A Spring Wreath with Small Terra Cotta Pots…
I’ve never made a spring wreath in my entire life.
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If we’re going to be really honest about things (and I always am)…I’ve never made ANY wreath before. But when my friend Krista, The Happy Housie asked me to take part in this fun spring DIY series, I thought…how hard can it be, right? SURE I’ll join the fun!
Check out all the fun blogs sharing their own DIY spring wreath ideas with all of us today!
For our spring wreath, I decided to make a terracotta pot wreath.
I had seen them a couple places, including Confessions of a Plate Addict. Debbie, and others I’ve seen used a grapevine wreath as a base. We did things a bit differently. No idea if ours was easier or more difficult, but I’ll share what we did.
In all honesty, these took a long time to make. Like hours per wreath. It’s just tedious. Not hard, but definitely tedious. Would I ever do it again? Hell no. Are they cute? Yep. But I’d buy before I DIY’d these puppies again, fo shizzle.
And after that stunning endorsement, if you decide to plow forward, as I did having read the SAME thing in the other blogs I found who tackled this spring wreath project, then by all means, let me share the how-to ?.
DIY terracotta pot spring wreath:
1). Attach larger terracotta pots to wreath form.
If you are using a white or green foam form like we did, consider spray painting the form first. Why? Chances are, you’ll have some little gaps at the end where you’ll be able to see between the pots. We didn’t think or know to do this, but looking back, I *think* I would have spray painted black.
If you plan to use the cotton sprays, or another floral spray in addition to the pots, then it’s no biggie because you’ll be covering the gaps and cracks with those items. It is only potentially problematic if you like the look of the “naked” clay pots. This is one good rationale for using the grapevine form instead of the foam, also!
Attach larger (3″) pots to the foam wreath form. The wire should wrap through the bottom hole in the pots. Tie in the back by twisting the two ends togetherwith linesman pliers. Wrap TIGHTLY. We found that wrapping to the point where the wire starts to actually cut into the foam was the best way of making sure the pots didn’t migrate and move around after you’ve secured them.
2). Continue securing larger pots in random fashion.
Keep tying on the larger pots all around the circumference of the wreath form. I like the look best when the pots appear to be going in random directions rather than in a specific pattern. Tie some high, some low, some pointing left, right, tilted on the side, etc.
*Keep all in the frontal plane of the wreath form. If you start wrapping the pots on so that they are behind the form, then your spring wreath will not lie flat on your wall or door.
**Another note: snip the ends of the wire with your linesman pliers once you’re done twisting the wires, and push them down onto the foam so they don’t stick up. If you don’t snip them and push them over, you’ll end up with a hot mess of wire behind the wreath. And this wire is SHARP. Watch out…we got some nasty cuts from the wire while we were working on these!
3). Add smaller terracotta pots to cover “holes”.
Once you have a good layer of the larger pots covering the front/sides of your wreath, add those smaller 2″ pots to cover little gaps and cracks between pots.
4). Add “garnish”.
I tried adding some cotton sprays and blue-ish purpl-y flowers to my spring wreath. If you’re heading the direction of garnish, just heat up your hot glue gun and go to town.
Frankly, I suck at sprucing up things with faux flowers. If I had to make a “real” wreath out of silk flowers and such, it would turn out looking like something you would definitely NOT be wanting to greet guests to your home with at the front door. It would be more of an attic or basement-shoved-in-the-bottom-of-a-box kind of spring wreath.
The epiphany I came to with this project is that wreaths aren’t my bag, friends. THAT said, the other bloggers who are joining this tour today have some AMAZING wreaths to share with you, so make sure to check those out STAT!
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