Last year, an adorable wren made a home in our front-door wreath, so needless to say, I was due for a spring wreath makeover. Let me tell you, it’s difficult to use your front door when a momma bird has attached her precious cargo to it!
After the chicks flew the coop, one of my boys turned to me with a look of total disappointment. He said, “The mommy will come back and ask, ‘Where did my babies go?'”
Isn’t that the truth, parents?!
Here’s hoping that this year’s wreath will be inviting, but not too inviting…
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The Demo Phase
Having weathered the Airbnb stay, my old wreath looked a bit tired. But like any fixer-upper, it still had good bones.
I had originally attached the floral stems with wire and hot glue, so it didn’t take much effort to remove all the pieces. I gave everything a good rinse with the water hose to salvage what I could for future projects. As it turned out, the hydrangeas made the perfect filler for my Easter cart display.
Materials and Prep
I purchased all of my floral stems at Hobby Lobby during a 50% off sale. It took lots of mixing and matching, but I finally settled on a combo of tulips, magnolias, orchids, roses, ranunculus, Queen Anne’s lace, freesia, pink field mini blossoms, ferns and bush vines. Whew, I should’ve done a “Hobby Lobby challenge” meme while I was there!
I planned to make the magnolias and roses my main focal points, with the yellow orchids and freesia as highlights.
This is the part where I raided my husband’s man cave to borrow wire cutters. I like to cut most of my stems before I begin, though I always end up trimming more as I go. Below are some pics of my stems after cutting.
To begin, I layered the fern branches and bush vines evenly around the wreath. I used floral wire, but any type of floral adhesive or hot glue would work.
When dealing with so many stems, I usually arrange 80-90% of the wreath and snap a photo before permanently attaching anything. Here, I started with my whites and pinks before blending in the yellow accents.
I removed some of the longer leaves (like those of the tulips) to add back later. Extra leaves from the roses and ranunculus also helped fill in bald spots on my wreath. They were like little floral toupees. No one wants her wreath to look old before its time, right? 😉
Spring Wreath Makeover – The Reveal
After affixing the yellow orchids and freesia stems, I added twiggy mini blossoms throughout. This gave the wreath a more whimsical feel. Hopefully, it won’t give the wrens any ideas about adding twigs of their own, though.
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More Wreath Inspiration
On a recent tour of local boutiques Laurie’s and Picket Fences, I gathered plenty of inspiration for my spring wreath makeover. Here’s a look at some of my faves of the season. I hope you enjoy making a springtime wreath of your very own!
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