Springtime is all about growth, rebirth, and brilliant flowers (like ranunculus and peonies) in full bloom. It’s the perfect time to display spring wreaths that add just the right amount of greenery to the front porch or soften your home decor with pastel hues.
But rather than shopping for a new living front door wreath or a cheaper option with artificial flowers, why not get your hands a little dirty and DIY? Netherlands-based floral artist and educator Anne van Midden advises that colorful dried flowers make “excellent everlasting wreaths” that will last year-round so long as they’re kept away from direct sunlight and moisture. If you want to create DIY spring wreaths that will last all season, it’s a good idea to forage for living materials that can survive for a long time without water sources or dry well, Midden says. For spring, she gravitates towards botanicals like Pieris, seedpods, evergreens, acacia, babies breath, ivy, Mediterranean herbs, smilax, leather fern, and pussy willow.
Fernando Kabigting, founder of Brooklyn-based floral design studio FDK Florals, says that spring wreaths are all about selecting materials that reflect the colors of the season and retain their color as they fade, unlike a more subdued fall or winter wreath. “There are no rules to what shape or form spring wreaths need to take, but—taking inspiration from nature—you can give the wreaths a form that nods to spring landscapes and evokes the scenes found on shaded forest floors, sweeping fields, or those found outside your garden,” Kabigting says.
To put together your wreath, he suggests working with floral wire to secure all of the greenery, florals, and branches together; using a glue gun with glue sticks to adhere any extra unruly pieces to your wreath; and reaching for a wire cutter and floral scissors (all can be found on Amazon or your local home and garden store) to make it easier to snip and trim the right size pieces to your design.
Looking for wreath ideas that you can display on your front door or use as wall decor? Below, seven inspiring DIY projects to help you welcome spring with pizzazz. For more tips on making nontraditional green wreaths, see some step-by-step tutorials here.