I have a hard time buying really expensive décor and then buying something new for the next season. I’m sure if Kevin read that line, he wouldn’t believe it, but it’s true.
Since we just moved here these last few months have already been expensive and buying things to decorate with has been an extra cost that – while anticipated – still gives me pause.
Wreaths are one of those things I have a really hard time with. They’re big, they’re bulky and they can cost a lot of money. Often, I feel like the flowers don’t look authentic too.
In the past, door wreaths had never been a huge issue for us because we had absolutely no overhang on our old front door. Due to that, I would never buy wreaths because I figured they would just be ruined in the crazy Illinois weather. The only exceptions were the real evergreen ones at Christmas time.
Well now we have a gorgeous double front door with a big front porch and plenty of cover from the crazy Michigan weather. The doors are gorgeous all on their own, but they needed a little touch of something.
A perfect purchase
In January, I purchased the Eucalyptus with Seeds Faux Wreath from the Magnolia Hearth & Hand™ collection at Target. I purchased two eucalyptus wreaths for the front doors and they were gorgeous. They were lush, more authentic looking than a lot of wreaths -especially from a distance – and they really fit the house. Plus, in January, I felt like they could work for winter without feeling overly Christmas-like.
Then spring came along. I got the urge for flowers and color. But, I had already purchased these eucalyptus wreaths and they still were working for me. Additionally, this spring has been really cold. We’ve struggled to get into the 60’s for the last few months. In fact, this May feels more like a rainy, fall November.
Now that’s it’s almost summer, I became really excited about decorating our spacious front porch. I went all out because I feel like the porch is an extension of the home in the summer. Our’s is certainly large enough to be considered an extra room. You can see all of it here.
But the door…
Refresh for the season
My wreaths were looking tired. I looked at some new ones, but I didn’t love anything. I felt like the flowers weren’t right for the look I wanted. However, I knew I needed something to brighten up the entryway.
I decided that instead of buying new wreaths, I would add flowers to the current eucalyptus wreaths. Instead of changing things completely, I would keep the look I loved with the rich greens and just add some color in.
I had purchased some pink, spring faux blooms from the Target Hearth and Hand collection. For some reason, you can find them at Walmart now instead (which seems so off) in a larger bunch. Here’s a link.
I also found some large, white, faux hydrangeas at Hobby Lobby that I loved.
Supplies you need
That was all I needed because I had floral cutters and floral wire already. If you want to try this project on your own and don’t have anything you will just need the flowing.
- Floral cutters similar to these
- Floral wire like this (You can also find everything you need and more in this kit if you like packaged deals.)
- Faux flowers that you love
As mentioned you can get the same pink flowers I have at Walmart now. If I were doing this again though, I would buy these new, pretty yellow ones from the Hearth & Hand collection and possibly these Dogwood branches (which I actually have in a vase in the mud room).
All I did was cut the faux florals and leave an inch or two at the bottom. I then wrapped wire securely around the stems. However, I did wrap it somewhat loosely because I wasn’t sure how I was going to place things on the wreaths.
How I did it
I placed my white flowers first and because they are larger, I liked how they looked at the bottom corners best. They gave the wreaths some weight on the bottom and provided a gorgeous focal point.
Originally, I hadn’t planned to add the pink flowers. Then I realized one white flower wasn’t cutting it. 🙂
Working things into place
I tied a brand of pink flowers to each side of the white flower. I tired each floral piece very loosely because I wanted to position and tweak things once everything was attached.
After a bit of tugging, pulling and moving things around, I had each of the branches in places that I was happy with.
I might add a few more flowers as we go through the rest of the summer, but for now, I think these are simple, fresh and beautiful.
Do you like to update items season-to-season? Or do you prefer to buy new and/or keep traditional, family pieces?
Oh and just in case, here are the wreath hangers that I’ve also been using from Hearth and Hand.