I have been wanting to do a wreath update for my front door for a few months now. After talking over possible ideas with my husband, we decided that we wanted to go with hydrangea and a one-sided wreath.
I enlisted my mom for some assistance with materials, as she owns a flower shop. She graciously hooked me up with some blue hydrangea that she ordered for me, as well as some greenery and the burlap ribbon for the bow I made. While out shopping, I landed a great deal at Hobby Lobby on a grapevine wreath in a size I felt worked well for my very tall front door, so I figured it was finally time to make my wreath.
My husband and I were both very happy with the finished wreath and it makes my front door look so clean and refreshed! If you are interested in making a silk flower wreath for your door, I have included a tutorial for the wreath I made, which can easily be adapted for most wreaths featuring artificial flowers.
Tutorial for DIY Farmhouse Style Front Door Hydrangea Wreath
- Grapevine Wreath – Pick a size that is appropriate for the door you have. I have a very tall front door, so I went with a larger-size wreath.
- Silk Flowers – I would recommend purchasing silk flowers in bunches, rather than as singles. It tends to be more cost-effective and will typically include appropriate greenery. You can check out your local florist or craft store.
- Ribbon – You will want to pick a corresponding ribbon for a bow. I would recommend using a #40 size thicker ribbon that has a wire edging, as this will hold up better outside and maintains its shape.
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue – A high temperature glue gun is ideal because it will form a stronger bond, however, if you only have a low temperature glue gun, that will work as well.
- Wire and Florist Tape – You will need a piece of wire to create a hanger and a piece of wire for your bow. You should cover the wire with florist tape so that it does not get damaged by the elements.
- Wire Cutters
More than likely, your wreath will not be a perfect circle. Begin by orienting it on your workspace in the direction you would like it to hang. My wreath was slightly oval, so I positioned it so it seemed as symmetrical as possible when it would hang.
Create a hanger for your wreath by taping a wire with florist tape and inserting it through the middle of the grapevine at the top of the wreath. Pull the wire around the back and twist the piece of wire to secure it tightly. Then make a loop so you have a hanger, and twist the remaining wire ends around the bottom of the loop to secure it.
Next, you will add your bow where you would like it to be positioned. I learned how to make a bow while working at my parents’ flower shop, so I was able to make my own. If you know how to make a bow, fantastic! If you don’t, no worries – you can go to your local florist and they will be able to make one for you for just a minimal cost. You could also purchase a pre-made bow at a craft store if you would prefer. Use the wire on the bow to securely attach it to the wreath by wrapping each end of the wire around to the back of the wreath and tightly twisting it. Trim any loose ends of the wire with wire cutters and tuck the end of the wire back into the wreath so it does not scratch your door when you hang it up.
When you are ready to begin attaching the flowers, you want to cut them using your wire cutters so that you have an inch or two of the stem from the base of the flower. This will leave you enough of the base to make a solid attachment. If you are using artificial flowers that come with leaves, you want to put a tiny bit of glue at the place where the leaves attach on to the stem so that they don’t fall off. I would recommend using some pieces with leaves and some without, so it does not get too full of leaves, but still looks natural.
To add the hydrangea to my wreath, I applied a large amount of high temperature hot glue all over the stem of each piece of hydrangea, and firmly inserted it so that it was nested within the grapevine. If you only glue it to the top of the wreath, it is much more likely to come unattached with weather exposure. I put my hydrangea pieces close together so there wouldn’t be gaps. I also took some smaller pieces of hydrangea and glued them throughout the loops of the bow so that it looked like it was growing into the bow.
When I originally attached my pieces of hydrangea, I included some that had greenery as well. I then went back to add some more pieces of the hydrangea leaves around the edges. To add a little more of a color and texture variation, I then added some artificial lamb’s ear around the edges of my flowers and into the wreath loops. I think it really added a great extra touch.
Finally, to make my wreath look more natural, I took some pieces of the grapevine that had been sticking out and glued them throughout the flowers on my wreath. I felt that this made it look much more natural and like the flowers were growing on the wreath.
Here is the finished wreath up on my front door! I am so excited to have a fresh, new look on my front door that matches our farmhouse-style decor and only took a short afternoon to complete!
If you make your own front door wreath, I’d love to see it! Please share your pictures on Instagram or Facebook and tag me using @onecraftatatime so I can see your creations!
If you have any questions or comments, I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below.
~ Candace 🙂