Fit to Be Square: A Summer Silk Floral Wreath
I have an awesome Mom. She is so awesome in fact, that she taught me floral design when I was 8 years old. I used to make small silk and dried flower arrangements in teacups and tins at the Antique & Fine Gifts store she used to own. I was so interested in floral design, that I continued it as a hobby and even entered many floral arrangements in the 4-H Fair where I won the Best of Show trophy for Horticulture many years in a row! When I was old enough to get a work permit, I began my first "real job" at a florist near my high school...that led to work at 2 more shops and then fast forward to now and I guess my mom is really the reason Kio Kreations even exists! Thanks Mom!
If you ask her, my mom will say I surpassed her floral design abilities when I was like 12 years old...which meant that I was obligated to design her an arrangement for her front door every year. It seems like its been years since the last time I made her a front door piece, so I decided it was long overdue. I saw a square grapevine wreath at Joann's a few weeks ago that inspired me--so I bought it. I wanted my young-at-heart mom to have a trendy, fun wreath so I bought a collection of silk flowers in an analogous color palette including ranunculus, anemones and a mystery bloom that looks like a cross between a zinnia and straw-flower. I also found some awesome moss rocks and faux succulents to add to the mix. I put it all together and ended up with a fabulous wreath perfect for my wonderful mom.
Here are the step-by-step instructions for making this wreath:
Collect your supplies. I bought a square grapevine wreath, 5 stems of silk flowers, 1 stem of foliage, a box of moss rocks and fake succulents.
Tie a strong ribbon around the top of the square wreath as the hanger.
Heat up your glue gun--you will need it! Gather and glue the moss rocks to the bottom corners of the wreath. I had to cut one of them in half to make it lay better on the wreath.
Add your foliage stem and some of the succulents.
Start adding your floral. Keep in mind height, size and shape when placing your blooms. Heavier flowers should go towards the bottom.
Add your other flowers, dispersing them throughout the arrangement in a natural-looking way.
Add the rest of the succulents and extra leaves in to finish the design. Make sure to remove any glue strings and hide your mechanics.
Now you have a beautiful wreath--hang it on your front door to greet your guests!
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