Saturday, 28 of March of 2015

Quick and Easy, How to Make a Fall Themed Dried Flower Wreath

Making a fall themed dried flower wreath is surprisingly quick, easy and inexpensive. Using a left over wreath frame (1) and some green colored Spanish moss (2) and wired ribbon (3) that I already had, as well as dried flowers (4) I either grew or collected in from a field, this wreath literally cost me next to nothing to make. Of course if you need to purchase materials, your costs could be considerably higher, depending on what you want to use and where you get your materials from.


(A) First gather what you need to make the wreath. I started with a large wire frame. This can be purchased at a craft store for a few dollars. (5) A spool of flower wire should cost less than two dollars. (6) Pruning sheers or very sturdy scissors are needed and some sort of material to cover the frame. I use Spanish moss, generally found in a natural grey color, the moss I used for this project is died a light green and a small bag should be enough to cover the frame. I have spent anywhere from $3-$5 for a bag of this moss. The flowers can be the most costly part of this project, but I grew the Hydrangeas, and the pumpkin on a stick in my garden. The golden rod was collected from a local field and dried in my shop. I only used three types of flowers for this project, but you can use whatever you want. Keep in mind when purchasing them, in order to do a wreath of this size you may need to buy from 2-6 packages of each type of flower. Dried flowers can cost between $4 and $10 a package. Even if you can provide one or two types of flowers without buying them, your savings would be significant. I have used over a dozen types of flowers in wreaths I have made in the past, but in this case three types seems to provide the texture, color and variation needed to make an attractive wreath.


(B) Next cover the wreath frame with Spanish moss. Although you will probably not be able to see the moss when the wreath is finished, it ensures that the frame will not be seen and gives the wreath depth and a professional finish. Loosely stretch the moss over the top of the frame. Gently lift the frame and moss and with a long piece of wire go around the wreath and moss with the wire, securing the moss to the frame, twisting it tight. With the remainder of the wire go around the moss and the frame loosely and keep going around all away around the circumference of the frame. It does not have to be extremely tight because wiring the flowers on will further bind it to the frame. Once you have circumnavigated the entire frame twist tie the wire at the point you started to finish.


Then using whatever flowers you wish, make a bouquet, (C) roughly the way you want them to appear on the wreath. In my case I am using the Hydrangea as a base, so I put that down first. Then I laid down the Golden Rod and finally the Pumpkin on a stick. I wired the bouquet together and then wired it to the wreath frame


(D). You repeat this process, making sure, as you lay them down, the flower heads of the new bouquet cover the stems of the previous bouquet. In order to ensure coverage or the previous stems, you may want to arrange the bouquet directly on the wreath and wire the arrangement down. This way you can ensure placement, coverage and create a unified look for the wreath. Go all the way around the wreath until it is fully covered and finish with a bow. You can tuck the stems from the last bouquet under the flowers from the first. If you do a good job of this, you don’t need a bow. But a blow makes the wreath look good and it is a logical finish.  To further ensure coverage, I put down a flower head of Hydrangea and tied the bow around it. This filled everything in at the end and blended with the look of the wreath.


(E) I used a wired ribbon bow, but raffia or paper ribbon work well with dried flowers.  Wire the ribbon to the frame. To hang the wreath make sure you wire surrounds the frame, twist a loop and finish it well to support the weight. 

Outdoors, in a protected area, this wreath should last between 3-8 weeks. Indoors, it would last a year, if put away seasonally in a box in a dry storage area it could last several years. Pests, dampness, fading flowers, mildew or dust will be what eventually ruins it. But until that time you will have a beautiful, festive and welcoming wreath that takes less than an hour to make.

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