Hi friends! Hope your January has been off to a good start! Mine has been busy with a new home improvement project that I hope to be able to finish and share within the next few weeks. I’ve been furloughed for the past few weeks (federal employee) and am using my time home to try and complete a big project but at very little cost, since you know, no paycheck means no money to spend on anything but the essentials… 🙁 Luckily I had some Home Depot gift cards from Christmas that allowed me to get most of the supplies I need for my new project (yay for gift cards!). But for now, I’m sharing one of the projects I completed around Thanksgiving last year, but didn’t have the time to write up due to all the Christmas gifts I had to make. 🙂 I’ve been eyeing those beautiful plush green farmhouse wreaths but not liking the cost to buy one, so of course, I made my own! Here’s my DIY Farmhouse Wreath I made out of faux eucalyptus along with a rustic wood backing to give it a little more farmhouse fun!
DIY Farmhouse Wreath & Wood Backing Materials and Supplies:
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Wreath Materials & Supplies:
|18″ Grapevine Wreath (Purchase at Hobby Lobby, Michael’s or Joann’s much cheaper)|
|6′ Faux Frosted Eucalyptus Garland (purchase at Hobby Lobby, Michael’s or Joann’s much cheaper)|
|Mini Wire Cutters|
|Hot Glue Gun|
Rustic Wood Backing Materials & Supplies:
|Qty: 1 Board Type: 1×10 @ 4′|
|Qty: 2 Board Type: 1×4 @ 6′|
|Kreg Pocket Hole Jig|
|Compact Drill Driver|
|1-1/4-Inch Pocket Screws|
|Rustoleum Briarsmoke Wood Stain|
Rustic Wood Backing Cut List:
|Quantity||Board Type||Cut Length|
|4||1×4||25 3/8″ long end to long end (ends mitered at 45º)|
DIY Farmhouse Wreath with Rustic Wood Backing Instructions:
1.Gather all needed supplies (wreath form, eucalyptus garland, wire, and wire cutters, and hot glue if needed).
2. Cut several 3″ pieces of floral wire from the roll (or if using the floral wire sticks, cut them into 3″ pieces).
3. Begin by attaching one end of the eucalyptus garland to the grapevine wreath by wrapping the floral wire through a few of the wreath sticks and around the garland and twisting the two ends of the floral wire together to attach. Fold the tied ends of the floral wire into the wreath form to hide.
4. Continue wrapping the garland around the wreath form and attaching it with floral wire, ensuring the garland is firmly attached to the form.
5. Once the garland has been snugly attached around the wreath form a few times, decide if you like the look as-is or not. For my wreath, I didn’t like all the extra stragglers sticking out from the wreath.
6. Use either more floral wire to attach the stragglers, or you can use a hot glue gun, which is what I chose to do. I applied hot glue to the areas where there were pieces sticking out and smoothed those pieces into the glue on the wreath until there was a uniform round wreath.
7. At first, I planned on hanging the wreath as-is, but after trying it out in a few spots in the house, I decided it needed some additional oomph, which brings us to our next section, now to build the wood backing for the wreath.
DIY Rustic Wood Wreath Backboard Instructions:
1. Cut two 1×10 boards to 18 1/2″ in length each.
2. On one of the 1×10 boards, drill two 3/4″ pocket holes on each edge of one surface of the board.
3. On the second 1×10, drill two 3/4″ pocket holes on all but one of the long edges of one surface of the board.
4. Use wood glue and 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws to attach the two 1×10 boards along the long edge.
4. Cut four 1×4 boards to 25 3/8″ in length long end to long end, with each end mitered to 45º
5. Use wood glue and 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws to attach the 1×4 boards around the 1×10 boards.
6. Sand the assembled board and then stain in Briarsmoke wood stain (or a stain of your choosing).
7. Partially insert a screw into the top center of the top 1×10 board to hang the wreath (ensure the screw is inserted in a location that will allow the wreath to be centered on the wood back board once hung on the screw).
8. Add a picture hanging wire onto the back of the board and hang in your desired location! I also used twine to add a metal word stating “gather” that I purchased from Hobby Lobby. I chose that word since this was created around Thanksgiving time, and will likely change it to another metal word that matches the current season.
As you can see, I chose to hang my wreath in my living room as it was a nice contrast with my DIY Weathered White Plank Wall, and it went nicely with my DIY “HOME” sign which also includes a much smaller version of this eucalyptus wreath!
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