I love making wreaths for our front door; they are a really simple project, and they add such a fun pop of color and interest to the front of our house! I like walking up our street and seeing how pretty the front door looks with a seasonal wreath on it. And making wreaths is really really easy! Today I’m going to show you, step by step, how to make a simple wreath in under ten minutes!
There are tons of ways to make wreaths, but my favorite is to use a foam wreath form and greening pins to stick faux flowers and ribbon/fabric/burlap to the form. This method is pretty much infinitely customizable, and you can use the same foam wreath form again and again if you wish, so it’s SUPER easy to switch out your wreaths with the seasons.
How to Make a Simple Wreath
- 10 minutes (time spent doing stuff)
- 0 minutes (time spent waiting around)
- 10 minutes (total project time)
- faux flowers (you can get these at any craft store or dollar store)
Step 1 – Wrap the wreath form
The first thing you need to do is wrap the wreath form with burlap, fabric, ribbon, or something to cover up the ugly foam.
Pin one end of your ribbon to your wreath form using a few greening pins, then carefully wrap the ribbon around the foam form until it is completely covered.
Add a few more greening pins to secure the end of the ribbon.
Step 2 – Add flowers and other decor
This part is totally up to you; there is no right or wrong about what to add to your wreath! You can use faux flowers, painted word letters, ornaments, baubles, tiny faux birds, or anything else you want!
I love using faux flowers on my wreaths and putting them on the bottom third of the wreath, leaving the burlap ribbon showing on the top two thirds. For faux flowers, I always choose a few with big blooms, a few with longer stems, and then a few long, swishy, accent pieces. The big blooms (the red and ivory flowers in this wreath) make up the bulk of the floral arrangement so I add those first, using greening pins to stick them down onto the wreath. Just pin right through the ribbon you added in Step 1!
I like to put the “taller” flowers with longer stems on the edges of the arrangement; you can see the orange flowers on long, skinny stems on the left and right sides of the main red and ivory flowers. I take the stem of the flower and slide it in behind the first set of flowers, then use greening pins to secure them.
Then I add the long, swishy elements last, at the very back and outside of the main arrangement. I think it gives it some visual interest to make the flowers off center and not perfectly symmetrical, so I usually only put these pieces on one side of the wreath.
NOTE: If you have your design really well planned out in your head, you can add these pieces first, since they are ALL the way at the back, and you have to slide the stems in behind both sets of other flowers before you attach them. But I find that I kinda figure it out as I go, so I don’t mind the extra work of doing it last so I can see exactly where they will look best.
Step 3 – Add a bow
The last piece I almost always do is add a bow!
I made a super simple tutorial video on how to make a burlap bow in just a few steps.
Once the bow is made, I use greening pins to attach the bow to the wreath form. And then it’s done!
Grab a wreath hanger and go hang the wreath on your front door!
Now that our front door has that little shelf, I need to figure out a better way to hang my wreaths; as it is, the wreaths stick out a little bit weirdly. 🙂
If you want to see a few other wreaths I’ve made using this same “formula”, check these out!
Sometimes I use a grapevine wreath form as the base for the wreath, and use hot glue or twist ties to attach decor items, like in the DIY Glow In The Dark Halloween Wreath and the Simple Fall Monogram Wreath below.
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