For years, I had a door decoration for each season. I loved decorating with evergreen and ribbon for Christmas (snowman the rest of winter), a wreath with flowers for spring and a different flower wreath for summer. Fall was a cutie patootie scarecrow. About a year after we got married, I think I just got too busy and preoccupied to care about what was on our door. That, and where we lived in those first three years to capture the wind and whatever we had hanging on the door would bang incessantly with the slightest breeze.
Now that we live in our own home, I’ve wanted to get some of my seasonal mojo back so where better to look than Pinterest? I saw a pretty popular type of DIY wreath that involved flowers, burlap and a letter (first initial of family’s surname) or a word in cutout letters. I decided I wanted to make something similar but most of the examples had stuff I just didn’t jive with, especially the burlap. I liked the rustic concept, but it seemed like brown fluffy ribbon to me. I didn’t want fluffy.
Considering I had made several of the wreaths I used before getting married, I thought “I so got this.” That’s pretty funny coming from me, though because I’m not what one would consider crafty. I set out to the craft store thinking it has to be easy. Just buy burlap, a grapevine wreath, some fake flowers, a letter, paint (I didn’t want white), and lots of glue. Right? Wrong. It was easy, but it didn’t even take all that. I love what I ended up with because it will be easy to convert for each season, meaning I don’t have to make a whole new wreath each time!
Let’s see how I made this wreath but first let me share what I ended up with:
What you need to make the flower door wreath
A grapevine wreath (the one I chose for our 36″ inch door is an 18″ wreath)
- A package of sisal rope (thin rope, usually found in the home repair section not the crafts. If you want to use burlap, don’t bother buying it from the craft store. Call a local chain restaurant that serves peanuts. The peanuts come in burlap bags and they will usually save them for you).
- Wooden cutout letter or word that you want to use
- Paint and paint brushes if you want to paint the letter (I ended up not painting ours. It was not stark white and trying to get a complementary color that didn’t clash with our red door or remind people of sports teams was too annoying)
- Wreath door hanger
- Fake flowers that are already in a cluster or ring of some sort (usually not with the stemmed flowers in the craft store. I found them on an end cap)
Making your door wreath creation
All in all, I’m pleased with the results. The cool thing is, the little things that bother me can be easily changed or fixed because I used no glue or permanent methods at all. This also means I can take it apart and change out the flowers/foliage to fit the season.