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Over the last few months my lavender plant has been looking like a wilted, flowerless mess. I honestly thought it had died but I kept putting off uprooting it, both because I’m lazy and because I didn’t really want to admit that my brown thumb had killed yet another plant.
It turns out that I’m not a brown thumb.
(Well, not as much of a brown thumb.)
I’m just an idiot who didn’t know that lavender can go dormant during the colder months.
So you can imagine my surprise and excitement when, last week, my lavender plant sprang back to life in a dazzling display of rich purple flowers.
To show off these gorgeous flowers (and, apparently, my new-found ability to keep a plant alive), I decided to make a DIY farmhouse lavender wreath!
Make your own DIY farmhouse lavender wreath
To make your own DIY farmhouse lavender wreath, you will need:
- Fresh or artificial lavender (approximately 15 flowers)
- Fresh or artificial greenery. I used a plant that looks kinda similar to lamb’s ear, but I’m not really sure what it is.
- Two real or artificial large stems of white cherry blossoms.
- Floral wire
- 12 inch grapevine wreath form
- 2 long strips of burlap
- White ribbon
- Good quality scissors (I use these because they’re strong enough to cut everything involved in making a wreath including the stems, floral wire, and fabric).
Step 1: Prepare and trim your flowers and greenery
Whenever I’m using real flowers and greenery for a project, I like to begin by removing any dead/bug-bitten/droopy leaves and giving all of the stems a quick trim.
Taking the time to trim your flowers before you start work is useful for two reasons. Firstly, it makes the process of making a wreath quicker as you don’t need to constantly stop to trim rouge branches. Secondly, using neat greenery and flowers results in a much prettier wreath!
Step 2: Create your ‘base layer’ of greenery
I like to create a ‘base layer’ of greenery for most of my wreaths. This helps achieve a nice full wreath by reducing gaps.
To create a base layer of greenery, grab a single stem of your greenery. Wrap some floral wire around the base of the stem. Then, using the same piece of floral wire, secure your stem to your wreath frame by wrapping the floral wire around one of the grapevines a few times. Repeat at the top of your greenery.
Repeat with a few more stems until you have something that looks like this:
When you’ve finished, use pliers or strong scissors to snip any excess floral wire off.
Step 3: Add bunches of greenery
Once your base layer is complete, you can begin adding small bunches of greenery to your wreath.
To create a bunch of greenery, wrap floral wire around the base of several stems, like so:
Using the same piece of floral wire that you used to wrap your stems, secure your greenery to your wreath by wrapping the floral wire around a grapevine several times. Repeat until you have a nice, full wreath, like so:
Step 4: Add your lavender and cherry blossom stems
Now for the ‘main event’: adding the lavender to the wreath!
Wrap floral wire around the base of the stems several times, then attach the lavender to the wreath by wrapping the same piece of floral wire around one of the grapevines.
Repeat with as many bunches of lavender as your little heart desires.
(This is where my neighbour walked past right as I was taking a big sniff of the lavender. Certified crazy woman!)
Once you’ve added all of your lavender, add your single cherry blossom stems. You can do this one of two ways. The first way is to simply wrap the stem and secure it to the wreath with floral wire, as you’ve done for the greenery and lavender. The second way is to just slot the stem inside a pre-existing bit of wire.
Step 5: Add your bows
Due to design of this lavender wreath, there’s an unavoidable ugly bit in the middle. I decided to cover this up with a bit of ribbon and a pretty burlap bow. You could really cover it with whatever you like, but I personally love the rustic, farmhouse vibe a little burlap gives a wreath!
I added the ribbon first, securing it with a tight knot:
Then, I added a burlap bow over the top.
Once your bow is tied, your lavender wreath is finished!
How are you decorating for spring this year? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!
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