wikiHow to Make a Flower Wreath

Two Methods:Fresh Flower WreathDried Flower Garland

Flower wreaths are the perfect spring and summer decorations, although they can also be used to mark other special occasions and holidays, such as weddings, anniversaries, or Easter. Whether you're working with fresh flowers, dried flowers or silk flowers, making flower wreaths is almost always cheaper than buying them.

Method 1
Fresh Flower Wreath

  1. 1
    Double a length of floral wire and wrap the ends around what you want to be the top of your wreath form, twining the ends back around the wire to secure it. You'll use the loop at the top for hanging the wreath.
    • Make sure the hanging loop sticks up from the back of the wreath where it'll be less visible, instead of the front.
  2. 2
    Create small bundles of flowers by wrapping the stems with flexible wire attached to a floral pick (a small wooden stake). You can also bundle flower stems together with floral wire.
    • The upper limit for your bundle size is, generally speaking, the width of the wreath form. How small you make your bundles, and how you shape them, depends to a large degree on your wreath size and the textures and size of your materials.
  3. 3
    Lay your floral bundles out on the wreath form so you get a general idea of the proper positioning. Now is the time to make any major design changes or tweaks.
  4. 4
    Attach your floral bundles to the homemade flower wreath using any of the following techniques.
    • Apply white glue to the foam wreath form, then pressing the floral bundles into place. Note: you must leave the wreath flat until the glue is completely dry.
    • Poke the wooden stake of the floral picks you used to bundle stems into the foam or straw form.
    • Poke greening or floral pins, tiny U-shaped wires, into the foam or straw to hold the floral stems in place.
  5. 5
    Work "backwards" around the wreath, laying each new bundle of flowers over the exposed stems of the previous bunch, with each bunch overlapping by about half.
    • If you're creating a wide wreath work from the outside in, filling in the entire width of the wreath from outside to center before you move further around the ring.
  6. 6
    Attach any other desired wreath embellishments using the same techniques--glue, floral picks, greening/floral pins, or any combination thereof.
    • Only use glue to attach the flowers/stems/greenery directly to the wreath form. If none of your wreath form still shows and you still want to add embellishments, you'll need to use floral picks or pins.

Method 2
Dried Flower Garland

  1. 1
    Cut the stems of the dried flowers you're using short. If they need wiring, do so.
  2. 2
    Cover the foam ring with a base of filler material.
  3. 3
    Arrange single dried flower heads around the wreath to form the design. Check that you find it pleasing before attaching the flowers permanently.
  4. 4
    Glue the flowers to the base material all the way around the wreath. Floral pins can also help to keep flowers in place.
  5. 5
    Finish with a ribbon bow. Attach with wire or glue to the base of the wreath.
  6. 6
    Attach a hanger at the back. Hang on the door or wall, wherever it will appear decorative for the occasion.


  • Hang wreaths at eye level.
  • Size your wreath to take up about half the width of the door or wall you intend to hang it on.
  • Use fine-textured materials to make small wreaths look elegant. Use bright colors and a mix of coarse and fine textures to make the fullest use of your space with larger wreaths.
  • Floral wreaths can have more than just flowers. Consider creating a base layer of evergreen boughs or floral moss, then using flowers as accents around the wreath. You can also use crystals, ribbons, jewelry charms or other themed accents to make your wreath stand out.
  • You can also build your own wreath on a wire form, using floral wire instead of floral picks and greening pins, or a wooden form with hot glue to attach the flowers.

Things You'll Need

  • Floral wire
  • Greening/floral pins
  • Floral picks
  • Wire cutters
  • Hot glue or white glue
  • Foam or straw wreath form

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