DIY projects have been all the rage recently. From simple at-home activities for the kids to full-blown home renovations, now is the time to DIY. A simple DIY project can not only keep you busy and off your screens, but it can also be a cheap and fun way to decorate your home.
One option you can consider for your next project is an easy wreath. Wreaths can range from elaborate and embellished designs to simple and straightforward. Wreaths are a great at-home project because they are fairly simple, they can be done in a variety of ways, and they can be used to decorate your home for many different seasons. A stunning wreath can become the centrepiece of any living room or the best way to welcome guests at your front door.
Gather Your Supplies
To get started on making your own gorgeous wreaths at home, the first step is to gather your supplies. Because there are so many different things you can do when creating, it's smart to consider some of the most basic and trusted wreath supplies.
1. The Frames
The most foundational supply for making any wreath is to have a frame. Frames can be made of a variety of different materials and often allow for different wreath embellishments.
One of the most basic wreath frames is an embroidery hoop. These hoops are very basic and can make the rest of the wreath a bit sturdier. While they don't allow for a lot of different shapes, they can often hold weight a bit better.
Another common material used as the wreath frame is some wire. A wireframe is great when you have a lot of things twisting together. A wire wreath frame is also more malleable and can be manipulated into several different forms. A wire is also thinner and can easily blend in with the rest of your wreath.
Another wreath form that you can consider is a styrofoam wreath frame. This material is great for sticking a lot of things in and can create a lightweight wreath. A styrofoam wreath frame can also often come in different colours that can blend in well with the rest of your wreath.
One of the most common and simplest ways to make a wreath is with a grapevine. Because of their rounded forms, grapevine wreaths don't even require a frame. Also, many people even have grapevines growing in their own backyard, making it even easier to put together a grapevine wreath.
2. The Greenery
Once you have settled on the frame for your wreath, you can begin to gather the greenery and flowers that you want to use for your various wreath projects. Depending on the season or holiday you are creating your wreath for, there are different types of plants and stems that you can use.
One important step when using fresh greenery is to ensure that the stems and leaves are properly hydrated. This often involves soaking the plants before using them and then misting the wreath regularly after you hang it. This will help keep the wreath looking fresh and lively during the holiday season.
When choosing the supplies for your wreath, you will also have to decide whether you will be using fake or fresh flowers. You can often find some beautiful silk flowers at a craft supply store, while fresh flowers can be from a local greenhouse or even your own backyard. Just keep in mind that a fresh wreath will only last around 3 weeks if properly cared for, while a wreath made with fake greenery will last much longer.
For Christmas Wreaths
If you're making your wreath around the Christmas holidays, you will likely use more evergreen boughs and pine to decorate your wreath. You might also pick up some holly, mistletoe, or pinecones.
Gathering pine cones or boughs from your trees outside is a great source for wreath decorations. For fresh flowers, you might consider grabbing some poinsettias or amaryllis to spice up your wreath. These additions can turn your basic design into a beautiful wreath.
For Easter or Spring Wreaths
If you're planning ahead and looking at making wreaths for the springtime, you might look at using Easter lilies, roses, tulips, and other fresh blooms that are full of colour to make your spring wreath pop. While fall and winter decorations favour neutral, dark colours, spring is the time to use your whites, pinks, yellows, and blues.
3. The Decorations
Now that you have your wreath form started, it's time to add a bit of flair with some embellishments. Depending on the type of wreath you are making, there are a variety of different decorations and wreath supplies you can use.
For example, if you use wire wreath forms, you can often twist decorations into the frame itself. While an embroidery hoop might require a lot more gluing and attaching. The point of the decorations is to add some life to the wreath and make it your own. Have fun with the decoration and be creative!
Some common Christmas wreath supplies include ornaments, twinkling lights, garland, wrapping paper, burlap ribbons, bells, and other material and craft supplies. Ribbon bows add a beautiful and classy flair to the wreath, while homemade or traditional ornaments can create a welcoming feel. Look for ideas on Pinterest or try something new and you'd be surprised what you can come up with.
An Easter wreath can go in a variety of different ways. If you're gathering your Easter wreath supplies, you might pick up some butterfly or floral pins, plastic Easter eggs, or some ribbon to make some beautiful bows. You might also pick up some spring-inspired garland, burlap ribbon, or fabric to use throughout the wreath.
4. Other Craft Supplies
AS you begin to gather the materials and decorations you need for your wreath, you have to remember to grab the tools necessary to put the wreath together. Some of the most common wreath-making supplies are:
- scissors and wire cutters
- hot glue
- glue sticks
- floral wire
- straight pins
All of these tools can make putting a wreath together that much easier.
Making The Wreath
When it comes to making the wreath, one size doesn't fit all. Depending on the size and shape of the wreath and the amount or type of decorations you use, every wreath will be different.
The most basic wreath-making instructions involve covering the wreath form with greenery and decorations until the whole wreath is covered. If you're about to start your first wreath, you may find that there is a learning curve to organizing the decorations.
Take your time and lay things out before you attach them to the wreath with hot glue, tape, or wire.
Hanging The Wreath
Once your wreath is complete, it's time to hang it. Most of the time, a wreath is hung on the front door or mantelpiece of your home. However, you have the freedom to hang your new wreaths anywhere.
Another great idea is to use your gorgeous wreaths as place settings or a table centrepiece. Think about where you want to hang your gorgeous wreath and then gather the supplies needed to hang it securely. Some common wreath hanging supplies include command hooks, fishing line, wire, and over-the-door hangers. Find what works best for you and your wreath.
When hanging your wreath, it's important to hang it out of direct sunlight and in a cool, dry setting. This will help the decoration last longer and look fresh throughout the entire holiday season. Welcome your guests and feel the holiday joy with a DIY wreath!