Now, pick the type of base you
want to use for a wreath. My personal favorites are either Styrofoam
or grapevine type wreath bases. Take some floral wire and wrap
it around the wreath, then form a loop of the wire to hang from
the wall, and then wrap the wreath again. You might try hanging
it from the wall at this point to make sure it lies correctly,
and then make any needed adjustments while the wreath is bare.
To do a Styrofoam wreath, use
a low melt point hot glue gun. Separate each bloom into smaller
florets. Hot glue each floret into the wreath base, actually
poking the stem down into the Styrofoam base. With each bloom,
space it out over the surface of the wreath, for example; a floret
at the top, next left side, bottom, then right side, then inside
the circle of the wreath, and outside of the wreath. Continue
to do this with each bloom until you fill it.
Balance is what you are looking
for. Balance in shape, you dont want any sticking out way
above the others, you dont want one side of the wreath
to be fuller than the other. Try stepping back and looking at
a distance and just think balance of shape.
The second area to look for
is balance of color. This is the purpose of doing each bloom
all over, then filling in, so you achieve that balance of color.
Give another once over to check on that.
Now, this wreath is either finished,
or you can add perhaps add small sprigs of dried babys
breath to it. Really depends on the look you want. Sometimes
the simplicity of only the hydrangeas is stunning.
For a grapevine wreath, its
the same principal but a different look. You can tie a bow on
the wreath if you want (if you do, do so before adding flowers),
or ribbon. I like to leave bare spaces on these to be able to
see the grapevine portion as well. Again, look for balance. You
can also add dried roses to it or any other type of dried flowers
or grasses too. You can get really creative with these and come
up with very different looks. Experiment to your hearts
Many times people expect dried
floral arrangements to last forever, and are disappointed when
they start looking bad after a few years. This is a misconception.
Expect them to look good for about a year, thats really
about all they were meant to
If they are in direct sunlight
it will be a much shorter time. However, the next year, feel
free to strip the old flowers off, and make another with the
same base for another years worth of a gorgeous hand made