Hello and happy Tuesday! Erin here to introduce today’s post by our good friend, Fallon. Fallon has become an expert wreath-maker of late and is going to share her how-to for anyone that might be looking to jazz up your door (or wall or a room), with colorful flowers. I’ll let her tell her tale:
So when all of the decorations finally came down after Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, St. Patty’s Day and finally Easter, my front door was sad and empty looking. And to top it off this is what stared at me from across the street:
The picture does not do that wreath justice…as I had to take it with my phone peeking through a window so my neighbors don’t think I’m some weirdo taking a picture of their house. Anyhow, I went to Michael’s in search of a wreath of this caliber but the ones that they had pre-made were rather messy and ordinary looking in comparison, and not to mention, quite pricey. So I wandered into their flower section and saw that they were having a 40% off sale! Hmmm…a few aisles over I found a Styrofoam wreath, mini hot glue gun and glue sticks. Add a dozen bright flowers and there ya go! I am not a very creative, artsy person, so I thought of this as a personal challenge.
I created my wreath during one of my daughter’s naps and was so pleased with how it came out I sent a picture of it to Erin and that’s how I ended up here! While I didn’t take many pictures of my own wreath, my grandmother saw it and asked me to make her one…Challenge accepted! Michael’s here I come!
When I got home I assembled my materials and pulled the looong stems off of the flowers. I didn’t need quite as many because this one was smaller, as it is for an apartment door. (This is a 12” wreath and 10 flowers. For mine I used a 16” wreath and 14 flowers).
Next I set up the flowers on the wreath in the order I thought looked best and then took them off in that order so I didn’t forget. I have issues about putting green and red together when it’s not Christmas-related, so this was an important step for me.
By then the hot glue gun was warmed up and I started glueing away. I really globbed it on the back of the flower and them jammed it into the Styrofoam.
The next part is the trickiest…placing the flowers close enough that you can’t see any of the white, but not too close that they look cramped.
You may have to play with the petals a little to make it look neat and pretty. Voila!
Here’s my original wreath…the flowers are a little more cramped then I would have liked, but all in all I thought it was a wonderful answer to the beauty across the street.
I hung it with some fishing wire so that it appears to be “floating”. (Nope, that’s a lie, it is the only type of string I have in the house!) What was a surprise to this first-time crafter was what I saw when I walked away from the door…
YUCK! White Styrofoam! All on display for my neighbors with the gorgeous wreath to see! I’m not gonna lie, despite my horror, I left it like this for a few weeks. I picked up some ribbon at Michael’s and wrapped it around the outside and inside of the wreath, using some hot glue every couple of inches.
The ribbon was 2 ½ inches wide so there was excess, as you can see, so I just snipped it off.
I couldn’t do much about the back, which you can kind of see from the inside of my door. I guess in hind sight I could have wrapped the whole wreath in ribbon before I put on the flowers…maybe my sister wants a wreath… I’ll try that on hers!
I think Fallon did a great job and has inspired me for a project down the line. My front door is sadly lacking in the beauty department and I can’t handle the high price tags on these wreaths either. Challenge accepted, Fallon! I love when inspiration hits like that – bam! She didn’t set out to make a wreath, but make it she did! It looks great! Any other takers for this DIY? Anyone ever create something on the fly, in a similar scenario and have it turn out just as great?