Learn how to craft a miniature dried wreath using flowers from your own garden in this simple DIY tutorial.

Last Christmas my parents gave me a book full of handmade tutorials. One of the projects taught you how to make a wreath using fresh or dried flowers. At first I glanced at the page thinking “lovely”, then flipped on to the next projects.

Honestly, up until recently, I had never been a fan of wreaths. Sure, they were beautiful. Our neighbor has a different one up for every season and it adds personality to their front door. I appreciate their creativity every time I walk by. But personally, I never wanted one. Maybe it’s just my preference or being a homesteader but many of the wreaths I’ve seen use artificial flowers and I prefer the natural look.

One day while watching a Farmhouse on Boone YouTube video, I discovered that wreaths didn’t have to use fake greenery. Nor did they have to be hung on the front door. You could use them to decorate your kitchen, cabinet doors, an armoire or hung on an old window.

A wreath that used real flowers, fresh or dried? Now I was on board.

With a new found appreciation for wreaths, I began with a large dried lavender wreath hung on the front of our antique mirror. I then set out to create a dried wreath using flowers that I grew in my own garden. During the summer months, I collected bouquets of flowers, hung them up to dry, then stashed them away specifically for this miniature dried wreath project.

After several weeks of drying flowers and a trip to Hobby Lobby to purchase some wreath making supplies, I was able to create a natural DIY wreath.

And you can do just the same! The best part about making a dried natural wreath is that you can construct it however you wish. You can use hydrangeas in the spring or sunflowers in the fall. Don’t like the look of a grapevine wreath? Try a wire one instead. You could also add a fabric ribbon to the top of the wreath for an extra special touch.

Best Types of Flowers for Drying

There are a variety of flowers and naturals that you can dry. Here a few of my favorites.

  • Lavender
  • Globe amaranth
  • Coneflower
  • Hydrangea
  • Strawflower
  • Yarrow
  • Sunflower
  • Variety of herbs
  • Roses
  • Statice
  • Eucalyptus
  • Panicum grass
  • Pine branches 
  • Wheat

Learn about each beautiful flower and how to grow them in this detailed article from Floret Flowers.

Watch the Video Tutorial

How to Make a Dried Flower Wreath

Materials

Grapevine wreath form (I used an 8 inch wreath)
A few bundles of dried flowers and naturals (I used panicum grass and globe amaranth)
Floral wire
Hot glue gun
Ribbon or twine
Scissors

Instructions

Trim your dried naturals to around 4-5 inches long. Start by creating small groups and securing them to the wreath with floral wire. In a circular fashion, work around the wreath and secure the rest of the bundles. Be sure that any loose ends are either trimmed or tucked into the grapevine form.

Once the base layer has been completed, add some more dimension to your wreath by placing flower heads sporadically around the top of the wreath. If there are any areas that look sparse or have gaps, just add a flower head by tucking it into the grapevine form or using your hot glue gun.

To finish off the wreath, use the glue gun to secure any wild looking pieces and the scissors to remove excess floral wire or stems. Add a piece of ribbon or twine around the top center of the wreath and hang on nail or hook. Or scrap the ribbon and simply display on a mantle or shelf.

Tips for Success

I have found that it takes more dried flowers to make a wreath that you would think. Don’t hesitate to dry a few extra flowers from your garden or purchase an extra bundle of naturals at your local craft store.

Many of the flowers above can be grown in your own garden, then dried and used in a variety of crafts. If you need wreath fillers, like the panicum grass, visit Hobby Lobby. They have a large selection of dried floral items.

Herbs like yarrow and lavender can make a beautiful addition to your wreath. They can also be used in an assortment of other ways. Learn how to preserve your herb harvest year around in this blog post.

Yield: 1 wreath

Mini Dried Flower Wreath

Mini Dried Flower Wreath

Materials

  • Grapevine wreath form (I used an 8 inch wreath)
  • A few bundles of dried flowers and naturals (I used panicum grass and globe amaranth)
  • Floral wire
  • Hot glue gun
  • Ribbon or twine
  • Scissors

Instructions

    Trim your dried naturals to around 4-5 inches long. Start by creating small groups and securing them to the wreath with floral wire. In a circular fashion, work around the wreath and secure the rest of the bundles. Be sure that any loose ends are either trimmed or tucked into the grapevine form.

    Once the base layer has been completed, add some more dimension to your wreath by placing flower heads sporadically around the top of the wreath. If there are any areas that look sparse or have gaps, just add a flower head by tucking it into the grapevine form or using your hot glue gun.

    To finish off the wreath, use the glue gun to secure any wild looking pieces and the scissors to remove excess floral wire or stems. Add a piece of ribbon or twine around the top center of the wreath and hang on nail or hook. Or scrap the ribbon and simply display on a mantle or shelf.

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