Summer is in full swing and I’ve been eyeing two fabulous door wreaths since the very beginning of spring. If you’ve never shopped Frontgate then you’re missing out. They sell beautiful, luxury quality products that are unique for design and entertaining. Some of my favorite entertaining pieces like this giant wine bucket and my outdoor chaise loungers came from Frontgate. However, I can’t seem to pull the trigger on these two beautiful Frontgate wreaths (magnolia wreath and bella rose wreath) that I’ve been swooning over for the last 3 months. The original retail price to just one of the wreaths was $399.00 so I sat, waiting for them to go on sale. Folks, they’re on sale! You can now get one of my most favorite wreaths for “only” $239.97 (exaggerating the word “only” with an eye roll)! I’m not cheap, but I just couldn’t spend this kind of money on a wreath. So, this got me thinking about what a wreath really is. Introducing my summer wreath hack! 😉
To be very clear, I’m NOT really comparing the quality of my wreaths to the quality of the Frontgate wreaths. But, I do have to say that my wreaths turned out pretty darn fabulous and I’m more than proud of each one. You won’t believe it till you do this on your own, but this project was so easy and I spent less than 30 minutes to make each one. The BEST part of all this is that just one of my wreaths cost me roughly $67. Since I like to think of everything in terms of savings (because it makes it easier for me sleep at night), my summer wreath hack is a $360 savings on just one wreath!!!! First, let me show you the two Frontgate wreaths that inspired my hack. Each image is from Frontgate’s website and link directly to their page. If the cost doesn’t make you itch, but DIY projects do, then by all means, place the order.
Yes, beautiful aren’t they! I’ve been picturing myself swapping one another out between late spring through the beginning of fall. You can even take the magnolia wreath back out and add a big red bow to make it a Christmas wreath. Oh, the things I could do if I had endless buckets of money that needed to be spent. But, I don’t (long sigh). Instead, I headed to Michales Craft store to begin my DIY project that cost me roughly $142 in all to make 2 full wreaths (psssst…that’s nearly a $387 savings…lol).
The DIY Project
First, here are the finished pieces inspired by my Frontgate find.
Let me share with you the super simple steps to making your own beautiful door wreath!
Head to the floral section of your local craft store. Like I said, I purchased everything I needed at Michael’s craft store. At checkout I had two 24″ gravevine wreaths, eight green leafy stems, three purple (fuzzy) stems, seven pink florals stems, five magnolia stems and five eucalyptus stems. Michale’s always has some type of great discount going on. All you have to do is pull up the applicable coupon right from your smart phone and watch the savings happen before your eyes.
As gorgeous as the grapevine wreaths are, they are really messy. I took the project outdoors to a shady area on my grass. I began by sorting out the green leafy stems along with the pink and purple floral stems to one wreath and the eucalyptus stems and magnolia stems to the other wreath.
This part couldn’t be any simpler. Starting with just the stems, arrange where you want to place each piece and poke it into the front of the wreath. The base of the stems will poke out the back, but don’t worry about those yet. We will take care of those at the end.
Now, add your florals stems the same way you added your greenery.
Almost done! Turn your wreath over and weave the base of each stem into the back of the grapevine wreath. You most likely will be able to secure the pieces doing just this, however, if the stems are too big or too long to weave through the back then snip them using wire cutters. I had to snip my magnolia stems because they were too thick and bulky to weave through the back.
Last, flip your wreath back over after you’ve woven the stems thought the back and “fluff” the florals and leaves. This is a very technical term used to describe the basic action of pulling apart the flower petals and leaves of a faux plant to make it look more realistic. I have a bird door knocker that I use to hang all of my wreaths. If you don’t have anything to secure your wreath to your door then you will need to purchase an over the door wreath hanger.
Now, hang your wreath, step back and enjoy the view of your gorgeous (and inexpensive) new DIY summer wreath hack!
My take away here: Don’t let the price tag scare you from having what you want. If you don’t want to spend the money buying something, consider making it!
Hope you are enjoying your summer to the fullest!