I have never had a wreath. I’ve seen some beautiful DIY ones on other blogs that I can’t get enough of, but I’m not really a wreath person. The ones I see in stores are always too gaudy and not my taste at all, so I previously resigned myself to the fact that I’d just never have one. Enter this round of the Thrift Store Swap. If you don’t remember how the Thrift Store Swap works, each person in our little group goes out to Goodwill and finds 2 items under $10 to send to another person in the group. Then, each of us upcycle and give these items new life! In this cycle, Lyn from MidMichiganMom (and the creator of the group) told us the theme was “wreaths” and at first I was pretty nervous. Since this was my first wreath, I really wanted to create a truly simple DIY Spring wreath.
This is what Heather, from One Crazy Ride sent me:
Eek! When I first opened the box, all I could see was that huge flower, which I assume was white in it’s prime, but now has faded into an off-whiteish color. That’s not all though…it had a bunch of glittery flakes on it and the leaves. Not cute!
It even had this little bird hanging precariously off of it, and for a while I didn’t see how I could make it look at all like something I’d love.
The first thing I did was tear every single flower, bead, leaves and bird off the wreath. Creating a simple DIY Spring wreath was my main goal, and I think I succeeded this time! This tutorial only requires 2 supplies!
Truly Simple DIY Spring Wreath
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- A wreath, of course. Recommended a wood or wicker one that is twisted together.
- Faux/Silk flowers
- Any type! My favorite flowers are peonies, so I picked some that looked the closest to those
- A small decorative element
- Since I recently got engaged, I chose a small wooden “K“, which is the initial of my future last name!
- May need hot glue or thin wire
That’s it. 2 supplies! If I’m really honest, you may also need wire cutters to separate your flowers, but that all depends on what kind of flowers you chose!
Preparing the flowers
The flowers that I chose were arranged already as a bouquet, so I had to separate them. With wire cutters, I cut the stems as long as I possibly could
Once my flowers were separated from the bouquet, I started weaving the stems and flowers into my wicker wreath. I didn’t have much of a system to it, I just started at one point on the wreath and started working my way around.
When the flower was in the spot I wanted it to be, I took the leftover wire and wrapped it around the back, and tucked it into the wicker to secure it.
At first, I was clustering the flowers a bit too close together, but it wasn’t a project-ruining mistake. It was fairly simple to move them even after I was finished.
There were times it was a little tricky trying to situate the flowers exactly where I wanted them, and I certainly had to remove a few and replace them in a different spot, but it didn’t take long before the whole wreath was covered in beautiful flowers. The flowers also had leaves, as you can see, but I removed some of them because it was overwhelming with leaves on every flower.
The back looks a little crazy, but no one will see it…and that makes it perfectly fine to me! 😉
The flowers may not seem very secure in the picture, but let me assure you–those flowers aren’t moving! The wreath was actually wrapped quite tight despite how it looks.
I was already in love with how it looked, but I wanted it to be a bit more personal.
The original wreath had tiny pearl balls attached by wire, so I salvaged those and wrapped a few of them together. I needed a way to secure the decorative element to my wreath, so I wrapped those little wires around my little wooden K. If you didn’t have wire, you could hot glue it as well, but I prefer the wire so I have the option to change out my decorative element if I want to without destroying the flowers. I wove the wires through the wreath in the same way I did with the flowers to adhere it…and my beautiful DIY Spring wreath was finished!
I am truly in love with this wreath and so pleased that we had to swap wreaths–without this swap I never would have picked up the wreath I was sent, and I would have missed out! The best part about this challenge is that it opens up so many new DIY possibilities.
Of course, this truly simple DIY Spring Wreath isn’t the only awesome tutorial we have for you today–be sure to check out the rest of the ladies in the swap and see what they did with their treasures! I sent some really interesting items to Robin at Redo It Yourself Inspirations…you need to see how she transformed them!
Here are the geniuses behind these DIY Tutorials. Make sure to check out each one!