Total Crafting Time: 2 hours
Tip: Make the holes in the styrofoam larger than you think you should.
I made my first wreath in December, and I loved it so much that I decided I should make more wreaths. When I saw a heart shaped styrofoam wreath at my local craft store (Fantastico) I picked it up before I even knew what I would do with it.
When I saw these pink carnations at the SF Flower Mart, I was sold. This project turned out so much better than I expected for surprisingly little effort (I mean. for a Wreath. they’re not like easy).
- Heart Styrofoam shape (I got mine at Fantastico, but they also have them at Michaels)
- 6 dozen pink carnations
- floral wire clipper
- paper towels
- thin white ribbon
- thick red ribbon
1. Snip flowers off an inch and a half from the bud.
2. Poke holes into a styrofoam heart. I poked the holes in two rows in a zig zag shape. I used a flower stem, but you could use anything sharp and pointy.
3. Tear paper towels into strips that are 1.5 inches wide and 4-5 inches long. I tore thicker strips at first, but then I started tearing those thicker strips in half because I didn’t want any extra paper towel hanging off the edges. For each flower, you need to dunk a paper towel strip into the water.
3. Wrap the wet paper towel strip around each stem.
4. Once the stem is wrapped in the paper towel, push the stem into one of the holes.
5. Continue to repeat those two steps: Wrapping stems with wet paper towels and pushing the stems into the holes.
Thread two 2 ft strips of thin white ribbon on either side of the point of the heart. Tie the four ends into a single double knot and trim the edges.
I tried to use my good ‘ole wreath hanger, but it failed me even after I used ribbon to anchor the wreath:
I mean it looked alright, but not awesome.
So then I kicked it up a notch with some thick red ribbon, and I love the way it turned out.
We have a little curtain bar on the back of our front door, so I was able to anchor the red ribbon around that bar. But if you have any type of coat hook, you could use that as an anchor.
Here’s the project in a snapshot:
Have you ever made a holiday wreath or a fresh flower wreath?
I have to admit the Hubs did give it a curious second glance, but then he said,
“Where’d you buy that?”
And I told him “I made it!”
And he said “Nice!”
He’s a man of few words, but that’s all the approval I need. 🙂
Happy Almost Valentine’s Day!