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How to make a beautiful floral wreath

Updated on July 14, 2009
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A beautiful wreath hanging on your front door is a good way to say welcome to anyone passing by or coming to visit. Designing a wreath with dried flowers and greens from your summer garden or with flowers from your local weekend market is a fun and practical project which will take up very little of your time.

Silk flowers and other fake flowers may also be used. You could buy ready-made flower wreaths at craft shows or gift shops, but they are pretty expensive. It is much cheaper to make your own. The materials needed are not very costly and the wreaths are easy to make. This project utilizes very basic materials, including some that you may find around the house.

Besides flowers, and greens, you will need a frame to attach your flowers to. You can make your own frame or use store bought rings made of straw, Styrofoam, grapevine, oasis,or other materials. For this project, we will make our own frame with wire coat hangers. In addition to two wire coat hangers, you will need wire cutters, light weight florist's wire, florist's tape, flowers and greens, a sharp pair of scissors or flower cutters, and a hot gun. Since we are using wire coat hangers, you will have a redi-made curve at the top of your frame to hang your wreath up by

The first step is building a beautiful flower wreath is to decide what kind of flowers and greens you want in the wreath. You may use fresh, dried, or fake flowers. As you pick the flowers you want to use, be sure to keep a color scheme in mind. If you want a ribbon on the wreath, make sure you buy a a color and a fabric which will compliment your flowers. Fruit and berries may also be used.

Bend wire hangers into a circular shape. Secure with wire and floral tape.
Bend wire hangers into a circular shape. Secure with wire and floral tape.
Secure greens to base with wire and hot glue.
Secure greens to base with wire and hot glue.
Add stems until wreath is fully covered
Add stems until wreath is fully covered
Add larger flowers first, then smaller, then ribbon or what ever else desired. Secure with hot glue.
Add larger flowers first, then smaller, then ribbon or what ever else desired. Secure with hot glue.

When using wire hangers for your base frame, the first thing you will have to do is to bend it into the desired shape. Follow directions for wreath below:

  1. Bend both hangers into a circular shape and wire together with florist's wire. Cover with florist's tape.
  2. Cut several 8-10 inch long branches of greenery; such as eucalyptus, lemon leaves, magnolia leaves, holly, redwood, pine, fir, etc.
  3. Secure the branches to the base of the wreath with lightweight floral wire.
  4. Keep adding stems until the wreath is fully covered.
  5. Secure leaves with hot glue.
  6. Cut largest flower stems to 2-3 inches.
  7. Hot glue in place around the wreathe. Add fruit, if desired.
  8. For final touches, tuck in smaller flowers (like baby's Breath) and, if you desire, tie a ribbon at the top. You may also add berries and other small decorations at this point.

Let wreath dry flat on your work table for a few days. Hang and enjoy.

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    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      8 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Thanks, Journey, for comment.

      And, I was just thinking, with the Christmas season coming up, you could make wonderful Christmas wreathes with these instructions.

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      8 years ago from USA

      alekhouse, this is a fantastic hub. The pics of the wreaths are beautiful. Using a wire hanger for the base frame is very practical. Thanks for sharing.

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      8 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Linking is fine with me, any time. NP. Don't be afraid to try and make one; it's fun and it's easy to fix if you goof up. Give it a try.

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      Dolores Monet 

      8 years ago from East Coast, United States

      alek, I know that I was here before, but am back. Thinking about making a floral wreath, and your instructions make it seem so simple. It's ridiculous to admit that I am afraid of trying to make one. Am linking this to my Christmas wreath hub, if that's OK with you.

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Well, if you do try it, just take your time and not try to rush it and I am sure it will turn out beautifully. Thanks for stopping by.

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      blondepoet 

      9 years ago from australia

      I love crafts AH, although I wish I could make them, when I am brave I might just give this a try, and hope to God I don't stuff it up lol.

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Dolores, I liked the idea of the lavender too. It's my favorite fragrance. If you want a full wreathe, you will need to use a lot, but that would also depend upon the size of the wreathe. Were you thinking of making one? I've made several. Once you get the hang of it, it's fairly easy. Thanks for stopping by. Appreciate the comment.

    • Dolores Monet profile image

      Dolores Monet 

      9 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Alekhouse, great photos and instructions. I guess you have to use a lot of materials to really make a nice, full wreath.

      One of the things I love about hubs in general is that not only are the good ones informative (like this one), very clear with directions (like this one) and the comments can add to the hub - Princessa's idea of using lavender is a wonderful idea. I can just smell that wreath!

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Great idea. Let me know how it turns out. Thanks for the comments

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      Zsuzsy Bee 

      9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Alekhouse, nice hub. I have a lot of grapevine behind the barn. so I will be using that instead of the wire frame for my wreath.

      thanks for sharing

      regards Zsuzsy

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Princessa: Sounds great. You might want to spray the finished product with a light weight clear decoupage spray, since dried wild flowers and some herbs may have a tendency to sluff their blooms.

      BC: Think your ship would look great with a few wreaths scattered around.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      9 years ago from France

      I am thinking about using lavander -it's beautiful just now- rosemary and sage. Ohhh, I am getting excited about the idea. Last year we just used all our lavender for potpourri and for making dry bouquets so using fresh lavender for a floral wreath would be a change.

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      It would be beautiful with wild flowers aand herbs. I'm sure you'll be able to do it well. What kind of herbs are you using? I would love to see it when you're finished. Can you send me a picture?

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      9 years ago from France

      I would like to try this project with fresh wild flowers and herbs, let's hope it works, it should with your detailed instructions except that I seem to have to left hands when it comes to crafts... wish me luck :)

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      SP: Thanks for stopping by and leaving a nice comment.

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Chica: Glad you liked the hub. Is there one hanging on your door now, or do you wait until Christmas?

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      SweetiePie 

      9 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I made one of these in youth group years ago and it lasted for years. Very informative hub on the subject.

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      chicamom85 

      9 years ago

      I love the step by step and the finished wreaths are beautiful. I love a wreath hanging on my front door anytime of the year.

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Well, my dear, you'll just have to grow them in your back yard and dry them yourself. Unless, of course, you don't have a back yard. Thanks for the stopping by and commenting.

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      VioletSun 

      9 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Wow, you are a professional - this hub has beautiful photos, and clear instructions.  I would love to learn how make dry flowers baskets arrangements for the house, but couldn't find inexpensive dry flowers in my area.

      Thumbs up! 

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Anjal: Thanks, appreciate the comments

      GW: So, since the instructions are so easy, are you gonna try it?

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      Gypsy Willow 

      9 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Beautiful project, thanks for the easy instructions.

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      anjalichugh 

      9 years ago from New York

      Wow! That was so beautifully done. Pictures made it so simple. Thx so much for this info.

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      You are very welcome. And thanks for the comment

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      RedElf 

      9 years ago from Canada

      Nice hub. Clear instruction, very easy to follow, and lovely pictures. Thanks so much for sharing this crafty how-to.

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