When it comes to updating our home, there are many, many things on my to-do list, but a full front porch makeover is definitely up there. Our front door is begging for a fresh coat of paint (possibly in a fun, bright color if I can convince my other half!) and some new hardware. Oh, and we really need a couple of nice planters. And perhaps we could even squeeze in some seating too.
Unfortunately, I’d say that the chances of me being able to take on a weekend project like this with a three year old and four month old baby in tow are slim to none. Ah well!
In the meantime, I’ve been thinking up some quick and inexpensive ways to brighten up our porch, and my favorite idea so far has been to dress up the front door with this wreath.
Growing up in England, the only time that you’d ever see a wreath on the door was at Christmas. Perhaps things have changed since then, but decorating with wreathes was reserved exclusively for that time of year. However, I’ve noticed that here in the US people like to decorate with them all year round.
And not only that, but lots of people like to make their own. So I thought, why not give it a go myself!?
This DIY summer wreath was surprising easy to put together and definitely provides a much needed pop of color for our porch.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Grapevine wreath (mine was 18″ in diameter)
- Floral wire
- Wire cutters
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Mix of faux flowers and stems
- Wooden lettering (optional)
- Spray paint (optional)
I started by cutting the stems into individual pieces. Then I roughly arranged them on the wreath to get an idea of spacing.
I created a first layer with the smaller stems, securing them to the wreath using a glue gun. You can really use any kind of foliage for this part. I decided on white/neutral colors because I’m not sure what other flowers might end up on our porch this summer, but I think that bright blooms would be equally nice!
You can use some small pieces of floral wire to position the stems so that they loosely follow the shape of the wreath.
Now it’s time to add the flowers to the center. The ones shown here are peonies – one of my favorite summer flowers! I cut each stem at the very top and attached the three large blooms to the wreath using floral wire.
Finally, I used the glue gun to attach some of the leaves from the peony stems to add a little more depth and texture.
Now your wreath is almost ready (and actually you could just as well stop here, as it already looks quite lovely!).
For me though, I felt as though my wreath needed something extra, and this cute wooden “welcome” sign was just the ticket.
I spray painted the wording gold… because I’m currently addicted to everything gold! I was thinking that hot pink or bright yellow would look fab too though.
Last of all, I attached it to the wreath using the glue gun. This part was a bit tricky and a bit messy, but I got there eventually!
And there you have it… Your own DIY summer wreath, ready in under an hour (a perfect nap time project in fact!).
I was quite pleased with how this one turned out… definitely Pinterest-worthy 😉
What plans do you have for summer decorating? Any suggestions for a quick porch makeover? I’d love to hear your ideas!