Here is a DIY wreath that you can leave up from Spring until Fall and it will work with the seasons. This is an easy tutorial using green artificial peonies, hydrangeas, and ferns to create a stunning front door wreath.
Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a DIY Wreath with Artificial Hydrangeas, Peonies, and Ferns
The options are endless when it comes to choosing artificial flowers and greenery to use to make your own wreath! Today I’m going green. My latest front door wreath was made with all green flowers.
This wreath was made with a combination of green peonies, green hydrangeas, green pom-pom flowers, and green ferns. Similar shades of artificial flowers but it created a stunning addition to my front door.
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What To Use To Make This Wreath:
This is going to be a big wreath for my front door. For this, I am going to use a 24″ grapevine wreath as the base.
If 24″ is too big for your door then just size down to an 18″ wreath and get the same look.
To achieve a monochromatic look for this DIY floral wreath I chose 3 different flowers in shades of green. For the main flower, I went with lime green hydrangeas, then pretty light green peonies to scatter through the wreath, and then small green dandelion pom pom flowers for a bit of texture.
For greenery, I will be using pieces of fern cut from a bunch that I already had and a few smaller pieces of fern I popped off of an old garland.
Preparing The Artificial Flowers
The peonies came in 2 bunches packaged in plastic. So before I started the individual stems off and fluffed each flower. Use your fingers to spread open the petals of the peonies or twirl the stem between your palms.
Same for the hydrangeas and small dandelion stems. I unpackaged them and fluffed each one before I started putting the wreath together.
tricks for making artificial flowers look good:
- Use your hands: Gently use your hands to separate and fluff the petals and leaves of the flowers. Start at the center of the flower and work your way outwards.
- Use a hair dryer: Set your hair dryer to the lowest heat setting and use it to blow air on the flowers. This will help to fluff and separate the petals and leaves.
- Use a handheld steamer or steam cleaner: Hold a steamer a few inches away from the flowers and gently steam the petals and leaves. This can help to soften the fabric and make it easier to fluff.
Step By Step Wreath Tutorial
This is going to be an asymmetrical wreath so I am only going to be adding the florals to the left side of the grapevine wreath forming a “C”.
Starting in the center of the left side of the wreath I hot glued the first bunch of green hydrangeas.
What was nice about the hydrangeas that I ordered on Amazon is that they didn’t have a stem to worry about it was just the floral portion, so it saves a step getting the flower ready for the wreath.
It is easier to add a dollop of hot glue to the bottom of the hydrangea than to add the glue to the wreath.
Between each hydrangea cluster, I popped in a peony stem. For the peonies, I didn’t use glue I just pushed the metal stem between the grapevine to secure.
Definitely use a squeeze of hot glue on the stem if you are worried about them coming loose.
But confession time, I end up taking apart most of the wreaths that I make after the season since I create so many wreaths every year for the website. I already get the eye roll from my husband about my Mount Wreath in my basement!!
It really makes a difference in the look of the artificial peony to take the time to spread open the petals! It makes them fuller looking.
As I was working my way up and down the left side of the wreath adding the flowers I tried to attach the peonies on opposite sides each time.
So I would add a hydrangea cluster and then put a peony to the left of it, after the next hydrangea cluster I would pop in a peony to the right of it.
Doing this is created a fuller-looking wreath.
Add small flowers for texture
The last of the 3 flowers that I used for my wreath was small lime-green dandelion flowers. Truth be told, I was not impressed with them. They were almost $10 on Amazon and look more like $5 flowers.
You could substitute it with another fun textured green flower.
Finish off the wreath with greenery
After the flowers were all in place it was time to add greenery. Ferns work well with the overall look of this wreath. I already had a big bunch of artificial Boston ferns and an old fern garland in my flower market…LOL…you would die if you saw my studio!! It looks like the flower aisle at Michael’s!!
The larger fern stems were tucked in at both ends of the flowers on the wreath.
Throughout the wreath, I added pieces of smaller, more delicate ferns that I had plucked off of the garland that I had.
The ferns added more texture to the wreath.
One final addition to this green floral wreath was to add a few small pieces of grapevine from a grapevine garland.
All I did was cut pieces around 12″ long and tuck them into the grapevine running them across the flowers.
It’s tricks like this that make your DIY wreaths look more customized and expensive.
Having a grapevine garland is so handy and I use small pieces in flower arrangements too. It’s on my crafting must-have list. You can see all of my favorite crafting supplies and how I use them here.
Finished DIY Floral Wreath with Green Artificial Flowers
Isn’t it pretty?! It will be perfect for both the Spring and Summer on our front door too.
The large size of the 24″ wreath gives it a real “wow” factor too.
A premade wreath of this size would easily cost you close to $200 if you bought it from Etsy so it’s well your time to make it yourself…and then go buy yourself something cute with all the money you just saved!!
DIY Floral Wreath
with hydrangeas, peonies, & ferns
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