Nothing says spring to me like flowers and this “Welcome Spring Wreath” is the perfect way to bring some “Spring” into your decor!
Did you see what I did to the mirror in my living room? I’ve had this mirror leaning against a wall in our guest room for over a year, not quite sure what to do with it. The mirror itself was in bad shape but I loved the frame. My friend Jeanette over at “Snazzy Little Things” used this technique over a framed picture that she purchased and when I saw it I knew it would be perfect on this mirror. You can see how I did mine in this post – Repurpose A Mirror (or Ugly Artwork) with Paper!
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Grapevine Wreath (I used a 24″)
(Unfortunately the garland I purchased is not longer available so I am providing to a link that will work just as well)
One garland of flower vine
5 stems each of two different size silk flowers (ideally you want three different sized flowers)
Hot glue gun and glue sticks (clear)
floral wire (green)
Now, everyone knows that sometimes you just cannot find a grapevine wreath that is uniform in shape, The size I choose is usually a little lopsided. Don’t be too concerned. Just take a piece of your floral wire cut long enough to wrap around the “odd” area and simply twist the ends together until the area is pulled into shape and cut or tuck in the end of the wire.
The first thing I do with the flowers is to cut the stems apart. You want your arrangement to look light and airy and the way to accomplish that is to separate the stems by cutting the sprays apart. Here is an example of how I cut the vine with the white flowers apart.
Using my wire cutters I simply cut the stems with the flowers on them apart from the main trunk. I did the same with the sprays of flowers. Cut them close to the main stem (the wire base of the entire spray). Separate into piles by flower and set aside.
That Really Ugly Vine Garland
I don’t know what else to call this thing, but you can see by the little photo inset above, this is meant for something way different than I’m going to use it. It’s going to look great on the wreath, you just have to trust me on this one.
I cut the longer sections up into smaller more manageable pieces similar to the flowers. Then I simply started to cover the grapevine. You can actually stick the end of the stem into the grapevine and just add a dab of hot glue to keep it in place or to make sure it stays where you want it. You can weave pieces in and out of the grapevine instead of gluing.
Keep at it until you have the whole grapevine covered (you will still see grapevine).
This is my favorite part. I usually start with the largest flower, in this case the white. Place your flowers randomly throughout the wreath. I usually work my way around-placing them and tucking the cut edge into the greens-before I glue them.
At this point it usually becomes a blur to me (seriously) and I usually have to step away for a few minutes. Usually just about the time it takes to refill my coffee or swap out laundry! I come back and check to see if the flowers are distributed throughout the entire wreath. Then I give each a dab of glue to hold in place (I usually glue the stem, not the flower). Repeat the process with the middle flower and finally the small (what I usually call the “filler” flower).
Didn’t I tell you to trust me on the ugly vine stuff? It looks so much better! Of course, choice of greens and flowers and flower placement are a matter of taste and there is no right or wrong way to do it, so use your imagination and do whatever your inspired to do. Choose the greens and flowers that say “Spring” to you.
Speaking of inspiration and ideas. I’m looking for ideas for the areas to the right and left of the wreath on the wall above each lamp. I’m open to suggestions, just leave your ideas below in the comments.
I love the way this came out. Now I need to do one for outside!
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