Make A Strawberry Wreath
Well guys, I made the mistake of posting my DIY Strawberry Wreath during the maintenance phase on my site. I’ve never been accused of being patient. So, I had to rewrite the whole thing, which included using the classic editor (blah) AND creating a different title for the post. If you’re a blogger, and you’re thinking about writing a few drafts, or getting some blog work done during a maintenance period- DON’T.
Spring in the SC Lowcountry means strawberry picking time. I have so many fond memories of picking strawberries with my children, extended family, and friends. Shortly after I left the classroom, my two-year-old and I went strawberry picking. We had to sell our fancy Ford Explorer when I came home. It didn’t matter to me. I was one happy camper on the way to the U-Pick patch, with my beautiful toddler, in an old Dodge Grand Caravan. Four kids later, the 6 of us are pictured below (in 2013) at the very same farm. That was the last year we all went together. Maybe someday I’ll have grandchildren (I’ve yet to have a married child), and I’ll take them to that same, spectacular strawberry patch at Dempsey Farms.
Aside from the great memories I have picking strawberries, I also love strawberry-themed items for the spring and summer. When I found a great-looking, large wooden wreath at Goodwill, I knew I wanted it to become a strawberry wreath.
- large wreath
- faux strawberries and eucalyptus (I orderd mine from Amazon)
- wired ribbon (mine came from Dollar Tree)
- Rustoleum Bright Coat Metallic spray paint
- fabric protector
- acrylic gloss spray
- scissors-regular and pinking shears
- floral wire (I used 6 12” pieces)
Take the wreath outdoors, then paint thoroughly with Bright Coat Metallic spray paint. I had to paint the wreath from many angles, and use lots of coats for complete coverage. However, I only used one can of spray paint.
When the wreath is dry, spray it (do this outdoors) with acrylic gloss spray-especially if you’re hanging it outside. I did not get a picture of this step. Slip the strawberry and eucalyptus stems into the wreath on either side of the bottom middle. I used 3 strawberry and 6 eucalyptus stems on each side. Tie each side with two pieces of floral wire, hiding the wire underneath the greenery. Knot the ends.
Take another piece of floral wire and loop it through the top of the wreath to make a hanger. I tied mine in a double knot for security. Trim the ends with regular scissors.
Time to make the bow! Leave the ribbon on the roll as you work. Make the first loop, leaving a 12” tail. Twist the loop. Make 7 more loops, twisting each one as you go. Hold them firmly with your thumb and forefinger as you work. Trim the tails of the bow with the pinking shears. Fold the ends of the ribbon in half, then cut downward at an angle (see photos). Run the last piece of floral wire through the middle of all the bow loops. Twist the wire in the back. Shape your ribbon loops until you achieve the desired result. Use the extra floral wire to tie the ribbon to the middle of your wreath, in between the strawberries.
You’re done! Time to hang that wreath! I tried mine in a few different places, but I think I’ll use it to spiff up my side porch.
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