Decorating & DIY

DIY Summer Wreath

DIY Summer Wreath

When it comes to updating our home, there are many, many things on my to-do list, but a full front porch makeover is definitely up there. Our front door is begging for a fresh coat of paint (possibly in a fun, bright color if I can convince my other half!) and some new hardware. Oh, and we really need a couple of nice planters. And perhaps we could even squeeze in some seating too.

Unfortunately, I’d say that the chances of me being able to take on a weekend project like this with a three year old and four month old baby in tow are slim to none. Ah well!

In the meantime, I’ve been thinking up some quick and inexpensive ways to brighten up our porch, and my favorite idea so far has been to dress up the front door with this wreath.

Growing up in England, the only time that you’d ever see a wreath on the door was at Christmas. Perhaps things have changed since then, but decorating with wreathes was reserved exclusively for that time of year. However, I’ve noticed that here in the US people like to decorate with them all year round.

And not only that, but lots of people like to make their own. So I thought, why not give it a go myself!?

After a lot of time spent scouring the internet for ideas and inspiration, I decided that a classic style would suit our house the best. This DIY summer wreath was surprising easy to put together and definitely provides a much needed pop of color for our porch.

How to make a beautiful DIY Summer Wreath

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Grapevine wreath (mine was 18″ in diameter)
  • Floral wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Mix of faux flowers and stems
  • Wooden lettering (optional)
  • Spray paint (optional)

DIY Summer WreathStep 1:

I started by cutting the stems into individual pieces. Then I roughly arranged them on the wreath to get an idea of spacing.

I created a first layer with the smaller stems, by weaving each one into the wreath and then securing them with a glue gun. You can really use any kind of foliage for this part. I decided on white/neutral colors because I’m not sure what other flowers might end up on our porch this summer, but I think that bright blooms would be equally nice!

You can use some small pieces of floral wire to position the stems so that they loosely follow the shape of the wreath.

Step 2:

Now it’s time to add the flowers to the center. The ones shown here are peonies – one of my favorite summer flowers! I cut each stem at the very top and attached the three large blooms to the wreath using floral wire.

Finally, I used the glue gun to attach some of the leaves from the peony stems to add a little more depth and texture.

Now your wreath is almost ready (and actually you could just as well stop here, as it already looks quite lovely!).

DIY Summer Wreath

Step 3:

For me though, I felt as though my wreath needed something extra, and this cute wooden “welcome” sign was just the ticket.DIY Summer Wreath

I spray painted the wording gold… because I’m currently addicted to everything gold! I was thinking that hot pink or bright yellow would look fab too though.

Last of all, I attached it to the wreath using the glue gun. This part was a bit tricky and a bit messy, but I got there eventually!

And there you have it… Your own DIY summer wreath, ready in under an hour (a perfect nap time project in fact!).

DIY Summer WreathDIY Summer Wreath

I was quite pleased with how this one turned out… definitely Pinterest-worthy 😉

What plans do you have for summer decorating? Any suggestions for a quick porch makeover? I’d love to hear your ideas!


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  • Reply Jen | My Healthy Homemade Life

    I really need a new spring wreath. This is gorgeous! I’m going to make it! Thanks for the inspiration!

    May 10, 2017 at 1:05 pm
    • Reply Polly

      Thanks Jen, I’d love to see how it turns out!

      May 11, 2017 at 9:49 am
  • Reply Mary Leigh

    You did such a great job with this wreath! It is so classic and perfect for this time of the year! I made one before, but ended up not loving it because it was so bright! I love that your wreath is full of greenery and muted tones, but still really pretty and welcoming!

    May 10, 2017 at 2:31 pm
    • Reply Polly

      Thank you Mary Leigh! I was back and forth on the colors, but eventually settled on the more neutral tones to complement our house, which is quite classic in style.

      May 11, 2017 at 9:49 am
  • Reply Danielle

    What a beautiful wreath, Polly. You are super creative!

    May 10, 2017 at 7:08 pm
    • Reply Polly

      Thanks Danielle!

      May 11, 2017 at 9:43 am
  • Reply Karla

    How pretty! I think the gold “welcome” is a really nice touch.

    May 10, 2017 at 8:29 pm
    • Reply Polly

      Thanks Karla. I love the “welcome” too!

      May 11, 2017 at 9:44 am
  • Reply Elise Cohen Ho

    Our porch makeover will consist of a fresh coat of paint on the Adirondack Chairs and a cup of coffee to enjoy in the early parts of the day.

    May 10, 2017 at 9:26 pm
    • Reply Polly

      Sounds great Elise… especially the coffee! 🙂

      May 11, 2017 at 9:44 am
  • Reply Stephanie | Adventures in Aussieland

    I love how the wreath turned out! When I was younger I used to make them with my mum for all different occasions. But she seems to have the artistic ability because the ones I’ve tried since moving out have turned out a bit iffy.

    May 10, 2017 at 11:20 pm
    • Reply Polly

      Thanks Stephanie! I definitely want to try making some for other times of the year too now.

      May 11, 2017 at 9:46 am
  • Reply Sarah

    You are right, this is Pinterest worthy! In fact, I pinned it! Thank you for the DIY tutorial. This one turned out very pretty!

    May 11, 2017 at 7:32 am
    • Reply Polly

      Aww, thanks Sarah! I was pleased with how it turned out too 🙂

      May 11, 2017 at 9:16 am
  • Reply Yolanda

    I am in the market for a new door wreath. Might just have to make one instead of buy it! Thanks for the inspiration.

    May 12, 2017 at 1:18 am
    • Reply Polly

      You totally should… with your creativity I’m sure that you’ll come up with something fantastic! 🙂

      May 12, 2017 at 9:22 pm
  • Reply The Sun Mama

    Such a cute project!!!! I totally love this!!! 🙂

    May 12, 2017 at 6:54 pm
    • Reply Polly

      Thanks so much!

      May 12, 2017 at 9:22 pm

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