Friday, August 19, 2011

V and Co: how to: hydrangea wreath


well i almost feel like saying "welcome back!" but reality is, i've had a great time getting to know a lot of you guys through facebook and or email. this summer has been a summer i hope to not have to repeat again with our THREE moves in THREE months, and our un-employed status. we are very excited to begin our new life here, and even more excited to have an income again. yay us!
it was a nice break, but i'm ready to finally have "normal" again, and well normal for me is "creating" and running around being mom. i love it, and am excited to have the "creating" part be a part of my weekly routine.
so here's what i made for my house this last week:
a hydrangea wreath for my front door.

i've become obsessed with hydrangeas lately. they are EVERYWHERE in my neighborhood. well except on my lot. but i hope to change that next year.

i can't wait to have fresh hydrangeas in my living room and in my dining room table, or adorning a patio table so when friends are there we can enjoy each other the food and the pretty flowers. (okay so i have to actually get a patio table and ahem, friends first to make that happen...but whatever.) aaah yes i think hydrangeas may be a lovely addition to my landscaping...but not right now.
so for now i will be happy with the silk version.
now, the silk version can be costly. BUT micheals was having a 40% off sale of all their fall stem floral, and i bought them out. i still didn't have enough, so i waited to use my 40% coupon on one of the full price flower. and then went crazy and bought the last two at full price.
it's more than i normally pay for things, but when you look at how much they would cost you to buy one already made...it doesn't look so bad after all.
okay lets get started:

what you'll need:
-10 hydrangea stems
-hot glue gun
-wire cutters
-1 14"grape wreath (not pictured)

-first cut off your hydrangea bloom leaving a stem of about 3 inches long.
-do this to all your stems
-because i only had three of the signature stems with a little bit of purple on the ends i wanted to make sure i spaced them out so they wouldn't all clump in one section. (they were also a slight different shade different, not enough for it to bug me, but again if they were all clumped together THAT would bother me.)

so if this is your situation take this step:
-space out your hydrangea with different look and be mindful of where you will need to place them as you push your stems into the wreath.
-to place the hydrangea bloom onto your wreath, gently separate the wreath in the middle and push the stem in and through till your bloom is resting on the wreath.
(don't put hot glue on your wreath yet, we want to make sure you like what you see as a final product first, then we'll glue it down)
-next you are going to place your next bloom slightly crowding your last bloom. (i pushed the blooms of the first one over so it would get a bit more crowded, i wanted to get really bushy!)

-repeat with the next bloom...
-and the next bloom
-till you get all the way around.
-now step back check out your wreath and if you like how it turned out, get out that hot glue gun and place some globs of hot glue around the base of your stems where they go into the wreath.

hang from a mirror, on your mantel, on your front door, or on a garden fence and enjoy your hydrangea.

since making this wreath, i hung it from my door, but i kept thinking it needed to be a little larger, so i went back to micheals, got a 18" grape wreath and added 4 more blooms (total of 14 blooms), and i love how it turned out.

so tell me, how WAS your summer? still in the middle of it? :)
we'll talk soon.
it's good to be "back"

63 comments:

Leila said...

Welcome back and welcome to Iowa!

Karen said...

So very glad you're back to blogging... I always look forward to your creative expression...

TeenaBugg38 said...

ohhhhh that is beautiful!!! And looksso easssy to create :)

momof3girls said...

I'm so glad you're back and getting settled in your new home. I love the wreath. We have many hydrangea bushes around our house. The girls and I love to pick them and bring them inside. The idea of a silk hydrangea wreath is just beautiful!

Jamie said...

so gorgeous! great work

Esch House Quilts said...

I love hydrangeas! I have three in my yard.

Your wreath is beautiful and so simple the way you explain it. Thanks!

Thimbleanna said...

Aha! So that explains all those hydrangea pins!!! Very pretty V!!!

Anna said...

love it! i just robbed the last hydrangea blooms from our bush for emily's party, they're the prettiest flowers ever.

Cathy said...

Very pretty. Great job. I love it.

L Johnson said...

I love the picture of your beautiful kiddos! So happy for you that everyone loved their first day of school! I am wanting to hang on to Summer just a little longer, but this wreath is so pretty and just might be the trick when fall does arrive.

rachel griffith said...

since you're obviously not busy - make me one too :P

Kristine said...

Beautiful! Can't wait to make one!

bethanndodd said...

i love it! i am heading out for some errands (without kiddos!) and am adding this to my list of things to get! so pretty!!

June@I will craft said...

Wow, beautiful wreath.

Molly Z said...

That wreath is beautiful! and also welcome to Cedar Rapids. A few tips/suggestions for great places around here...Tomaso's Pizza is our favorite, Pine Needles Sewing on Oakland Road is a must, the Children's Museum in Iowa City is great, if you own bikes be sure to check out the bike trail that goes straight through town, of course one the best things is the Tanger Outlet in Williamsburg, and last but not least, if you haven't been to Granite City for dinner yet be sure to try the Cheddar Ale Soup:) Those are just a few of our favorite things about Cedar Rapids. My email is mzoodsma@gmail.com if you have any questions or would like to get together sometime. Enjoy!

SLO Rober said...

Kids at school.
Check.
Regular Paycheck.
Check.
Quick! Run to the craft store!

Kimberly said...

We're still summering around here, even though the weather's been so un-summer-like this year! My girls don't go back to school 'till Sept 6th so we're gonna hang on as long as we can! We have a Japanese student with us right now {{who lived in New Jersey for 6 years and speaks amazing English!!}} so we're doing a lot of hanging out these days. It's all gooood stuff!

Liz said...

What a wonderful idea! Hydrangeas are my favorite flower, I think I'll be making one for next month!

Natalia from Piece N Quilt said...

Super cute Vanessa! And WELCOME BACK!! :)

QuiltSwissy said...

great to hve you back. Love the hydrangea wreath too! But, what did you do with the grape vine? I can't see it in the hydrangea leaves.

Oh, duh. Grape vine WREATH! hey, it is Friday.

glen: and I have had a hard week.

amylouwho said...

LOVE! I have some already in a vase, I'll have to go buy some more and do this to it...

Leigh Anne said...

Welcome back! Love the wreath...super cute job :)

kendascrafts said...

Welcome to Iowa!

A Little Blue Dragonfly said...

Welcome Back!!! Love the wreath! :)

Andi @ Jane of all crafts said...

YAY!! So glad you are back!! Loved all your summer posts. My late grandma is from Iowa. I've only driven through and it was minus something outside and our car locks were frozen.....brrr! I'm happy for you and your family to be finally getting settled in and "normal" again. Love this wreath. I have 2 hydrangea bushes in my front yard even though our HOA says they are illegal. I'm what they call a garden rebel LOL!

BijouxBaby said...

Are you going to think I'm weird if I have one of those, by the next time you come over to my house? I wanted to have hydrangeas for my wedding, but we got married in the wrong season.

VickiT said...

That's a great looking wreath. Great job on that tute also.

I'm so glad to see you're back! How are you doing so far in the Midwest? Didn't I tell you how nice you'll find the people are going to be? I was glad to see you mention that in one of your posts. It sure was hard not to be able to 'talk' back to you. LOL

Kendra said...

Hooray for a permanent residence! And thanks for the beautiful tutorial, I want to try it with peonies...talk about expensive!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Your wreath is sooo pretty!

Sandy said...

I love hydrangeas! Thanks for the tutorial. Congrats on the move, job and getting settled in. Life is good! :)

Heather at Happy Chippy Junk said...

Cute!! Now to paint the front door some daring color!! If YHL http://www.younghouselove.com/2011/08/old-yeller/
can do it so can you!!

Cyndi said...

I love the wreath! Having the three bunches of different colored flowers makes it prettier. Thanks for the tutorial!

Julianna said...

I adore hydrangeas! Cute wreath! We have purple ones in our backyard.

Summer was too short and being from the NW, way too cold. I'm gonna miss my first grader like crazy, but so glad we made the most of our summer!

Cheers to you and your new normal!

Kat from California said...

I can totally relate to the relief from going from unemployment to employed and feeling a sense of freedom. Been there before a few times. I have hydrangea pushes that I planted from bare root and now, 10 years later they are gorgeous. I have a few blooms, that are drying, on my dining table. I had them in water, but they are drying out fast from the heat. Well they make the best dried flowers. I love your wreath and it has me inspired. :)

V and Co. said...

yes, thank you all it's great to be back. and yes i am so loving the people here in iowa, they are so so nice! :)

The Toone Family said...

I'm making the wreath this week. I can't believe how easy it is. Hope you get settled into your new home quickly. That's such an exciting move for your family.

catie said...

welcome back!! i love the wreath...such great colors!

pat sloan said...

you are just SO CUTE!! I want REAL ones so bad! They won't flower for me.. I've tried for 20 yrs.. going to get in some pros to help me this coming spring... it's time to have Hydrangeas!

Kristen said...

Welcome to Iowa! If you're ever in DSM area on a Saturday, be sure to check out the farmers' market. Just fab, in my opinion!

the girlfriend gap said...

just wanted to say ...WELCOME to IOWA! YEAH we will be blessed by your loveliness here... too bad so sad UTAH. Believe it or not I went to Mount Mercy when it was called a college... many moons ago :) Hope you have a wonderful experience there. wish i lived close enough to bring your sweet children some cookies but I live in Oskaloosa...2 1/2 hours southwest. everything new is hard.
take care janita

Kristyne said...

Dude, I'm TOTALLY making myself one of these! Thanks!

Kellie said...

I am so happy to have you back! I really missed you this summer. I hope the settling in and making new friends process goes smoothly for you and your family. Honestly though, I cannot imagine you having a hard time making friends...you are just too lovable.
Love the wreath and can hardly wait to make one for my door!

Kari at A Grace Full Life said...

I found you on Pinterest and I love this idea! Our wedding flowers were hydrangeas and now I will make this for our home. :)

Darci said...

I've loving hydrangea's too so I was squealed out loud when I saw your tutorial! Thank you for sharing...I want to make one for my house now!

Joy said...

Love the fresh design! I am a huge fan of making wreaths for all over the house. I usually choose to make faux wreaths because they seem so much more economical! I used these same hydrangeas mixed with magnolias for a summer wreath for my front door and it turned out beautifully! I'm definitely going to make one with only hydrangeas. So chic!

A.J. Dub. said...

Glad to see you back! Love this project. Thanks for sharing!

Jessica said...

Love it! Thanks for sharing :)

catnap said...

I think this is so pretty I love Hydrangeas and you make this project look so easy. Wonderful job! Thank you for sharing!

Sarah A. said...

Yesterday I found a grapevine wreath w/hydrangea stems at Goodwill for $2, and the $35 Target price tag was still on it! Thanks to your post, I noticed it and grabbed it fast. I need to fill it in with a few extra stems, but it will be just a fraction of the original cost. Thank again for posting this project!

Julie said...

So pretty and it looks so easy. Would be beautiful for spring!

Pam (Haslem) Dana said...

We featured this idea on our blog today! I am moving next week and can't wait to make this to have in my new home! It's beautiful! Thanks!

Pam from Over the Big Moon
http://overthebigmoon.blogspot.com/2011/09/pinterest-interests.html

Margaret T. Zenk said...

I am making this today- hydrangeas on sale at joann for half price and they have 5 poufs per stem...i am holding onto the leftover leaves. ideas?

bethanndodd said...

I bought the stuff for this 2 months ago and finally put it all together this morning! I am kicking myself for not getting it done sooner. It was SO simple and I LOVE it!!! Thanks again for sharing your creativeness with us. Smiles~Beth

Erin Spain said...

This wreath is lovely! I featured it on my blog yesterday.

-Erin
diyonthecheap.blogspot.com

silkflowers said...

Love this .Thanks for sharing it :)

Anonymous said...

Such a lovely wreath! I hope you don't mind, but I'm going to post this on my blog. It's so pretty!

Ellen Stewart (aka Ellie/El/e/Mrs. Seaman) said...

This wreath has been on my list of spring to dos since I came across it on Pinterest. I have a break coming the week after this, so I'm "on it" then.

Yesterday, my husband and I were at Michael's and there was a young woman laying one out of the floor. I called him over to see if he liked it, and he did. I told her I saw it on Pinterest, and she said, "I did too." Lovely, so pretty.

Thank you for sharing your creativity. Those of us lacking in good ideas need the help!

jamie @ [kreyv] said...

I'm so in love with this wreath! I pinned it a while ago, and it's still on my list of things I must make! I just wanted to let you know that I will be featuring the wreath on my [so cheap, so easy] series tomorrow. I will be linking back to your blog and the original post. Thanks for sharing this amazing project!

Jeannie said...

Saw this on Pinterest and had to make it. Luckily the flowers are 1/2 off this week at Michaels and w/ a 20% off entire purchase coupon, I was able to get all that I needed for a lot less. I did use a larger wreath (24" I think) and had to use about 10-12 more stems. I used the white ones and they are stunning on my brown front door. I used a 3" wide celery green ribbon to hang it. Thanks for making something that even I can actually do.

Meaghan said...

Thank you so much for this project idea. I found your blog via Pinterest and my front door now looks a lot more loved :)

http://www.2sisters2cities.com/2012/05/made-from-pinterest-diy-hydrangea-wreath/

-m

Anonymous said...

I made one today. Thanks so much for the instructions!

Anonymous said...

Making this tonight for a girls night!

Lynn Hauth said...

Thank you so much for your instructions in how to create this beautiful wreath! I am not crafty at all and was pretty impressed how beautiful it came out! Now, if I only knew how to post a picture to show you, I would do so. Baby steps. Lol

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