Summer Wreath Tutorial

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If you are a frequent DIY’r you likely have a craft box and a collection of cut artificial flowers and some old wreaths.  For this project I started with a plain boxwood wreath as a base, boxwood is a season less greenery that works in creations from Easter to Christmas when you add the appropriate accents.

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If you have an old grapevine wreath you can make your own base by cutting up a garland or bush and gluing it into the gaps of the vine.  For front door wreaths I recommend using a hot glue gun or a glue pot with high temperature glue, the heat of summer can melt the glue a bit if used on the front door, damaging the structural integrity of your wreath.  As you begin to contemplate what you want to create, keep the basic principles of floral design in mind:

  • Focal Points
  • Proportion
  • Scale
  • Balance
  • Rhythm
  • Harmony
  • UnityIMG_0273

A good set of wire cutters, not the wimpy needle nose pliers, are key to cutting up the stems to usable lengths for a wreath.  There are many different styles to consider when designing a wreath.  This particular style is all about depth, long and short pieces at different lengths and at different angles (rhythm & harmony).  I like to start by cutting and placing the longest elements first; usually a contrasting greenery, twigs or small filler flowers. Next, I move to the shortest pics and flowers, then everything in between (scale & balance), although you can do it in any order.

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This wreath went from the original base dimensions of 18″ in diameter and 5″ deep for the boxwood base, to the final dimensions with the accent greens and floral to 28″ diameter and 12″ deep from base to tip of accent greens.  All the flowers and greens in this design are positioned in a counter-clockwise pattern but at different degrees (balance, unity)

My door doesn’t have a nail on it, I have no problem with putting one in my old door but I often have people tell me they don’t want to damage theirs, so I have an alternative.  I like to use a wide ribbon without a bow, it’s simple but you get the added texture of a fabric and the line down the door to catch the eye.

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Measure how long you want the wreath to hang down off the top, double it and add 2-3″, then cut.  Staple-gunning the cut parts to the top of the door is one one way to keep the surface pristine.

I wire the pieces together but stagger the layers so both parts of the ribbon don’t have to fit in the door jam.

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The yellow daisies  really “pop” in contrast to the green base, always important for maximum curb appeal!

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