One of my favorite parts of spring is decorating. There’s something so satisfying about swapping out the more muted-color decor for brighter colors, flowers and fun patterns.
And my love for bringing out the refreshing spring decor doesn’t just stop on the inside. I love being able to decorate and add little pops of spring to the outside of our home too. In addition to a few live plants in cute little pots, a fresh layer of mulch and a cute doormat, is to add a fun seasonal wreath to the front door. It’s typically the first thing people see when they visit your home and really, a simple wreath can add so much charm to your entry way.
Since our move last year, I didn’t have a wreath that I was super in love with for our front door. But I did have an older and smaller wreath that dressed up the door of our apartment we had downtown.So using that and a handful of other supplies, I decided it was time to bust out the glue gun and whip up something fun.
Before taking you through a tutorial on how to make a cute wreath on the cheap, I’m well aware you’re not going to have the same exact supplies that I had on hand. But that’s okay.
Here’s some places where you can pick up wreath-making supplies for next to nothing:
Your local thrift store. The wreath pictured above on the right? That’s one I picked up at my local St. Vincent De Paul for $2.00. Sure, it needs a little TLC, but that’s exactly what you want, because typically they’ll run a little cheaper. Most of the thrift stores I’ve frequented will have some sort of former front-door decor, old flowers and plenty of dusty old grapevine wreaths that I’m sure they’ll be happy to part with.
Michael’s Arts & Crafts. The bushel of yellow flowers and the stems of green leaves I used for this project both came form Michael’s. Both were purchased during a 60% off sale a few week ago. Then I used a coupon on top of the 60% off for an extra 20% off. That made the bushel of yellow flowers, that was originally $7.99, only $2.56 and the bushel of green leaves was only $3.20 after the sale and the coupon.
Again, I know you’re likely not going to find the same exact thrift store wreath, so just let this tutorial serve more as inspiration so you too, can create a unique one-of-a-kind wreath that’ll have friends and neighbors asking you where you bought it.
That’s when you’ll be able to proudly say, “I made it myself!”
Alright, so here’s some of the supplies you’ll want to keep handy:
- A glue gun
- Plenty of Glue Sticks
- Wire cutters
- Bushes of artificial flowers
- Bushes of artificial leaves
- A letter for your last name (totally optional, but the ‘F’ I have pictured below is one that is coming off an old wreath and believe it or not, I made it out of a cereal box a few years ago!)
So the first step was to strip everything off the thrift store wreath so we’re essentially starting with a ‘blank canvas’.
What I did next was pull off all of the ‘old stuff’ from the summer wreath like my letter ‘F’ and some springs of artificial green ferns. Then I separated all of the flowers by cutting the stems off then finally separated the leaves into little bunches.
The next step in the process is really one of my favorites. What you’ll want to do is lay out your design on the wreath before gluing it down. Typically you’ll want to start with the greenery. In my case it’s the green leaves. I made sure there weren’t any bare spots, then glued the leaves in place.
I kind of pushed some of the leaves out of the way to add in my ‘F’. If you want to add an initial to your wreath, both Michael’s and Hobby Lobby usually have nice sales on the letters they sell and come in an assortment of materials and sizes.
Once I glued the leaves in place, I then added the spring of fern pieces from the old wreath. I then cut the flowers off of the stems using the wire cutters and glued them around the wreath.
TIPS: A rule of thumb is to have an odd number of flowers on the wreath, because you don’t want it to look too symmetrical, if that makes sense. It’s already artificial, so anything way you can make it look less ‘fake’, the better.
Also make sure you use plenty of hot glue. The last thing you’d want is to create a beautiful wreath only for it to be destroyed by the next big gust of wind.
So here’s my wreath completed. It took me about 20 minutes to make from start to finish and for under 10 bucks, I might just have to make more for all of the seasons.