Interested in making wreaths? Do you want to make them for yourself or to sell but not quite sure how to go about putting them together? Well look no further! I’m sharing a series of design school videos starting with wreath mechanics. The first videos in the instructional library are based on the tools and basic mechanics of styling a wreath. I’ll talk to you about using proper tools, getting started with wreath prep, and how to get line and symmetry with your flower placement.
In part one of the video, I show the tools I use that can be found on the Tools and Resources page here.
The second part of the video I talk about line and symmetry and placement of focal flowers. I will be adding another video of how to finish off the wreath soon!
I put together a little video on how to tie a bow. If you always wanted to learn but thought it would be too hard…well, you might be right. Just kidding! It can be frustrating, but not the hardest thing in the world to learn. A few simple steps and you are off and running. Check out the video and let me know if this helped you learn!
Having a dinner party and forgot to pick up flowers? Well never fear, just head out to your garden and pick some fresh (and free!) flora from the yard. You can even shop in your refrigerator for a few delictibles to add to your piece. This design is simple, natural and flowing. I used things on hand to create this which include plants native to my yard –
Bradford pear tree branches
Crepe Myrtle Branches
I also used some grapes and a plum I had in the fridge. First step was to soak some oasis fresh foam and cut to size in one of my favorite vases.
Then I added the greens – Crepe Myrtle and Bradford Pear. I let the natural shape of the stems dictate the placement.
Then I started filling in the middle using the mums, verbena, and plums. Some of the items used had no stems or small stubby ones so I used some green wired picks to give them height.
I finished it off with the Creeping Jenny, grapes and succulents..
This fun skeleton wreath is simple, easy, & inexpensive to make! It only required a few items that were easily sourced from Michaels craft store & Target – links to exact items used are in the instructions below.
Wreath prep – 18″ wreath spray painted black, while the paint is still tacky, sprinkle iridescent glitter all over. Tip- do this outside! Let dry and then glaze over the wreath with clear acrylic spray. This will prevent the black paint from fading or bleeding caused by sun or rain.
Next, grab a few bolts of ribbons you like and make a bow. I used three in different styles of black & white but if you prefer more Halloween colors, go for it! There is no right or wrong just be creative. I made my bow with extra long loops to accommodate the skull in the center. Instead of tying off my bow with wire, I used a long ribbon tail and double knotted. This technique allows me to attach the bow to the wreath using the ribbon itself and left enough length to weave through the skull’s jaw.
Once I had the skull bow secured, I hung some gauze cloth behind the bow and wired in the top hand. Then I draped the cloth over the center of the wreath in different places. No wire or glue needed for the cloth since it caught on everything & wouldn’t let go easily.
I wired in the other hand on top of the gauze and glued a cute pumpkin into the hand.
The finished product turned out great! I had other items on the table to add but it really didn’t need more than this. I set this up on a wreath stand and decked out the table with a few other glittering finds from Michaels. The hand print gauze can be found here.
Although I am no longer a practicing florist, my love of flowers and arranging them has never faded. I also love gardening and harvesting the bounty of mother nature. Some of my favorite flora to plant and work with are roses, peonies and variegated greens of all types. Any ornamental foliage you can name I love! Typically I leave the flowers in my garden alone, save for the occasional pruning for health and beauty, but every now and again I can’t resist taking a few of the really showy ones indoors.
If you want to create arrangements from your garden grown beauties, keep in mind they will only be beautiful for a day or two. Is it really worth chopping into your rose bush for blooms that will be short lived? Some varieties are bred for larger blooms with longer life on the stem, but even those will wilt after 5 days. Now, if your willpower runs dry, (like mine does), cut them from the plant with as little damage as possible and only choose the blooms that have already begun opening.
Here is an example of a gorgeous all natural, backyard grown arrangement I created for the young lady who had bought our previous home. I wanted to welcome her home and show her just how beautiful her new garden is, but also secretly hoped it would encourage her to continue caring for my blooming babies.
I used pink Peonies, yellow roses, variegated sedum, and lemon thyme to add some scent and create a cascade effect. When cutting the peonies, I took blooms that had lots of leaves on them to use as filler in the vase. The leaves also served the purpose of lacing, which held the bouquet together without using a tape grid, florist frog, or wire. I personally do not use tape grids and never have, I let the natural leaves of flowers to do the work for me.
If you want to grow plants that you can cut and bring indoors with ease here is a list of easy grow, easy cut blooms –
In a future post, I will do a video tutorial on how to arrange flowers in a vase without using grids or other mechanics so stay tuned!