I want to go ahead and apologize if nothing I write today makes any effing sense…
As I sit here attempting to disclose the steps for making this Modern Farmhouse Summer wreath, my three-year-old is throwing a tantrum because we have run out of blueberries and I can barely hear myself think. Yes…he has totally lost his sh*t over some blueberries. Go figure!
Ideally this blog would be lucrative enough to fund some assistance from a nanny (part-time at the very least), but that hasn’t happened yet. So… I better hurry and get to the point before one of us (either me or my blueberry-loving toddler) has to be admitted to the psych ward.
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I thought something like this would be perfect for adding some farmhouse charm and summer color to my newly stained front doors (you can read that tutorial here). The only problem is that the wreath was way out of my budget. So on a manically impulsive whim, I decided to head down to Hobby Lobby and see if I couldn’t simply reverse engineer this beautiful creation.
Given I already owned a magnolia wreath that I had originally purchased from Hobby Lobby for only $25 (I bought it 50% off), my plan was to simply find some lemon twigs to wire into the existing wreath. This way, my magnolia wreath could serve as a versatile base for all seasons (I would simply remove the lemon twigs once fall arrived).
Much to my dismay, someone had snatched up all of the lemon twigs where they are normally sold in Hobby Lobby’s floral section (there was actually only 1 twig left). I had also considered simply buying the full-sized faux lemons, but was concerned they would be too heavy to wire into the wreath.
As a suitable compromise, I decided to substitute the lemon twigs for these yellow floral accents which were only $1/piece (on sale). This way, I could put my own unique spin on the wreath and not just be another copy cat.
Perfect for adding Modern Farmhouse flair, this black and white ribbon was also on sale at Hobby Lobby (turns out, I only needed 1 roll for this project).
Not including the magnolia wreath (which I already owned), I only spent a total of $12 per wreath. If you want to keep this project on the cheap, I suggest only purchasing your materials when the florals are 50% off at Hobby Lobby (this happens around once a month).
Summer magnolia wreath Materials Needed:
- base wreath (I used this one when it was 50% off)
- 5 floral wire stems (you can buy here)
- 1 roll of black and white ribbon (I used this one)
- 4 to 5 yellow floral accent stems (I got these in the floral stem/wedding section of Hobby Lobby)
- optional: black adjustable wreath holder
- optional: a few real magnolia leaves and hot glue
(Step 1.) Using floral stem wire, secure the floral stems to the wreath by wrapping tightly multiple times. No need to cut the wire.
(Step 2.) To make the magnolia wreath look more realistic and fuller, I hot glued real magnolia leaves onto the base of the wreath. Lucky for me, there is a magnolia tree in my front yard.
(Step 3. ) Tie a bow using the black and white ribbon. Then, secure bow to the wreath hanger with floral stem wire (you could also hot glue it).
While the wreaths weren’t what I had originally intended them to be, in all of their lemony glory, I am happy with the overall effect. The yellow floral stems add just the perfect pop of color without being too kitschy. And for any of you curious to know how my gel stained doors are holding up(I stained directly over pre-existing paint)…so far, so good.
Sending my love to all of you mamas out there dealing with the summer break blues. I feel your pain!
Now get out there and design some good vibes. (Thank you so much for sharing my blog with friends or on social media. This is the best way to support this little business of mine).