More Pink Inspiration. This time in the form of a quick easy DIY project. It took me a little over an hour to complete 2 of these.
Ian and I moved into a new apartment last month and every time I leave or come into the apartment I see all these lovely decorated doorways. I have been searching for a fun summer time wreath that I actually like and I still haven't found one. So I thought to myself...why not make one...it can't be that hard!!
Well not only was this one of the easiest projects I have done, but it was also surprisingly inexpensive. Always a plus! While out shopping yesterday with my Mom, we stopped by Joann's Fabric. We can't seem to stay away from there when we are together. It can actually be pretty dangerous on our wallets! We will go in for one project and leave with materials for three! Yesterday we went in for yarn, my Mom has been crocheting scarves like crazy lately. Three have shown up on our coat hanger in the last two weeks and it is just the beginning of Summer!
Joann's had a crazy good sale on their Spring Inspiration floral bushes, garlands and stems...70% OFF Entire Stock!!! So I headed straight to that section as fast as my little feet could carry me. Oh and did I mention that my Mom had a coupon for an additional 25% off an entire purchase INCLUDING SALE! Huge score for me. I do a lot of DIY projects and I refuse to pay full price.
I got enough flowers and 2 18" Grapevine Wreath bases for less than the price of a pre-made one on their wall. So gather your supplies and lets do this!
- Floral Stems, Bushes, or Garland (You will need a fair amount of these to cover the entire wreath so the base doesn't show through)
- 18" Wreath Base (I used a grapevine wreath...however I do believe a Styrofoam wreath would make this project EVEN easier. But like I mentioned above...I prefer to do things on a budget and the grapevine wreaths were $4.99, half the price of the Styrofoam ones)
- Glue Gun and a lot of glue sticks! (I probably used 20 short glue sticks)
- Wire Cutters (This is to trim the flowers)
- Newspaper or some other material to protect the surface you are working on from the hot glue. (I used parchment paper because that was all I could find)
1) Trim all your flowers off the long stems with the wire cutters. I left about an inch of stem on mine so they would slide down into the wreath.
2) Decide how you want to arrange your flowers on the wreath.
3) Put some hot glue on the stem of the flower. Depending on the type of flower you choose, you may be able to put some on the base of the flower to stick it to the wreath. I also put hot glue on the wreath where I planned to place the flower. As you can imagine, it can be somewhat difficult to put and keep glue on the skinny flower stems. The glue on the wreath ensures you get a good stick so the wind doesn't end up blowing your flowers off.
***FYI: You WILL end up with hot glue on your fingers OUCH!!***
4) Keep gluing your flowers on until the whole wreath is covered. Make sure to pick up your wreath and look at it from the angle you would see it hanging as you go. It is easier to see if one side is fuller than another when you are looking at it straight on like that.
5) Hang your wreath and Enjoy!