That cliché about April Showers? Yeah – totally true to form this year. We have had a very wet April and just come off more than a week straight of rain and snow (sometimes both in the same day!) and today’s wonderful sunny weather has been such a welcome change. Hello May.
Spring is my favorite season from the slightly warmer weather and everything starting to turn green and grow to that uncontrollable urge to freshen things up. Around here Spring Fever has turned into what I am now officially terming Spring DIY Fever. Forget the Spring Cleaning, over the last few weeks I have been systematically giving my parents’ house an update. Painting walls, patching holes, even minor electrical fixes – all by my little self! As of last week I have completely repainted all of the rooms in the basement and have moved on to the upstairs bathroom this week. (Tons and tons of blog post fodder there – bet you can’t wait!)
In among all of that I have missed working on some smaller craft projects so I took some time out from the DIY and whipped up a knock of version of the Spring Tulip Wreath my mom has been eyeing at Pier 1. Or does that count as DIY too? Either way, I did it and am happy to share not only the wreath but also a quick tutorial for the wreath to – just for you! And did I mention it costs less than $20?
First item of business was of course, to acquire copious amount of tulips in shades of pink and white. The cost for silk flowers can add up really quickly so I hit up the dollar store. They actually have pretty decent flowers for $1 a bunch, but selection can vary quite a bit. The store only had 2-3 bunches of tulips so I picked up the most tulip-looking bunches of roses I could find too. The cashier thought he should point out that Valentines Day was long over – guess he doesn’t run into crafty wreath makers like us often enough 😉
Materials needed: 1 grapevine wreath frame from the craft storeand 10-15 bunches of flowers. At $4 for the grapevine wreath base and $1 per bunch of flowers that puts your total cost under $20 – as promised!
Once I sat down to work with the flowers I decided the roses could use a little tweaking to look even more tulip-like so I removed some of the interior petals, cut off that spiky green stuff around the base of the flower and removed the leaves. Not bad for a quick fix, eh?
Step two: grab a grapevine wreath form, heat up your glue gun and start layering the flowers onto the wreath form. I just picked a place to start and worked my way around the circle, making sure to vary the colors and flowers for a random effect. I removed the leaves from the tulips, but I do like the look of the greenery in among the flowers so I kept the rest of the leaves on the tulips and added in some grassy pieces that had been in some of the flower bunches.
Pretty soon the wreath looked like this:
Pretty. I might have to make one for myself next year. I just might…
Oh and in case you haven’t thought about it – this would make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift, wouldn’t it? That’s coming up in less than a week – can you believe it?!
As always, if you create your own wreath I would love to hear about it and see photos. Comments always welcome 😉