I have a simple, country home. It’s very informal and laid back. It’s also a work in progress (and will be for the next ten years, or so, I predict). I’m always looking for simple, inexpensive, and creative ways to bring more beauty and charm to it.
This past weekend, I spent a little time updating a wire frame wreath that is hanging on our front door. Using just a few artificial floral stems that I found (dirt cheap) at a local second hand store, I was able to effortlessly create a delightful, seasonal wreath that will grace our front door for the remainder of spring and summer seasons (at least I think it’ll last that long).
It was an easy way to bring instant charm and beauty to our home!
Here’s how I did it:
I started with a re-purposed picture frame that I put together a while back…
And some artificial flowers and greenery that I found at a local second hand store…
First, I fastened a wooden “W” to the frame with a piece of sheer, white ribbon. (I found the unfinished wood cut-out letter at a local craft store, and painted it a pretty, pale blue).
Next, I separated the wire stems from all of the flowers and greenery, leaving only a little bit of plastic on the end.
Then, I spent some time situating the largest flowers on the frame, in different positions, until they settled into a composition that I liked.
After that, I secured each of the flowers to the wire, using the leftover stem wires that I had previously removed. Using wire cutters, I cut off a small piece (about an inch long) from the wire stem. Then, I poked the wire through the back, center side of the flower, until it came through to the front. From there, I made a little loop in the wire, and pulled it back down through the center so that it was hidden from site, but would not pull back out of the flower. Then, I simply bent the wire around the chicken wire to fasten it to the frame.
… I repeated the steps with the next largest flowers…
…And it was done!
Here is the finished product, hanging on our front door…
I love the simplicity, charm, and beauty it brings to our homestead.
Why not make one for your own front door?