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It’s currently winter here in the southern hemisphere. While I do love the “hide under a blanket drinking hot chocolate while stuffing your face with comfort food” aspect of the season, by mid-winter I really start to miss the flowers of spring and summer. As such, winter usually signals a sudden obsession with decorating the entire house with artificial flowers. So when I stumbled across some old metal rings tossed out on the side of the road, inspiration for this DIY large spring wreath hit immediately.
This spring wreath is really easy. If you can tie a knot, you can make this wreath. It’s also a nice quick project. It took me less than 60 minutes to make (which is, incidentally, just enough time to judgementally binge-watch three episodes of House Hunters).
How to make a DIY large spring wreath
To make this simple spring wreath you will need:
- An extra large wreath form. You can use anything circular as a wreath form. As I mentioned above, my wreath form came from an old metal garden decoration that had been discarded on the side of the road.
- Wire cutting pliers (or good scissors)
- Floral wire
- A range of greenery and flowers. I used artificial lavender,artificial eucalyptus stems,hanging boxwood, and something resembling artificial rosemary (sorry, I cannot find anything similar online!)
- Two strips of burlap and some form of string (the exact type is not important as it will be hidden)
Step 1: Apply your ‘base’ layer greenery
To begin, remove any excess stems from your artificial plants. It’s good to leave a little bit of stem to tie your greenery to your wreath, but excess will just get in your way.
Once you have trimmed your greenery, use floral wire to tie your ‘base layer’ of greenery to your wreath form. If you are using large stems or branches, it’s best to secure them in a few different spots, if not for any reason other than this stops them dropping over time.
Step 2: Layer greenery on to your wreath
Once your base layer is attached, continue adding layers of greenery to your wreath.
There is no hard and fast rule to layering “correctly”. I found it easiest just to test a few different looks by resting my artificial plants on top of each other in different orders.
Make sure you save a small amount of greenery. You’ll want this to cover any visible wire/stems after all of your plants have been applied to your wreath frame.
Step 3: Add flowers to your spring wreath
A spring wreath isn’t a spring wreath without flowers!
I decided to use lavender. I wanted to hang the wreath above the bed and the purple hues of lavender match the purple sheets. Plus, lavender is definitely in my top ten flowers because, uh, have you ever smelt the darn thing!?
Use floral wire to attach your flowers to your wreath. If your flowers are heavy or very long, I would recommend tying them to the frame in at least two spots.
Step 4: Hide floral wire/stems with additional greenery
By now your wreath should start to look full and beautiful. At this stage, you’ll likely notice that you have something like this in the middle of your wreath:
To cover this up, grab your remaining greenery and cut small bits off. Tie to your frame in such a way that these stems are hidden.
Step 5: Add a pretty burlap bow to your spring wreath (optional)
This step isn’t really necessary but I do love me some burlap. I use a particular method to get nice full bows on my craft projects. Here is a terrible diagram I drew (apologies). The basic idea is that you use one piece of burlap to create the bow, then another to make the middle of the bow look better/to give the bow additional tails.
Snip the ends of your burlap to your desired shape. I like to use diagonal cuts on burlap I’ve picked up from the hardware store – this seems to minimise fraying/burlap dropping everywhere.
After realising how quick and easy oversized wreaths can be, I’m totally going to be making more.
If you made your own DIY large spring wreath, or were inspired by this post to create something similar, I’d love to hear about it in the comments!
If you like this oversized spring wreath project, please consider pinning it for later ♡