How To Make A Fabulous Wreath ~ A gorgeous wreath made from a larger willow wreath covered with green silk greenery and a smaller grapevine wreath covered with large white silk flowers, a large bow and a monogram letter!
This fabulous wreath may look challenging to make but it actually is quite easy. I had a lot of fun putting together detailed instructions and a step-by-step photo tutorial for you to follow along. Just keep in mind that when you are making a wreath like this you are making a larger wreath and a smaller wreath and attaching the two together.
That’s it. I love making projects where the final product looks amazing but the process for making it was super easy!
For this wreath I wanted to just work with whites and greens because I thought these colours would look great against my black front door. So with that basic design in mind I spent several months collecting the materials mostly because I wanted to save money by catching the sales and taking advantage of using coupons. The most expensive item was the willow wreath that I bought with a 40% off coupon at Michaels. I buy the greenery and flowers in bunches and take apart the stems with a wire cutter. This is a lot cheaper than buying them as single stems. But I do recommend buying the better quality silk version because you want your wreath to last a long time and they are a lot nicer to work with. I lucked out and bought the two different bunches of green leaves at the thrift store for $3.00 each. The flowers and ribbon were also all bought at Michaels on sale. I estimate the cost for making this wreath was about $60.00 which is a lot cheaper compared to buying your own of this quality.
Let’s get started! Once you check out the tutorial you will see how easy it is to make and you can have fun designing and making your own fabulous wreath with your colour choices and materials!
Materials Needed For How To Make A Fabulous Wreath
- 1 larger willow wreath
- 1 smaller grapevine wreath
- 2 bunches silk leaves
- 3 bunches of silk leaves (two with larger flowers and one with smaller flowers)
- wire cutter and ¼ lb (113 g) weight floral wire
- glue gun and stapler
- bow and wooden monogrammed letter
Instructions For How To Make A Fabulous Wreath
Step 1 – Larger Willow Wreath
Place the first type of silk leaves around the wreath in a circular fashion with the leaves going the same direction. As you are placing the leaves gently insert them into the willow wreath.
Now place the second type of leaves over top in the same circular fashion with the leaves going in the same direction. Gently insert these into the willow wreath as well.
Place your smaller flowers on top of the two sets of leaves. These will be placed facing towards the outside of the willow wreath. Gently tuck these into the willow wreath.
Using the wire cutter pre-cut about ten pieces of wire about 6 inches (15 cm) long. Use this wire to secure the leaves and flowers onto the willow wreath in different locations around the wreath. Bring the wire from the back of the wreath to the front of wreath. This little trick works because you will not see the wire once the second grapevine wreath is placed on top. Trim the extra wire.
Flatten and further secure the leaves to the willow wreath using a glue gun. Normally the leaves I work with are easy to glue but I found with this wreath I needed to staple the leaves in a few places together too. This isn’t my first choice because the staples might be visible but the three or four staples I used are fairly well hidden.
Step 2 – Smaller Grapevine Wreath
Place the silk flowers on top of the wreath leaving a space for the ribbon and monogrammed letter. Gently insert the floral stems into the grapevine wreath. I chose to randomly place the two different flowers on this wreath. You may have to trim the stems a bit if they are sticking out too much at the back of the wreath.
Using the wire cutter pre-cut about 8 pieces of floral wire about 6 inches (15 cm) long. Use this wire to secure the flowers onto the grapevine wreath. This time bring the wire from the front of the wreath and secure it in the back of the wreath. Since you are working at the front of the wreath try to tuck this wire in behind the flowers and leaves if possible so the wire is not visible. Trim the extra wire.
Further secure the flowers by gluing the flowers’ leaves in a few places around the grapevine wreath.
Step 3 – Attaching The Two Wreaths
Place the smaller grapevine wreath on top of the larger willow wreath in the center. Pre-cut four wire lengths about 8 inches (20 cm) long. These will be extra long but it will be easier to work with. The excess wire will be trimmed afterwards. Secure the two wreaths together by working from the front to the back of the wreath again trying to hide the wire behind the leaves or flowers so it isn’t visible.
Step 4 – Bow And Letter Initial
For this wreath I made a large bow using white sheer wired ribbon and burlap ribbon. Both ribbons were 2 ½ inches (6 cm) wide). If you want to learn how to make a bow like this I wrote another detailed photo tutorial titled How To Make A Big Bow Photo Tutorial that will really help you out.
I attached the black monogrammed letter on top of the bow with a few stitches in three different places to the burlap ribbon using black thread. You will only see the thread if you look very carefully.
That’s it! That’s how to make a double wreath for the summer do decorate your front door!
Here are some different photographs of the completed wreath. There are quite a few because I couldn’t decide which ones to use but it does give you a pretty good idea as to how fabulous this wreath looks when it is finished.
This is what it looks like as you walk up to my front door! You can see I used the extra burlap ribbon to make a big bow for my coordinating white and green outdoor container garden in a black pedestal urn that I have had for years.
I really hope you are inspired to make your own fabulous wreath to spruce up your front door for many years to come! I would love to hear your ideas!
Here are two other wreaths I made using the same technique that you might want to check out too…