Okay, let’s call this a “spring/summer wreath” since it’s nearly summertime! I meant to make this spring wreath a while back but sometimes plans get delayed a little. Believe it or not, it was Mr. BFT’s idea to make a new wreath for spring. I was sad about taking our Easter wreath down and he said “why don’t you make a wreath we can hang up all the time?” Oof, he is brilliant, that husband of mine.
I love creating with moss and I think it works really well for the spring season, so I decided to make a non-holiday specific moss wreath that also showcases some of our leftover wedding fabric flowers.
- Styrofoam wreath
- Craft moss (one sheet/package)
- Hot glue gun
- Burlap ribbon
- Fabric flowers (or fake flowers)
- Floral wire & felt to match the fabric flowers
- Butterfly accents
- Needle and thread to match the burlap
Step 1 – Cut long strips of moss to wrap around the wreath. If your wreath is going on the door or against the wall, you don’t have to worry about the back.
Step 2 – Apply hot glue to a small section of the wreath and apply the moss. Wrap around the wreath the best you can, so you can’t see any foam from the “front.” Press against the moss so it adheres to the glue. Repeat until the whole front of the wreath is covered.
Step 3 – There may be some bare patches or ugly seams. Cut small pieces of moss and glue to the wreath to cover these up. You’ll see my wreath looks a lot smoother after applying my touch-up moss. You can also buy a bag of loose moss and use this for touch ups, if you want.
Step 4 – At this point you’re ready to attach your decorative pieces. I have a million fabric flowers left over from our wedding and I’m always looking for new ways to use them. They were already attached to floral wire so all I had to do was snip the wire down to a couple inches and then poke them into the wreath. If you need a fabric flower tutorial, I recommend mine. To attach the floral wire, bend a piece of wire about half an inch and hot glue to the bottom of the finished flower, so that the long part of the wire is sticking out perpendicular in the center, creating the flower’s stem. I also bought some decorative butterflies to stick onto my wreath.
Step 5 – Shape the burlap ribbon into a bow. Fun fact, one holiday season years ago I worked at a TV prop house, decorating Christmas trees and wreaths and garland and presents for TV shows. I learned how to make big fluffy bows out of wired ribbon from their resident florist. Clearly I am a little out of practice but that vague knowledge comes in handy once in a while. Unfortunately I couldn’t really take pictures of myself making this bow since it’s a two handed process, but there are a million ribbon bow tutorials out there on the Internets if you need one! To keep the bow in place, I used a piece of thread the same color as the ribbon to thread through the middle knot part and keep it secure. I then hot glued the ribbon to the wreath.
Depending on your display area, you may need to add another loop of ribbon or twine to hang. We have a nail that sticks out from the wall and our wreaths just balance on it!