I would consider myself an artistic/crafty person but I haven’t had many opportunities to express myself that way in years. I was big into drawing and sketching when I was younger as well as a poetry writer. Even though I think I was pretty good at both I left those things behind about 10 years ago.
I finally tapped into my creative side again a few days ago when i decided that my door was boring and I missed the holiday wreaths and wanted one that would be appropriate all year long. I feel like all of the “ready to buy” wreaths on the market are either ugly or super-duper expensive. I found my inspiration piece online (etsy) for like… $60 and that doesn’t even include the shipping and got disgusted. It wasn’t even that cute in my opinion but it was simple and good for every season. I headed to Michael’s and picked up some basics. Mind you, I have never done this before in my life. So… today I am going to teach you how to create an Easy DIY wreath!
So… I bought 4 things: 10 yards of burlap, a wooden letter G that was painted white, a grapevine wreath, and a bouquet of pretty flowers. The burlap and the bouquet of flowers just happened to be on sale that day so I was happy for that. Love to save money where I can. I spent around $22 for the materials to create my Easy DIY Wreath! Such a big difference to going out and buying one I wouldn’t have been completely happy with!
Speaking of saving money, I didnt buy any glue or anything to attach the flowers so when I got home I was thinking, “Oh no, what do I do?” Well, I chose and detached the flowers from the bunch that were the prettiest and left the stems long so that I could pull them through the grapevine wreath. I picked 5 and I placed the larger of the 5 in the center and made the rest symmetrical based on shape and color of the center. You can do whatever you like at this stage though!
After I pulled the stems through the grapevine wreath I weaved/wrapped the stems into the grapevine to secure them into place. Once I was done with that and I realized the flowers are going NOWHERE I moved on to the next step. I was impressed with the no-glue method I might add!
Now came time for the bow. I browsed Pinterest and Google for “how to”s on making a burlap bow. I found one and tried to recreate it as closely as possible. If I can find the link I will put it in here. But basically you fold the burlap on top of itself, making the bottom layer the widest and tapering it in from there.
Cut it and take another generously long piece and tie it in the middle of the “bow” and leave the tails long enough that they match. I then took the tails and cut them to make a pretty upside-down V. Very traditional and pretty. TO make sure they were symmetrical I folded it in half and cut it on a diagonal.
Now it was time to attach my initial. I chose G to represent my last name. Again with the adhesive, err.. lack thereof. The letter was attached to a little-hangy-up-thingy (you know, the technical term) so it already had a staple in the back. The burlap I bought had a string that held it closed so I took that string and fished it through the staple. Like so…
I then tied it to the grapevine (and double-knotted it) and VOILA! I was thinking of hanging it from the center but my door is white so that wasn’t really going to work for me.
I went to hang it from my door and the bow’s knot was getting in the way so I had to finagle it a bit to make it just right. The bow ended up becoming a little lop-sided so that I could make it hang correctly, but overall I think it made the entire look a tad bit more shabby-chic.
The inspiration piece for my easy DIY wreath had sunflowers. These big, beautiful, fluffy flowers are just so much more “me”. But like I said before, do your thing. You don’t need to follow my design to the T. I actually went with these PARTICULAR flowers because the bouquet was 60% off! I was really looking for Magnolias because I am originally from Mississippi and I am completely obsessed with the state flower. They are hanging all over my house as well as pictured on my coasters!
So, I think I covered everything there is on my Easy DIY Wreath. If you have any questions (or anything like that) feel free to let me know. I would love to answer them! This is also my first DIY piece so PLEASE leave me feedback in the comments too! If you happened to make a wreath based on my tutorial tell me. Better yet SHOW ME! Follow me on my social media channels and tag me so that I can see! That would make my day!
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