There are a million garden hose wreaths on pinterest, and they are adorable. They are also an inexpensive way to brighten your doorway for spring, and they couldn’t be more simple to construct!
I bought my hose for $7 at WalMart. I think green hoses look best, but I made a patriotic garden hose wreath using a blue hose and it turned out wonderfully! Choose a relatively short hose for this wreath—fifteen or twenty five feet works great. If you have an old hose lying around, that would even be better!
Gather your faux flowers. Make sure you have a variety of tall ones, wispy ones, bulky or globe-shpaed ones, and “filler” ones. I bought these ones in the fall, when all the spring blooms were 70% off. Any color combination will work, so pick what you love!
Also, make sure you have florist wire, a needle-nosed pliers, a wire cutter, and a hot glue gun.
I also added some vintage-looking seed packets (also from Wal Mart), a small watering can, a $1 hand-rake, and a pair of gardening gloves (found at the DollarTree). In the past I have used little faux birds, butterflies, trowels, buckets, and bird-houses. Any “garden-y” things will look fantastic.
Start by coiling your hose into the final diameter you want your wreath to have. Wire the coiled hose together at both ends with coordinating wire. (Since my hose was green, my green florist wire worked great.)
For the assymetric wreath like this one, pick one “side” and begin poking single blooms into the wired area, hot gluing each one as you slide it under the wire.
Continue building outward from the wire in both directions, with some blooms going up towards the top of the wreath, and some going down towards the bottom of the wreath. Put your tallest blooms in first, followed by bulky shorter blooms, and then wispy small blooms. Look for holes or gaps in your floral arrangement and fill those with more flowers.
When you are happy with the upward and downward portions, it is time to disguise the center, where the stems meet. Pick a large, globe-shaped bloom like a hydrangea or a sunflower. Cut it’s stem short, tuck it in, and bend it so that it is facing outward, disguising the wire / glue gap. Depending on the size of your bloom, you may need a few blooms to cover up the area. For this one, I used a large hydrangea and several yellow daisies.
Next, wire on the gloves, rake, and watering can. For the gloves, stack them with a little overlap and thread the wire through the cuffs, and then wire them to the hose, securing with hot glue as well.
If you are happy with your wreath, you are done! On this particular one, I decided to add a small section in the lower right, again by sticking blooms up and down from a wire anchor, as shown in the pictures.
Again, continue to build in each direction until you are satisfied with the fullness of the blooms. I covered up this “seam” where the stems meet by hot-gluing several seed packets to cover up the wire and glue.
You’re done. It was that simple. Go hang your wreath on your door and smile.
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