Spring is here! Finally, after what felt like an eternity of cold, grey days, the sun is shining and flowers are blooming. What better way to celebrate than by making a spring wreath? Not only is it a fun activity to do, but it's also a great excuse to get a little creative and add some color to your home decor. For this wreath, I used Juniper, Sage, white and purple preserved Statice, and preserved Roses. The combination of these flowers created a such a cheerful and colorful wreath.
Now, I know what you're thinking: "I'm not a crafty person. I can barely glue two things together without making a mess." But fear not! Making a wreath is easier than you might think, and our tutorial will make sure not to leave you in the dust.
Here are the step-by-step instructions to create a beautiful dried flower wreath:
*Note you can use preserved or fresh Juniper and Sage for the wreath base. However, I would recommend using preserved if you want your wreath to stay looking great for several months or longer.
- Grapevine Wreath Base (12")
- Floral wire
- Preserved or Fresh Juniper (2 bunches)
- Preserved or Fresh Sage 2 bunches
- White statice (2 bunches)
- Purple statice (1 bunch)
- Preserved roses (2.5")
- Preserved roses (1")
- Floral snips or strong scissors to cut through branches and stems
- Hot glue gun
- Ribbon or twine (optional)
Click here for a list of: All Materials
Step 1: Prep your materials
Before you start assembling your wreath, make sure all your materials are prepped and ready to go. This includes trimming any excess stems from your flowers and greenery and gathering your materials together. Prepare your wreath by tying the floral wire (I highly recommend that you use paddle wire) around one side of the wreath. You will be working clockwise or counter-clockwise depending on which side of the wreath base that you tie your knot. Do not cut the wire, as you will be using it to wrap around your bunches of flowers. (I tied my knot on the left hand side of the wreath and worked around the wreath in a counter-clockwise direction).
Step 2: Cut and Make Bunches
Take a stem of Juniper, Sage, and purple or white Statice (you can alternate the colors of the Statice with each bunch) and make a bunch that is approximately 8" in length. Place the bunch on top of the grapevine base where you just tied your knot. Use the wire and wrap the stems of your bunch around the base 3 times and get as tight as possible without breaking the stems. *Also, try to keep your bunches around the same size so that your wreath will look even.
I didn’t cover the whole wreath base with flowers as you can see in the picture. But its up to you whether you want to cover the whole wreath base with flowers or you want to leave some of the grapevine base showing.You will need to make 6-8 bunches to partially cover the wreath as pictured above. If you want to cover the whole wreath, you will need around 10-12 bunches.
Step 3: Continuing Adding Bunches
Moving down the wreath, place another bunch of flowers over the stems of the first bunch and wrap with wire 3 times. Vary the colors of the flowers and place them in different spots around the wreath for an even distribution of colors. Also, be sure to overlap each stem slightly so that the wreath looks full and the grapevine base is not visible. Continue adding bunches to the grapevine base by staggering each bunch enough to cover the stems of the bunch before it, and continue working your way around the wreath in a clockwise or counterclockwise direction. Keep repeating this process until you are satisfied with how the wreath looks .
Step 4: Adding the Last Bunch
I did not cover the whole wreath as I wanted to leave some of the natural Grapevine base showing. When you get to your last bunch, you will want to wrap the wire around this bundle at least 3 times and make sure to pull it tight. Tie a couple knots around the wreath base and cut the wire.
Step 5: Adding the Preserved Roses and Finishing Touches
Now that the structure of the wreath is finished, you can add the roses onto the wreath using hot glue. I would add the large (2.5") preserved roses in the middle first. (I used light pink roses for the center). Lay out how you want the roses to look, and then take a drop of hot glue to the back of the rose and press it firmly to the wreath. Next, place the smaller roses (1.5") on the wreath until you like the layout. Repeat steps above by placing a drop of hot glue on the back of the rose and pressing firmly onto the wreath. If you need to add more greenery or flowers to your wreath you can also use hot glue or wire to attach the additional stems.
Lastly, cut a long piece of wire or ribbon to create a loop around the back of your wreath so that you can hang it.
You are finished! Hang your wreath indoors or outdoors. If outside, place wreath in a protected place away from the elements and direct sunlight as the sun can fade the color of the flowers. And give yourself a round of applause for creating such a beautiful spring wreath.