As I gaze out of the window, it’s hard to believe that Wednesday was the start of spring. Well… according to the weatherman, anyway.
It’s grey, it’s dismal and we’ve even had snow. Ugh! Perhaps it’s time the weathermen realigned their expectations with the seasons rather than calendar months and welcomed spring the way our ancestors did… with the Equinox.
OK, so real spring may still be a few weeks off, but that doesn’t stop us from bringing some new season goodness into our homes. Any excuse to banish winter, right? I can already feel the lure of the garden and I’m itching to launch into a spot of spring-cleaning.
Maybe tomorrow! For today, I feel in need of a little bright and sunny, so I made a lovely spring wreath for my mantel.
What I used:
- Rattan Wreath (Hobbycraft) – You could also use a polystyrene wreath form
- Silk floral spray – I got mine at the local garden centre
- Wire cutters or strong scissors
- Florist wire or glue
- Hot glue gun or superglue
- Decorative eggs or other seasonal accents
- Spring banner (optional) – I made mine using the Cricut, but you could easily make one of your own, or use something shop-bought
How to make a spring wreath
- Ready your supplies and power up your glue gun
- Using wire cutters or strong scissors, snip the flowers you want from the spray – I kept some on stalks and removed the heads and leaves from others
- Arrange your flowers on the wreath and hold in place with florist wire and/or glue
- Cover any visible florist wire with strategically placed leaves and flowers
- Add seasonal accents – I glued a few decorative eggs onto the leaves, which also helped to disguise the holes left by the stalk and made a banner from card
- Hang using a loop of string or ribbon
- Stand back and admire your handiwork
How to make a spring banner on the Cricut
- Spring – #MBACF7 / Enjoy the seasons (subscription)
- #M46716 / The First Few Years (subscription) OPTIONAL
First, create your banner base. You could make the whole banner on the Cricut using a fancy banner label like #M46716 / The First Few Years (subscription), but I made mine by hand. It was so easy to make, I had it done before the Cricut could return all the results.
All I did was cut a strip of A4 card to the height I wanted, and create “ribbon point” ends. You can see the gallery below just how easy it was.
Back on the Cricut, I customised the spring text file to the right size, cut it on cardstock, then glued it onto the banner.
You could glue your completed banner onto your wreath, or you could do what I did – use the pointy ends to anchor it into the gaps in the rattan. Simple! To create a 3d effect, pop the banner out from the wreath by anchoring one side and then pushing the other side toward the middle of the wreath and anchoring/gluing in place.
This is the first time I’ve attempted a floral wreath and I’m pretty pleased with the way it turned out. Beloved was also impressed – he thought I’d been shopping again!
High praise indeed.
As always, I’d love to know what you think of this project Let me know, by dropping a comment below!
A hui hou,