Hey, friends! Thanks for coming by today! I’ve been slowly, but surely, getting My Wee Abode all spruced-up for spring! We’ve already started our April showers here in So Cal… or is this just the first of winter showers we’ve seen? Hard to tell, but I’m sure happy they are here! Today, I’m going to share with your how to DIY this unique spring wreath!
Inspired almost a year ago by Jennifer at The Craft Patch, I wanted to create this ‘tire swing’ wreath, but the actual tire wall hanging was out of stock at Hobby Lobby for quite some time. While visiting there a few months ago, I stumbled upon it while looking at all the metal décor. I was so SO happy to find it, AND… it was 50% off! (Ain’t no way on God’s-green-earth that I would pay $40.00 for this… $20, yes, but never $40! 😉 )
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
None of the links in this post are affiliate links. I just want to share with you the items I enjoy using!
- Tire Swing Galvanized Metal Wall Décor (If you can’t find it in-store at your local Hobby Lobby, you can get it here with the 40% off coupon, however, just sayin’, you will have to pay shipping unless you meet the minimum order for free shipping.)
- 5 stems of large florals (Hydrangeas are good for lots of coverage and filling… these were reused from last summer’s door hanging)
- 5-6 stems of medium-large florals (the pinky-peach ones… I got a bushel for $1.99 at Walmart)
- 3-4 stems of small-medium florals (the small white ones… $2.00 at Michaels)
- Several sprigs of small accent florals (again, reused from last summer’s door décor)
- Floral foam (I use either the Styrofoam or wet foam… it doesn’t seem to matter for me. I get mine at the local dollar store)
- Wire cutters
- Hot glue (optional)
Sneak peek at my baker’s cabinet, which is getting a much needed makeover… soon!
BUMPS IN THE ROAD… AND TIPS
I tried hot glue-ing the foam to the inside of the tire. I may have not used enough glue, or the glue may not have been hot enough, but it wouldn’t stick. However, I found that the weight of the flowers keeps the foam in place, and I haven’t had any problem thus far. Now, if a storm or the Santa Ana winds kick-up around here, I may just have to update this post! (Oh my!)
A thrifty tip or two: I have found you get more bang-for-your-buck if you use floral bushels or bouquets and clip them to make individual stems or smaller clusters of flowers. Also, for outdoor wreaths and arrangements, I always use ‘cheap’ florals, like from Walmart. No sense in exposing nicer more expensive stems to the outside elements.
I really wanted this to look like some spring flowers were simply tossed into the tire. So, the hydrangeas were placed intermittently in the foam to ‘line’ the tire and give the other flowers a ‘bed’. I then sporadically placed the pink flowers between the hydrangeas… 3 to the left, one in the lower middle and then two to the right. Even though I used an even number of pink flowers, I still kept to the rule of thirds, using three stems to the left and three scattered to the right. (smile)
I then noticed that it was a bit bare on the right side, and discovered I didn’t have any more hydrangeas. Little white flowers to the rescue! I like how they made the arrangement look like a garden with some wildflowers popping up out of nowhere!
Finally, I took a few sprigs of this yellow filler and placed it where I thought it looked best. I kind of arrange that way… I go with my heart and instincts and what I like.
READY TO HANG
Using two medium sized Command Hooks, I hung the tire on one hook (where I actually wanted the tire to set), and then pulled the rope up and mounted another hook where I wanted the rope to rest. If I had hung it from just the rope, I think I may have come home to a bent tire and a sea of spring flowers on the landing!
I love how it looks on my door when I come home.
But what’s even nicer is, because we’ve had such nice weather (the rain hasn’t been hard, and it’s been about 67-70 degrees), I can keep my door open, and I get to have the wreath as décor in my kitchen!
Another beautiful thing about this unique spring wreath is that I can restyle it for a summer wreath, or fall wreath… or even WINTER wreath (though that might take a big of thought… hmmmm.)
What type of unique door décor or wreaths have you used or created for your home? Where else could/would you hang something like this in your home? Leave me a comment… I’d love to ‘chat’!