After the 4th of July, I took down my patriotic wreath and challenged myself to make a summer wreath without spending a dime.
I use my wreath forms over and over and after I tire of a wreath’s look, I remove the decorations, saving the florals that still look good, and of course saving the wreath form.
You can see how I store my wreaths here.
I raided my craft closet to see what florals I had on-hand.
The hydrangea were used a few years ago in a birch cone and were the start of my wreath.
The other materials were either extras purchased when making other wreaths or stems that I saved.
Just for fun, I looked back through some pictures to find the origin of some of the stems that I used for this year’s wreath.
This picture is from 2007. You can see a few of the stems from this year’s wreath were used from that arrangement.
I wasn’t that fond of that arrangement and distinctly remember taking it apart thinking that I knew I didn’t want to use it another year.
It’s fun to also compare what our entryway looked like then and now. Lot’s of change!
If I’d gone to the craft store to purchase florals, I probably would not have chosen purple as my only accent color, but purple was what I had, so purple was what I used.
When I make a wreath I like to wire my stems into place if I can.
Since a lot of these stems were short because they’d been used a time or two, I used a lot of hot glue for this wreath. The stems definitely aren’t going to fall off!
I’m pleased with what I made with what I had on-hand rather than running out to the craft store to buy a lot of expensive faux floral stems to use.
I’m going to enjoy this wreath for every precious summer day because they are going by fast and before we know it it will be time for a fall and a new wreath.
Black doors are very pretty, however one thing you might consider first is what direction your door faces. If it faces south or gets a lot of sun, black might not be the best choice.
Love your wreath!
That is a great point, Hallie. Our door does face south, so I might have to rethink this.
I like your pretty wreath! Very summery. We painted our front door black, but left our sidelights white. I like it, and apparently it’s supposed to bring you luck (having a black door)…. ;P
I can use all the luck I can get! If I paint our door, I think I’ll wait until late fall when it isn’t so hot.
First of all, YES on the black door. I think it would look great! Would that mean you paint your storm door too? That wreath it beautiful! I love the colors you used and how full it looks. Another wreath well done!
I’m not sure about the storm door, probably so. That thing is a beast to paint so I don’t even want to think about it!
I really like your wreath; thank you for sharing. I’m going to try to make a similar one myself.
Re painting the door black – I’m not fond of the idea but perhaps because of the accents in the wreath, how about a really deep purple for the door? I’ve seen that used and, perhaps because of the depth of the colour or hints of other colours, it looks great.