When life gives you lemons, you whip out the hot glue gun and make an adorable accent piece for your front door! I finally took down our moss bunny hanger (I’m n e v e r that person!) and decided we needed a little front porch refresh. This summer is all about vibrant color, prints, and whimsy, so I decided to stray from my typical green door wreath and add a little pop of somethin’. Follow along below for a 20-minute tutorial on how to recreate this simple but precious wreath!
You’ll first want to gather your materials. For this wreath, you’ll need:
- A wreath form. For this particular project, I chose a grapevine wreath, because I find the woven twigs provide a secure home for the greenery.
- Greenery. You can scavenge from your garden, or head on over to your local craft store for some longer-lasting faux greens. I was able to use only one stem of leaves, with lots leftover, but depending on the size of your wreath and lushness of the stem, yours may require more.
- Floral Wire. Depending on the greenery you choose, you may need floral wire to help secure the stems to the wreath form. My stems were wired, so I did not run into this problem, but it’s better to have it, just in case!
- Faux Lemons. These that I ordered from Amazon were so realistic an less than $1 a piece!
- Ribbon. To contrast with the bright yellow of the lemons, I chose a black and white gingham wired ribbon. You could also use burlap for a rustic approach, or a multi-stripe for a more whimsical touch! Be sure to choose a ribbon with wire in it, so you can easily mold an shape your bow.
- Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks. I prefer to use hot glue as opposed to super glue or craft glue, because it’s easy to rectify a mistake! This hot glue gun is similar to the one I have, and is under $10!
- Scissors. To cut your greenery!
Start by taking your scissors and trimming your greenery into leaf clusters of two or three. Begin working the stem into the woven twigs of the grapevine wreath. (If you have chosen another wreath form, such as a foam or wire one, insert the stems accordingly. You may need to use more for a fuller-looking wreath.) I chose to cover just under half of the wreath; this is personal preference! It would look fabulous fully covered in leaves, as well. If your stems are wired, (which I’m assuming they are), you can gently twist and turn them until you find them aesthetically pleasing 🙂
Now for the lemons. Go ahead and heat up that hot glue gun!
I try to stick to odd numbers, particularly clusters of three, when it comes to decor, so I grabbed three of my lemons and arranged them how I thought they should look, nestled in the leaves. Once you have your lemons where you want them, take them, one at a time, and give them a liberal squeeze of hot glue. Pull back the leaves around the spot you’ve chosen, and stick the lemon directly onto the grapevine wreath. *I initially stuck the lemons to the greenery, and they would not stick.*
Once all three of your lemons are secured in place, take the surrounding leaves and naturally arrange them to cradle the lemons…a little “zhuzh“, if you will!
I like big bows and I cannot lie…
Okay, so I know making bows can be intimidating. I worked in a gift store for 9 years, so I take for granted all of the wrapping experience I gained! For this reason, this weekend, I will be posting a live bow tutorial on Instagram! Be sure to follow along so you don’t miss it!
Wired ribbon makes it so much easier to perfect a bow, and when you see how simple it is to make this one, you’ll want to throw a bow on everything! Hang tight for this live explanation–some things are better seen than read!
Hopefully your front door doesn’t need a coat of paint as badly as ours, but nevertheless, this punchy wreath will brighten up even the most drab entrance! We use command hooks to hang ours, but any tradition wreath hanger will work, as well! As always, comment with any questions you have, and stay tuned for the bow tutorial this weekend!
It is my pleasure to create fun projects and share them with you–leave a comment and let me know what else you’d like to see!
Until next time,
Stay stylish and enjoy the hunt!
xo – H