Sunday, April 10, 2016

DIY Spring Wreath



One of the easiest ways to welcome the new season into your home is with a new front door wreath.  This is the time of year when all the designer catalogs start to arrive at the door full of beautiful and expensive home decor.   Usually the wreaths in these catalogs are well over a $100.  I don't know about you, but I sure could not afford to spend over $100 dollars on a new wreath so I make my own!  I use those beautiful designer catalogs to pick out an inspiration wreath to copy and then I visit my local Michael's Craft store to collect the materials I'll need.  It's easier then you may think to make a beautiful unique wreath for your front door.  Come along and I'll show you how I make mine.

Once the inspiration wreath is chosen, its time to hit the craft stores to collect the supplies needed to complete your project.  Of course you will need greenery and flowers, but there are 5 essential items that I always use when creating a wreath.


Of course you will need a wreath form, I like to use a wispy grapevine wreath.  These wreaths give much more space to work with than the tightly bound grapevine wreaths.  An adhesive such as E600 which is a transparent craft glue that is heat resistant.  Craft wire cutters, floral wire and felt pads.  




The first thing I do is turn the wreath over and glue on the felt pads.  Grapevine wreaths are pokey and can scratch your door, the felt pads protect your door from damage.



While the felt pads are drying, use the wire cutters to separate the branches of the greenery and flowers.  This way you will not have to stop to cut more supplies while you are assembling the wreath.



I start my wreath by filling in with the greenery.  I first place the cuttings between the twigs of the grapevine, making sure to keep each side balanced.  Once I am happy with the placement, I can go back and wire the vines in using the floral wire.


To secure the greenery in place, cut a few inches of floral wire.  Feed the wire through and under the wreath, bringing both edges of the wire together and tighten by twisting the wire a few times.  Be sure to place the wire between the leaves to keep it out of sight.  Snip off the ends of the wire and your greenery is secured and won't be blown the street!



Once all the greenery is in place, it's time to start on arranging the flowers.  In my inspiration picture the white flowers are arranged in a horseshoe shape that I will try to copy.



Continue to fill in the flowers until you are happy with the placement and then secure them with the floral wire in the same way we did the greenery.  Hang the wreath up on a door where you are able to get a good look at it.  You are looking to see if the wreath is balanced on both sides, there are no empty spots  and that the flowers are full and fluffed.


Your creation may not match the inspiration picture exactly, but your wreath is unique and was created by you for less then a quarter of it's designer price tag!  You really can't beat that!

For more information and tips watch my video below:



Thank you so much for visiting with me today.  Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think of the video.  I hope you will follow my blog and subscribe to the My Bashful Life channel on YouTube to see what we are up to next.
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Remember to love the life you have and I will see you again next time!

xoxo,


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24 comments:

  1. Mickey, that is just stunning! Please come and share at my Five Star Frou-Frou linkup at A Tray of Bliss? I'd love to host you! A new follower. Mimi xxx

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    1. Hi Mimi!
      Thank you so much for the invite! I just linked up with you at A Tray Of Bliss! So nice of you to visit and follow me. Love your blog and I am a new follower too!
      xoxo Mickey

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  2. Great job Mickey, love re-using my leftover greenery mixed in with new silk purchases. I am really liking how you put the white blooms at the top, seeing the wreath from a distance, gives it a bold "look at me" vibe! And more drama then just mixing the pretty white blooms kind of scattered throughout.

    Great job. Thanks so much for joining the Dishing It & Digging It Link Party. Have a great week!

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    1. Hi Christine,
      Thank you for your kind words! When I saw this wreath in the catalog, I knew I wanted to make it.I loved linking up with you and I will be back next week! Have a great weekend!
      xoxo Mickey

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  3. Hello Mickey,
    I love your beautiful wreath you made and thanks for the tutorial on how to make it.
    Thanks for joining and sharing this with us at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
    We hope to see you again!
    Julie

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    1. Hi Julie,
      Thank you so much for visiting, I've enjoyed sharing at Cooking and Crafting and you can be sure I will be back again.
      xoxo Mickey

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  4. Dear Mickey:
    I am so happy to have you link and give a little lesson in making this lovely wreath! I think you did a great job and it is lovely. Thanks for linking and sharing.

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    1. Thank you Bernideen! I am so happy that you came by for a visit. Wishing you a great weekend.
      xoxo Mickey

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  5. This wreath is so pretty! I love making my own and changing them out for different seasons. Thanks for joining us for the Wednesday Showcase this week.

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    1. Hi Jenna,
      I change my wreaths with every season. Each spring I always have a bird make their nest in my front door wreath. I guess I make comfy wreaths too.
      xoxo Mickey

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  6. Thanks for sharing and inspiring others with your beautiful wreath.

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    1. Thank you so much for you kind words and thank you for visiting! Have a great weekend.
      xoxo Mickey

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  7. Your wreath is beautiful! I've always preferred making my own wreaths so I can put my own spin on them. Thanks for linking up with Merry Monday this week.

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    1. Hi Emily,
      I do too for the same reason. I loved linking with Merry Monday, thanks for visiting.
      xoxo Mickey

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  8. Your wreath is lovely! Thank you for joining the Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth. We are happy to have you! Your blog is just darling! Love your new follower, JES :)

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    1. Hi Jes! Thank you so much for following, I think this was my first link up with Home Making Mondays, but I will be sure to be back next week!
      Enjoy your week,
      xoxo Mickey

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  9. Oh this is so pretty!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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    1. Hello Jessica,
      Hope you are well. Thank you, I would be happy to share this in your Facebook group! I'm heading there now. Wishing you a great week ahead.
      xoxo Mickey

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  10. I just saw your wreath on Jessica's facebook group. It's gorgeous! I love the idea of putting pads on the back of it to protect the door. Great idea. I'd love to have you join our Snickerdoodle Sunday Link Party. It's open Saturdays through Tuesdays.

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    1. Hi Beverly, Thank you so much! I would be happy to join the Snickerdoodle Sunday Link party, I love the name! I am heading there now, thanks for the invitation. Wishing you a great week ahead.
      xoxo Mickey

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    2. Thanks for joining the party! Hope you have a great week, too. I've pinned your lovely wreath to my crafts board. Hope to see you at the party next week, too.

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    3. Thanks so much for pinning my wreath! I'm sure you will be seeing me at the party soon!
      xoxo Mickey

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  11. Wonderful work! Really loved this spring wreath. I am going to make a beautiful fairy wreath for my daughter’s birthday. Would host a DIY party at one of Chicago venues. Looking for some good DIY fairy party inspirations!

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    1. What an adorable idea for a wreath, I would love to see a picture when you are all done! Have a great week!
      xoxo Mickey

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