Summer is in full swing but it’s not too late to make something pretty for your front door. This simple summer front door wreath is easy to make, budget-friendly, and will look lovely with any decorating style.
We live on a pretty strict budget as a one-income family, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like to have pretty things in our home. What it does mean is that sometimes I have to figure out how to DIY a decor item rather than just buy it. But I really don’t mind because crafting and creating provide a little stress relief during this busy season of stay-at-home mom life.
Of course, finding time for anything other than keeping the littles alive and well can be a challenge, but don’t worry, this project is simple and can be easily done in small chunks of time rather than all at once.
Materials You’ll Need To Make This Simple Summer Front Door Wreath
You need just a few things to make this summer front door wreath. I got my supplies at Hobby Lobby, but you can find these items or similar ones at Michaels or Walmart as well. If you shop at Hobby Lobby or Michaels, make sure to use the 40% off coupon. The easiest way to never forget the coupon is to use the Hobby Lobby or Michaels mobile app.
- 14″ wooden embroidery hoop
- 1 sheet of brown Kraft cardstock paper (the kind of brown that looks like a grocery bag or brown paper lunch sack – you can buy these individually at Hobby Lobby)
- “hello” pennant banner printable PDF (click here to download)
- White acrylic paint – you don’t need much
- A fine tipped paint brush
- Faux greenery/floral stems of your choice
- Floral cutters/wire cutters (or really good scissors you don’t mind cutting wire with)
- Brown jute twine
- A glue gun and glue sticks
- Clear fishing line (forgot to put this one in the picture of course!)
- Flat bottom coffee filters (to make the flowers). You will need 6 coffee filters per flower. I used three flowers in the wreath for this tutorial.
- 1/2 oz acrylic paint in the color of your choice for the coffee filter flowers – I chose pink but you can choose any color you like
- Masking tape or clear tape
- Paper hole punch
I know that might seem like a long list of materials, but you’ll likely already have some of them in your home. In all, I spent about $12 on materials for this wreath.
If you like the idea of making this wreath but not shopping for the materials, shop this project below and have the items you need shipped to your door:
Step 1: Make The Coffee Filter Flowers
Can you even believe that these flowers are made out of coffee filters?
They’re so pretty and you can use them in so many ways. I discovered a tutorial on how to make these a few years ago and have used them to decorate for bridal showers, baby showers, and other projects.
Rather than reinvent the wheel with another coffee filter flower tutorial, I’m just going to send you over to a lovely video tutorial at Two Shades of Pink.
Just a few of my own notes to add to the above tutorial:
If you’re not digging the pink color, no problem! You can use any color of acrylic paint to dye them. Be sure to water down the acrylic paint to the consistency of colored water. Then all you do is let the coffee filters soak in the watered-down acrylic for a few minutes, wring them out, and let them dry.
Step 2: Trim The Greenery
You can use any faux greenery you like for this wreath. I got these greenery bouquets from Hobby Lobby when their floral section was on sale.
For this step you will need your floral cutters, wire cutters, or very good scissors (that you don’t mind using on wire).
I wanted a simpler look so I trimmed 4 stems off of the bouquet and used only two stems on each side of the flowers. Trim your greenery down to the length and number of stems that you like for your wreath. Be sure to leave enough stem to be able to secure it to the embroidery hoop with clear fishing line.
It’s okay for the stems to have some overlap. They will be hidden underneath the flowers once you’re done.
Step 3: Secure The Greenery To The Embroidery Hoop
This simple summer front door wreath is almost done! Grab your clear fishing line and decide exactly how you want to place your greenery.
Most faux stems have some flex to them so you can shape them to follow the curvature of the hoop.
I secured a single stem at two different points on each side, then added a second stem on each side and secured those separately.
It’s easier to get precise placement of the stems when you only secure one at a time on each side rather than two at a time on each side.
Here’s a close-up of where the stem was tied to the hoop at two different points:
Step 4: Hot Glue The Coffee Filter Flowers
This step is pretty self-explanatory, ha!
I used a total of 3 flowers. You might decide to use more. My only suggestion is to use an odd number, as things tend to look best in odd numbers.
Step 5: Make The “Hello” Pennant Banner
Print the PDF hello sign on the brown Kraft cardstock paper. If you missed downloading the printable PDF above, you can also download it here.
Each pennant measures 2″ x 3″ and fits well inside the 14″ embroidery hoop, but you can make yours larger or smaller if you like by adjusting your printer settings.
After printing, cut out each pennant and paint the lettering with a fine tip paintbrush and white paint.
Then use a paper hole punch to make two holes at the top of each pennant and string onto jute twine. Leave plenty of extra twine at each end so that it’s easy to tie onto the hoop.
Step 6: Attach Hello Banner To The Hoop
Tie each end of the hello sign onto the embroidery hoop and trim excess twine and fishing line.
Your simple summer front door wreath is done!
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Thanks for reading!