You know that feeling when Christmas is over, the decorations are packed away, and the house feels so bare and boring? I’m sure the royals never have that holiday letdown because let’s face it, they live in a palace with some pretty fancy decor already. But at some point in January, I went on a redecorating spree and found myself on a quest for the perfect door wreath. If you’re one of my close friends you’re probably thinking, “OMG HERE SHE GOES ABOUT THE WREATHS AGAIN,” because I admit it became somewhat of an obsession.
Here’s the thing. I’m not paying $60 for a wreath. Especially because I know you can go to a store like Michael’s or A.C. Moore, or even a dollar store, and get fake flowers and a wreath form and spend less than half that. So the more I looked online, the more annoyed I grew. I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted for under $50, so I decided to make my own for Valentine’s Day.
I bought some pink and red silk roses and a small heart-shaped grapevine wreath and spent about $20. It came out so well and was SUPER easy, so when I took down my Valentine’s Day decorations, I decided to make a hydrangea wreath.
Here’s my easy, 4-step spring hydrangea wreath tutorial that takes maybe 20 minutes, tops!
Note: I bought my supplies at Michael’s using coupons and it came out to just under $30 total, but I already owned the wire cutters, ribbon, and hooks. If you just want to 1-click your supplies and have them show up at your door (I hear you, Prime lovers) I’ve included Amazon affiliate links below.
1. 18″ grapevine wreath
2. Four bunches of faux hydrangeas in two different colors (so 2 bunches of each color) and 1 bunch of small accent flowers. I used Queen Anne’s Lace, but baby’s breath or any other filler flower works just as well. The hydrangea bunches I used had 7 heads, so 2 bunches of each color worked perfectly, but if you use flowers with a different number of heads, or a bigger/smaller wreath, just recalculate. You can always add more later if you underbuy.
3. Wire cutters
4. A wide piece of ribbon
5. A wreath hanger or Command hook. I use the Command hooks and they work great, plus you can take them down easily with no damage.
Step 1: Choose a hydrangea and cut the flower’s stem with a pair of wire cutters (regular scissors just won’t cut it here – pun intended). You’re going to want to cut the stem fairly short, but not TOO short.
Step 2: Shove the flower in your wreath. Seriously, just shove it in there, don’t glue it or anything. Repeat steps 1 and 2 , alternating colors, until your wreath is full. Add an accent flower every so often to break up the hydrangeas.
Step 3: Faff around with the flowers a bit until you’re happy with the placement.
Step 4: Tie a ribbon around the top of the wreath and hang it up.
Now, you might be thinking “are you sure I don’t have to glue the flowers to the wreath?” I watched a few tutorials and they all used hot glue, and only found one where they didn’t, so I actually intended on using a glue gun. But as I was making my wreath, I thought “why bother?” A grapevine wreath is so densely constructed that the flowers stay in the wreath really well. And if you’re using a foam wreath form, you have to shove the flowers into it pretty hard. Believe me, they’re not going anywhere. My heart wreath was on my front door for about two months and not a single flower budged, even when I took it down and packed it away.
I actually bought two types of wreaths for this project because I wasn’t sure which one I’d want to use, but I quickly realized the hydrangea wreath wasn’t working with the foam wreath form I bought. They hydrangea blooms were too big to use on the smaller foam wreath, so I ended up using the 18″ grapevine instead. Since I already had the foam form, I went back to Michael’s later that day, bought some purple and white flowers and whipped up another quick wreath. I don’t love working with the floral foam and you really need a lot more flowers to fill in the space and not have the green foam show (you can see it on the side for sure). But I’m still happy with how this one turned out!
Have you ever made a wreath? If so I’d love to hear your tips!