I’ll admit it . . . I love the beautiful wreaths that I see every season. My other confession: I can make a lot of things, but apparently wreath-making is not in my skill set. I’ve tried, really I have, but mine never look as gorgeous as the ones I see in the stores, on other blogs, and on websites (where I could actually buy one of those amazing creations for way more $$$ than I have in my budget for this kind of thing). So I keep trying to figure it out. I think I finally made one I like, although it isn’t nearly as elaborate and stunning as the ones that catch my eye every time I search for “spring wreaths” – and I always end up on Pinterest or Etsy where I just can’t quite measure up.
After painting our front doors this gorgeous shade of turquoise with white trim last summer (yes, we have two front doors . . . one from our kitchen out to the sidewalk to the circle drive, and another front door from the entry way out to our deck), I wanted to do something this spring to compliment the color of the doors. This is the deck door which has a pretty lattice-top entry that we installed last summer as well. This year the plan is to renovate the deck as the wooden part is really needing to be repaired and the concrete patio portion has a huge crack in it. We are looking for a good contractor who can do cement work, so hopefully that will make a huge difference in the appearance of our whole deck.
I had this grapevine wreath in my sewing room for a year or so, just waiting for me to get inspired to figure out how to make a pretty wreath. Then when I was looking at some other bloggers and their pretty wreaths, I came across one that was made simply from a grapevine wreath and white silk tulips. That’s it. And it really was beautiful! But I didn’t want to copy hers exactly (of course . . . but why not???) mostly because I didn’t want the tulips to go all the way around the wreath, and I wanted just a little bit of a pop of color to coordinate with my gorgeous turquoise door.
This past weekend while we were doing a bit of spring cleaning, sorting, reorganizing, purging, and generally recovering from winter, I took a bit of time to play around with this old grapevine wreath to see what I could create. After I pulled all of the blooms and leaves off of two bunches of silk tulips that I got at Walmart for $3 each, I started poking the stems through the grapevine, keeping them all clustered together on one side.
Then I couldn’t decide on what color ribbon to use. After trying burlap (which was pretty buy kind of boring with the brown grapevine and the white tulips and green leaves), I thought about red. I love red with turquoise, and I have several spools of red and white polka dot ribbon, so I thought about that for a while. I decided that I would save the red ribbon for a summer wreath (maybe even just recreate this one with different silk flowers and ribbons) when I could make a fun display for Independence Day or even a watermelon theme on our deck.
I finally found the wide fuschia satin ribbon and the white ribbon with fuschia polka dots, and decided that would be a great color combination with my turquoise door. So, with just a couple lengths of ribbon tied around the bottom to cover the stems of the silk tulips and a length of ribbon at the top to create a hanger, my spring wreath was complete.
Yes, I know it’s not like the kind you can buy for over $100 from this place called Pink Door Wreaths . . . but it’s a start. Who knows, maybe I’ll eventually watch a YouTube video and learn how to make gorgeous wreaths, too, and start another Etsy shop called “Turquoise Door Wreaths.” I’ll keep you posted!