I love making wreaths for all the different holidays, but sometimes I just want to have a wreath I can leave hanging across several months. Making this All Seasons Wreath for my front door was the perfect solution and it’ll look great year-round.
It’s no secret that I absolutely love using grapevine wreath forms. They’re just so easy when it comes to attaching floral stems. For this particular wreath, I did wire the stems to the grapevine. This is only because it would be hanging on my front door and would need to withstand winds and inclement weather. For indoor grapevine wreaths, I usually just stick the stems into the wreath and move on.
And it should go without saying, you should make your All Seasons Wreath using flowers in colors that suit your style and taste. My porch is styled with navy, gray, and cream, so I wanted it to be cohesive with my rugs, planters, and accessories. Just try to avoid flowers that scream a particular season
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All-Seasons Wreath Materials
- Unfinished 8″ Wood Monogram Letter
- Rust-oleum Chalked Paint in Linen White
- Rust-oleum Chalked Wax Topcoat Spray in Clear
- Medium Grit Sandpaper
- 24-inch Grapevine Wreath Form
- Wire Cutters
- 20 Gauge Floral Wire
- 4 Eucalyptus Stems
- 4 Flocked Lambs Ear Stems
- 4 Wisteria Stems
- 2 Baby’s Breath Stems
- 2.5 Yards of 4-inch Wide Ivory Burlap Ribbon
- 2.5 Yards of 2.5-inch Wide Ivory Wired Ribbon
- 2.5 Yards of 1.5-inch Wide Blue Striped Wired Ribbon
- Deluxe E-Z BowMaker
- Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
All-Seasons Wreath Steps
1: Before you get started on building your wreath, paint your monogram letter with durable paint in a color that fits with your porch decor. I painted mine with an off-white chalk paint to help it stand out from the brown of the grapevine wreath form and my dark gray front door. Once the paint has dried, you can use the sandpaper to distress the paint a bit if you like.
2: I highly recommend you apply some type of sealer over the paint, regardless of paint type, if you plan to have this hanging outside. I absolutely love this matte sealer from Rustoleum. It gives the paint a nice, finished wax look without all the work.
3: Take a good look at your grapevine wreath form. There are no two of these alike, so you want to look at the back and the front and turn it in your hands to find the best position for its top and bottom.
Hanging it on a door can also help show any weird shapes or warps and help you decide which position works best for this wreath. Once I’m sure, I mark the center, top or bottom, so I know where to place my florals, etc.
4: If your floral stems are extra long like mine, you’ll need to trim them down to a more manageable length so you can weave them into the wreath form. Make sure you have very strong and sharp wire cutters!
5: Once you have your florals prepped and ready to place, set them on top of the wreath to see how you want to place them permanently. It’ll give you a better idea of how you may want to layer and stack each stem. Take your time on this step! You can easily poke the stems into the wreath form and pull them back out if you don’t like the way they look. In fact, when I make a grapevine wreath for inside use only, I rarely attach the stems to the wreath permanently. This gives me the flexibility to change or freshen it up later down the road.
6: Now you’ll cut a bunch of 3-inch pieces of your floral wire. In the video, the wire I first used was too thick so I ended up replacing it with a thinner, larger gauge wire that was far easier to cut, bend, and tighten.
7: Bend the wire pieces into curves to make them easier to weave into and out of the grapevine wreath.
8: Starting with the mini eucalyptus leaf stems, poke and weave both stems into the wreath form pointing opposite directions so that their bottom ends are facing each other. You’ll want to space these pretty far apart so you have enough room to place the rest of your florals. Poke these stems in parallel to the wreath itself so that they hug against the form. I show how to do this in great detail in my video tutorial.
I chose to have my bow or base area focus at the top left of the wreath, but you can choose to have yours at the top center, top right, or the bottom center, left, or right, really any area of the wreath that looks good to you. I tried to keep mine from being too centered for interest. I left about an 8-inch gap here to place the bow.
9: Attach the upper area of each stem to the wreath with a piece of the curved floral wire. Make sure to twist the wire snuggly so that the florals don’t wobble around.
10: Next, add the lamb’s ear stems using the same method. You’ll place these a little further down and closer together. I used four stems total for a fuller look and because I love how pretty they are. You’ll attach the upper areas of these stems with the wire to the wreath as well.
11: Now you can add your flower stems, layering them over the greenery and attaching them to the wreath with wire. I used blue wisteria but you can use any flower that works for multiple seasons. The key is for them to not look so seasonal.
While live wisteria doesn’t come in navy like this, they do come in a lighter blue, but that would have been too spring-like. I feel like navy is a great neutral just like black.
12: And finally, add some faux blueish gray baby’s breath stems to lighten it all up a bit.
13: Grab all three spools of ribbon and cut a 7-foot piece from each roll. Layer all three ribbon pieces so the widest is on the bottom and the navy striped one is on top.
14: Make your bow using whichever method works best for you. In my video, I tried a different method I saw where you wrap the ribbon around and around into 12-inch long circles or loops and then you cinch it in the middle with wire. I’m not a huge fan of this method, however, so I will be going back to my handy EZ Bow Maker, also linked in the materials for you. Make sure to leave enough wire exposed on the back of your bow so you can attach it to the wreath form in that opening left between the florals.
15: Attach the bow to the wreath with the wire. Make sure the bow doesn’t sag or slump down and doesn’t wobble. It needs to be secured snuggly to the wreath.
16: Cut two 6-inch pieces of floral wire and heat up your glue gun. Cut two 1″ by 1″ pieces of the solid ribbon.
17: Hold the painted monogram letter up to your wreath to see where you want to place it and where you need to glue the wire to the letter. Mark both spots on the back with a pen or pencil.
18: Now bend one of the 6-inch pieces of wire so the center has a 1-inch flat area. Apply hot glue to the marked spot, place that flat center part of the wire into the hot glue. Lean the wire against something while you’re working so it doesn’t fall over. Repeat for the second marked spot.
19: Before the hot glue cools, add a 1-inch piece of ribbon on top of each hot glue blob. Then quickly press all of that down with the metal tip of the pliers so it all bonds together as it cools.
20: Place the monogram letter onto the wreath, making sure all four wire pieces poke into the wreath. Join both pairs of wire together and twist them to make sure it’s secured snuggly. Tuck any extra wire back into the wreath so it doesn’t stick out and scratch your door.
That’s it! I know that’s a lot of steps, but you can actually make this wreath in under an hour! Grapevine wreaths are so easy to build on and you can even spray paint them if the brown color doesn’t fit your decor. I’ve had this wreath hanging on my door for two months now and it has held up perfectly plus I get loads of compliments from guests and neighbors. And what’s great is, if the flowers fade or I get tired of this color scheme, it will be so simple to take apart and remake with different florals.