How to make an easy door decoration to surprise your mom with this Mother’s Day without fainting at the bill!
Spring is upon us (or at least we so hope it’s in the near future), and with spring means that any “seasonal,” “winter” decor that’s really just leftover Christmas cheer we’re clinging to is officially not appropriate any longer, and your mom might be ignoring that fact.
So how to glam up a drab wooden door now? How to ensure that that lingering Easter decor with inappropriate pastel eggs no longer hangs on the front door? There is a perfect replacement to jumping way ahead to Fourth of July now, and it makes a perfect gift.
Instead, a spring, or all season, wreath is the perfect craft to make for your mom on Mother’s Day. It’s customizable to her personal taste (in flowers or colors) and it’s something she probably won’t buy or make for herself.
Step One: Shop Smart
The first and most crucial step for your wallet is to buy your supplies and to be smart about how you do it.
The actual supplies are very simple. You’ll need a wreath base, a woven ‘wooden’ vine base so that you don’t have to cover all of it. This will run about $5 at a craft store; I shop specifically at Michael’s.
Also, along with your wreath base, consider getting a cat to assist you by eating all the fake little bits.
Secondly, you’ll need your flower and greenery to decorate with. Pick these carefully and don’t go overboard. Remember these will all be put together so select a color scheme that is effective together. Consider your mom’s decor (house color, curtains, or a welcome matt) or her favorites (in type or color palette). These range in price from as low as $1 to $12, so look for sales and scour last season’s sale bins for these.
Focus on a few larger pieces or bottom pieces to create your flow. Leaves or a base element will work well to lay down first. Then, work with what attracts you, but I suggest leaning towards the smaller bundles or those with size variation because the smallest bits end up uniting and connecting the overall wreath the best in the end.
Altogether, if you’re smart with sales and selection, you can do this entire project under $15 (a bit more if you don’t own the tools already).
Last, to connect all those you’ll need a hot glue gun and plenty of glue. I used around three sticks to complete my wreath.
Step Two: Prepare The Space
All the little bits from the wreath and flowers will break off as you’re working, so pick your space carefully and consider laying down something to catch all the dust because it’s a pain to clean up later. It’s not going to be a good gift for your mom if she has to clean up this mess, and it won’t be any fun for you if you’re doing it yourself.
The dust will permeate through your entire life if you’re not careful.
Once your surface is prepared, lay out your wreath and pick the top. Now go ahead and start deconstructing the bundles of flowers. You won’t need to large, thick stems or wire that they come on. Some will need to be cut off, others will pop off of a wire. Careful to pull them off from the base, near the wire, not the flower itself or they will break on you.
Step Three: Plan Your Layout
Before you start gluing stuff down willy-nilly, take some time to plan the major elements and the concept you want. A basic design is to focus a number of elements in the bottom wreath that flow towards the top, but plan whatever movement in the wreath you’d like.
Don’t try to lay out everything right away, because too much layer it up now will just be a bit frustrating since only so much can balance on the wreath, once you figure out the major “sketch” of the wreath, glue down the major elements.
One those are in place, start working with medium elements and work up to filling in the details with the smallest. Remember to view the wreath from above, or lift it up in front of you, every so often to see the elements as they’ll be viewed when finished. You don’t want to be angling everything towards you when you’re sitting then stand up and realize that you can see all the glue and stems.
As you’re filling in your wreath, consider building clustered elements. Add some greenery or leaf-life elements poking out from behind flowers, cluster different sizes together.
Once you’re satisfied, glue everything down securely. Then, optionally, you can add a bit of ribbon or something to hang it with or just finagle the wood vines onto a hook.
Step Four: Hang!
Viola, you’re done. Center the middle of the ring to your hook so it’s not crooked and secure it onto your hook.
Now, you’re all done.
This gift would be easily wrapped if you spring for a wreath box so your momma can easily store it away once the spring season has passed, otherwise, consider just surprising her by hanging it up while you let her sleep in so she doesn’t even have to do the work of hanging it!