Oh hey there warm weather, how are ya?
Although winter is still in full swing here in Colorado, it’s now 2020 which means spring and summer are not too far behind (thank goodness). And you know what that means- spring decor and more DIY projects!
Today I have a tutorial for you that is perfect for your front door or back patio, and such a fun way to welcome the warmer weather. A DIY spring outdoor wreath is a great way to bring color and/or interest to the outside of your home, and the best part? It’s super easy to do!
Supplies you will need:
- Artificial flowers from your local craft store (or real if you prefer)- I bought four white flower bundles and three greenery leaf bundles.
- A twig wreath from your local craft store
- Wire cutters
- Letter sign of your choosing from local craft store
- Craft or acrylic paint (optional)
- Paintbrush (optional)
(Hint: You do not have to put a sign on your wreath, but I think it adds a personal touch and ties the whole thing together!)
When arranging your artificial (or real) flowers, you can place them halfway around the wreath like I did, or you can arrange them to fill the wreath all the way around. It is completely up to personal preference and neither method is better than the other!
Ready to get started?
Cut all of the tags off of your artificial flowers and off of the wreath. It makes it SO much easier to cut them BEFORE you start arranging the flowers.
Cut the stems of each flower to your desired length using wire cutters. I left some stems longer so that I could wrap the entire stem around the wreath to secure it in place, but I cut most stems short and just wove them directly into the twigs of the wreath.
Time to start arranging your flowers and greenery. You can place them however you like, but I like to make the largest flower either slightly higher or lower than the middle of the wreath. Then, I add the smaller bundles of flowers above and below the main focal point. Next, I add in the greenery to fill in any empty or bare spots where the twigs show through. Make sure when you are inserting your flowers and leaves that they fit snugly. The stems should weave directly into the twigs, but if you are worried about the flowers falling out, cut the stems a little longer so that you can wrap them around the twigs.
Use hot glue to secure any flowers or leaves that are not secured tightly into the wreath.
Time to add your sign! I used a cardboard-like material sign that I picked up at Hobby Lobby (pictured below), and painted the whole thing black (including the sides and insides). I used black acrylic paint, but you can use any craft paint or water-resistant paint.
(Tip: Next time, I might choose a color that will stand out better than black. My sign blends into the twigs a little more than I would like, but I’m a sucker for the black, white, and green color palette!)
Once dry, attach your sign to the wreath using wire and hot glue. I hot glued the areas of the “O” and the “H” where the most surface area touched the twigs. I recommend stacking four books (two per letter) on top of the “O” and the “H” to allow the glue to dry for 20 minutes. Then, wrap wire around both of the letters into the twigs, with both ends of the wire pointing out the back of the wreath. Wrap the ends of the wire around each other to secure the sign in place. The wire I used was silver, so I decided to paint the wire with the same black acrylic paint to make it blend in better.
You made it to the last step! Create a hook out of the wire at the top of the wreath to be hung. To do so, grab a small cluster of twigs with your finger and slip one end of the wire through. Both ends should be sticking out towards you. Twist both ends of the wire together to form one thick piece. Bend that piece into a hook shape (shown below) and wrap the end around the base of your hook.
(Tip: There really is no wrong way to do this, just make sure that however you create a hook that it is sturdy!)
That's it, you're done!
Hang your DIY spring outdoor wreath in a dry place where it will be protected from harsh weather if possible. If your wreath will be exposed to weather, just make sure your flowers are on there tightly, and don’t use a water-soluable paint!! (Uh, hello rainstorms).
Did you try creating your own DIY spring outdooor wreath? How did it turn out? I would love to see your creations in the comments!