It’s that time of year again when we all need a bit of spring. Valentine’s is over and it is time to make some spring vignettes for the shop. I have been smitten by these huge oval grapevine wreath bases and when I saw them at Hobby Lobby I knew what I would be making.
When I make a wreath the first thing I do is compile and cut all the ingredients laying them on the wreath base till I like the effect of the colors and texture. This is so important if you are gluing your stems down since things get really messy when you have to take them out and re-arrange them.
After I like they way it looks, I take everything off and separate the flowers and foliage into piles. That way I can see how many I have used so I know how much to charge for the wreath.
Before I start to add flowers, I look at the base and decide which side is going to be best without any flowers since this is a one half design then I turn the wreath base the way I like it. Now is time to add a hanger to the back with a 22 gauge wire, securing it around as much of the wreath as possible.Right after you make the hanger be sure to put a ribbon on it so you can find the hanger, can’t tell you how much time I have spent looking for the hanger when I want to hang my wreaths!
Next I take the largest foliage leaves and use that as my base settings the shape of the wreath.I push the ends of the ferns into the grapevine wreath and then I take a roll of wire and wrap wire around the base encompassing the first layer of greenery and continuing around everywhere I am going to add flowers or foliage.
Each stem is woven through the wire that I wrapped around and then after I have added a few other leaves I begin to use my glue gun to make sure everything is nice and tight.
I continue to add stems gluing and hiding the glue with the next stem I add, so everything on the wreath is double strong.
Because I already did a mock-up of my wreath, I know exactly where I want the bow so I leave a space for it as I shape the wreath. It is important to hold your wreath up as you are working to make sure it looks like you want it to when hung. As you add more and more stems the space between the foliage is smaller and you may have to use needle nose pliers to get the stem exactly where you want it and weave them in tightly.
Until next time Cheers