Hi everyone! I have to start off by confessing something to you guys; before this week I hadn’t made a wreath in a really long time, like not since my six and a half year old was a baby! I know, I was majorly slacking on the wreath making game, but now I’m back in it, and I have to say, I may be a little hooked now. Okay, fine, maybe a lot hooked! My point to this is that you just may be getting a lot of DIY wreath tutorials coming your way in the future. In my defense, it’s because I love them and want them pretty much everywhere around my house, but they are so dang expensive these days. I saw a pretty average version of this wreath for $80 in the store the other day! Say what!? Even more reason to love this new wreath I made for the spring/summer!! I love it so much that I’ve decided to hang it in my kitchen above the stove right where everyone can see it! I don’t plan for it to go there, but I love how it looked with my blue hood.
Did that picture just make you so excited to get started, because it’s kinda making me want to make another one!?
So let’s do this already, shall we!?
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Here is what you’ll need:
- Foam Wreath Form *I cut mine thinner so I didn’t have as much siding to cover. I’ll tell you how in the directions.
- Greenery of your choice *I chose the greenery from Hobby Lobby, number 857912, that was $6.99, and I got it for 50% off. I got three of them.
- Large and small lemons *I also got these at Hobby Lobby for 50% off. They come in bags and they are located close to the floral department. At least that’s where they were for me. You can also get them at any other craft store, and I have even heard of them being at the dollar store, too!
- Hot glue gun. If you don’t already have one, this is a good one.
- Hot glue sticks *Very important, as I ran out half way into my wreath. AHHHHH!
Now that you have everything, let’s get started!! Yay, for the fun part!!
Did I mention yet that I saw a lemon wreath at a store for $80!!!!! Just thought I’d throw that out there again to get you even more excited about starting this project!
- Gather up all your materials. When I first started crafting I found a clearance table cloth, and that is what I use for any potentially messy project for the kids and I. That is what I put all my materials on. You’ll see pictures of it below.
- Plug in your hot glue gun and have those extra sticks conveniently ready to be used.
- If you bought the foam form like me, then I would recommend cutting it thinner so you have less siding to cover. I took a ruler and made a little mark around the whole thing at 1/4 inch. I then took a knife and cut around the whole thing. If you are good with a saw, that would probably be a lot easier.
- Cut off all of the branches from one stem so you have a bunch of what’s pictured below.
- Start with only your long branches. Take the sharper, sturdier side of the branch and press it into the back of the foam near the edge. I would then glue that area that you poked the end of the branch into to help secure that branch. Then wrap it around spreading it as far as it will go heading towards the inside edge.
- Once the branch is at a spot you like that would help cover the inside edge, glue down the last leaf in a spot that would cover the most amount of area.
- Continue steps 5 and 6 until all the long branches are gone. Here’s a picture of what yours should look like at this point.You’ll probably notice the paint on mine. I realized this is not necessary so don’t waste your time! Oh, and that’s the handy dandy tablecloth I was telling you about!
- Now it’s time to bring out the lemons! Yessss!
- I used the glued down branches as a guide as to where I placed my lemons. I started with a big lemon, found an open area that needed covered next to a branch, and then glued the lemon there.
- Then, you will want 2-3 small and medium lemons. Pick your small or medium lemon depending on the kind of space you have next to your already glued down large lemon, play with what direction you want it to face next to the large one, and then glue that down when you’re happy with the direction you put it in. You’ll notice in the pictures that I did mine all different directions, making it look very random, but that’s exactly how I wanted it to look. The picture below is to show you how I turned my lemons all different directions.
- Once you get your 2-3 small/medium lemons glued down, grab another big lemon and continue steps 9 and 10 until your wreath is full of your lemons.
- Now that you have your lemons in place, it’s time to fill in any spot you can see of the foam board with the rest of the leaves.
- With the remaining branches, cut off each individual leaf and start gluing the leaves any place you can see the foam board. Continue this until all the foam is covered on the wreath. I would even glue leaves on top of other leaf clusters if that ‘s what it takes to cover all the foam. The above picture is also to show you how I cut the leaves off the branches to have individual ones for coverage.
- Once you’ve finished gluing all of your leaves down, you’re finished!!! You now own your very own lemon wreath for way less than $80!!!
Now hurry up and pick out a perfect spot to showcase your new super cute DIY wreath!!! Here’s where I was going to originally put mine! Have fun!!
The Decor Mama