DIY Craft Decoration: How to Make a Welcome Wreath with a Charming Bird House and Flowers
It's easy to make a cheerful welcome wreath using a basic wreath form, some artificial flowers, and a few garden accessories! This wreath project is fun to make and easy to personalize to your own taste, décor, and for any season. You can change the look of the wreath with your choice of flowers, colors, and details. Your finished welcome wreath will be a beautiful decoration for either the inside your house or for the outside on your front door!
I used a piece of garden fence as a backing piece for my wreath. I liked the shape and visual interest it added to my door decoration. I've been making a number of decorations using an old wire fence from our yard, but this is completely optional in the wreath design. If you would like to add a garden accessory to your project, there are a variety of styles and sizes of small trellises or fence pieces that are available at most home improvement stores and garden centers.
List of Materials for Wreath Project:
- small trellis or piece of fencing (optional) - I used a piece of fence as a backing element for my wreath, but you can also make a wreath without this item.
- a small wooden bird house ($3.00 for my local big box retailer) - if you would like for birds to actually use this bird house, you probably want to buy a better quality one than what I used.
- a wreath that fits around your bird house ($3.00 for a 12" wreath) - I bought a plain wreath, but you could also buy one that is already decorated and save yourself some time.
- a piece of wood, about 1/4" thick, that is the same size as your wreath - I used cork tile because I already had it on hand, but I would NOT suggest using cork if you want to put your wreath outdoors.
- coordinating ribbon to decorate your wreath, if needed ($1.00 per roll from discount store).
- a couple of bunches of artificial flowers in the color and type of your choice ($1.00 for each bunch from the discount store) - I would buy an extra bunch just in case you need it.
- adhesive - I recommend using clear Liquid Nails for this project because it dries slowly and allows you to move things around. I also used a little bit of hot glue for the ribbon on my wreath.
Directions for Making a Garden Wreath with a Bird House:
1. First, if you choose to use a trellis or fence piece with your wreath, cut it to the size you need and finish it (paint it, stain it, etc.) as you want. I used some wire fence from our backyard. I liked the rusted finish it had and when I trim off the connecting pieces, it was just the size I needed for my wreath.
2. Paint your bird house, using latex or acrylic paint, to coordinate with your flowers and wreath design. Then let it dry completely.
Here's a little secret - I actually sealed off the hole on my birdhouse using some scrap wood and removed the perch. Then I turned the house around, added a new perch to the back and painted a hole on the solid surface. This might seem a little weird or mean, but we have a bunch of hornets around our front door and I didn't want them making a home in my bird house.
3. Decorate your wreath as you choose. I simply wrapped some bright ribbon around my wreath and hot glued the ends together on the back.
4. Then trace the outside (just the outside) of your wreath on to your wooden board. Cut out your board, trimming it just slightly smaller than your wreath. This board will serve as a backing surface to glue your decorative elements to, but you don't want the board to show around the edges of your wreath.
I used a thin cork tile for my board, but I would not recommend using cork if you want to put your finished wreath outside. I think the cork will absorb any moisture in the air and start to warp and fall apart.
5. Next, squirt the Liquid Nails in a zig zag pattern around the perimeter of your board where your wreath will be covering it and leave the center area bare. Be sure to use enough adhesive to solidly adhere your wreath to the board. Then place your wreath on to your board. You may want to put something on top of your wreath to weigh it down while it is drying to ensure a strong contact with the backing board. Let it dry overnight according to the directions on the adhesive.
When using Liquid Nails, be sure to remove the nozzle if you are leaving it overnight. Put the flat top back on the tube and use a piece of wire or toothpick to clean out the nozzle so it doesn't dry and clog.
6. Once your wreath and backing board are completely dry, and if you are using a trellis or fence piece as part of your design, use the Liquid Nails to glue your wreath and board to your garden accessory. You may want to use some weight again to make a good seal between the wooden board and your fence or trellis. Then let these pieces dry completely.
7. When all your large pieces are glued together, it is time to add your decorative elements. Squirt your Liquid Nails in the center of your wreath. You can use a plastic spoon or knife to spread the adhesive like frosting so that the area in the middle of your wreath is completely covered with a thin layer of glue.
8. Place your bird house in the center of your wreath in the position that you choose. Press it down firmly so that it sticks to your wooden backing.
9. Squirt a small puddle of Liquid Nails onto a paper plate or piece of cardboard. You will use this to dip the ends of your flowers in before gluing them in place.
10. Cut the stems of your artificial flowers to fill the center of your wreath around your birdhouse. I suggest you cut your stems as you place them in the wreath. I made my stems longer (maybe about 3 inches, though this would depend on the depth of your wreath) for the flowers that were closer to my bird house. I trimmed my stems a little shorter (maybe only 2 inches) as I moved closer to the wreath.
After you cut each stem, dip the cut end into your puddle of Liquid Nails before sticking to your backing board. Having the glue on both the backing board and your flower stem will ensure a good bond.
11. Be sure to fill in any open spots with flowers so that your wooden backing board does not show behind your bird house. Then let your completed bird house decoration dry overnight.
The next day, you may want to give each flowers a gentle tug to make sure it is firmly attached to your backing board. If not, just add another drop of glue and stick it back into your arrangement to dry.
I think this charming wreath is a colorful way to welcome any season!
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