Nothing adds a touch of natural beauty to your home quite like a gorgeous garden wreath. And what’s even better? Making one yourself! With just a few simple materials and some freshly cut flowers from your garden, you can create a stunning wreath that will brighten up any room or front door. In this step-by-step guide, I’ll show you how to make your own DIY garden wreath using a variety of blooms, including sunflowers, hydrangeas, and more.
DIY Garden Wreath: Getting Ready
The late-season garden is in bloom and the cool Fall air has started to sneak its way in, which signals it’s time for me to gather a basket of flowers and create a new DIY garden wreath for the front door.
This has become a tradition for me for the past few Falls. I hope you like how this year’s wreath turned out because I think it is my best one to date...it’s gorgeous!
What You’ll Need
- Grapevine Wreath (I’m using this oval)
- Fresh Garden Flowers
- Garden Snips
- Floral Wire or Tape (optional)
What Flowers To Use For A Garden Wreath
There is no right or wrong when it comes to making your own wreath from your garden! Grab a basket and your clippers and head outside to forage your garden and yard.
What you are looking for is a combination of different colors and textures of flowers. Don’t forget to grab seed pods, dried flowers, herbs, and greenery to fill up the wreath.
These small sunflowers are perfect for a wreath! The frilly centers are so fun, aren’t they?
One of the funniest flowers to add to your garden is celosia. There are quite a few varieties in lots of pretty colors. This celosia is named ‘Asian Garden
Have you ever grown artichokes? This is my second year but the first time one of them flowered! I didn’t even know they flowered!! Anyway, I just let it stay on the stem and dry out naturally.
The dahlias are for a vase not for the wreath…but aren’t they gorgeous??!!
Here’s what I cut to use for this flower garden wreath:
- Various Sunflowers
- Celosia ‘Asian Gardens’
- Bells of Ireland
- Artichoke Flowers(dried on branch)
- Flowering Oregano
- Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’
Honestly, I just walked around and clipped anything and everything that had color or a pretty texture to add to a wreath.
You don’t have to use so many flowers in your wreath, even if you only have 3 or 4 different things it will be pretty!!
Step-by-Step Guide to Making a Gorgeous Wreath
Once you have your flowers cut, it’s time to make your gorgeous garden wreath! Now, this can get a bit messy, and be prepared for hitchhikers stuck in your flowers!
I have a roll of brown kraft paper that I use to cover my kitchen island when I’m making something. Also, have a paper towel handy to scoop up any bugs that snuck in on your flowers.
For my wreath, I am using a large oval grapevine wreath. A round one is perfectly fine too or even a pretty twig wreath! Use what you have, I take apart and reuse my wreaths after the season.
Adding Flowers to The Wreath
Start with a larger flower first, like a sunflower, and attach it to the wreath on the left side near the middle. To secure the flowers to the wreath I tucked the stems between grapevines.
There is no need for hot glue, but have floral wire or tape handy for any of the weaker stems. You may or may not need it, I did not for this wreath.
After that first flower, I started to tuck other flowers around the sunflower working my way up the left side of the wreath. Keep in mind how the colors work together, try to get contrasting colors next to each other.
While I was adding flowers and the other materials I played around with the textures a bit to make the wreath more interesting. Like, I love how the dried artichoke flower next to the bluish-green hydrangea looks, so interesting!
When I got to the top of the grapevine wreath I kept the flowers going in the same direction so that on the right side of the wreath the flowers will be facing downwards.
Diagonally across from the big sunflower on the left side of the wreath, I added another big sunflower to even out the look of the wreath.
It is easiest to add your larger flowers and then fill in around them with smaller stems. Afterward, go back and add small fillers like celosia, lavender stems, or other herbs to fill in the holes.
Fun Fillers To Try In A Wreath
Use a little imagination when gathering materials from your garden! Herbs make fantastic additions to a wreath, plus they smell good and dry nicely!
For this wreath, I gathered sage, oregano that was flowering, and lavender.
Finishing Up The Garden Wreath
This is the type of wreath where you fill it in, stand back to look at it, and then fill in any of the spots you think need “something”.
Honestly, for me, it helped to hang it on the front door and check it out. Once I did that I realized exactly what spots needed to be spruced up.
DIY Garden Wreath on Front Door
WOW! That’s all I can say! I think the wreath came out gorgeous!!! We have had a pretty rainy and lousy garden season here in New England but now I’m finally getting some beautiful blooms.
There’s no better way to enjoy some of my garden flowers than to make a wreath to hang on my front door so I can keep looking at them. The flowers will naturally dry out over time and last longer than if I just put a bouquet in a vase.
A Few Care Tips.
- Direct sunlight will fade the flowers.
- Garden wreaths may drop seeds or petals.
- Don’t be surprised if a bird or bee comes to visit the wreath, I have a screen door so I don’t have to worry about that.
- This isn’t a “forever” wreath, plan on it just for the Fall season.
Earlier, I mentioned that this is a yearly tradition for me to gather flowers from that year’s garden and craft a wreath. Here are some of my previous ones:
Other Flower Garden Wreath Ideas
Along with flowers from the garden, I added pheasant feathers and pieces of wheat to this wreath and finished with a chiffon ribbon.
This year was a good year for hydrangeas in my garden! Also, it was my first year growing strawflowers and I was enamored with them.
Fall came quickly this year! For this foraged flower wreath I also added cutting from the pine trees around my house and pinecones.
Even though the gardening season is winding down for another year, it’s fun to do one more project using flowers.