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Romancing the Home – DIY Spring Wreath

Can you believe that we are in September already?! There are signs of spring everywhere, even though the weather is still rather cold and wet… Today’s post is the first in our new “Romancing the Home” series and is about bringing a bit of that spring into your home – a DIY spring wreath! And yes, I do use faux florals (insert *gasp* here) – I have evidence of it all through my Instragram account as well as on a post or two here 😉

I’m going to be honest with you, as much as I love fresh flowers, my budget does not allow for too many of these purchases. Faux may be a bit more expensive initially, but you can grow your collection slowly. Before you know it, you will be spoiled for choice and you won’t even need to leave the house to find inspiration! You will also have no idea where you are going to store your collection, but that is a story for another day!

The only purchase that I made for this wreath were some new faux flowers from Sheet Street. 50 bucks for 6 flowers (or USD 3.40)? Not bad!

To create this DIY spring wreath, you will need:

  • Grapevine wreath in the size of your choice; I got mine last year from Bunches for Africa

    Grapevine wreath - DIY spring wreath - Sawdust and High Heels
    Choose a grapevine wreath in the desired size.
  • Faux Gum leaf bunch, which you can find at Mr Price Home. I had cut mine down and used about 6 of the smaller stems, so I think that 1 to 2 bunches should be enough.

    Gum leaf bunch from MrPHome - DIY spring wreath - Sawdust and High Heels
    Gum leaf (eucalyptus) from Mr Price Home
  • Faux leaf filler, from Mr Price Home. I used 4 stems.

    Faux leaf filler from MrPHome - DIY spring wreath - Sawdust and High Heels
    Leaf filler from Mr Price Home
  • 1 bunch of these faux flowers, from Sheet Street.

    Peony and berry bunch from Sheet Street - DIY spring wreath - Sawdust and High Heels
    I initially bought 3 bunches because I wasn’t sure how many I would need. Turns out that I only needed one, so I’ll be returning the others.
  • Wire to hold branches/flowers in place where necessary. I never buy florists wire, I just use the wires that come with the glad freezer bags:
    Wire to secure the DIY spring wreath - Sawdust and High Heels
    Wire to secure the stems to the wreath

    Remove the paper from the wire to secure foliage on DIY spring wreath - Sawdust and High Heels
    Remove the paper and use the wire – cheap and easy!

This is the method that I followed to create my DIY spring wreath:

  1. Take your bare grapevine wreath and, using the foliage and florals at your disposal, decide on your design. I decided to leave most of the vine naked and concentrated on the lower left of the circle.

    Testing placement of foliage and floral for DIY spring wreath - Sawdust and High Heels
    Play with your florals until you have come up with a design that you like – this is the rough draft that I came up with.
  2. Using the gaps in the wreath, thread a faux leaf filler stem, along the side, through the vines to secure.

    Secure foliage - DIY spring wreath - Sawdust and High Heels
    Thread the stem through the wreath.
  3. Insert the second faux leaf filler stem in the same manner, this time facing towards the right of your wreath.

    Secure foliage 2 - DIY spring wreath - Sawdust and High heels
    Thread the second stem through the wreath.
  4. Use your wire to secure where necessary.

    Secure foliage 3 - DIY spring wreath - Sawdust and High Heels
    Use the wire to secure the stem where necessary. It will get hidden by the next layer of foliage or flowers.
  5. Do the same with another 2 faux leaf filler stems.
  6. Towards the centre gap between the leaves, start filling in with the faux gum leaf.

    Threaded stems - DIY spring wreath - Sawdust and High Heels
    Start adding the gum leaf foliage to the wreath. You can see how they are all threaded through both the wreath and each other.
  7. Now you can start placing your flowers to your liking, threading the stems through the vines.

    Floral placement - DIY spring wreath - Sawdust and High Heels
    Place your flowers in the centre and arrange to your liking. I just threaded the stem of these through the wreath and the stems of the foliage.
  8. Once everything has been threaded, you should not be able to see any or the stems sticking out in the front; the back will look a bit like this:

    Final threaded product - DIY spring wreath - Sawdust and High Heels
    The back of the wreath, you can see how I’ve threaded the stems through the vines and each other to keep them secure and in place.
  9. And this is the front!

    DIY spring wreath - Sawdust and High Heels
    The (almost) final product – ready to be hung and tested!
  10. Once you’re done, hang it on a nearby hook and check that everything is sitting in the right place (and that nothing has flopped out of place); that gives you the opportunity to rearrange where necessary before hanging it in its more permanent home.
    DIY spring wreath 2 - Sawdust and High Heels
    A spring wreath and a white shiplap wall… I’m in love!

     

And that’s it – an easy, budget-friendly DIY spring wreath. The best part for me is that, when I get bored of it or the season changes, it’s a simple and cost effective thing to change. The basics remain the same, one or 2 new flowers or ribbons is all that it would need to give it a completely different look!

Now for the fun part – I’d love it if you would go and check out my friends’ wreaths as well! So much Spring inspiration going on!

Also, I would love to hear from you; do you decorate for spring? Or as the seasons change? If so, what is your go-to item(s) to change things up?

 

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