Lisa Loves John

DIY Ombre Flower Wreath!

Confession: Up until this past Friday, I have had my pine cone (aka, winter) wreath hanging on my front door.
This may not seem unusual if you live in one of the cities that had a snow fall this past week (what?!), but here in Arizona we've been pushing the 80s for a long while now.
So it was time. And I wanted a wreath that would transition well from spring into summer... so the most obvious option was a little DIY action!

This DIY ombre wreath is so easy and can be customized to fit whatever color scheme or flowers you'd like!
You only need a hot glue gun, wire cutters, fake flowers, and a grapevine wreath.
I picked a variety of different types of flowers, but kept them all within a color scheme.
Make sure to buy the flowers on sale (otherwise they could get pricey!). I bought my flowers at Michael's, and they were on sale for 50% off, and then I used a 20% off total purchase coupon (which could be used on sale items)... so I scored big time!

Begin by using your wire cutters and removing the flowers from the green stems (I cut about 2 inches from the head of the flower).
Save these greens to stick in the wreath once the flowers are fastened!

To make sure you have enough flowers (and to make sure you display them as you'd like!), lay them out around the wreath. This way, you can make adjustments before they are glued!

After you know how you want to lay out your flowers, spread them in a circle around the wreath. This way, you'll know where you planned to put them. (Planning... it helps, I swear!)

To fasten your flowers to the wreath, use your hot glue gun to put glue on the stems of the flower and then stick into the wreath.
By the way, aren't glue guns amazing?! I just bought this recently for my DIY Jute Vase, and I love how you can basically glue anything - I seriously missed out not getting one of these sooner! So easy, and super inexpensive!

When gluing your flowers, start with the front of the wreath using the largest flowers. Since the front will be the most noticeable, spend most of your time here. The inner and outer sides won't be as noticeable!

After the front of your wreath is covered, continue to glue flowers around the inner and outer sides of the wreath. Save some of the smaller flowers for the end to fill in any holes.

Once all of the flowers are fastened, pick your favorite greens and remove the leaves from the stems.

Incorporate the leaves throughout the wreath. I thought the greenery added a "natural" element to the very flowery wreath.

Add as many greens as you would like, and ta da! Your wreath is complete!

All in all, this DIY took about 2 hours and cost about $35 to make. It wasn't super cheap, but since I plan on using it from spring into summer, I though it would be worth the investment!
Keep in mind, if you buy hydrangeas, you will need fewer flowers since they are so large, but if you buy smaller flowers, like roses, you will need notably more. I did my best to mix both large and small flowers.
You can also buy fake flowers at various dollar stores. You may want to evaluate the quality, but if they look okay, then that is a very great way to keep the cost of this DIY down!

I'm not going to lie, I love how it turned out - the bright colors and ombre effect are so fun and will be perfect for both spring and summer!

Hang your wreath on a door hanger, or tie to the door with ribbon or burlap.

I'm already planning an autumn version of this wreath for fall!! :) :) Oh, fall, how I love thee.
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