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How to make a beautiful summer door wreath

Adding a wreath to your front door is a great way to add curb appeal to your home. It also gives guests something nice to look at, while they’re waiting for you to answer the door. We tend to associate wreaths with Christmas time. However, wreaths have traditionally been used throughout the year, for many different purposes. If you’re looking for ways to jazz up your front door, why not make your own summer wreath?

Christy, writing for Confessions Of A Serial DIYer, states:

“There are so many new ways to create a budget-friendly wreath floating around out there, but I’m a fan of the traditional flowers-on-grapevine wreaths. Call me unadventurous I guess, but that’s what I like.”

Here are a few ideas, to get you started.

Create your base

There are lots of different ways to start off your wreath. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could create a twig base from scratch. This would involve gathering lots of small twigs and carefully gluing them into a ring. If this is your first DIY wreath, you might find this approach a bit painstaking. Another option is to purchase a ready-made wreath base. You can look for these online or at your local ‘arts and crafts’ shop.

Whilst twigs are a popular choice for the base, this look isn’t for everyone. If you’re looking for something more contemporary, try using a soft foam tube. Secure the two ends together to form a ring, then use the tips below to decorate it. Alternatively, keep things simple by cutting out a 2D ring from a sheet of craft card.

Choose the base that best suits your style, then get ready to decorate…

Decorate your wreath

Now comes the fun part- decorating your door wreath! As this is a summer wreath, you might want to incorporate some seasonal flowers. These could be real, fresh flowers or faux flowers from a craft shop. Whilst real flowers will look and smell lovely, they will of course wilt. So if you plan to display your wreath for the whole season, faux flowers might be a better choice. You can also add other craft items, such as ribbons, beads, or feathers. If you want to create a rustic look, try adding some hessian ribbons or twine. These would look especially nice with warm coloured flowers, like sunflowers.

Make it personal

Once you’ve decorated your wreath, think about some ways to add a unique, personal touch. One idea is to theme the decorations around your favourite colour. Alternatively, each member of the family could choose an ornament for the wreath. That way, there’s something on the front door, to represent each person in your home. You could also add a monogram letter or number, for example your house number.

Top tips:

  • If your front door is exposed to the elements, make sure you choose craft items which won’t be damaged too much by wind and rain.
  • Remember that your wreath will be visible to the public, so it’s best to avoid including any personal information or photographs in your design.

[Photo by cocoparisienne]