I’ve always envied those adorable summer wreaths that people hang on their front doors. There’s something so sweet and inviting about them. But I have no wish to spend $45+ on a wreath or devote hours to making a fancy one. As fun as summers are, they’re busy and I just don’t have that kind of time.
So I created a DIY summer wreath that cost me only $5 and one hour of my time.
- Grapevine wreath – You can find these online from $1.50-$15.00.
- Felt – color of your choice – I only needed 2 sheets.
- Hot glue gun
- Thin tip marker
- Something round
You need something round to trace onto your felt. It needs to be about the size of a CD. Not want to sacrifice any of my CDs, I used a candle. You need as many circles as you want flowers. I choose seven.
Cut each of the circles into a spiral. Start thicker on the outside and get a little thinner on the inside. Mine each had about three rings.
Now to create the felt flowers! I held on to the little round piece at the center, put a dot of glue just above my finger and folded the felt over. I kept wrapping the felt spiral around and putting dots of glue on the flat sides, which eventually helped it round out. After the first two or three rounds, I folded that little tab over and glued it inside the flower.
As the flower got bigger, I would add a short line of glue every half to three-quarter wrap. As you wrap, try to keep the bottom as flat as possible. This will help in the next step. Your flower will look something like this:
Aren’t they just so cute? You can also glue them to barrettes, headbands, pins, etc. for a cute summer accessory.
After creating all the flowers, I laid them all out on the wreath. I suggest doing this rather than gluing them as you finish them because then you’ll have a chance to make any needed adjustments. Then I covered the bottom with glue and held the flower to its spot on the wreath for at least 30 seconds. As I added each of the next flowers, I added glue between flowers and around their bases.
When I’d glued on all seven flowers, I flipped the wreath over. As you’re glueing a lot of the hot glue will seep through the grape vines, this allows what’s not already dry to seep back where it belongs. I added a bit more glue to the back where I could reach and allowed at least five minutes for it to dry.
You have a beautiful summer wreath for your front door or interior decorating. If you move really fast and know your way around a glue gun (I always manage to burn my fingers), you can probably finish this during the span of one of your favorite episodes.
What summer projects have you got on your to-do list? What colors would you like to use for your wreath? Do you have any other fast and festive craft ideas I should check out?