Are you all as excited for spring as I am?! While I’m never all that thrilled about winter, I have been going a little stir-crazy the last month or so waiting for the weather to warm up. And yeah, while Iowa isn’t quite done with the cold weather yet, (seriously?! Snow expected this week?!) the beginning of spring does give me hope that eventually we will get to the warmer weather again…hiking, outdoor events, no more coats…I can’t wait!
With anticipating the warmer weather, and the official start of spring, comes the desire to take down all the winter decor and bring in some more color! Only one problem…The only spring wreath I made last year was this one for my mom. So I had no wreath for our front door! (I am also seriously lacking in other spring decor, but that will be a post for another day) It’s a good thing that I absolutely love a chance to try a new DIY project! So, I did what any aspiring DIYer does! I made one for myself!
If you have been with the blog for a while, or on my Instagram, you’ve noticed I tend to stick to the same style of wreath, at least for the base. Pretty much a straw wreath base, wrapped in burlap or yarn. This time I decided to experiment a bit and try a new base! So this is my first attempt at using a grapevine wreath. Overall, I think it went pretty well!
Estimated Time for Project: 1 hour
- 1 grapevine wreath
- fake flowers – I used 3 bunches of tulips, in 3 different colors. All but 3-4 individual flowers were used in this project.
- 1 roll of burlap, any color – I used brown, but a pink or yellow could look really pretty too!
- wooden inital – Both Draz and my last names start with H, so that seemed like a good choice!
- paint for initial
- Not pictured: glue gun, twine
- I started by painting the initial. You want plenty of time for that to dry before you add it on at the end! While that is drying, you can assemble the rest of the wreath. I painted ours a light purple, which sadly didn’t photograph very well. Just trust me. It’s purple!
- Trim flowers off of the bunches. I started out with pretty long stems (6+ inches), thinking that would be easier to weave through the grapevine. It ended up getting pretty stuffed pretty quickly! I started trimming them shorter about halfway through, ending up with 3-4 inches being a pretty comfortable length. This leaves you enough to weave through the grapevine without filling it too much. I trimmed some, added those, trimmed more and added those, repeating until I was happy with the amount of flowers on the wreath.
- Move on to your burlap. I made two bows first. Then I wrapped some of the rest of the burlap loosely around the wreath, adjusting until I liked how it looked. I did tie down one part behind the flowers with twine to make it lay a little nicer.
- If you feel the need to, this would probably be the point to glue any of the flowers that you want to. I considered it, but decided they didn’t need any. (I actually turned the wreath upside down and shook it around!)
- Using the hot glue gun, add your bows to the wreath.
- Using the hot glue gun again, attach your wooden initial.
That’s it! It’s a pretty simple process, but the results are gorgeous! I am in love with how this wreath turned out! I did learn a few things during the process as well:
- Burlap bows are actually much easier to make pretty than I ever realized! I have actually tried to make things with bows before and I could never get them to look pretty. This time, I had a realization that made them so much easier with a much better looking result! (I am sad I didn’t get pictures of this. I will try to get some next time!)
- I made a loop with the length of burlap, putting the seam at the middle in the back. Pinch the middle of the loop together and wrap twine around the pinched area a few times, tying in the back to secure. That’s it! It’s so much simpler than anything I tried before.
- Shorter stems are easier to work with than longer. I know I said that above, but it is definitely worth repeating. SO. MUCH. EASIER.
- Wire cutters for electrical wire can be used to great effect to cut the stems of fake flowers. I could not find my usual scissors anywhere…nearly dented my nice kitchen shears trying to cut the stems. I then called my dad, who saved the day (as always)! He suggested using some wire cutters, which we had just used in another project a week ago and I knew where those were. They were even easier than the scissors I normally use!
I am so happy with how this DIY project turned out! I was a little nervous trying out a new base, but it was so easy to work with and the result was beautiful. I may be making a few new grapevine wreaths in the future.
How are you decorating for spring? Do you like using DIY decor in your home? Are you planning on any new DIY decor for the new season? I would love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment below!