Summer is in full swing around here, so that means my glue gun is out for my next DIY summer wreath wonder! Oh yes, I’m getting some crafting done. After all, we all need something to take our minds off various things and to polish our inner Craftsmen (or craftswomen)!
So this year, I decided to make this fun DIY Summer Wreath with a little nautical and breezy flair to it for my front door. I had this idea in my mind since last summer, but due to some reasons, I didn’t work on it. But this year, I finally crafted this unique wreath for my front door, so that every passer-by gets to re-live their favorite summer beach memories from the past. I hope it will be nostalgic for others as it is to me!
Greetings from my DIY summer wreath!
How to make a front door wreath? There is this one thing I have always loved about beaches which is, hold for it, Them Flip Flops! So the instant I decided to DIY summer wreath, I knew it had to do something with flip flops.
Do you know what this calls for? A quick run down to Michales. Got me a lovely breezy pair of flip flops in just $1.59 (score, I know right!) And now my happy DIYing time begins. Let me walk you through step by step. Hop on.
Gather the supplies:
- Rope measuring 7ft
- A wood wreath – one
- Wood ‘anchor’ appliques- two
- The letter ‘H.”
- An Orange Ribbon
- My oh-so-breezy flip flops
Now it might come to you as a surprise that I had it all figured out but that’s so not the case! I just put all these things together and brought them home with me.
The wooden plank background idea just brightened my day right after I saw some wood shims shining in their packing in my garage. Let’s do some plank draping, I told myself. And boy oh boy, I had the creative juices started flowing!
Step 1 – Let’s put together the wood plank:
I glued the 13 shims together, strongly, so they stay together forever! (or at least for this summer). The piece was then turned over, and 3 shims were placed perpendicularly and glued with Gorilla glue to make sure they stay put.
After that, I dressed up my plank piece in this lovely looking blue paint by Deco-art. They have this flawless outdoor paint collection. I preferred blue because it will remind the on-looker of water or a clear summer sky. Also, blue is a pretty color that adds decency and life to everything.
Then the wood wreath form was glued onto the center of the shims that were glued together before. It looked like this.
Once the rope was wrapped onto the wooden wreath form and glued in place, I waited for it to dry completely before I add the rest of the pieces. Make sure you let it dry completely as well; otherwise, the load of the remaining pieces won’t let the rope stay in its place. It’s a tip!
After the glue dried down, I added the remaining pieces one by one, carefully. I added two anchor appliques on the corner of the wooden shims to give it a more sea-like vibe.
My summer wreath was almost complete. It looked something like this. And I should admit I was proud of myself. I liked how the wooden wreath turned out to be.
Lastly, I added a saw-tooth hook to the back. Because the wood shims are so thin, I didn’t want to nail anything into them, so you guessed it, I glued instead!
Make sure you glue it down with a good adhesive so that the hooks stay in place for a longer period, as the wooden wreath is going to be a little heavier than your normal floral wreaths.
After that, I painted the anchors with white paint. Made sure my “H” looked stunning in orange (or more like a mixed final version of red and yellow acrylic colors). I did have to let go of the ribbon though as it wasn’t just quite adding up to the look I wanted for this wooden wreath. But I definitely added this ‘H.’ I love how it popped!
The Final Look:
As I told you before, I loved how my wooden wreath turned out to be. It was exactly as I planned it to be!! Pretty decent! No? Not to mention, it DOES remind people of summers, waters, and beaches, sand, water, long beach walks, sun, and everything summers bless us with!
I’m SO ready to hit the beach after looking at this exquisite summer wreath! This wooden wreath has all the inspirations I need to hit the beach as soon as possible and entertain myself with some tanning and wild waters!
What have you crafted up to get ready for summer? Share it up and do try to make this DIY summer wreath for your front door to welcome the summers to your home. You can customize the look according to your likes and dislikes! Now that I have created this summer wooden wreath, I am thinking of adding a different wreath for every upcoming season to my front door! Isn’t it just such a cool idea?