. You always want your visitors to feel at ease the moment they arrive, even before they walk through the door.
By adding a colourful wreath to your door, you can ensure that your guests will feel like they are stepping into a welcoming and fun environment. The thing is, buying a wreath can be quite expensive, so here is how to make your own DIY wreath.
How to make a garden wreath with flowers
There are many spring and autumn wreath ideas to consider for such DIY projects, and using flowers will just add the aesthetic element to your home. These are the materials needed:
Now, all you have to do is follow these steps:
1. Get a green floral wreath base
These are available both online and at well-stocked florists. They’re sometimes referred to as “Aqua foam” and can make ideal Easter and Christmas wreaths. They are not to be confused with the pale green wreath bases seen in craft stores.
They have a dark green colour to them and are velvety to the touch. They’re circular, but instead of tubular sides, they have flat ones.
The next step will not work unless you use a green wreath base for fresh flowers. You can also use a grapevine wreath base for this, as you will be able to decorate it later on with lots of pinecones and tulips, which are perfect for decoration.
2. Soak the wreath base in cold water for a few minutes
Find a large enough bucket or sink to fit your wreath into. Fill it halfway with water, then submerge the wreath in it. Wait for it to absorb water and sink to the container’s bottom.
The amount of time this takes is determined by the foam’s size and porousness. When the wreath darkens in colour and sinks to the bottom, then you are done.
3. Cut the flowers
Cut the stems of your flowers using garden clippers until they are 5 to 7.5 cm in length. Once you finish cutting, place them in a bowl of lukewarm water.
Keep the flowers that you did not cut in a bucket of cool water.
4. Fill the wreath with the greenery of your choice
It’s entirely up to you how close or far away the plants should be spaced. There’s no need to secure the foliage with tape or ties. Make the wreath’s face first, then the sides.
5. Fill the spaces with flowers
Begin with the larger flowers and work your way down to the medium ones. Start at the top and make your way around the flower wreath once more.
You can make all of the flowers point in the same way or have them all point in various directions.
6. Soak the wreath in water on a regular basis
The flowers will eventually wilt, but re-soaking the wreath will help it stay longer. Take the wreath and place it in a sink filled with cool water once a week. Leave it there for a few minutes or until the wreath is saturated.
It is worth noting that this gorgeous wreath will not survive indefinitely and that the flowers will ultimately die, so you might be able to reuse the base if it doesn’t have too many holes.
How to make a wreath with ribbons and fabrics
It is one of the creative ways for door decorations, and it is flexible enough to do a monogram wreath. Here are all the materials that you will need:
- Piece of yarn (Ideally one metre)
- Wire wreath frame
- 3 spools of burlap ribbon
- Measuring tape
- Floral wire
- Wire cutters
Then, this is what you need to do:
1. Cut the fabric into strips
Cut them into 20 cm squares, notch them at 1 cm intervals, and tear down the notch. If you’re going to rip a cloth, make sure it’s of decent quality.
Don’t use hard-textured fabric because it will not rip well. It will leave a jagged edge and too many threads, making it fragile and see-through.
2. Clean up any leftover threads
Making your strips smaller causes the fabric to flex. It’s almost as if it were made of curling ribbons. Avoid smoothing the strips and just leave them ragged and tidy up some of the threads.
There will be a lot of threads, but they will simply peel away after you clean up. After the wreath is created, you can always trim it up until you are happy with the results.
3. Cut the ribbons
We suggest making the ribbon pieces a little longer. Ribbon pieces protruding out a little beyond the fabric add a nice touch to the wreath. Cutting the ribbon twine longer also increases their visibility. Ideally, they should be around 22 centimetres.
Add all of the ribbon and fabric pieces to a big pile and mix them up once they’re all cut. Make sure that everything is evenly distributed.
There’s no need to stick to a colour scheme in the wreath making process. Simply toss your fabric and ribbon scraps into a huge jumble and pick up strands randomly.
4. Add the fabric strips now
So, to get a fluffy wreath, use little width strips (1 cm instead of 2 cm) and double them up on the wreath form. When you double the strips, you get a lot more volume and texture.
Every portion includes two fabric ends and two different colours. When you make the strips narrower, it truly makes a difference.
Tie the two strips together with a single knot and tie on another double pair of cloth pieces to the two inner bars of the wreath. Keep on adding more fabrics around the wreath until it is totally full.
5. Get it all together
Make sure all the tied-down strips are held firmly in place.
6. Clean up
When your wreath is completely full, and you can no longer fit any more strips in it, or when you run out of strips, it’s time to clean up.
This is the moment to snip any longish ends (not the ribbons), but make sure your wreath is even, and no excessively long parts protrude. Just a clip here and there will be enough.
Similarly, clean up the inside of the wreath, making sure the opening is round(ish). Leaving a few strands here and there gives your wreath a sense of rustic appeal. Once done, use a wreath hanger to easily hang yours on a door.
How to make a wreath with a foam board frame
By using a foam board, you can add your own style and embellishments to your own wreath. Before you start, get the following materials:
- Foam board or thick cardboard
- Large and small plates
- Craft blade
- Fake /Faux flowers
- Glue gun
- Pen or pencil
Then, follow the steps below:
1. Trace a shape for the wreath
Get a piece of thick cardboard or buy a foam board from a craft store. Then, trace around a huge plate on a piece of foam board.
Lift the plate aside, then trace a tiny circle inside the larger one with a smaller plate. It’s up to you how big the gap between the two circles is. Your wreath will be thicker if you have more space.
For dark-coloured wreaths, use a black foam board. For pastel-coloured wreaths, use a white foam board. You don’t have to make your wreath in a round shape. Instead, you can draw a square, heart, or oval.
2. Cut out the circle using a craft blade
Begin with the larger circle and work your way down to the smaller circle. Remove the inner disk and save the ring form that results. Your fake flowers will be glued to the top of this ring.
3. Get fake flowers and remove the stems’ buds.
Large flowers, such as roses, are ideal for summer wreaths, although smaller flowers can also be used.
You can use flowers that are of the same shape, size, and colour or a range of shapes, hues, and sizes. Think about creating a hydrangea wreath or a magnolia wreath as well.
4. Hot glue the base of the buds
Apply a squirt of glue to the foam ring, then push a few flowers into it fast. Check to see if the flowers are standing straight up. Repeat till the ring is completely full. As with a clock, begin at the top of the ring and work your way around it.
Begin with the outside edge and work your way inwards in rows. Flowers should not be added to the sides of the foam wreath since it is too thick. If you add flowers to the sides, they will not hang correctly.
5. To hang the wreath, hot glue a loop of ribbon to the back
Make a bow using a thin ribbon. Bring the ends together and tie a knot with them. Glue the looped part of the ribbon to the rear of the wreath so that it sticks out over the top.
It doesn’t matter how long the ribbon is, but something between 10 and 25 to 30 cm would be ideal. Glue will make the wreath very durable over time.
Ready to hang! Adding a wreath to your front porch is a terrific way to add a beautiful element to your home decor. Because they’re easy to put up and take down, you can change them as the seasons change too. Above all, by following this wreath tutorial, you will be able to make one yourself and save loads of quids. For anyone who wants to give it a try, it has never been easier!