One of my favorite characters of our new home is the fireplace with a great big mantle. I have always wanted a mantle to decorate. I pretty much already have it decorated up in my head for Christmas next year but struggled with what to do with it now. I knew I wanted to hang something above it to occupy the empty wall space but didn’t know what. We talked about mounting our tv there but decided against it since I wanted it to be more of a decorative center piece than eaten up by the tv. I thought about a mirror or a big portrait but ended up deciding on a wreath for the time being. I love the look of wreaths and how warm and inviting they make a house feel. I will pretty much hang one up anywhere there is enough room. However, pre made ones tend to be pretty darn pricey.
I love natural wreaths and though that it was a good option for the transition from winter to spring. Some of my favorites are bay leaf
or boxwood. (I love this whole picture. The only thing that could make this wreath any better is a big fat red or brown ribbon.)
So naturally, off to Hobby Lobby I went and I found a green bush that I liked for my greenery as the base of my wreath. So if you want to make one of your own this is what you will need:
- A grapevine wreath (mine was 17 wide)
- 3 greenery bushes (or more for a fuller look or a bigger wreath. I was trying to go cheap.)
- 4 stems of buds if desired
- 3M Command Strip and hook
- Floral Wire
- Floral Wire Cutters
- Take your greenery bushes and pull the branches back as far as you can from the center of the bush and clip it with your wire cutters. (There will be multiple stems on a branch if you are cutting them in the right spot).
- Once you have finished the greenery, do the same with your flowering buds
- Take your greenery branches and start wedging them into the grapevine wreath to secure them going in the same direction. (Once you get a good cover, you can go back and fill in spots that need it)
- Randomly place your buds using the same strategy (they are wire based so I bent mine to move with the direction of the wreath)
- Cut a 3-4 in piece of floral wire and bend it in half
- Weave it through a few branches of the grapevine wreath on the back and create a hanging loop.
- Place your 3M command hook on the wall at your desired height and hang!
I love 3M hooks! I may be possibly obsessed. They do the job and when you are ready to take your wreath down, there aren’t any holes in your wall to be filled. You can find them in hardware section of your grocery store down by the hooks, nails and screws.
Total cost for this project was abut $18.00 but I already had the 3M command strips handy. But still, ended up costing half as much if not more for something similar from most retail stores. And since hot glue wasn’t needed, I can change out the stems of flowering buds I use or completely disassemble it and reuse the grapevine base for a whole new look!