Spring Wreaths Straight from the Hanging Gardens of Babylon

While surfing the net today looking for some lovely DIY spring wreath inspiration, we found this amazing post from The Hometalk Blog, written by blogger Diana Mackie. In fear of looking subpar, we decided to share this wonderful post with you, instead of drafting our own.Bravo to the ladies at Hometalk.com, your work is simply stunning.

We’ve got a beautiful and bountiful Spring Wreath for every style!

What better way to welcome springtime than with a wreath full of flowers and greenery.

Tulip Wreath
We here at Hometalk have a special appreciation for tulips- we can’t get enough of them (Editors note: Miriam was just at the Tulip Festival- check out her post!). As the most signature flower of spring, we can’t think of a more fitting spring wreath.

Buy a variety of silk or synthetic tulips from a reliable source (we want them to look fabulous, right?) like Afloral.com. Choose whatever colors get you the most excited for spring! We love the color schemes of both Christina & Jacque. Christina stuck her flowers into the base of a grapevine wreath, while Jacque used a foam wreath wrapped in ribbon, and stuck the flower stems in-between the ribbon and the foam. Either way, cut the tulip bouquets up into smaller stems, and have fun planning out which color to stick where.

The thing that makes both of these wreaths look particularly stunning is that they packed in quite a few tulip buds- we recommend doing the same!

Tulip Wreath Via The Frugal Homemaker (Left) and Tulip Wreath Via The DiY Village (Right)

Tulip Wreath Via The Frugal Homemaker (Left) and Tulip Wreath Via The DiY Village (Right)

Hydrangea Wreath
We love how full and abundant hydrangeas look- especially when crafted into a beautiful spring wreath! Look at how perfectly Maryann offset the color of the hydrangeas with bright green moss and small white flowers. To make this wreath, begin with a grapevine wreath, and insert the flowers in between the vines. Top it off with some nice blue burlap- or any other color that you’d like. You can even hang this spring wreath inside, like Maryann did.

Hydrangea Wreath Via Domestically Speaking

Hydrangea Wreath Via Domestically Speaking

Daffodil Spring Wreath
We love Deb’s flower choice, down-to-earth daffodils. Deb created this wreath by sprucing up one she already had lying around from seasons past. She simply pulled the flower tops off the old stems, and replaced them with new flower tops. We think her sprinkling of smaller purple and pink flowers just makes this spring wreath look extra cheery.

Daffodil Spring Wreath Via Homeward Found Decor

Daffodil Spring Wreath Via Homeward Found Decor

Spring Bouquet Wreath
Doesn’t this wreath just look like spring is bounding off into your arms? You can easily get this lovely bouquet wreath look- just follow Melissa from Stockpiling Mom’s tips. Begin with a basic grapevine wreath, and keep in mind that the key design element is a “top heavy” wreath, with the longer stems coming down.

The background layer is served well by golden rod, followed by tulips and daffodils in the middle ground, and the stand out purple iris as the foreground. For the visual center, add a burlap bow and an easter ornament using a glue gun, like this cute birds nest selected by Melissa. Because there is a fair amount of flowers coming out of one section of the wreath, you may need to secure the flowers with a hot glue gun as well.

Bouquet Wreath Via Stockpiling Moms

Bouquet Wreath Via Stockpiling Moms

Wildflower Wreath
We love how this spring wreath by Melissa looks like an armful of wildflowers- and it takes no time at all! She made this wreath for her mother, who taught her all she knows about wreath- making.

Start with a plain grapevine wreath (starting to notice a pattern?), and quite heartily wrap fern garland around it. Allowing for a few loose strands will help achieve the “country” look. Next add the blue bunched blossoms and accompanying leaves, adding slightly more to the bottom. Next, add in some white wispy flowers, again mostly to the bottom half of the wreath. Next, cut apart the yellow bunched flowers, and add those in, concentrated at the bottom center, but climbing up one side of the wreath to achieve the ultimate effect. We love the bright coloring and wide variety of flowers offered by Afloral.com – so you’ll likely be able to find versions of your local wildflowers to make this look extra homey.

Wildflower Spring Wreath

Wildflower Spring Wreath

A Spring Wreath For All You Gardeners
Here is a super adorable and incredibly easy spring wreath – a garden hose! To start, coil the garden hose and secure it with a twisty-tie. Then insert the small spring bouquet of your choice into the twisty tie, layer on some colorful garden gloves, then finish with a lovely ribbon and bow. Feel free to get creative with fun extra clips like Jill did- how precious is that ladybug?

Spring Wreath for Gardeners Via Create. Craft. Love.

Spring Wreath for Gardeners Via Create. Craft. Love.

Rabbits-in-the Field Wreath
This animated spring wreath consists of two wreaths, attached at the side. Lizy’s bigger one is about 28” diameter and the smaller one is close to 16”diameter. She attached the flowers and draping grass with wires, and purposely left some of the underlying grapevine wreath bare to represent the rabbit’s holes and burrows. Selecting some nice dangling greenery is key to creating the “in the field” look. We think most of the fun will be finding the cutest rabbits to be the stars of your spring wreath scene!

Rabbits in the Field Wreath Via Lizy

Rabbits in the Field Wreath Via Lizy

 Spring Berries Wreath
What better way to celebrate spring than with fruits and berries! You can easily make your own verison of this lovely Country Living Magazine spring wreath. You can use live ones from your yard (or surrounding area) or buy plastic berry pieces and ivy from a craft supply store. Wrap short lengths of the berry vines around a heavy-gauge wire (we like 10”-12”). Wind the wire around the vines to secure, and use wire to piece the berries, and then attach to the wreath. Fresh berry wreaths can last a whole day!
Spring Berries Wreath Via Country Living Magazine

Spring Berries Wreath Via Country Living Magazine

Spring Wreath of Dried Roses
Anne of White Lace Cottage broke from the norm and used a wooden frame as her spring wreath foundation. She then attached her dried roses using a hot glue gun, varying the colors and at times leaving some space so the underlying wood frame could peek through. We think this perfectly captures the Shabby Chic look!
Dried Roses Wreath Via White Lace Cottage

Dried Roses Wreath Via White Lace Cottage

Spring Willow Wreath
This is one of the most visually arresting wreaths on our list. This spring willow wreath is sure to make a grand statement, whether hung from your door or wall. Begin with the twig-style wreath of your choice (Barb used a will wreath as her base), and begin inserting the willow branches into the bottom of the wreath alternating between left and right. Insert the branches in a “spray” shape, with the flow coming out of the center and spreading out to the side. The willow branches at the top can be wrangled in, closer to the wreath base. This mid-way photo ought to point you in the right direction:

Mid Way Point Via Keeping Up With the Times

Mid Way Point Via Keeping Up With the Times

Finished Product Via Keeping Up with the Times

Finished Product Via Keeping Up with the Times

Delicate Vine Wreath
For those of you looking to make a more delicate wreath statement, this is the perfect DIY project for you. Abby began with an embroidery hoop, and sparing looped around some handsome ivey. We just love her finishing touches of a nice spring bow at the bottom and a few colorful butterflies.

Delicate Vine Wreath Via Chapter Thirty Seven

Delicate Vine Wreath Via Chapter Thirty Seven

Coffee Filter Wreath
This spring wreath idea from Angie of The Country Chic Cottage would make such a fun craft to do with the kiddos. First mix up your desired colors in small bowls with water and food coloring. Then dip the ends of the coffee filters into the food coloring, the coloring effect will travel up the filter while they set them aside to dry. You can use any wreath form as the base, just first wrap it with cotton strips. Finally, attach the dried and color coffee filters at the base, using a hot glue gun. It’s easiest to begin from the outermost part of the wreath, like so:

Wreath in Progress Via Country Chic Cottage

Wreath in Progress Via Country Chic Cottage

We think it would be fun to experiment with tye-dye effects, or even aim for an ombre coloring effect!

Finished Product Via Country Chic Cottage

Finished Product Via Country Chic Cottage

Any craft that you can make all your own is a great DIY project in our book.

Fun Floral Hat Wreath
This wonderfully creative idea from Barb at Our Fairfield Home and Garden is a unique take on spring wreaths, and do-able in just a few minutes! Simply arrange your desired flowers and ivy around the brim of the hat, and hot glue one! Nothing quite says “springtime” like star hats to us! Like the coffee filter spring wreath, we encourage you to make this craft all your own- decorate with items and themes that reflect your unique personality.

Straw Hat Wreath Via Our Fairfield Home

Straw Hat Wreath Via Our Fairfield Home

Fore even more DIY spring wreath ideas, check out this fabulous Spring Wreath Hometalk board,curated by Katie Murphy of Upcycled Treasures!

If you’re not quite up for the DIY task, we are big fans of Pier 1’s wreath selection, and the work byLenore of Design a Wreath - how beautiful!

Design a Wreath's Selection (Left) and Pier 1 Wreaths (Right)

Design a Wreath’s Selection (Left) and Pier 1 Wreaths (Right)

We’d love to see your completed spring wreaths, share your beautiful works of art on Hometalk!

Let us know which wreath was your favorite in the comments.

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Use Hanging Bushes to Make a Wedding Centerpiece

Last week, I talked to all our Flower Friends about how to use spring bushes to make a wedding centerpiece. This week, I want to kick it up a notch, and show you how to make gorgeous wedding or at home arrangements with our hanging bushes.

Wedding Azalea Hanging Bush in Cerise

Wedding Azalea Hanging Bush in Cerise

If you prefer a more romantic, whimsical look, a hanging bush will make a perfect centerpiece. The stems will flow over the container, and add an effortless, beautiful touch to your wedding or home decor.

The cerise azalea bush pictured above would be a great outdoor spring centerpiece. Wonder why I say outdoor? Because it’s waterproof :) (Waterproof faux flowers, what a wonderful world!)

Place some foam in a large container, perhaps something like the Whitewashed Natural Wood Container or the Terra Cotta Pot in Antique Blue, and then just stick the hanging bush in the foam.

Fluff it a bit, and you’re done. So easy, right?

Here’s an example of the finished product, we found this gorgeous azalea centerpiece on RealSimple.com.

Azalea Centerpiece found on RealSimple.com

Azalea Centerpiece found on RealSimple.com

If you’re more of a greenery fan, and not so much into flowering stems, vines, and garlands, check out our decorative sweetheart bush in variegated green. This so simple and lovely.

This hanging bush will look gorgeous indoors or outdoors; in winter, spring, summer, or fall. (Ok, well I don’t recommend you leave it outside in -5 degree weather, but that’s your call).

Decorative Sweetheart Bush in Variegated Green

Decorative Sweetheart Bush in Variegated Green

When it’s all said and done, it doesn’t take a crafting genius to put together a centerpiece with hanging bushes. It literally takes you less than ten minutes to assemble, and if you take care of your faux flowers, it could last for years.

Have you used one of our hanging bushes to make a centerpiece? Comment below!

 

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How to Create a Wedding Centerpiece with Spring Bushes

If you’re a not so DIY girl like myself, you’re looking for the easiest way out of any craft. If someone asks you to paint a picture, you buy a paint by number. Please tell me I’m not the only one like this ;)

Anyways, when it comes to wedding centerpieces, I love the full, colorful look, but I absolutely hate arranging faux flowers in a container until it’s “just right”. I’d rather throw something together, and have it look like I spent five hours on it, instead of  five minutes.

Well, this is where our gorgeous spring bushes come into play.

Making a spring centerpiece is so easy with our lush bushes, all you really need to do is bunch a few together and voila! – gorgeous centerpiece.

Whimsical Spring Centerpiece

Whimsical Spring Centerpiece from Afloral.com

For this whimsical butterfly centerpiece, we used:

1 copper bucket

3 blue butterfly clips

1 yellow daisy bush

1 green daisy bush

1 aqua daisy bush

1 red daisy bush

And all you do is bunch the bushes together, toss them in the container, and clip on a few butterflies for sass. Five minutes later, and you’ve got a stunning centerpiece on your hands.

See? It really is that easy. I must say, this hassle free DIY method makes me want to create some spring centerpieces for my apartment. I think I found my weekend project :)

Happy crafting,

Kristen

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Top 5 Spring Runway Trends Also Seen in Wedding Decor

NY Fashion week is over, did you catch some of the latest runway trends? I personally eat, sleep, and breathe fashion. I love following my favorite designers on Instagram, and seeing what beautiful creations they’re going to make next. While working for Afloral.com, I also noticed some huge similarities between fashion trends and wedding trends.

This season, here are the ones that stuck out to me the most.

Pretty Pastels

From lavender to mint, Spring Fashion week brought many soft hues. You can also see this trend transition over to the popular vintage wedding trend, with similarly colored bouquets and wedding decor.

Spring 2014 Pastels from Glamour.com

Spring 2014 Pastels from Glamour.com

 

Lavender Pomander Ball from Afloral.com

Lavender Pomander Ball from Afloral.com

Tea Length Frocks

Designers take tea length skirts a step further, and turn them into tea length wedding dresses. I love this look, it’s absolutely perfect for a retro wedding.

Tea Length Frocks from Glamour.com

Tea Length Frocks from Glamour.com

Tea Length Wedding Dress from GlamBistro.com

Tea Length Wedding Dress from GlamBistro.com

 

Stripes Galore

These striped pants are going to be one of the hottest bottoms this season. I love how this striped trend transitions over to bouquet wrap, giving your wedding bouquet a trendy twist.

Striped Pants from Glamour.com

Striped Pants from Glamour.com

Black and White Ribbon from Afloral.com

Black and White Ribbon from Afloral.com

 

Orange is the New Black

Although I’m personally not a huge fan of orange (it does nothing for my complexion), I can see that orange frocks and orange wedding flowers will be equally as popular this season.

Orange Spring Wedding from Elle.com

Orange Spring Wedding from Elle.com

The Ever Popular Orchid

Pantone named the Color of the Year Radiant Orchid, and I absolutely love how this vibrant hue has transitioned over to wedding bouquets and wedding decor.

Orchid Wedding from BecomeGorgeous.com and SensationalSoirees.com

Orchid Wedding from BecomeGorgeous.com and SensationalSoirees.com

 

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