Happy Easter Monday Everyone! Today, I am excited to be sharing my latest DIY: How to Make a Pretty (faux) Wildflower Wreath. I’ve been really inspired by all the lovely, delicate wildflower wreaths (and crowns) that have been popping up all over Pinterest. And, quite honestly, I am not surprised by their popularity. The beauty of using wildflowers is that no two are alike. Their delicate structures lend themselves to beautifully raw creations that are so lovely and unique that it’s really hard not to fall in love with them. Trends aside, however, I have always been a fan of wildflowers. Before getting married, hubby and I often discussed our hope of having our future home’s backyard lined with them. And while I love how our backyard is turning out (see “Our Patio in Progress”), there is definitely room for some wildflowers back there.
In the meantime, until we get around to planting those wildflowers, I thought I’d use synthetic alternatives for a few of my crafts this year. In fact, it was during a recent trip to pick up supplies for another craft project that I saw a whole display of them (and on sale, too!). I decided to make a return trip to purchase several varieties – enough for a few craft projects. Don’t be surprised if you see wildflowers pop up in a few more posts 😉
So if you are looking for a way to incorporate the wildflower trend in your home, creating a simple, delicate wreath to display is a great way to begin. The following is an easy step-by-step tutorial on how you can make a pretty (faux) wildflower wreath of your very own.
- Assorted, synthetic wildflowers
- Vine-wrapped wire (to make the wreath form)
- Floral wire
- Wire clippers
Step 1: Shape Your Wreath
For this wreath form, you will be using vine-wrapped wire. Vine-wrapped wires are available at any craft store and are one of my new favourite materials for creating delicate wreath forms. They are natural in appearance and are quite pliable and, therefore, easy to manipulate with just your hands. Just be careful not to load this wreath with a lot of weight as it is intended for light-weight materials only.
Using your wire clippers, determine the desired size of your wreath…
…and clip off the roll.
I had enough to create a wreath that measured approximately 16 inches wide, with extra to spare. Better to cut too much than too little. In fact, make sure that the ends overlap significantly so that you can twist them together.
After you’ve twisted the ends together, begin shaping your wreath using your fingers to create a circle.
Step 2: Attaching the Leaves
If you have big fat leaves or ones that fan out, like I had, these can form the base of the wreath. Begin by clipping these off the main stem. The ones in this wreath were about 3-4 inches long.
To attach each leaf structure, you will need to clip off a small bit of floral wire (about 2-3 inches is plenty).
Begin attaching the leaves by wrapping the floral wire around each stem and onto the wreath form.
If you don’t have large leaves, you can still create a nice base by grouping together smaller leaves. I’ve also seen other crafters start with their florals first. You decide which works best for your wreath.
Step 3: Attaching the Wildflowers
Next, add each wildflower variety, one layer at a time. In this wreath, I first added the soft green bushy florals…
…then the happy yellow flowers…
…and, finally, a few blue/green accent flowers for some variety.
You can always add more accents, depending on how much variation you’d like to see. The possibilities are certainly endless.
Now, simply hang and enjoy!
If you’d like, you can even add a delicate ribbon to finish off your wreath.
I am really happy with the way this wreath turned out. If you are eager to try your hand at a wildflower wreath that will last more than a few days, why not try a pretty, faux version?
Hope you give this one a go. I’d love to see your own creations 🙂
Happy wreath-making 🙂