For my #WhatchaMakingWednesday, I wanted to highlight this rustic wreath I made for our apartment! Since we moved into our apartment, I had been researching and looking for a wreath. I wanted something “rustic” and “stylish” with “light, fluffy greenery” and “cream flowers”. WELL, after going into home decor stores like Pier One, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Kohl’s, Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, At Home, etc. AND looking online at Amazon and Etsy, I was finding that all of the specific wreath I wanted was going to cost $50+. NOPE!!!
Now, crafting makes me happy and saving money makes anyone happy right?! So I decided I would make my own wreath. I am here to tell you that YOU. CAN. DO. IT. TOO. No matter your level of crafting and floral expertise… YOU. CAN. DO. IT. TOO. I’ll be your cheerleader along the way! The only “work” that may take some time is finding the best deals!
(I’ll tell ya… I went to Michael’s first and bought all of these materials for $50 :O, then I went to Hobby Lobby and found similar materials for a total of $20! You just have to SEARCH and not be annoyed that you may have to make some returns).
Right below I give you the pictorial/written-out steps, but if you want to watch my video tutorial, scroll down to the end!
Here is what you will need:
- Grapevine Wreath Base (mine is 18 inches). You can find some at Amazon, Hobby Lobby, and hey, I guess Michael’s lol
- Six feet of Garland Greenery of your choosing/style. Here is the one I bought at Hobby Lobby, it was 50% off when I purchased it!
- 2 bushels of flowers. I chose cream.
- *Optional* extra greenery
- Floral Wire
- Wire cutter
- *Optional* bow (I didn’t end up using them but if it’s your style, go for it!!)
To start, I would recommend laying out your floral pieces on top of your wreath and arranging them how you would like them. I don’t have a picture of this nor do I have this on my video instructions, but I tried laying the greenery and flowers out in different ways until I found the way I liked best.
Then, you’ll need your wire and wire cutter! Cut pieces of wire–about two to three inches long–and form a “hook” at one end. You’ll hook/loop the wire in the wreath and then fasten it around the stem of your greenery. I joked that this is a game of “Where’s Waldo”, but it’s “Where’s the Wire” since it may get lost in the wreath.
Continue to fasten your base layer greenery around your wreath. I went for a 3/4 style–depending on how much of the garland you have and how you want it to look, you can wrap it around the entire wreath or half of it. When your base layer is complete, you can start to ACCESSORIZE with your flowers! After moving spots in my apartment–the floor was really making my knees and legs sore lol–I cut a couple flowers off of the stem and layered them in the garland.
Here is where you can use your best judgement!! I found that some flowers, I could easily fasten to my garland and/or wreath with the floral wire. However, for other flowers that had longer stems, I simply stuck them in between the twigs of the wreath. I flipped my wreath over and gave it a little shake and they didn’t fall off. If you have hot glue, you could even use a little bit to glue the flowers in place…up to you! I would just recommend do the “shake test” to make sure that nothing falls out!
After attaching the flowers, I used my extra greenery (totally optional) to fill in some of the empty spaces. I liked this touch as it added another pop of green and cream, but with another texture.
And there you have it! YOUR COMPLETED WREATH!! Don’t you feel so great that you did this all by yourself? Doesn’t this make you oh so happy! It sure did make me happy.
Whenever I’m crafting, I just have a smile on my face. Crafting fills me with so much joy and I’m reminded of my mom. Actually, when I finished making this wreath Fight Song by Rachel Platten shuffled on my Spotify. For those of you who don’t know, that song was my mom’s anthem through her fight with cancer. Whenever it plays, I know it’s her reminding me that she’s there. I think she played it when I finished my wreath to say “Hey Claire! That wreath is awesome!!”.
I do think this wreath is pretty awesome 🙂 Let me know how you like it and/or if you make one yourself. I promise it’ll make YOU feel happy making it and make others happy when they see it hanging on your door.
Mrs. DeCLAIREing Happiness